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Instinctus Wine Bar

#302 of 2,741 Restaurants in Lisbon
#324 of 2,841 Places to Eat in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Castelo
European, Portuguese, Wine Bar
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Rua Santa Cruz do Castelo | nº35, Lisbon 1100, Portugal
351 966440469
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Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food beside the castle

We came across this beside the castle. Sardines, tomato, bread and olive oil was the pick of our two dishes. I also got duck rice which was very nice but go for the sardines!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
HMRP88
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Dublin, Ireland
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  • Local cuisine
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

We came across this beside the castle. Sardines, tomato, bread and olive oil was the pick of our two dishes. I also got duck rice which was very nice but go for the sardines!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 300 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Instinctus is a small cosy wine bar located in the Castello area. A narrow but well-thought selection of wines by glass is offered as well as some food to pair the wine with. The owner is super friendly and will take the time to provide all the necessary explanations as well as some general advice about Lisbon. Give it a... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I was in Lisboa for 6 days with a friend last week. After walking through Graca and then Castelo de Sao Jorge, we stumble across Instinctus Wine Bar while looking for a place to have lunch around the Castle. How 'le destin fait bien les choses', as we say in French :-). We were the only costumers (well, it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

With only eight covers this has to be the smallest restaurants I have ever eaten in. We called in for a drink one day and returned a few nights later for tapas and wine tasting. The food is simple but excellent and the wines are wonderful - such a shame that Portuguese wines are not more widely available in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Instinctus specializes in wine from across Portugal and the selection is fabulous. It was a great way to learn about Portugal's wine regions. This cozy little place has just a few seats, but when we were there customers were willing to change their seating to accommodate another group. Something about the place prompts people be friendly and generous. Stop in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

What a neat funky little place this is, just up the side street from the entrance to the Castelo. We went at lunchtime. At first we thought it was a small wine shop but then realised it was serving tapas. And what great tapas it was: not a lot of choice but very tasty – we had salted cod and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

After climbing up and down the Castle of S. Jorge, we had a wonderful moment at this wine bar with the charming lady who owns it. We got some good advice about places to visit in Cascais and Sintra. After being refreshed at the Instinctus wine bar, it was nice to continue walking through Alfama's narrow streets to the Feira... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

"If ever there is a universal peace, this achievement will be celebrated with a glass of wine at instinctos wine"

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Almost hidden just near by the St. Georges castle, this secret treasure is found. It's for tasting and learning about portuguese wines. The owner loves to share her knowledge, abd actually recommends to buy the bottles elsewhere (cheaper) than at her place. She also gives good recommendations about other places to eat and drink in Lisbon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I was there in July 2012 and it was an amazing experience. Loved the atmosphere and just everything about it. Very bery friendly owner and for sure once back in Lisbon, I will drop by again!!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rua Santa Cruz do Castelo | nº35, Lisbon 1100, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Lisbon>  > Castelo
  • Neighborhood: Castelo
  • Phone Number: 351 966440469

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 22
  • Cuisine: European, Portuguese, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Make your reservation. Thank you

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