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“not easy to find, but worthwhile” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Come Prima Restaurante Italiano

Come Prima Restaurante Italiano
Rua do Olival 256, Lisbon 1200-744, Portugal
213902457
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Ranked #13 of 2,193 restaurants in Lisbon
Price range: $26 - $65
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Pizza & Pasta
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Good for: Romance, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Praise there is aplenty for Come Prima, one of Lisbon���s best-loved traditional Italian restaurants. Being a bit tucked away on Rua Olival, an easy walk from the romantic Tapada das Necessidades gardens, is part of the restaurant���s considerable charm. A reassuringly cosy atmosphere, lovely lighting, wooden tables and chairs and friendly staff - Come Prima hits all the right notes. Expect wonderfully simple Italian classics - tomato soup to tiramisu - freshly prepared with skill and care. Some diners have said the pasta and pizza are the best they���ve ever had. What���s certain is Come Prima hand-make their pasta fresh, and bake their pizzas to perfection in a wood-fired oven. Nice wine list, too. Ask for a table upstairs where it���s cosiest.
Huizen, The Netherlands
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“not easy to find, but worthwhile”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

During our stay in Lisbon we visited this restaurant twice: a bit hard to find but it was worth it; the second time we took a taxi which was inexpensive – so recommendable.

Reception and atmosphere were nice, in a place that has a lower and an upper part. The menu is great, with a good possibility to choose. Choice of wines is ok as well, with reasonable priced bottles and some good wines by the glass. And the bites of the couvert are good.

Good straight forward cooking, great portions and nice service: it is all in order. Just: I asked for sambuca with the coffee and that was not available – in an Italian restaurant ….. But: five minutes later the staff entered with a bottle of sambuca that they fixed somewhere. How about that for service!

The bill was fair. Especially on the second occasion we wondered why so few guests were in for dinner, because less than 50% of the tables were occupied Compared to all sort of places in f.i. the docks Come Prima deserves more clientele.

  • Visited November 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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“Lovely restaurant, eccellent italian cuisine, friendly staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

I was in Lisbon and since we are not big fans of bacalau and portuguese cuisine in general we were looking for something different.
We picked this italian restaurant basing ourselves on the tripadvisor reviews.
we were not disappointed and ended up dining there 2 evenings.
The restaurant is run by a nice portuguese couple and the chef (the husband) learnt his job in Rome. You can taste that. The touch is definetely italian (and I am an italian born),
The service is attentive and warm. everthing is home made. good wine list as well.
The enviroment is warm and cosy a lot of wood and candles on the table. I can recommend this place. You´ll have a nice evening and very good food.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Best resaurant near the Lapa Palace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

very good food, and excellent wine selection and advice. We would definitely return if we were again in Lisbon. Very welcoming and attentive service.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“My favorite Italian restaurant ever.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Service was excellent! Portions are large, I wish I could have eaten it all! Our waiter was courteous and attentive. We went there the last two nights and was very impressed both times ! We will deffinintly be back the next time were down in this area & I would for sure recommend to anyone I know coming down here ! This is my favorite Italian restaurant ever.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Lisbon's best kept secret!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

Great food, great place, great value and wonderful people!! Thank you so much for the nice evening !

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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