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“Goodish... but not outstanding.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of O Tabuleiro

O Tabuleiro
Rua Serpa Pinto, 140-148, Tomar, Portugal
249 312 771
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Ranked #6 of 60 Restaurants in Tomar
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: O Restaurante "Tabuleiro", situado no centro historico de Tomar, procura aliar a confeccao da comida tradicional portuguesa uma rigorosa seleccao dos nossos produtos regionais.Venha conhecer-nos, experimentar uma refeicao na "nossa"casa, a nossa comida e podera contar com o melhor acolhimento.Temos capacidade para 100 pessoas, proporcionamos o ambiente ideal para festas de grupos, aniversarios ou para o convivio que ha muito anseia. Saborear uma refeicao, na companhia daqueles com quem mais gosta de privar. Faz parte dos prazeres da vida!Durante os meses de Verao temos disponivel o nosso servico de esplanada para que sinta em pleno o prazer do ar livre.O nosso Arroz de Peixe, Picadinha a Tabuleiro, Bife a Tabuleiro, Massada de Peixe, Feijoada de Chocos, Caril de Galinha, Arroz de Pato, Cozido a Portuguesa e muitos outros fazem do nosso restaurante um lugar que procura preservar a comida Tradicional Portuguesa, uma das nossas maiores riquezas.Somos um restaurante familiar. Venha fazer parte da nossa familia.Temos em cada cliente um amigo e gostamos de longas e duradouras amizades.
Worcester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Goodish... but not outstanding.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

My parents live locally and when my family (two pre-teens children) visit Tomar we always lunch out. This restaurant is one we have been to many times over many years. Conveniently situated on the main pedestrian street mere yards from the square, you can take a table outside under umbrellas, indoors with the traditionally Portuguese dark-wood furniture section or in the more modern sleek surroundings of the modern white, red and black furnished eating area.

It's not cheap. But then Tomar is touristy. The menu boasts traditional Portuguese fare and the menus are translated into French, English and German for visitors. A couple of staff speak basic English. When conversing in Portuguese (which the staff do appreciate, and that's not to be sniffed at) they speak slowly in reply, a bonus if your language skills are not fluent. Plus you do get a better idea of what your potential meal order is! Service is usually prompt but beware... if you go in after 1pm for lunch, you may wait a wee while.

House red wine is always good when ordered as a carafe. Be careful to ensure the bit-pricey bread and cheese/ olives starter combo is something you want as it does get plonked down on the table as standard... and you can ask for it to be taken away, should you wish. Main courses are limited to a handful of dishes: the fish and black pork are tasty. They also have a 'Prato da dia' menu (dish of the day... it's what the locals seem to choose, and is markedly cheaper) that gives a choice of a fish or meat dish. Mains tends to come with the de riguer chips and rice but you can request side salad which, though basic, is a generous serving and has a standard vinagrette dressing.

Desserts are again limited but good. Local melon is fab, chocolate mousse for the kids and if you're feeling indulgent and not counting the calories try a deliciously sweet baba de camelo (caramel mousse). And do round off your meal with bika: the sublime, bitter, thick, rich coffee that is an inherent part of Portuguese life.

Service was somewhat tardy on our last visit. Plus the fish/ meat portions were barely enough per person, being bumped up by the carbs on our plates. Prices had gone up. And 'attention to detail' was lacking somewhat from previous visits. I hope they regain their former glory... it used to be great but it's now just another eatery.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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London, England, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Unimpressive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

This restaurant dominates the main street and there are always queues to get in - but don't let that convince you this is the best place to eat. I'm half Portuguese and know what a good meal in this country consists of - this is not it. The dishes are really unsatisfying and service is slow and arrogant - hence the queues. I saw tourists getting annoyed this year and I gave up after a few minutes. It's not often I say I hate a restaurant - but I really hope it's not there on my next visit.

Visited August 2012
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Common restaurant...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

I don't understand how could this restaurant be in the 1st place. I went to the restaurant with two people and everyone ask for a different dish. Only one was acceptable and the others were not bad but definitely not good. There are many other chip restaurants much better.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Lisbon, Portugal
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Excellent value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

It is a very good restaurant, very well located and you can have there a good meal for an excellent value.

Visited June 2012
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BARNSLEY, SOUTH YORKSHIRE
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Lovely staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

Very friendly and efficient service. Whopping great plates of really nice food - proper food. Lovely atmosphere.

Visited May 2012
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