Parreirinha d'Alfama
Parreirinha d'Alfama
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Traditional restaurant/club where you can dine to the romantic sounds of fado.
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  • trcekids
    Atlanta, Georgia33 contributions
    A Nice Portugese Experience
    We asked a Tuk Tuk driver for an authentic Portugese restaurant recommendation and she drove us to Parreirinha de Alfama. Great choice!! The restaurant was small and intimate and the food was very good. We were also entertained by 3 Fado singers who performed before each course of the meal. What a memorable night!
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2022
  • ispac
    Barcelona, Spain18,616 contributions
    Lugar adecuado para escuchar fado en directo y acompañar de una buena cena. Muy cerca del Museo del fado en la parte baja del típico barrio de Alfama.
    Written May 10, 2020
  • OnAir7118
    6 contributions
    A great evening in the Alfama with Argentina Santos
    We visited Portugal in April 2005 and spent a few days and evenings in Lisboa before heading to the coast where we had rented a cottage near Malveira. First, the Hotel Olissipo Castelo on Rua Costa do Castelo in the Alfama is a great place to stay. Courteous helpful staff, lovely rooms (we had one with a terrace), quiet and with easy access to downtown via the #12 tram. A substantial full breakfast was included. We thought that we received very good value at 99Euros/night. Highly recommended. In the Alfama the tourist pressure is low and we found the local vendors to be very friendly without the hard sell that you sometimes encounter in more touristy locales. Take a bottle of water and good walking shoes: the Alfama is hilly and you will get thirsty. You can walk from the hotel to the Parreirinha d'Alfama which is owned by Ms Santos, and is located on Beco do Espírito Santo 1 near the Tagus River. Taxis are readily available. The club is hidden in the corner of a little square almost across the street from the Museu do Fado. I had researched fado clubs on the Internet and Parreirinha d'Alfama popped up several times with good reviews for the music and its food. We went on a Friday night at 830pm: we had made a reservation by telephone from Toronto a week before. And a good thing too, the place was packed but our reserved table was close to the performers. The arroz de marisco (seafood with rice) is very good. The entertainment starts around 915 or so. Typically, a singer with two accompanists (twelve string guitarra Portuguesa and the six string viola, which looks like a classical guitar) will sing three songs. There is a short break and then a different singer will perform with the same accompanists. We had a total of five different performers including Ms Santos: lucky for us as she was the class of evening. We finally left at midnight having had a wonderful evening with good food and wine and great entertainment. I recall that our bill for everything (aperitif, appetizers, main course, dessert, coffee, wine, tip, entertainment and a CD by Ms Santos) was around 110 Euros. We thought that this was very good value especially as the entertainment was included in the meal prices. We saw arroz de marisco listed for more money at non-fado restaurants. We recommend the Parreirinha d'Alfama highly. Do it! You only pass this way once. Smile and say bom dia/bo tarde; the Portuguese are wonderful people. Obrigado Portugal! Paul in Toronto
    Written May 30, 2005
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Washington DC, DC561 contributions
Nov 2011 • Couples
Oh my god. That THIS is what some guidebooks recommend as a place to experience fado is simply CRIMINAL. Only if you have not experienced the warmth and hospitality of other venues, such as A BAIUCA, you might be momentarily taken with a few good songs delivered with all the enthusiasm of a dead cat - meaning the voices are good, but these world weary singers seem to HATE having to sing for the throngs of clueless tourists that come by - the musicians truly hate playing for them, and don't hide it... each singer sings three songs, and then they go on a long break to smoke in the hall, get fed, walk around or read, and return to sing a few more by force, as if a gun is to their head, and they are doing time. Not a single person here is not a tourist, and clueless ones about fado, at that. We were stupid enough to stumble in here after two locations we were aiming for were not open, --without doing the research, and just deciding to give it a try . Its bad enough that the fado is forced and so unfriendly..... you have the wicked witches of the east (and west, north and south) who are your hosts, your servers, your abusers extraordinaire. I have never felt more unwelcome in an establishment supposedly based on the welcoming spirit of the Portuguese people, and advertising an art form based on emotion, feeling, sharing. Horrid. From the moment she cracks the door and barks at you that you may only enter only if you are ordering dinner, the older woman who was the primary server never smiled, and was rude and unhelpful. The cooperation decreases and increases directly in proportion to how much you order, and at what price. If you start smaller, they are upset and show it. As you increase the order size, they try to expand on it and recommend higher price items. Random extra charges will show up on your bill anyway, so be prepared for being nickeled and dimed... but nothing will prepare you for the "food" here. The food is disgusting. It makes no difference WHAT YOUR ORDER. We had enough of a sampling as did those at the table next to us, to see it was displeasing all around. The prices are beyond a rip off. You pay 25-30 euros for a piece of fish that is not fresh but sold by weight, over salted to hide the smell and flavor - simply not edible. Every single thing has a ridiculous charge - from 9 euros for a slice of cheese, to the worst wine we had in Portugal at a 8-fold mark up. All the bad food would have been bearable, if the service had been kind, or the fado had been interesting. But this place has NOTHING to recommend it, and anyone who thinks differently is either utterly soulless, or has no taste buds. Your money is all they want, and their hatred of their customers is palpable.
Written November 25, 2011
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Judit P
Budapest, Hungary28 contributions
This fado bar is highly recommended by all guidebooks. But why...? Sorry to say, it's a rip-off. We went there to enjoy authentic fado. We heard five singers accompanied by two old musicians. It was all right, but the food was a total disaster and horribly over-priced, especially the wine which was a disappointment after Douro Valley. We think they take advantage of their guidebook fame.
Written September 27, 2010
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Setubal2 contributions
Small place, traditional atmosphere, good fado. This is actually the only reason to dine there. Definitely over-priced, the food needs major improvement, wine list is quite poor for Portuguese standards. Does not get any close to meet standards for the name that it represents. Would not suggest this restaurant.
Written April 18, 2008
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Oberlin, OH74 contributions
May 2017
The music by the owners is excellent. Service is attentive. Menu is imaginative. It was a very special night with 3 fado singers, intimate atmosphere, and, unlike most fado clubs, very good food.
Written April 27, 2018
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Calgary, Canada20 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
We ate here in recently as a suggestion from an aquaitence. Loved the singers and atmosphere, small but quaint. The food was very overpriced, which you can somewhat justify since there is no charge for the performances. However, 3.50 for a small bottle of water and 15 euros for a tiny portion of shrimp appetizer is crazy! (that's more than $20 Canadian for about 8 small shrimp!). And no restaurant should deny tap water if a customer requests it, saying we don't have that (sure...then what comes out of the tap in the washroom?! Lol). We had an older, shorter woman as our waitress who appeared polite at times, but would seem to get easily annoyed when asked questions about the menu and rolled her eyes on more than one occasion. Luckily, we enjoyed the musical performances more than the service or inflated prices.
Written July 29, 2017
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Ft. Lauderdale210 contributions
Oct 2011 • Couples
The reviews on this page are harsh. I have been here twice. I agree that the staff is is tired and not super friendly though the owner was nice to us. Our waitress though was dour and without any personality at all. That was palpable. But we saw two other tables interacting friendly with another server. The food was decent(fresh fish) and yes a little overpriced for Lisbon. BUT....the setting is very nice, semi formal, the prices are spelled out, a small, beautiful, authentic Portuguese restaurant with low ceilings, gorgeous tile work, and an intimate feel to it. I have been to many Fado places and the entertainment here was excellent. For 85E two of us had a bottle of wine and a few beers, dinner and 3+ hours of Fado, including 3 musicians and 6 singers. They were excellent as was the atmosphere. There is no bar or cover so they have to have dinner minimums as do most Fado places. You can go here and be assured of a nice evening. As a contrast go to A Abaiuca Fado, also in the Alfama, which is an entirely different experience. Casual, tiny,(make a reservation and arrive early) loud, crammed, crowded, wood benches and tables, spontaneous, filled with neighborhood characters, some hanging on the window, drunk and sober, but all of whom love Fado and do their best. Blind lady and cooks that sing are great. More like Fado Karaoke. I don't even remember how the food was here it was so entertaining just being there. Cost about the same but more fun and certainly not professional. You get a check at the end with no breakdown but are happy to pay it. No one leaves til very late. You should really try both places to get a good feel for Fado.
Written January 18, 2012
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Rangiora, New Zealand65 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
We had been looking forward to this experience at what the owners say is the oldest fado and probably most authentic fado in Lisbon. While the fado entertainment is advertised as being free there is a minimum charge of 30 euros per person. While I was happy to splash out on this on our penultimate night in Lisbon we really expected a high quality of food. The reality is that eating out in Lisbon is generally cheap. You can get a very nice meal in Alfama for 15 euros or less. The restaurant has a capacity of about 60 people and it does present itself both from the outside and interior as being a pretty cool place to go - even though we were all squashed in like sardines- ironically. There were two waitresses to service the 60 customers and so there was a wait to be given the menu, invited to order a drink and our orders taken. I would say there is a heavy reliance on the tourist markets and the cruise ships which park almost across the road. There were three sessions of Fado each of which was about 4 songs. Three separate singers were accompanied by strings - one of which I believe is the restaurant owner. We ordered a shared entree - which was very nice - two main dishes, a bottle of the cheapest white wine and a bottle of water. The total cost was 88 euros. I had the cheapest main there was - baked monk fish. It arrived complete with 4 tiny potatoes and some silver beat very nicely presented in a ball. The reality is that the meals were not of high value and not particularly delicious. In New Zealand dollars this meal cost us about $150 and in our view was very much over priced. Far better meals are available in Lisbon and the addition of the Fado did not do it for us. I think there are far ether options available. I believe the meals were simply a rip off and disappointing for Lisbon.
Written June 15, 2017
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Bishops Stortford, UK65 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
What a lovely evening. Sitting between a lovely Australian couple and two sweet Dutch ladies, we really enjoyed our last night in Lisbon. The food was excellent and the 5 musicians gave a very professional performance of Fado. The service was also excellent. Quite pricey 100 euros for two but you have to push the boat out once during a holiday. We loved it!
Written September 15, 2015
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Boise, ID43 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
Parreirinha de Alfama is a hole in the wall in a secluded alley in the Alfama quarter of Lisbon. However, owned by a renouned fado singer it portrays a good mix of well known "fadistas". I understand the featured artists change frequently but at least the day we were there we had Tina Santos, Luis Tomar and Maria do Carmo. The location and atmosphere are unique and contribute to transmit the "saudade " feeling that is inherent to fado. The food is good without being outstanding. I recomend this place to anyone that wishes to have an authentic traditional fado experience with well established performers.
Written October 15, 2013
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