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Bonsai Restaurante Japones

Rua da Rosa 248 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon, Portugal
+351 213 462 515
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Ranked #202 of 2,222 restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $24 - $37
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations, Private Dining
Description: The oldest Japanese restaurant in Portugal, located in the charming neighbourhood in Bairro Alto. Serves a wide variety of dishes from sushi and sashimi with amazingly fresh local catches, hot pots(sukiyaki, mizutaki, shabushabu), street food(takoyaki, yakitori), not to mention tempura and teriyaki. Ippin ryori(Today's specials)on the wall a must see!
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Dining options: Reservations, Private Dining
Description: The oldest Japanese restaurant in Portugal, located in the charming neighbourhood in Bairro Alto. Serves a wide variety of dishes from sushi and sashimi with amazingly fresh local catches, hot pots(sukiyaki, mizutaki, shabushabu), street food(takoyaki, yakitori), not to mention tempura and teriyaki. Ippin ryori(Today's specials)on the wall a must see!
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Little Rock, Arkansas
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

My first time at Bonsai and I must say this restaurant deserve my Excellent rating. I tried Umeshu (Japanese prune liqueur) as aperitif which was so tasty. Then I tried Aji Tataki (Saba Tartar) which was also so fresh. You do not need any sauce to go with it. For the main course I had Eel over rice and it... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

After being taste different Japanese restaurants (all over the place), I am delighted to have discovered Bonsai. The food is nice simple Japanese traditional food, made of fresh ingredients of the day. Bonsai takes real advantage of being located in a country were fish and sea food are uniquely fresh. As a sashimi lover, I strongly recommend this place. (... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

If you want to eat real Japanese food, you have to come here. They really do it the traditional way. Great quality and service. My restaurant of choice everytime I want to eat Japanese!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

I've followed the reviews of trip advisor in my choice of this restaurant. Well, this restaurant can hardly be called Japanese. Ok, they tried to have a sober, Japanese decoration and the Portugese guys that work there wear a kimono and probably think they are Japanese, but the food isn't at all on the level of the great Japanese kitchen.... More

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Bonsailisboa, マネージャー at Bonsai Restaurante Japones, responded to this review

My name is Mio Komori, I am one of the chefs and also the management member of the restaurant. I was distressed to read your review of our restaurant recently and felt that I should respond. We certainly appreciate your constructive criticism but are concerned about the negative experience you had dining with us. The restaurant has always served authentic... More

Lisbon, Portugal
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Very good products, fresh fish, tasty dishes and beautiful presentation in a cousy atmosphere. Portuguese and japanese fusion also. Located in Bairro Alto.

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

It's too expensive for what you get. 8€ for 2 pieces of nigiri ($11) is just too much. However, at least the nigiri (maguro in this case was excellent). Sadly the Unagi and the Salmon (sake) wasn't. The unagi was rubbery - and the salmon was subpar (but at least it was 5.5€). The edamame was good - although they... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

loved the specials that were recommended and the staff. Ask for a little private dining room. authentic cuisine.

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Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

I gave 4 stars, which is meant to be "Very Good". What I really mean is that it is merely good, above average but not very good. I have heard of a Tomo in Alges, but in Lisbon, this one is the only real Japanese restaurant I know of. When I mean real, I mean not managed by pseudo Japanese... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

A traditional in all good sense Japanese restaurant in Lisbon where you really have the feeling that you are in Japan. Food is wonderful, staff is attemtive, discrete and all the while friendly. A truly enjoyable experience. I'd come back every day!

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Evora, Portugal
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

I’ve been to Bonsai twice, and I find the food exceptional, not only the sushi/sashimi, in this restaurant is possible to know more about the Japanese food, it has a wide offer, The service is five stars, the staff were always very friendly and well mannered, The decor is suitable but the lighting is a bit bright, In my opinion... More

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