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El Gordo

Praca S. Joao, 7 | Quadrado, Trancoso, State of Bahia 45818-970, Brazil
73 3668-1193
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Ranked #16 of 39 Restaurants in Trancoso
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations
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McLean VA
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134 reviews 134 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

El Gordo is known for its view but the food is just average. A local gave us a tip--have drinks at El Gordo and then have dinner at O Cacau directly across the Quadrado. We ignored his advice and had dinner one night at O Cacau and then the next night at El Gordo. Lesson learned: Always trust the locals.... More

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Denver, Colorado
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69 reviews 69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Service was great! Had the seafood muqueca! Everything was very tasty. The prices you pay here are certainly for tourists, as we probably spend in one night here and all the other restaurants on the square and vicinity. The amount a local Brazilian will make in a full month of work. :(

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Washington, DC
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

It is a great restaurant, a little pricey, but with amazing food and service. We had pasta and fish and both dishes were delicious!

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Sao Paulo, SP
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We went for an early dinner at El Gordo on our last night in Trancoso... We were the first to arrive. At first service seemed to be okay. The woman who appeared to be the manager came to our table and was quite nice. We ordered a few drinks before ordering the food (we took our time, after all we... More

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014 via mobile

At R$98.00 this must be the best of the many Trancoso rip offs. The view is for free at the end of the square. Just don't bother

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Ninove, Belgium
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Although service was good and very attentive to our 4year old daughter, the prices are high for the quality brought to your table. My wife ordered the lobster from chef's suggestion and dish was simple (pasta and lobster), sauce was very salty and lobster was hard from being overcooked. My dish (sea bass with banana risotto) was much better but... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Only had a drink at the restaurant, late afternoon, caipiroska at R$ 32,00. Expensive, but the view is great. Bartender was nice and offered me to change the drink if it was not good enough. I did observe the bad service as mentioned by other posts, seeing people having to wait for service with waitresses standing around having a chat..... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews 54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We´ve had a late lunch that lasted up to night. The food is ok, nothing special. The view, however, is something to remember! Overpriced like everything else in Trancoso during high season. You pay for the ambiance.

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Herndon, Virginia
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

A little overpriced in my opinion. The view of the rising moon from the restaurant is breathtaking! Service is very good.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

We went for dinner and had a nice meal but not one I'll remember for a long time. Overall I found the place overpriced - and this in Trancoso where prices are generally higher than other places - and the service average. Wine list was expensive with same wines being $15-20 more than in other places.

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