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#868 of 2,839 European in Lisbon
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Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I sent my reservation request online and got the reply fast. Confirmed the date and time fairly easily and they didn’t ask for any deposit in advance. I arrived a bit early on the day and they welcomed me inside warmly. The dining room has...traditional decorations and an intimate atmosphere. After being seated down, I asked where the performance would be and then asked if it’s possible to get a closer table. They said yes and showed me where the new table was and asked kindly if I was happy with the new table. Yes I was happy:) I chose the 60-euro fixed menu and expected that they may not be top-notch culinary dishes based on the reviews I read beforehand. The dishes turned out to be decent and actually well presented. The pace of the courses were well timed and the performance started on time around 9pm when I was almost done with my main dish. The performance was excellent with some tables even singing together in the end, which created a nice and bonding ambience. The four singers also sang birthday songs for a table. I left the restaurant satisfied around 11:30pm. I saw some people complaining about the food being overpriced. However I believe we are paying for the whole experience, not just the food. I feel I had a great time, got my money’s worth and would highly recommend this place for people who want to experience fado.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were given this recommendation by our hotel for fado and dinner. The food was good, but pricey. The service was good. What you’re paying for is the entertainment, the fado performances. The experience was great, but if you’re coming for the food only, you...might want to go elsewhere. It wasn’t bad, but just good for the money.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 23, 2022 via mobile

Very good dishes, great taste, nice wine and excellent service. Followed by well-sung and accompanied fado that created a lovely atmosphere. Great evening! Very advisable.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 17, 2022

Considering that food is so cheap and good in Portugal generally, we think the food at this restaurant was a disappointment. $60 per person is a bit pricey. I had grilled octopus which tasted burned, my friends had similar comments on their food. As for...the fado show, be prepared for a long evening. Dinner starts at 8 pm, the show starts at 9:00 PM and goes on to midnight with 4 singers performing every 20 minutes or so and during that time, there is no way to get any service or even get your bill so you can leave. At the end of the show, the singers come out with their CDs and approach you as if they were giving them to you, but then they open it and sign it for you and ask you for EUR20. So if you are not interested, say no up-front before they start tearing the packaging and signing the CD for you. There is no explanation in English at all during the presentation although this restaurant is geared towards tourists. I think just a bit of explanation at the beginning in English would have been greatly appreciated by many of us who had no idea what was going on and how the evening would proceed. Maybe we would have appreciated the show more.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 11, 2022 via mobile

Very tasteless dinner, not worth 60 euro at all, tasteless soup, the main course was blèhhhh, and the cheesecake tasted like plastic. The fado was muwahhhg.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 28, 2022

Came here for a special occasion and A Severa ticked all the boxes. Just make sure you book well in advance as it’s a very popular restaurant for a reason First the waitstaff were friendly and efficient, helping out non Portuguese speakers with smiles and...patience. Our food was excellent mix of traditional Portuguese cuisine and cooked to perfection. Desserts were unusual and great quality ( based on our waiters recommendation) To top off a fabulous evening there was an extended Fado show with one male and three female singers doing blocks of 3 songs with a short break in between, concluding with a session with all 4. Fado seems to be a melancholy style relating struggle and adversity. While we didn’t understand the storyline, it was an unforgettable experienceMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 27, 2022

A Severa provides an elegant Fado experience in a charming restaurant setting, with good food and great service. The host introduces several Fado singers throughout the evening, then sings himself. You owe it to yourself if you haven't seen Fado to try it at A...Severa. What a nice night.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 5, 2022 via mobile

I'll give credit for the Fado performances. Food was mediocre. Waiter was abysmal and argumentative when I called him out on poor service/lack of attention. They ran out of dessert and waiter started getting defensive and told me I should've ordered it earlier. BUT he...never came to take our order! 600 Euro meal down the drain - not to mention he tried to overcharge us when paying at the end. Honestly, I don't think this place cares about service and is simply riding the Fado show (which is why it gets 2 stars).More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 1, 2022

My wife and I and another couple very much enjoyed the Fado evening here. I had the lamb chops and they were the best I've had in years. The serving was larger than usual, with four chops. The quality of the food was much better...than we expected at a restaurant that clearly attracts many tourists. There was a full menu, unlike the set menus and set price and similar places in other cities that feature local musical traditions. There were two guitarists and four singers, each singer having a set of three or four songs, guitar solos between sets, and a grand finale with all the singers being in different parts of the room. I'm writing this review because of the negative ones I saw, just to say that we felt that the quality of the food, the even better quality of the entertainment, and the reasonable minimum charge all added up to good value and a great evening.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 14, 2022

Having never experienced Fado before, we asked our hotel if they could recommend a good Fado restaurant, and they made a reservation for us at Restaurante A Severa. Located in the Bairro Alto part of Lisbon, A Severa is an atmospheric restaurant, apparently established in...1955, and is typically Portuguese in style. We chose the "Menu turístico" which was very good value at 55€ pp for 3 courses, although there was also an à la carte menu available. The food was well prepared and presented and very tasty, and there was a good selection of reasonably priced wines. We found the service to be very friendly and attentive. However, what made the evening so special was the Fado, and over the course of the evening four excellent Fado singers performed , accompanied by two very talented musicians on string instruments. We felt the emotion of the singers and the result was a really magical evening, and one of the highlights of our 6 days in Lisbon!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 15, 2022

I read some terrible reviews of this restaurant and the show which turned out to be unfounded. Fantastic food, service and show. I highly recommend this restaurant

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 21, 2022

The quality of the four singers is brilliant. If you are going for a meal I imagine it is ok, we went to listen to the music and have some drinks. Unaware of the minimum charge per person. We were charged 70 euros for the...two of us, for one jug of sangria. Even if we were to meet the minimum charge, items are very expensive on the menu. One jug of sangria is 34 euros. Experience was ok.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 16, 2022 via mobile

Nice place, with good food and the fado singers are very gifted and sensible. It was a very good and authentic experience. We really felt the portuguese spirit.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 3, 2022

Food was terrible, nothing was acceptable. Butter and paté served packaged (as in breakfast buffets in hotels), one of the waiters was really rude telling people to "sshhh" while singers were about to start singing. People were not speaking loud but whispering to their partners....Would not recommend the place at all unless you are looking for the music. Minimum price to be paid by person is 35€. Place looked really niceMore

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed November 14, 2021

I'm not sure what I was expecting from this evening of food and fado but this single evening was worth the whole long weekend in Lisbon! We wanted to hear some fado in a place that was not overly touristy so after rejecting a couple...of places because of the poor reviews we went for this place, recommended by a Portuguese lady. And we were not disappointed! I'm not sure if you have to book but given Covid restrictions we did and arrived at 20:30 to be given a choice of tables after the head waiter had explained where the singers and musicians would be. We had time to order our food before the musicians and singers arrived at 21:00 on the dot. The courtesy in Portugal is to remain silent whilst the singers are singing. This is no "music in the background", guests are here specifically to listen. The waiters glide around silently bringing food, changing candles, seemingly aware of everything. The food was good but the singing was just heart-stopping. We were fortunate to hear Nadine Brás who is just exceptional. I've no idea what she was singing but the emotions were strong. I think I had my fork halfway to my mouth when she started and my fork just stayed there until she'd finished. The other three singers were nice too but I would travel a long way to hear Nadine sing again. A real evening to remember and worth absolutely every penny of the €55 each we paid.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 4
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