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Cafe Luso

Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodre
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Address: Travessa da Queimada 10 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-365, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 213 422 281
7:30 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 7:30 pm - 2:00 am

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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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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Joseph Y
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Paul F
Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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.

Thank JV_Travelling
Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

We wanted to visit an authentic fado club on our last night in Lisbon and were recommended by our hotel to go to Bairro Alto. We found Café Luso and went in at about 9.30 p.m., during the 2nd fado show of the evening. The club is very atmospheric. There were a number of different singers, accompanied by a guitar... More 

Thank awatle1
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

The location seems like a little dive until you enter. Then the interior is elegant and very Portuguese, with vaulted rooms and understated decor. The dinner was excellent, service attentive, and I love the traditional white table cloths and table setting. The entertainment was varied, with some light folk tunes interspersed with the Fado, Which is typical fare for the... More 

Thank Frances C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

I'm surprised to read so many poor reviews on this place. Yes it is a bit touristy. And yes it is a bit overpriced by Lisbon standards but the food was good and the Fado singing definitely adds a little something to the overall dining experience. Despite the restaurant being full service was also good so no complaints from me.... More 

1 Thank Munaf D
FadoandFood, Gerente at Cafe Luso, responded to this review

Hi, Munaf, That was very kind and fair(?) from you. We are reasonable aware of our value, a responsability that we care from the Past, as you noticed, and that is impossible to please everyone and everyday with the high standards we promote. Thank you very much for visiting us, looking forward to welcome you again More 

Conway, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016 via mobile

This was my first time hearing Fado but I have to say I enjoyed it. For the traveler, there are two rounds of shows, 8:30 and 10:30. There are 5 musicians who play in 3 song sets with a 10 min break between. It's nice for conversation and getting in and out without being rude to players. The ambiance is... More 

Thank William L
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This Lisbon tourist cafe was our only disappointment during our two-week stay in Portugal, which included Lisbon, the coast, Alentejo wine country and the mountains. Everywhere we went the people were friendly; in restaurants the waiters were gracious and the food delicious. Cafe Luso was unfortunately the one exception. The waiters were rude, the atmosphere touristy (with a busload of... More 

1 Thank Christine J
FadoandFood, Gerente at Cafe Luso, responded to this review

Dear Madam, we truthfully feel sorry for your bad experience at Café Luso, you know why? Because it has nothing to do about hour daily aim. Due your review, we made our internal diligences to understand how could that happened. There is a main reason, and it has to be with the exceptional inflow in the date you visited us.... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

I am a tourist and first visit to Portugal. Hv not seen or heard Fado before so thought it is a good idea to follow the optional tour to watch this performance. Arrived at 7.30pm dinner was a salad, kale soup, followed by either tomatoes stewed chicken or cod fish. I preferred to chicken as I am not a fan... More 

Thank llh161
FadoandFood, Gerente at Cafe Luso, responded to this review

Well, it was not very clear, did you enjoyed it? Thank you very much for your visit. More 

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