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“Great octopus,decent cod” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Essencia Lusa Restaurante Tradicional

Essencia Lusa Restaurante Tradicional
Rua de Sao Joao 85 | Sao Nicolau, Porto 4050-553, Portugal
+351 910 744 839
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Ranked #50 of 917 Restaurants in Porto
Cuisines: Portuguese
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Baltimore, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great octopus,decent cod”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

The octopus was outstanding and worth coming to this restaurant for. The cod was quite salty. I understand that salty is the way cod is traditionally prepared in Porto. The restaurant also had a great wine list at good prices.

Visited November 2013
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Porto, Porto, Portugal
1 review
“A great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

The place is charming and nice, the service is very good and the food is even better. I sincerely hope to have the pleasure of eating there very soon.

  • Visited November 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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Durban, South Africa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Food was great and service even better. Don't miss out! Generous wine list and prices are acceptable. Had the grilled Octopuss, was awesome.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Our neighborhood go-to meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

The nicest, most welcoming people work at this restaurant. The food is simple, delicious, inexpensive and the Essencia Lusa immediately became our go-to restaurant in Porto. One lunch, two dinners, in a squeaky clean, modern restaurant. It's small so either show up early/late or reserve a table.

  • Visited October 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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Wrocław
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Small but worth a look”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Compared to the monstrous joints down the hill it's tiny and we were one of only a few groups in there. The menu might be limited for some tastes but that only reflects the very personal nature of the restaurant, but the quality of what was produced was some of the highest we met in Portugal.

You can feel a real sense of pride in what they do, and it is reflected in the experience. Another group when we were in there had a misunderstanding with a vegetarian dish, and there was such an effort to put it right that you could see everyone genuinely cares about making your meal as enjoyable as possible.

Our last evening in Portugal was a pleasure thanks to our hosts, and if you want a good honest meal in a friendly environment then this comes heartily recommended.,

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