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Darwin's Cafe

#185 of 3,602 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Avenida de Brasilia Ala B Fundacao Champalimaud, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
+351(0)210 480222
Fri - Wed 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Porto, Portugal
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48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would certainly recommend a visit to this restaurant, if your nearby. It is a great experience, combining an amazing location, amazing service, great decor with nice food. I would not say the menu is gourmet or very original , but the food is well prepared and savory. As for the price , it is on the expensive side however... More 

Thank Margarida-R-Afonso
Berlin, Deutschland
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

Although it's a bit outside it's worth going there. We went after our boat tour cause it was in the neighborhood and we were hungry. The location is quite big and almost all tables were full ( it was lunch time and Valentine's and the restaurant is situated inside the Fundaçao Champalimaud ) with couples and business people. Despite that... More 

Thank MEH1707
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86 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2017 via mobile

I had a dinner in Darwin's Cafe. It was wonderful! Tge starters, the main dish and the desert was perfect. The salad was fresh, for main I had a salmon - one of the best that I tried ever. And for the deserts we shared several of those. All of them were great. The decor was magnificent, maybe during tge... More 

Thank Vicky H
Nantes, France
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2017 via mobile

I went there early January of this month with my girlfriend. We were looking for a good restaurant following our visit of Belem. What can I say about this place, other than it was freaking delicious. The food is ridiculously good, not too expensive, and cooked to perfection. The asparagus risotto with berries in it was simply incredible. Highly recommend!

Thank Will B
sao paulo
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89 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016 via mobile

We went There for lunch a few days ago, impressive view, Nice decor, fish Was fresh And perfectly cooked, risoto Was delicious, as well as pasta And salad! Drinks Very adequate, but When we came In we asked for a specific table that Was not Givenchy To us, because It Was for 6 And we were only 4, found The... More 

Thank serial2urist
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016 via mobile

Good service, great environment in the evening and uncommon dishes. I wasn't impressed with the pavlova dessert, but the wine was awesome!

Thank G. P
Saint-Emilion, France
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150 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

Great atmosphere, modern stylish feel. We were a big group of people and got served in a timely manner. All the food was well presented and the staff is very friendly.

Thank synthiab
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

I have visited Darwin's Cafe on a number of occasions on business and with friends. On this occasions with friends, who had booked it knowing that, currently, it is my favourite restaurant in Lisbon. This is due to it's modern and stylist feel, perfect location on the river in Belem and it's mix of appealing presented Portuguese and European dishes.... More 

Thank Artichokes2
Chesham, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

Good service and food in delightfully unusual surroundings. A real buzz about the place but not overpowering in that an enjoyable lunch was had, good food and wonderful views towards the river and people sitting out and eating on the decking in November with blue skies and wonderful backdrop. Much recommended.

Thank Badgerisimus
Lisbon, Portugal
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

I have been eating here quite a few times. The location is fantastic, and both the interior and outside spaces are very nicely done. The food is quite pricey, and doesn't always deliver experiences to match the surroundings. I have had some lacklustre meals here, but to be fair I have also had some great meals. On average, it turns... More 

Thank Helge G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida de Brasilia Ala B Fundacao Champalimaud, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Lisbon>  > Belem
  • Neighborhood: Belem
  • Phone Number: +351(0)210 480222

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Staying in Belem

Neighborhood Profile
Belém is the "capital of the Portuguese Discoveries" and a photographer's paradise. You can spend an entire day exploring this neighborhood: monuments (Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries), museums (Coach Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém) and breathtaking views of the Tagus river will make your visit worth your time. Belém also offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, namely the famous - and delicious - "Pastéis de Belém" (typical Portuguese custard tarts; make sure you buy an extra box of those!). Easily accessible from Lisbon's historic center, Belém is a must-do, especially if you're spending more than one day visiting the Portuguese capital.
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