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“Not wonderful, but certainly not bad!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of O Cardo

O Cardo
Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo, 3 C, Lisbon 1050-115, Portugal
(351) 21 353 82 94
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Ranked #1,152 of 2,350 Restaurants in Lisbon
Cuisines: Portuguese
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
El Jadida, Morocco
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421 reviews 421 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
“Not wonderful, but certainly not bad!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This place is right next to my hotel and I popped in after my flight here.

So, what could I have but cod for my first meal in Portugal? I asked for it to come grilled and it was fine, accompanied by a bog-standard salad and three pieces of boiled potato.

I refused the bits and pieces of fish paste, cheese and so on that get put on your table in every restaurant like this in Portugal, as their value for money is poor.

It filled a hole. It was pleasant, but not gastronomy - and I wasn't expecting it to be.

Just ask for a simple meal here and it will be fine.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Watch out”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Just visited and ordered fresh crab - costs about 22 euro, waiter takes it from the tank to the kitchen to cook. About twenty minutes later food arrives on the table. The crab is frozen cold. How can it be the same crab just cooked freshly? Well it wasn't . Find this masquerade offensive and sent it back. Wonder if they try it on with all tourists or just older women. Dishonest and not good enough.
People next to us overcharged on bill - lesson this evening, watch out.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Paris, France
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110 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Rude service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Having just checked into our hotel and wanting something close by for lunch we found “O Cardo” on the corner. They offer some daily specials but they are only listed in Portuguese and the waiter was not willing or did not understand our request to have them translated. The menu itself is in Portuguese, French, English and Spanish. We had an omelet, chicken with garlic sauce, small steak and seafood soup. The three main dishes were served with fries and rice. The food came out quickly which was nice. The food was good though the service was not. Not sure if the waiter did not like us because we spoke English or if he was having a bad day but he acted as if we were bothering him or in his way. The two star rating is based on the service and would give it three stars based on the food. With so many hotel near by one would think service would be better.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Lviv, Ukraine
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“looks can be deceiving. Great spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

This place didn't seem like a good stop but the food was great. The service was good and I'd definitely go again. The fried cod fish and the cod Portuguese style were both excellent.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Macae, RJ
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“Very nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

There is not a lot of options, but everything I ordered was delicious. I recommend for those who want to have a tasty meal and for a reasonable price.

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