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Bonsai Restaurante Japones

Rua da Rosa 248 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon, Portugal
+351 213 462 515
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Ranked #155 of 2,248 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!
Restaurant details
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
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We extra went there because of all the good reviews and then it was closed for a month!! Disappointing!! But is was easy to find. Pity that we couldnt try the food.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It was a latger restaurant than I had guessed from the small entrance. We enjoyed several Japanese dishes but the sushi deserved special mention. A little bit small delicate shushi was pressed a piece of sushi into shape by a big Portuguese It was very nice to me, Japanese, who love sushi very much. It is very rare to have... More

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Saarbrucken, Germany
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We wanted to eat sushis in Lisbon, as a Brazilian friend told us that the best sushis he ever had were there. We found this one on Trip Advisor, because he had good reviews and we were in that area, so not really planned. Yet it was the best meal we had on our holidays. The fish was excellent, the... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

You can book a "private" with low tables on "tatami" (traditional Japanese flooring of residences) which is one of the habits that country. There are in the menu the best known and most popular dishes of Japanese cuisine. I ate only several entries: Lotus Tempura, ceviche, oysters and others, which were fantastic. For 2 persons it was around 50€ with... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
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63 reviews 63 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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