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Cafe Santiago

R. Passos Manuel 226, Porto 4000-382, Portugal
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Ranked #59 of 781 restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I really don't know why this place has 4 stars. You pay 9 euros for a sloppy meat sandwich covered with mediocre cheese and surrounded by equally mediocre fries. The concept could have been executed better. Not worth the wait especially since the host will let people in that he knows even if there is a list of people who... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We went there because I had looked up on Tripadvisor the best place to eat a Francesinha in Porto - and Santiago Cafe fullfilled our expectations:). The service was quick- although we were there at lunchtime and all tables were occupied. The francesinha was well seasoned and the fries that came along with it were better than portuguese average. For... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Came to Cafe Santiago on a recommendation and boy were we blown away! Sat up at the bar and ordered beer and Francesinha's. Talk about a tasty! Have not had a better tasting grilled sandwhich 'thing' ever! It is obviously a favourite of the locals, the wait staff spoke very little english, but were very friendly and helpful. Even cracking... More

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Norrkoping, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Went here with two friends after hearing they had the best Francesinha in Porto. Im not sure which of the restaurants I visited since there are two with the same name on the same street, I ate at the bigger one. Never had this dish before so I can't compare it, but it was really nice. Lots of cheese, tasty... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

the price is average and this restaurant is awarded as best one in 2013 (?) and dont go in the normal dining hour. it would be fully booked and has to be waited for a while. try to get there earlier.

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Barcelona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The food is really good and good quality-price. Although the waiters are serious, I can asure you they do the best they can so that you can enjoy your meal. Prove of it are the amount of people waiting to be seated. Its better to come from Monday to Friday for lunch. Not so many people at that time...

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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

You cannot go at Porto without eating a francesinha. And, for the local, Cafe Santiago is da best! And it is true. Francesinha is a sandwich. It is (for someone from Quebec) a mix of a "poutine" and a hot chicken. The sandwich is fille with sausage, steak, ham and covered with melted cheese and a hot thick tomato and... More

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Place is nice, crowded, centrally located, and what is most important, francesinha is great. We have tried it also in few other places, not so "famous", and this famous Porto dish was also with very good quality. I disagree with some comments that this place is cheap! It is quite expensive, comparing with other local restaurants. You can try this... More

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Gisborne, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This place was recommended to us by locals and we could see why. They have won awards, absolutely top service soooo cheap and very yummy THE place to eat Porto's famous sandwich! Very busy, very good! Also my wife and I asked and the halved a sandwich and made two plates up for us which was perfect for us, and... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We came for one thing: the Franceshina, after reading these reviews and the restaurant's own website paying tribute to Porto's signature sarnie. Packed full with both locals and tourists on our visit, but still managing friendly and quick service. The Franceshina is a monster of a sandwich; Santiago's take is true to form and delicious. Nice neat presentation. For taste,... More

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