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Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed April 29, 2024

Step off the pavement into pure serenity, the heat and noise, the jostle of tourists is left behind and you are in a clam, air conditioned oasis, stepping back in time to an era of tradition, service, excellent food and wine.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 5, 2024

We stopped here for a light snack. Outside seating. Pleasant waiter. We ordered a meat and cheese tray for two. Came with bread - pay only if you ate. Cold refreshments on a beautiful day, overlooking the awesome architecture and square. Nice stop. Might go...back again.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed March 31, 2024

We popped in here for a quick snack at lunchtime. The food is excellent and the service too, all the waiters in traditional style outfits. Fast and attentive service, with food delivered to the table in style and elegance. If you want fish this is...the place to go and convenient as it is next to Commercial Square.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 23, 2024

Having spotted reviews of this restaurant, we were pleased and impressed with the experience we had. At over 200 years old, this is the oldest restaurant in Lisbon and is in a beautiful old building. Traditional white tableclothed tables with old world cutlery etc etc...all made for a great time. There are also arches outside for the seating in the better weather. The menu is good with plenty of sea food options. The service was perfect and the food delicious. Not too expensive.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 8, 2024

Located overlooking the square, the staff were attentive and friendly and we thought the food was delicious. We had clams and sea bass and it was freshly prepared and efficient service.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 1, 2024 via mobile

This is the oldest restaurant in Lisbon and is well located on the impressive seafront square. There is a good sized outside terrace under stone columns at the front of the restaurant and an attractive historic interior. We visited for lunch and I had an...excellent prawns and rice dish. My partner had a whole fish which was expertly filleted at the table. Both dishes were good, we had a very pleasant lunchtime experience.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 8, 2024

Historic tourist trap! Our waiter was attentive but unusually claimed service was not included and blatantly asked for a tip which we never experienced in Portugal. Food was ok, nothing lived up to the price. The place is beautiful, supposed to be 242 years old....If you want to see it go to the cafe during the day for an espresso.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed November 21, 2023 via mobile

Good but a bit overpriced for the quality, however it is in the middle of a high tourist area. Service is old-school but attentive.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 14, 2023

The business dates back to 1782 and has remained unpretentious and friendly though catering mainly for tourists. I just dashed inside from the pouring rain and was quickly served a hot coffee with tasty orange pastry. Even the terrace outside filled rapidly with other sheltering...guests.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 7, 2023

Called in here for a beer and snacks having been here twice before when visiting Lisbon. It was very good previously but this time a nightmare....The waiter recommended tapas for two at €15.50 and so we ordered that. We were very disappointed when it consisted...only of 3 small rolled up cold pancakes with a sliced hotdog sausage in 2 of them, a tiny pot of tuna pate, 2 small chunks of bread and a small cheese round. When we asked for the bill there was a separate charge for the cheese (which was presented as part of the 'tapas' for 2) and also a cover charge which was not mentioned anywhere on the menu. I raised this with the waiter but he wasn't interested and simply tried to explain away these extra charges. We just paid the bill without leaving a tip as we were limited for time and so were unable to take it further. We will not be returning here and would recommend this place is avoided. Attached is the bill on which only the beer and 'tapas' are valid charges.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 28, 2023

Beautiful restaurant and atmosphere, seafood was served to perfection and fish deboned at table. Attentive servers. There is a cover charge and a mention of tip not included. Server wanted to complete the transaction for us...I guess helpful, however, we were more than capable. This...part, at the end of a beautiful evening, was a turn off. Would recommend restaurant that is in a historical building. CheersMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 20, 2023

This restaurant tricks you into eating food you haven’t ordered and then charges you for it. We ordered ‘tapas for 2’ for lunch. Two plates appeared on our table. One contained a selection of croquets, the other a selection of cheeses and hams with a...few olives. “Our tapas for 2”, we thought, not unreasonably. Oh no. The croquets weren’t actually part of the selection but were put in the table on a ‘pay if you eat’ basis. They did not say this, or anything else, when they put them on the table. It should have been clearly pointed out to us that we’d only pay for the croquets if we chose to consume them. For the record, they were lukewarm and bland. Also for the record, they cost 14.50 euros. Message to management: There are enough scammers in this world without you joining their ranks. STOP RIPPING OFF DECENT PEOPLE!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 14, 2023

This cafe is famous for its pastel de Nata. And they are really good. But sadly I succumbed to a little dishonesty by the waiter keen to exploit unwary tourists. I asked for two bacalhao balls and some meat based pastries. He offered to bring...us a mix plate. I agreed. He then brought us some samosa, beef pastry, omelets, beef croquette, but NO bacalhao balls. Then I ordered two pastel de nata. He offered to bring me the two house deserts. I wasn’t sure what he meant by that but he dashed off before I could question him. He then returned with a madeleine cake and semolina cake. In all we paid €38 for some snacks that we never really wanted to eat.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 16, 2023 via mobile

We visited this restaurant based on the reviews and were disappointed. The meal was well presented but the beef was really full of sinew and impossible to cut through. The portions were also on the small side. We ate inside a fairly large room with...another table occupied meaning that there was very little atmosphere and with the waiter hanging around us it felt a little over bearing.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 10, 2023

Great food - Has great local dishes but no sradines as out of season. Clam dish exceptional and good friendly service

Date of visit: March 2023
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