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Cafe Santiago

#99 of 1,037 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, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night

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  • 12
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  • 4
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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
Delicious Francesinha and friendly waiter

Went there around 4pm and it was quite empty. They have three kinds of francesinha on their menu with not too much of a price difference. Since the meal itself is already very heavy, I ordered the third option, which was the simplest one. Also ordered a green cabbage soup, which was potato based... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I never got to try this sandwich anywhere else, but I can tell you it was wonderful here. Great sauce and the fries are delicious soaked in it as well. Good service and cheap beer as well.

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London
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18 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The owner of the flat we were staying at told us to go to this place. We didn't know it was going to be such a treat. There was a bit of a queue but after 15 minutes we got a place at the bar. Still, the service was excellent and all staff were very friendly, especially with our 10... More 

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Lorain, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

A Portuguese friend recommended this place off the beaten path. Place was packed at 8pm but got a seat at the bar. The sandwich was huge and glad I shared it with my wife. Service was great and the bar staff joked with us. 2 beers and the Francishna was €15. A real cost saver. Probably 99% of clientele was... More 

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Dortmund, Germany
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I could say the sandwich and their chilli sauce was quite delicious. But what I liked more was their day special (Rojoes a Moda do Minho), which was true detonation of tastes :) It included fried octopus, ham, stuffed pig intestines, grilled liver, fried liver, grilled pork, the best cooked potatoes that I have ever tasted and a plate of... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Went there around 4pm and it was quite empty. They have three kinds of francesinha on their menu with not too much of a price difference. Since the meal itself is already very heavy, I ordered the third option, which was the simplest one. Also ordered a green cabbage soup, which was potato based and delicious. The waiter didn't speak... More 

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

It may have the best francesinha in the whole town, it may don't. But whatever you do, don't visit on Saturday night unless you're willing to wait 1 hour for a plate of sandwich

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Porto, Portugal
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I know... this is considered the best Francesinha in Porto, but there is something wrong. I'm not saying it isn't... simply, such as all the best things, even this could be even better. I agree: "molho" (sauce) is really good and I loved it. Even the preparation seems to be accurate and refined, with a sophisticated choice and a careful... More 

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Porto, Portugal
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 via mobile

one of the most famous places for the typical "Francesinha". I have been coming to this place since the current management took over, many years ago, and the quality is always the best. It's always crowded so you should expect to wait for a table, independently of the day of the week.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Not much to say about this restaurant...onde of the best spots to eat (and repeat) "Francesinha", the typical sandwich with the secret sauce served all over the country, but native from Porto. Several awards over the years made this restaurant one of the most crowded in the city.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

One of the best Francesinha in Oporto, the ingredients are excellent (the steak, the sausage, etc.) The service is nice and friendly, as you usually expect in Oporto. However since the high demand you may have to wait a while for a table, but it's worthwhile

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Restaurant Details

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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