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“Fantastic dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ze Manel dos Ossos

Ze Manel dos Ossos
Beco do Forno, 12, Coimbra 3000-192, Portugal
+351239823790
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Ranked #5 of 231 Restaurants in Coimbra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $23
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
New York, NY
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“Fantastic dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

This place was just great. Delicious rustic Portugese food served in a tiny busy space. Service very good and authentic. The prices are ridiculously cheap. Don't miss it.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago
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40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
“Tasty Meats”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Fantastic local spot for tasty Portugese food served is a small, cozy atmosphere. The staff is great, offering suggestions on local favorites, and providing efficent and friendly service. The pork with mushrooms and ribs with beans and rice were well seasoned, and delicious. I can see why this place is popular with both locals and tourist.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Waltham, Massachusetts
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“Feel like you're a local”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

You feel like you need a password to get in to this tiny grotto of an eatery. We saw some people standing in an alley next to what looked like a derelict storefront. Then, magically, it opened and we piled in, with the owner/waiter pointing - how many? you there, you and you, there, he's standing over you, squeezed into tiny tables with people you don't know, your head brushing against an obscene drawing that some starving artist drew on the paper tablecloth and then posted on the wall, along with thousands of other scraps. We shared the perch - magnificent. The table next to us had so much food they used a chair for the wine and the bread. Everyone spoke Portuguese at once. It could have been the farmers and burghers mingling for lunch in 1928 or even 1528. Laughter. The jokes needed no translation. We used our scraps of Portuguese to negotiate paying - "a conta, por favor."

Visited April 2013
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“Delightful Night at Ze Manel dos Ossos”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The food was not pretentious. The chief waiter was friendly and funny. We were served with different sorts of cheese and bread, then stewed lamb and pork, with beans, huge portion of potato and vegetable. Including house wine and chocolate it costs 30 Euro for two people. The great joy here is the atmosphere, rustic and authentic and jam.

Be there early. else waiting for long.

The best one for us is Porta Larga, Antonio.

http://hkindependent-traveller-croatia.blogspot.hk/2013/02/coimbra-food-budget-accommodation.html

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Unique, Fun & Great Food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Ze Manel is the stereotypical 'tasca' - a small restaurant serving very typical Portuguese food. The restaurant is an institution in Coimbra, with the jovial service and great food being well known to the locals. The unique decoration, personable service and superb food make it a very worthwhile pit stop for tourists and locals alike.

The restaurant doesn't take bookings, and is VERY small. If you want to avoid queuing for dinner it is a good idea to be there at (or close to) opening time (7pm). Lunch service normally isn't horrendously crowded.

We would recommend the 'Ossos' (where the restaurant gets its name) as a starter, the Wild Boar stew (Javali) and/or the Ribs (Entrecosto) for mains, and the chocolate mousse for desert.

No matter what you choose, it will be a great meal and unique experience. Highly recommended.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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