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Cafe Luso

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Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodre
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Address: Travessa da Queimada 10 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-365, Portugal
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+351 21 342 2281
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7:30 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 7:30 pm - 2:00 am
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The "Café Luso" established in Lisbon in 1927 at nr.31 of Avenida...

The "Café Luso" established in Lisbon in 1927 at nr.31 of Avenida da Liberdade and later in 1939 moved to the Palace Brito Freire in the Bairro Alto borough. This Palace built in the late 17th Century for an aristocratic family, survived the catastrophic earthquake of 1755 and has remained almost untouched up to today. The "Café Luso", Fado House and Restaurant, is located within a solid and austere area, the former cellars and stables of the Palace Brito Freire, also known as Palace of St. Roque. The decorative patrimony includes the ceramic panels by Master Ferreira da Silva (1960's) and more recently the paintings of acrylic on canvas by Mr. Norberto Nunes. The "Café Luso" fulfils daily its destiny: to combine the sensibility and taste of the artistic and gastronomic talents, by permanently paying attention to its main aim , to preserve and innovate, making sure that stimulates and keep a cohesive Team, both skilful and creative. Being the Fado a tradition that cannot be translated, the Café Luso summons all those who visit us to return and feel the sounds of the Portuguese Soul.

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There's one of these in every City

We have the same type of restaurant here in Dublin to show local culture. Coaches of people come in, 40 starter, 40 main courses and 40 desserts.... Roll them in, entertain them... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 27, 2016
Jonathan H
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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016 via mobile

I was with my friend, the food was nice and fado was great - the singers, the voices, the band! It's more a touristic place rather than authentic Portuguese, but it didn't make our dinner less delicious!

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Thank ShSveta
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

We have the same type of restaurant here in Dublin to show local culture. Coaches of people come in, 40 starter, 40 main courses and 40 desserts.... Roll them in, entertain them, roll them out in time for the next lot. For this type of tourist it's probably OK but not if you're a couple or looking for quality. The... More 

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Thank Jonathan H
Saint Augustine, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

We enjoyed the fado singing which is unique to Portugal. However, the restaurant caters to large tour groups . We were surrounded by 3 huge groups, only one of which seemed interested in the show. The others were rude. The food was average, service was good.

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Thank Marilyn K
Madera, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

We recently visited this place. We could see the venue was going to be fully packed, and that tables were up on the stage. We were quite lucky in that they performed directly in front of our table, so we had excellent views and sound. But for others in there that was not the case. This was our 1st experience... More 

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Norrkoping, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

This is a beautiful little place located in one of those Medieval stone paved allies of old Lisbon.It is charectarised not only in serving good seafood and fish dishes among other traditional Portuges dishes and wines ,but also specializes in Fado singing. This is a traditional Portuguese folk lyrics of the eighteenth century sung by a couple of a female... More 

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Nairobi
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

It was second time in Luso, for a good experience with Fado and dinner. Had to book in advance. First, on arrival, I could see the place was going to be PACKED! Now they have tables on the stage! so that they can squeeze in more people. The fadistas (singers and guitars) then needed to be in one corner of... More 

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Thank Helena M
FadoandFood, Manager at Cafe Luso, responded to this review

Dear Mrs. Helena M. Thank you for your second visit. As a matter of fact something has changed around the presentation of Fado, one can call it modernly "up-grade", others evolution or, by the contrary, a desilusion. One thing is clear, you should have come 10 p.m. ahead, why? Because most of meals has been served and, some eventual dinning... More 

London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

Luso has a reputation for being a good place to see Fado music. I'm not sure why this is as there are many smaller places to see Fado performances in the same area. Anyway - it was recommend to us - so we went along. Before entering I could see the food and music cost nearly three times the price... More 

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Thank keithyoung
FadoandFood, Manager at Cafe Luso, responded to this review

Dear Client, Indeed, we have a long reputation in Lisbon. It is the oldest fado house still working, everyday, and that is something to value about the experience around here. Comparing us with smaller places around (restaurants with improvised scenes of fado) is fallacious. So, you have wroten that Fado was fine, not dissapointed, but food didn´t surprised. Sometimes we... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

You go there for good food but you do not get it. You go for the entertainment but you will be disappointed. But its an experience.

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Thank Joseph Y
FadoandFood, Manager at Cafe Luso, responded to this review

Dear Client, Mr. Joseph, Should we agree with that? Maybe not, just a personal experience which doesn´t reflect general opinions. Right, we are social, used to have friendly relations and interactions with our Clients. Thank you very much for choosing and visiting Café LUSO More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

This is quite a formal Fado restaurant that caters for tourists, the food is quite expensive and the singers a little tired but it does make a reasonable introduction to this Portugeuse music. I would recommend arriving for the second session which seemed to start about 9:30.

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Thank Paul F
Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

The place is very good to get an impression of the Fado. The food is average although they present it as something exquisite. We were especially disappointed that 5 minutes after the show a big commotion started, the waiters rearranged the tables for the next show and we were ushered out. We could barely finish our drinks.

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