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Restaurante Joao Vaz - Palace Hotel do Bussaco

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Mata Nacional do Bussaco, Luso, Mealhada 3050-261, Portugal
+351231937970
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8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very good meal in stunning restaurant

The room is the star attraction. The food was very good but not outstanding. Service was OK. Wine by the glass was rather expensive.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2014
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Edinburgh, Scotland
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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New York, New York, United States
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112 reviews 112 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The food and the service are superb in an unique atmosphere. The restaurant definitely deserve to be visited

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The room is the star attraction. The food was very good but not outstanding. Service was OK. Wine by the glass was rather expensive.

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London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a beautiful extraordinary building. The tiles alone are worth the visit. The restaurant is also pretty good though perhaps not as spectacular as you might expect for the setting. We were particularly taken by the strawberry soup and the seasonal produce on the menu. The service was perfectly fine, in fact they were very helpful to my friend... More 

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Vila Franca do Campo, Portugal
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013 via mobile

Tried this restaurant expecting a 5 star hotel restaurant experience. Food was very good, really enjoyed the sardines, great duck, dessert a flan store bought. Service unimaginable, looked like 10 lost human beings. Had to serve my own wine and water. The bread was frozen when served and replaced without any apology.

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Luso, Aveiro, Portugal
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75 reviews 75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

The Palace it self it is a pearl of Portugal. Service is made according to 5 star standards. Wine cellar is one of the most fantastic in Portugal.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Low quality food, extremely slow service. I'm quite baffled by the four and five star reviews. There may be a good reason for the low quality too: The contract for the hotel is up, and the restaurant must be part of the package. There's really no reason for the current hotel chain to invest in any sort of improvement. If... More 

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Western Ireland, Ireland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

super meal at the price, in(or rather, just outside) a 5 star hotel, wine was out of this world, service very good, my first Leitao...excellent. Altogether a great Hotel/Restaurant.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

We stayed at the Palace for the night, and we had done so much driving we just wanted to stay and have a little meal. We were shocked by the prices-- €40 for a 3 course meal in Portugal is pretty scandalous-- but wanted to try anyway, thinking "how bad can it be" even in the light of very bad... More 

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Porto, Portugal
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

If the whethet is good choose to have your meal on the balcony that is marevously

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Singapore, Singapore
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60 reviews 60 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

We found this resto accidentely trying to chose a stop for lunch in our drive from Porto to Lisbon. and did not expect to end up dining in Royal palace. the palace is admirable! Staff is nice and helpful. Great value for money. DId not expect to end up with so small bill. We had better food in Postugal, but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mata Nacional do Bussaco, Luso, Mealhada 3050-261, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Aveiro District  >  Mealhada
  • Phone Number: +351231937970

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 157 - 1575
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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