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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 #9 of 29 restaurants in Trancoso
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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65% Recommend
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  • English first
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  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Sao Paulo, SP
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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335 reviews 335 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

On a very rainy day last June I tried El Gordo, the famous restaurant and hostel in Trancoso's Quadrado Square. Sorry to disappoint many TripAdvisor reviewers, but our experience was an excellent one. Due to the rain, the restaurant was not busy and we had a wonderful meal and service. They even offered us towels to dry up ourselves, since... More

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Dropped into an old favorite this week with some friends for a relaxing lunch, food great as normal and staff all on top form. The managress who is loverly was again the perfect host. My Guests got stuck into Octopus and seea bass which looked very good. I had been suffering and wanted only a very light lunch so a... More

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São Paulo
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Never had a good meal in this beautiful and overpriced restaurant. Go for drinks and to enjoy the scenery.

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