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European, Portuguese, Contemporary
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Reviewed June 6, 2019

Cute little place tucked away in the hills of Alfama. Fado starts around 7:30pm nearly every evening, which was great for us to not have to wait until later to eat and then enjoy the fado performances. Minimum purchase is 15€ per person, which is...very reasonable. My wife and I split a sausage and cheese platter, a mixed salad, a chocolate mousse, and a liter of sangria - all for around 45€. Two guitarist accompanied the rotation of fado singers, who sang 2-3 songs each and then everyone took a 20 minute break and then the second set started. During the performance, the lights are dimmed and everyone is encouraged to be silent during the performance. Except of course for clapping or singing along. While we were there there was a party of around 15 locals who knew the words to a few songs and sang along, which added to the enjoyment. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed July 1, 2018

Amazing evening last Thursday on a girls trip to Lisbon. We were looking for a great Fado restaurant and we got what we were searching for. Thanks, allowing the staff to choose our food worked out great. so friendly and attentive, thanks again.

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

The hostess, Katy and her small friendly staff and talented musicians will quickly ensure you feel like you're a local to their neighborhood courtyard restaurant--removed from the busy city center atmosphere. The food is really excellent and authentic and the live fado creates the perfect...ambiance for any evening. We spent two nights in a row sipping wine and eating the delicious food here! Katy also has a small wine shop in the same courtyard and she has apartments to rent above the restaurant, which we recommend! (The courtyard quiets down around 11:30pm)More

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile

Just loved the small restaurant hidden in Alfama. Beautiful Dado singer with amazing, piercing voice... This is the main reason to spend the evening there, because the food cannot be recommended.

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed September 7, 2017 via mobile

It is all about location. The food is overpriced and the quality is not good. Service is friendly but unexperienced.

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed July 20, 2017

One of the best's experiences I had during my stay in Lisboa ! First, the street where the restaurant is located, is very picturesque, which give the perfect environment for dinner (in our case). Then, the food is very exquisite and typical from Portugal. I...reccommend you to ask "alheira", chicken or cod "a bras" and octupus salad, with verde wine! We tried chorizo as well, but it was quite salty for our taste. During dinner time, they have several fado' artists singing, giving a magic atmosphere to the meal! The only negative aspect we had noticed was the head waiter (we think) always putting pression to finish the meal and to pay. You need to be more careful, clients don't like that, during a fado show, someone interrupt them to pay! Besides that, we loved so much, that we went two times! Obrigado!More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed June 23, 2017

Having walked past this place on many occasions, we made a point of calling in for beers, food and, of course, Fado. We were not disappointed on any of them

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

We ordered a cheese and sausage platter and an omelette. Both tasted so bad that we hardly managed to eat half of it. The service was not good. This was so annoying that it was difficult to focus on the fado going on inside (we...had a table outside). The metal chairs were ice cold to sit on. I can not remember a worse restaurant experience. The one "star" is for the music. And the food was not even cheap.More

Date of visit: September 2016
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Reviewed September 24, 2016

We went there with a big group of friends, including our friend who speaks fluent Portuguese and made a reservation. She specifically asked for one big table at the terrace, but they wanted to give us three separate tables in another local they own, where...there is no Fado... bad start. After discussing with them, they arranged a large table inside the first local, which was better than no Fado at all. The food was below average, we had much better food in Lisbon for less money. The bacalao and the pulpo salad were ok, but the meat was really dry and the rice was absolutely tasteless. The only highlight was the Fado, since the singers were really talented. Maybe we had bad luck, and I'd give it a second chance only because my friend used to live there and liked the place back then.More

Date of visit: August 2016
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Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Went there on our last evening on Alfama. Saw number of fado places earlier but have chosen the one as it was at our door. Well - got. Convinced that should get inside to get the fado menu. It was too warm inside and asked...if we may swap place to a table outside when frees up (regularly happened). But was told no - all reserved. They really pushed hard to fill in the main restaurant room and preferred us leave than swap places (a bold - hairless I mean! - waiter was particularly rude and unpleasant; he seemed to be a senior waiter as all other waiters - quite nice - were consulting him with our request). When we decided to leave we were told to pay cash (bill of EUR 80) yet they declined to accept our EUR 500 bill. When complained to the manager got asked to stay, given free drink and card payment became possible. But be were so pissed of at this stage that we just went and carried on through the night at few other fado places in the nearby. Overall - felt like typical tourist scum...sad to experience this in a place like Alfama.More

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed May 11, 2016

We were a group of 7, and we had already made a reservation. The food was quite ok/good - but I've definitely had better in Lisboa (without paying more). The bread should have been fresher. The bacalao a bras came in BIG portions, but the...salad on the side as rather try and not quite fresh. The staff were nice as one would expect. The place itself was small, cosy, intimate - and the fado itself; great! There were all together 4 singers. Two of them were fantastic and their singing was so touching. The other two were good - but definitely not at the same level. All in all a good fado/dinner experience.More

Date of visit: May 2016
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

If you travel to Lisbon, then you should try out a restaurant where you can listen to Fado. We went wondering into the area called Alfama, getting a little lost we noticed a old man carrying a guitar case up a steep hill. We asked...him were we should go and he lead us to Fado Maior. It wasn't busy, but nowhere seemed too busy. The food was average, but the music more than made-up the difference. People seemed to just turn up sing a song and then carry on somewhere else. A great atmosphere.More

Date of visit: November 2014
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Reviewed October 30, 2014

We have been visiting Lisbon 8 times (my absolute favorite city), and this time we had for exampel a fantastic evening in this very traditional restaurant. Nice food and wine together with enjoyable and impressive Fado performance (incredible how these fado-singers can 'sing out their...souls'), in a very special and adorable atmosphere. Thank you very much - I love it:-)More

Date of visit: April 2014
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Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

This place provides intimate fado experience due to its small size, home cooking (not great but good), and heartfelt fado. I think all but one performers are amateurs and some work there. We talked to them, some spoke English, some didn't, but everything was understandable....There was a bit of CD marketing as can be expected. We thought the experience was very personable.More

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Reviewed August 19, 2014

On our last evening in Lisbon, we really wanted to experience a Fado dinner so I looked up TA and found a couple of well rated restaurants in the Alfama district. I first called Fado na Morgadihna but got no answer so I tried Fado...Maior. I spoke to a lady that could hardly speak English. I could however get a reservation for my family of 5 for 8:30pm as the music usually started between 9 and 9:30. We walked to the restaurant from our hotel and could only find the place with the GPS on my iPhone as Alfama is a real (and fantastic!) maze. When we found it, we realized that the 2 restaurants were actually side by side. Fado na Morgadihna was already happening with music pouring from 2 sets of open doors, the place was packed, the terrace was almost completely filled with people who really seemed to enjoy themselves. By contrast, Fado Maior was quiet and an older man was standing at the door with a cigarette. We walked to him and he gracefully move out of the way to let us into a relatively small room (25-30 seats max) that was completely empty. We were the first ones there. We looked around and all tables were showing "reserved". The temperature in the restaurant was uncomfortably warm already and the smell of cigarette smoke was thick and heavy. The lady I spoke with on the phone showed up and we tried speaking. She gave us menus that were old and sticky and the limited options were not compelling at all. She then reassured me that others were coming but she could not alleviate the weird feeling that we were one door away from a great night. We felt trapped and after a quick discussion, we elected to stand up and go, pleading that my wife was not feeling well. We tried the next door restaurant but it was full. I looked up TA and found two other Fado places that were nearby and well rated but they were booked too so we wandered around Alfama and found Pateo 13, a lively and unique restaurant under a big tree. We had a great night after all! (I have provided a full review of Pateo 13).More

Date of visit: August 2014
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