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“Great food, good prices, lovely view” 5 of 5 stars
Review of A Portuguesa

A Portuguesa
Avenida da lousa | Avenida da Lousã, Coimbra, Portugal
+351 (0) 239 842 140
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Ranked #53 of 215 Restaurants in Coimbra
Cuisines: Portuguese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
CT
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great food, good prices, lovely view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This restaurant is a bit hard to find, but it's on the river and had a lovely view, pleasant service, reasonable prices and delicious food. Highly recommended as I also saw locals in the restaurant, which is a good sign.

Visited October 2012
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
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17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Good but badly Managed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Good location along the River - does not open until 12h45 for lunch !
Service was too imposing made me uncomfortable
Food good nothing special - Restaurant is trying to be something it is not
I had a Bacalhau Salad starter which was disappointing - badly prepared - clumps of Bacalhau which I left most of
Main was Octupus which was excellent served with fresh beans and potato - this was good
I skipped dessert and asked for a Port Wine (10 years old) Portal - good but over priced
The problem was that this meal took nearly three hours !
I did not leave a tip as the bill never came and in the end I had to get up and go inside and get the bill myself
They should open earlier so that they can turn tables round and also should stick to the basics and not try to have fancy dishes that do not work.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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94 restaurant reviews
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
“Real restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

So, after visiting low end places, for our last night in Coimbra, we went a bit upscale. We had been at Portuguesa last time we were in Coimbra, summer of 2006. Friends had taken us there; we did not remember the name, merely that fish was good, place was nice, and it was somewhere along the river. Anyway, we took a river cruise, and we saw a place that looked like it and which, somewhat to our surprise, was actually within walking distance from city center.

So we went. They still had whole fish by weight, with a square refrigerated display counter. So we walked in to look at the fish. Went for a nice whole robalo (probably a seabass), big enough for two, grilled.

Place is nicely decorated, service is as it should be, efficient, prompt and nearly invisible. Good wine list, nice table setting. So, nice ambiance and environment.

As to food, one might wonder if it is truly better than less fancy places downtown. In some ways, formula is the same, grilled fish served with potatoes and vegetables. Real difference was that you could get an obviously very fresh whole fish, instead of fillets or steaks, the freshness of which is not so easy to assess. So, still simple food, the Portuguese way. But we truly enjoyed our dinner.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Fresh fish in Coimbra”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2011 via mobile

This is a great option for lunch in Coimbra! Great river view and excelent food in a good environment! I would recomend the fresh fish... great option in Coimbra!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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