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A Cadeia Quinhentista

Rua Rainha Santa Isabel | Castelo, Estremoz 7100-558, Portugal
+351 268 323 400
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  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Grill, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Rua Rainha Santa Isabel | Castelo, Estremoz 7100-558, Portugal
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Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile

We were extremely pleased with the dinner on october 23, 2017. The grilled sirloin and grilled lamb chops were outstanding. Good wines also. This is a pearl restaurant.

Thank Birgitta B
Reviewed October 19, 2017

excellent meal and service tables a bit crammed in, need bit more room, the menu choices are excellent, but the actual menu is rather large and difficult to hold, noted some had already got burnt by candles...i am sure we shall visit again

Thank richhil
Reviewed October 13, 2017

we visited the castle area without doing any research - can't get in to the castle at lunch time. so we had lunch. this place was fabulous, lots of options although it would have been lovely to be on the panoramic terrace (not open for...More

Thank scitrone
Reviewed October 7, 2017

The bar and restaurant are in a really interesting old building, there aren't too many occasions that I get to eat in a jail but this was one of them. We had made a booking earlier in the day and duly turned up for our...More

Thank liverbird57
Reviewed September 8, 2017 via mobile

We thought ok. The choice of 4 breads included 2 types of what seemed to be riveta if not mistaken. No sign of an amuse which many reviews have mentioned. One of our dishes was the gratined mussels 2 out of 5 were mainly roe...More

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Reviewed August 24, 2017 via mobile

Family lunch on the 19th August. Nice atmosphere and a helpful service. We had a fish soup and robalo, both to the point and the kids had soup and fish sticks. Good dessert, mango and ice cream.

Thank eagostinho
Reviewed August 24, 2017

Though I'm sure it's wonderful to eat on the roof, the heat this week has been brutal and the thick walls of this excellent restaurant make for a cool respite. The soup and salads were perfect for the midday meal.

Thank NewYorkWendy
Reviewed August 8, 2017

Amazing view from the bar on the roof. It has to be done,book your table for dinner down stairs on the way up. Food was very good traditional Portages food. Well presented & cooked.

Thank BigAl1703
Reviewed July 30, 2017

We arrived early and were shown to a lovely roof terrace with views over the town for drinks. The restaurant was a former jail and is full of character. Food, wine and service were excellent. We were made to feel really welcome from the moment...More

Thank Intertravelorlondon
Reviewed July 23, 2017 via mobile

Great food, great staff. Terrace with magnificient views (drinks only). You can have meal outside on the tables in the streets. One of the best restaurants of Alentejo.

Thank acosta1978
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Good Afternoon, Thank you for your interest in the A Cadeia Quinhentista. Given that it’s hard to predict how many people we may have for dinner, we leave it up to you if... More
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Restaurant Details

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Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Rainha Santa Isabel | Castelo, Estremoz 7100-558, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Alentejo  >  Evora District  >  Estremoz
  • Phone Number: +351 268 323 400
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THE HISTORY OF THE OLD GAOL OF ESTREMOZ The old judicial gaol of Estremoz, a monument of the 16th century, has been converted into a bar and a restaurant, giving back to the town one of its most emblematic (symbolic) buildings. Due to its cosy atmosphere and vivid historical features, “A Cadeia Quinhentista” is much more than a restaurant and a bar; it is a place where gastronomy, history, architecture and design reach perfection. More than a restaurant, “A Cadeia Quinhentista” is the passport for medieval times, in the heart of the Royal Citadel ; it is a true sensorial experience. The Judicial Gaol was erected in the civic centre of 16th century Estremoz (next to the Medieval Town Hall, the Town Church, the Royal Residence and the house of the Governor) and near the medieval grounds of Saint Mary’s graveyard. Medieval burial stones which have been used as filling material for the stone built walls were now found during the construction work that took place to turn the gaol into a restaurant. Today it is believed that this building may also have been erected to be the Town Hall, where, as we all know, there would almost always be a gaol on the ground floor. The rooms occupied by the Town Hall would always be on the first floor. This belief is also supported by some new evidence. During construction work, some traces of frescos were found on the upper floor and even at the entrance leading to the lower floor. The building is a two-storey high quadrangle (the ground floor was reserved for male prisoners and the upper one was occupied by the gaoler and female prisoners) with marble corners which are quite appropriate for a building destined to be a prison. The sixteenth marble staircase stands out, as well as the windows of the same century. The decorations on the lintel of the second-floor windows are clearly of the reigns of our kings D. Manuel I or D. Joao III. The windows also have strong bars, especially the more vulnerable ones, that is, those of the ground floor… The inside retains some sixteenth century brackets which supported simple brick or stone built vaults. The religious services took place in a little chapel situated in front of the Gaol and is now inactive; its Patron Saint was Our Lady of Bom Sucesso. Mass was celebrated on the upper floor balcony so that the prisoners (men and women) could attend the ceremony. The Chapel was supported by the Misericordia of Estremoz for several centuries. Here lived a chaplain until an uncertain date of the 20th century. The religious implements are today in Saint Mary’s Church. The restaurant, where traditional food from the Alentejo predominates, also offers signature dishes which favour the quality products of the region, such as the best meats: free-range pork, veal and lamb, with the subtle flavour of tens of herbs of the region, the national wines, the fresh products, the cheeses and the sausages. Mint, coriander and pennyroyal are added to the lamb, the freerange pork, the dog-fish. The optimal use of different flavours develops creative new concepts and turns gastronomy into art. Conventual sweetfood - “encharcada”, “manjar celeste”, “toucinho do ceu”, among others - mixes the eggs, the sugar, the sugared squash and the almonds with the mastery and tradition of the convents. The water pudding of Estremoz, the pear in Moscatel wine “au gratin” with vanilla ice cream filling and the fan of mango with passion fruit culi and lemon sorbet, are also specialities to tempt and tantalise every palate.
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