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Cafe Santiago

#100 of 1,052 Restaurants in Porto
#107 of 1,097 Places to Eat in Porto
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R. Passos Manuel 226, Porto 4000-382, Portugal
222055797
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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After a long hard day of sightseeing, we decided to drive from the Pousada to Cafe Santiago for their FRANCESINHA sandwich. The GPS brought us to the cafe through horrible traffic. There were one way streets, lots of policemen preventing illegal parking, and awful traffic. After many turns we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Aarhus, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Never tried before, but the francesigna we got was amazing!! If in two, consider taking just one and asking for the split version. It'll cost 1€more but will be enough for two to have a nice lunch!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

After a long hard day of sightseeing, we decided to drive from the Pousada to Cafe Santiago for their FRANCESINHA sandwich. The GPS brought us to the cafe through horrible traffic. There were one way streets, lots of policemen preventing illegal parking, and awful traffic. After many turns we found a parking garage and went in, not knowing how long... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I think the restaurant was nice, the service too. I was told the best francesina was there. I didn't like it. I believe I may be the problem. I'm from Quebec, Canada, and if you ever eaten "Our poutine" you may not be able to appreciate any francesina!!

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Istanbul
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

If you want to try the francesinha this is the best place to do it. It is a local restaurant which is a good sign that the restaurant is good itself. The thing about francesinha is the sauce, you can eat francesinha anywhere in Portugal, its quite famous but its possible that you wont like it since it is more... More 

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

You should check this place out for their " francesinhas," - this sandwich concoction with many layers of bread, meats, cheeses, gravies, etc. My friend had it and said it was delicious, though at some point, she couldn't manage to eat the whole thing so she ended up eating the meat filling only. I had the fish and chips which... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This place is very well-known for the francesinhas. And I can tell certainly the restaurant was full of locals when I visited it. I cannot compare the francesinha I tried here with others because it was the first and last time I ever tried this traditional Porto dish. However, I enjoyed my experience! The francesinha was really good. The only... More 

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Addison, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

After a walking tour of Porto, I asked the guide for her recommendation on where to eat and she directed me to this gem. I arrived during the lunch rush, and couldn't see a single open seat so I stepped outside, thinking I'd try again another day. A waiter had spotted me and came out to offer to make room... More 

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Portugal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Honestly? Don't even bother with the francesinha. Overrated restaurant. It is very popular and there is always a long queue at the door. Because of all this hype I was totally disappointed. Francesinha is ok, but far, far away from being a Very good one. There are dozens of other places in Porto that have a better francesinha than this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

this is the place for franchesina in Porto without doubt. The place was packed and everyone seemed to be eating them. They kindly served a full portion as 2 halves as these things with chips are enormous. Enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Really great francesinha sandwich. Recommend with egg and chips. Goes down great with a super bock. Girlfriend had a mixed omelette, which was apparently also good... but seriously, cannot compare with the cheesy meaty beer-sauce goodness of the francesinha. Great friendly staff too

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Additional Information about Cafe Santiago

Address: R. Passos Manuel 226, Porto 4000-382, Portugal
Phone Number: 222055797
Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Porto
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: French

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: R. Passos Manuel 226, Porto 4000-382, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Porto
  • Phone Number: 222055797

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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