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Cafe Santiago

#66 of 1,284 Restaurants in Porto
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Rua Passos Manuel, 226, Porto 4000-382, Portugal
+351 222 055 797
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The place is busy but we persisted and were rewarded with tasty francesinhas and great wine. We tried another francesinha at a place near the river that will go unmentioned and now know the difference between the good and not so good :) Very much recommended.

Thank David K
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here for the Francesinha sandwich, on recommendation of our airbnb host, and it really was a real good experience. Our last lunch in porto before heading home, and am glad this is the taste memory i will be traveling home with. The service was also very good and friendly, they are obviously used to being flooded by ppl coming... More 

Thank Pierre N
Stuttgart, Germany
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The "Francesinha"-sandwich is highly recommended and it is definitely one of the best in town. The staff was wonderful, I rarely tipped so much. The Cafe is perfectly air conditioned and clean. So if you are hungry and want to eat something truly Portuguese, your place to go!

Thank TangoMike9
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok, the francesinha here was recommended by our host, and it was truly good. However, the waiter could not (or refused) to speak either english or french and had a hard time understanding our order. Crowd of about half/half locals and tourists.

Thank Jaap B
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I only heard about Francesinha this morning and quickly went to this nearby cafe. There was about a 25 minute wait to get in, but it's easy to tell why as most people are waiting to try this traditional dish. To be honest, it was good, but not great. This was my first time having Francesinha and it was only... More 

Thank Karannijhawan
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't miss out while in Porto! Delicious sandwich that cannot be eaten wth your hands, but a fork and knife! There is always a waiting line but it's totally worth it! Our server, Helena, was just terrific! Even though service isn't the reason you go to this place...don't order anything else but the francesinha!

Thank Igal B
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When one comes to Porto, the Francesinha is a must try. We decided to try it out at this place, based on all the TA reviews. It is too bad I can't compare it to Francesinhas in other places, as this was the only one we've had so far. I'm not into such heavy dishes but was, nonetheless, really happy... More 

Thank Tisa F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Third francesinha we had in Porto in the last 2 years, by far the best. We had to wait half an hour outside because the word-of-mouth has made of Café Santiago one of the trendiest places in the city. The staff was friendly and the service super quick: we had a giant francesinha, and it was outstanding. We had a... More 

Thank Cat R
Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really delicious francesinha and good prices, it's very famous so you might have to wait for a table, but it's really worth it! Best one I ate in Porto :)

Thank Elisa P
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We waited 45 min outside to get a table and it was worth the wait.. Amazing Franceshinaaaa... We ordered the top one and it was yummyyyy.. I recommend to share one since it's big.. Definitely recommend this place for francezhina

Thank RachelSl83

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $14
Cafe, European, Portuguese, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Passos Manuel, 226, Porto 4000-382, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Porto
  • Phone Number: +351 222 055 797
Family Café/Restaurant, open since 1959, typical from Porto, which serves the most appreciated by locals citizens Francesinha, the famous and multi awarded Francesinha Santiago(R)

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?