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$30 - $61
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Portuguese, Mediterranean, European, Healthy
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Reviewed October 6, 2020

Came here on recommendation of a friend and didn't get disappointed. Easy process to book the table through a messaging service to the phone number and very flexible when it came to arrangements. We opted for the "All Inclusive" package for 35 Euros (Food, drinks...and Fado) and absolutely loved it. On arrival the waiter / owner showed us to our table and shortly after brought some starters (olives, fish patee, chick pees, etc). After we decided between the red or white house wine we got a bowl of delicious soup and made the main course choice between 5 different dishes. As we arrived 20.30 hrs we timed it perfectly to be in between courses for the Fado entertainment. (Nothing worse wit trying to eat and listening to the music the same time). First set of Fado was a lady with two supporting instrument gentleman. She was very friendly and asked every table for their nationalities and greeted us thereafter in our mother tongs (nice touch). She explained a bit about the music in Portuguese, French and English and sung about 4 -5 songs during the first set. Lovely music but I think her voice wouldn't be necessarily sufficient for a bigger place. After a tasty main course a male singer showed up with the same instrumental support. He was very powerful and fantastic in his presentation. A desert and 2 more Fado presentations later we opted to leave. Fantastic evening and for 35 Euros per person a bargain. I assume we already paid the off season price, but even for the 50 Euros another reviewer mentioned, this was a great deal of food and culture. Waiters are not that great in English but they are trying and able to deliver their message. Cash only ! We will be back.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed August 14, 2020

I am shocked to have seen how this place has refused service to a person because she was Asian. The staff refused to serve her any food or drinks and ultimately she left feeling humiliated. This is absolutely unacceptable and saddened by this situation which...has made me very uncomfortable. Needless to say I’m never coming to this place again.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed June 19, 2020

With a cozy ambiance and friendly waiters The traditional food was excellent (the best caldeirada I've had in a while) And the music was sung by an array of immensely talented fadistas. A must go for the lisbon experience!!

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed March 7, 2020 via mobile

This family-run Fado restaurant is truly a gem. The space is a cozy, one-room environment centered around a space for the musicians by the window. Food is good, with choices for meat-eaters, pescatarians and vegetarians, and the wine is ample and excellent. Most importantly, the...Fado is soulful, mesmerizing, and intimate. No tour buses here!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 7, 2020 via mobile

The best thing is the Bollywood Bar in front of it. The bread is terrible. The smoked meat is terrible The service is very terrible.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 10, 2020

We chose this as a fado restaurant as it was much nearer to our apartment than Bairro Alto or Alfama. Booking a table onlne with The Fork worked very well. When we arrived we were shown into a smaller place than the main one shown...in all the photos, presumably because only a small number had booked. Five tables were set for food, but unfortunately only us and one other couple turned up ( a group arrived later just for the music). However, the three course meal was very enjoyable - a wide range of small dishes to start, mains of sea bass and grilled cod, and a choice of five desserts. There were three fado performances, with the same two guitarists and three different singers, all impressive especially the last man. This was a really memorable evening and good value at 50 euros each (cash only).More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed October 29, 2019

We were sadly disappointed to see that this restaurant, where my spouse had visited two times earlier (in 2017) and enjoyed it then, has taken a huge turn for the worse. The music was great - that we have to admit! Everything else went horribly...wrong. We reserved a table by phone, when we read from an online site that some reservations hadn't come through for some people. We made the reservations five days early and we got there, the butler/waiter just told us that our reservation hadn't been processed, saying the error "had happened with the boss also before". With no real apologies or compensations, he guided us to a separate cellar space, a far cry from the beautiful and intimate restaurant space we were expecting. There was no phone signal, a huge fan blasted on with no pause and cigarette smoke seeped in from the street, making us cough as the dinner went on. A total let-down. The menu was uninspiring and after reading it, the waiter told us of a completely different menu from which we had to choose something. We couldn't even select the wines - it was absurdly either white or red, and even paying extra didn't matter to the staff. The service was weird throughout the evening - I only spoke English and my spouse some portuguese. For some reason the waiter communicated mainly with Spanish and French due to other guests speaking those. The food we got was - for lack of a better word - bland. My tuna skewer (I was just told it was a "tuna filee") was cold throughout and I had to send it back. My spouse's chicken dish was hard/tough to eat yet somewhat warm and although some of it she couldn't eat, we were so fed up with it all we didn't even bother complaining. We can't even remember the starters or the dessers - bland and downright horrible value for a 50€ per person dinner. And in the end I was forcidly poured a glass of sherry, even after telling the waiter "NO" three times. I didn't touch it, and surprisingly enough, wasn't charged for it in the end. After the long and winding dinner came to a close, we couldn't even get the cheque before the waiter (who also was one of the singers, surprisingly) tried to sell CD's to every single table. We ran out as soon as possible. Altogether - a terrible experience we can't recommend to anyone.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 26, 2019 via mobile

This a great little Fado restaurant, I had and recommend the octopus. It is one price fixed menu with lots of food and plenty of drink (Included). The entertainment was superb. The hospitality was exceptional, plan on a 3 hour visit to take in all...the food courses and the music sets.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 16, 2019

Maria da Mouraria was recommended by a contact in the Fado community and we were not disappointed. We had excellent service from Diogo who speaks excellent English and his engaging personality together with the superb food combined to make an unforgettable evening. The space is...small in area but the high ceiling makes if feel bigger than it is, the tables are quite close together and the atmosphere intimate: just being there felt good. We chose the full meal menu and for the main courses, sea bream and octopus, both of which were delicious. The house wine too was very good and clearly selected for quality rather than low price. We booked in advance and arrived at 8pm to be able to secure a table near the musicians, and that we did: they were less than 2m away. Different vocalists sang throughout the evening, accompanied by portuguese and acoustic guitars, until we left at 12.30am, half an hour before closing. Both vocals and guitars were just great. We also felt that the evening was extremely good value: an excellent meal with great wine and professional entertainment until after midnight for a very reasonable price. By the way, when you visit you must see the bathroom!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed October 13, 2019

We’ve made a booking vie TripAdvisor (the fork) 2 days before a visit and got a confirmation. Sadly, 1 hour before the booked time our booking was cancelled with any excuse. Very unreliable place.

Date of visit: October 2019
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