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Bonsai Restaurante Japones

#180 of 2,739 Restaurants in Lisbon
#196 of 2,839 Places to Eat in Lisbon
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Rua da Rosa 248 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon, Portugal
+351 213 462 515
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tue - Sat 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: The oldest Japanese restaurant in Portugal, located in the charming...
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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  • 63
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  • 31
    Very good
  • 9
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  • 1
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  • 2
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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 of 5 stars
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Found this little place on Trip Advisor and decided to give it a try. What a surprise!!! The place is somewhat hidden. Once you open the door you feel transported to the heart of Japan... Great ambience and decoration. Service was very polite, not extremely friendly. Food was very ver good, up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Madrid - Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Found this little place on Trip Advisor and decided to give it a try. What a surprise!!! The place is somewhat hidden. Once you open the door you feel transported to the heart of Japan... Great ambience and decoration. Service was very polite, not extremely friendly. Food was very ver good, up to the standards of the best jap restaurants... More 

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Cascais, Portugal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The more I go to sushi places the more I treasure and love Bonsai You need to be attentive to details to realize you are in a very good Japanese restaurant The cut made on the sashimi is unique ( in Portugal I have only found identical fish preparation and cut at Aya and Tomo) The fish quality and preparation... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

If you love Japanese food & if you like to dine in the atmosphere that reminds of vintage James Bond film you will adore Bonsai. The experience was dimmed a little bit by the slightly unfriendly wait staff but as the food was fantastic this can be easily overlooked. Personal highlight is their rotating starter menu. I can only recommend... More 

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Maroochydore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

As a rule, we don't eat other than the local cuisine when travelling. While appreciating the wonderful fish and seafood in Lisbon, we find it a little bland for our taste. For this reason we like to alterrnate with a different, favourite cuisine. Had seen this place on one of our forays, and after checking Trip.Advisor, decided to give it... More 

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Davis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Our family of four had dinner at Bonsai last night. The sushi, nabeyaki udon, and salmon gazpacho were great. The mushroom tempura was okay - kind of too bland. One of the waiters was very sweet and always smiling, but the other one seemed annoyed by the presence of our 9 year-old son.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

If you love sushi and are in Lisbon this is the place to go, in the heart of the city, in the bairro alto area, as soon as you enter and see all the japonese customers you just know it's going to be good, it does not disapoint,you can taste the freshness and quality of the sushi and it is... More 

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Albufeira, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Judging by the name already know what comes. The decor and music are here to remember that Japan is the great honored. To have a meal 100% oriental you should reserve in advance the low tables (very private meal sitting as the Japanese do). Customers can also monitor the implementation of the dishes, ranging from Sushi to fish fondue and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Bonsai is the best japanese restaurant in lisbon with a chef from japan good food and good price and service too.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

THE BEST! Amazing tuna, one of the best i ever eaten!! We took some sushi, sashimi and some maki, with a big bottle of wine (28 sushi/sashimi + 8 maki + the wine = arround 60 euros). The ambiance is pure, really traditional (like the food). If you love good sushi go there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

With permission from you all, im gonna let my wife write this review down as she has eaten half an ocean at japoneses restaurants already: "as a japanese food crazy person, this is theeeeee best if had in a very long time. Rice on point, fish very fresh and very tasty, and with a great Japanese staff. Over all great... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rua da Rosa 248 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Lisbon
  • Phone Number: +351 213 462 515

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 24 - 37
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

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!
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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