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“Fabulous Respite” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Santa Cruz

Cafe Santa Cruz
Praca 8 de Maio, Coimbra, Portugal
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Ranked #29 of 213 Restaurants in Coimbra
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: http://www.cafesantacruz.com/
Toronto, Canada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Fabulous Respite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

After the drive from Porto we arrived too late for lunch and this is a great spot that serves food all day long. Don’t wait for a table outside, go in to see the interior, which still retains the architecture from the adjoining church. The vaulted ceiling and wooden panels are wonderful and the staff provides table service. Very fast and friendly waiters will serve simple and delicious sandwiches. Go for the ‘toasted’, it’s like a Panini, warm with melted cheese and very good.

We stopped here again after a long afternoon for a drink and saw their notice for a Fado show on Saturday evenings at 10:00. (FYI; in Coimbra, Fado is only preformed by male singers; I learned that on this trip). After dinner we returned to Café Santa Cruz to see the Fado performance, and even though we do not understand Portuguese we really enjoyed the music, what a great end to a day.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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cork
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Praiseworthy.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Experience great toasted sandwiches, super friendly service and relax. Historic location as the University, Baixa and other places of interest are within walking distance. Outside seating to soak in the atmosphere. This restaurant has wi-fi connection.

  • Visited August 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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Montreal, Canada
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great cafe for free fado”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Beautiful cafe right next to the Santa Cruz church. They often have free fado presentations in the evening. We went there twice and loved it. It may be slightly overpriced, but for free fado, it's definitely worth it! Come on time as the place can be filled up. Excellent service.

Visited July 2013
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Stunning building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We found ourselves inside accidentally courtesy of a heavy downpour ! Decided to duck in to escape the rain and wasn't expecting the beautiful interior we found ourselves in. As it wasn't long since we had eaten breakfast we only had coffee which was hot and flavoursome and served efficiently. Worth a visit.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Egland
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4 restaurant reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Can't comment on food as we didn't eat, but great atmosphere and wonderful setting for fado.
The building was originally part of the church next door, and the vaulted ceiling makes for great acoustics. A special place

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
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