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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: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 10
    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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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

the dining room is elegant and the food is prepared nicely. Staff is attentive and knowledgeable. Seafood was prepared nicely.

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Tolmin, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We went to visit Bucaco forest and at the end of our journey we went into this palace to take some desserts and coffee. The interior is like in a fairy tale and the waiter is extremely kind. The desserts were delicious and the price is comparable to the service quality. But definitely worth a visit.

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New York, New York, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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