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Cafe de Sao Bento

#60 of 3,350 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
Gastropub, Steakhouse, European
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Rua de Sao Bento 212, Lisbon 1200-821, Portugal
+351 21 395 2911
7:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon - Fri 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've been a regular customer of Cafe de São Bento for decades. And I've never, ever, been disappointed by their steak. Consistently the best steak in town. Very good service (most waiters have been there for years also). And since they're open everyday until really late, they were always my choice whenever I need to have a late dinner (some... More 

Thank TheBlackSheepGroup
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What could be more simple, two large plates of Gambas, beautifully cooked to perfection, washed down with two large glasses of Pedras. The sun shone all afternoon for us

Thank figsbury
Canton of Basel, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very famous restaurant in the town near the Portuguese parliament. The space is unique, seems that stopped in the time, the service is a classic and the food amazing. The steak is something incredible, not so many options but is divine

Thank fxmag
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived in Lisbon and seamlessly booked a table online for next night. Arrived to a not very inspiring building across from the parliament. Door shut so wondered if open. It's the start of your fun journey. Ring the bell, the door opens and you are asked if you have booked. You cannot see in so the intrigue continues. Once approved... More 

Thank Rosie B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is nice but overrated. The steak wasn't very big and for 18 euros you can get better in many other restaurants in Lisbon.

Thank Sh124535
Berlin, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in Lisbon for a night out, and wanted to try out the recommendation. We love steaks, proper ones. The kind that will make you go like "WOW". That's exactly what we found at the Café de Sao Bento. Of course we've accepted the staff suggestion and tried the famous Sao Bento Steak. The meat really is of the... More 

Thank Wolfgang G
Arnhem, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

It's such a nice place. The staff dressed in very nice clothes with bow-ties, very friendly and well-mannered, displaying humor in talking to guests. Above all the food was too good to talk about. My steak, rare, was excellent, with a lovely sauce and spinach à la crème with French fries. Nothing but praise for this small restaurant!

Thank frits88
Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Very nice, cozy, old style setting. Cafe style with high quality serving. Close to some of the most prominent nightlife spots in Lisbon.

Thank Ciríaco R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

We had a lot of Seafood already during our time in Lisbon so this was good for something different. Here we enjoyed a delicious Carpaccio and Steak. The Beef Tenderloin was delicious inside a meaty broth and a Sunny Side up egg on the top, cooked to perfection.

Thank Vandertravel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

Food was amazing, the location looked closed but you rang the bell and were attended to immediately. Being children of Portuguese immigrants this restaurant brought us back to our roots and really made us feel at home. We began with shrimp and garlic, it was so good we didn't even have a chance to take a picture of it!!! Then... More 

Thank Michael S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$22 - $60
Gastropub, Steakhouse, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Street Parking, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
7:00 pm - 2:00 am
7:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua de Sao Bento 212, Lisbon 1200-821, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Lisbon
  • Phone Number: +351 21 395 2911
Portuguese restaurant specialized in steaks (steakhouse) . Known as the Best Steak in Town ( by Time Out , " vox populi" and other magazines . You can have lunch in working days and dinner everyday until 02 AM.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?