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“Simply: the best steak ever” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe De Sao Bento

Cafe De Sao Bento
Rua de Sao Bento, 212 | 1200-821 Lisboa, Lisbon 1200-821, Portugal
+351 21 395 2911
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Ranked #58 of 2,625 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $22 - $62
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Portuguese restaurant specialized in steaks ( steakhouse) . Known as the Best Steak in Town ( by Time Out , " vox populi" and other magazines . You can have lunch in working days and dinner everyday until 02 AM
Lisbon, Portugal
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“Simply: the best steak ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Even after eating a fillet mignon at Marco Pierre White Grill, I can say that this is one is (by far) even better.

The restaurant itself is extremely cosy with a very unique environment and decoration. When you see the door closed, don't assume it's closed. You need to ring the bell - a way of making the experience more cosy and welcoming. The waiters are extremely nice, always trying to build a "personal" relationship with you.

Ask for a "trilogia de presuntos" (Ham Trilogy) for a starter and then go with the classic "Bife à Cafe de S. Bento" - the best steak in Lisbon according to Timeout Magazine. Make sure to ask the fillet steak (bife do lombo) and not the sirloin (bife da vazia) Tender, succulent and with an amazing cream sauce, the steak is only 23€ - expensive for portuguese standards but very cheap if you've ever tried to eat out a steak in London or Paris!

If you come for lunch time during the week, you will most likely see a lot of personalities such as politicians, writers, etc.

A truly unique experience :)

  • Visited July 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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“when I'm hungry there's nothing like a really good steak”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

hungry needs a tender and tasty steak!! In Lisbon, I always come back to café de São Bento.
There, I can eat a really excelent steak with frites - also excelent

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Delicious steak!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

Came here based in TA reviews using the city guides app. The steak was flawless. So tender! I have no idea how they do it. I ordered medium rare, the steak cane out more rare but it was si delicious it really didnt need any more cooking. Besutiful creamy sauce complimented the steak. The creamed spinach was delicious as were the fries. If you cone here expect a steak as theres nothing else on the menu. Well wirth the visit although you are paying higher prices. Well worth it though! We walked in without a booking dressed as tourists. We felt a bit under dressed. Its definitely not a cafe! The service was great!

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“If you like steak then it's great!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

As everyone else has mentioned, the steak is the main attraction here and with good reason. There isn't a great range of stuff on the menu but what they do, they do very well. I had sirloin steak (the filet mignon was a bit out of our price range!!), the kind that's in the main photo for the restaurant on TripAdvisor. I can't remember what it was called but it's the first time I've had steak served like that as an island in the middle of a bowl of sauce, but it really is delicious! The fries that come with it are also incredible and you get a huge portion. They're the size/width of American style fries but with the batter of English chip shop chips. Our starter, a plate of various cured meats, was also great.

The only thing I can fault this place on is that it's quite difficult to find, and when we did find it we thought it was closed as there's no bright sign or anything. But it turns out you have to ring the doorbell and the waiter will come and let you in. The service was great and the waiter was attentive and spoke good English. The restaurant is quite small so I would recommend booking in advance just in case. The whole place is also smoking (this wasn't an issue for us as only one person was smoking on the opposite side of the room so didn't have any effect), but I'm sure this would be a deal breaker for some.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vila Real, Vila Real, Portugal
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Very good environment, irreproachable hospitality, food top level.We felt really at home to taste something that was so simple as good.I recommend unconditionally.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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