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“All round quality not good!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Escondidinho

Escondidinho
Beco Cemiterio 2, Lagos, Portugal
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Ranked #28 of 294 Restaurants in Lagos
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: At the top of the hill behind the Tivoli Hotel. Small local family-run restaurant.
Lagos, Portugal
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“All round quality not good!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We had dinner at this restaurant over the weekend. I had not eaten there for years after a previous bad experience. We were invited by friends.

Like the Portuguese Contributor above, I was almost abused when I asked for a menu in Portuguese which I speak fluently. The hygiene conditions of the restaurant made me wonder why ASAE (the local health and safety agency) have not cited this place.

While the pork chops (febras) turned out to be lombinho do porco (pork tenderloin) and quite nice, it was quite clear that this establishment targets non-portuguese speaking tourists. We were given a sardine starter and a glass of Muscatel as hors d'oeuvre without even being asked if we wanted it. (I was driving so I was not drinking. )

Generally not a good evening!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Milan, Italy
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56 reviews 56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Best place for sardines”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

This place, very far from the beaten track, is a great spot to get as many nice and super tasty grilled sardines at very popular price. The service is ok, don't expect any frill, and the rest of the food good. Low key in terms of interior design. It is a great place I believe for a group of people or if you want to try something very local and not touristy. I enjoyed the food and the experience.

Visited July 2012
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Hertfordshire
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18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“A real find. Best Sardines Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Escondidinho restaurant was recommended by our taxi driver. We asked for somewhere traditional Portugese for our lunch. It is not easy to find but is well worth the effort. Outside is some fairly basic bench seating, with further seatig inside. We chose fish and prawn kebabs to share plus sardines. Our plates were then filled with the freshest, fantasitcally cooked sardines we have even had. The sardines came with salad and potatoes and the sardines came until you said no more. We must have had at least 10 each.. The outside seating made for a good atmosphere and the restaurant seemed popular with the locals. Well worth a vist for the sardines.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Shipley
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Sardines all the way!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Escondidinho is Portugeuse for "hideway". Consequently this restaurant is not easy to find but is well worth the effort. We sat outside on some fairly basic bench seating and were asked if we wanted to see menu or to have sardines. My wife and I opted for sardines - Filipe on the grill immediately filled our plate with sardines, He would have continued to do so all night if I hadn't politely refused after having around 20. The sardines came with salad and potatoes and we had 3 small carafes of very drinkable white wine. Unfortunately we weren't quite up to the challenge of eating 40 which would have made our meal free. However we paid less than 35 Euros which was more than reasonable. The outside seating made for a good atmosphere and we met lots of people. The place seems very popular with the locals. even the presence of some L****s Utd fans couldn't spoil it.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sussex
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

This little known fish restaurant is a gem!! Had lunch here on 3 occassions. The fish is so fresh and cooked perfectly, the sardines are legendary!! The owner and his family really look after you and the prices are very fair.

Visited June 2012
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