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Cafe Santiago

#83 of 1,343 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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Porto, Portugal
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This café/restaurant gets a lot of fuzz regarding its Francesinha dish so we had to give it a try, however is far from the top quality ones in the city. Usual is very crowded and there may be a queue to have a table. The service in the Café was good though. Ask your Hotel reception for the true dish... More 

Thank Jingzuo
Porto, Portugal
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A local speciality every one ought to try. And this is probably the best in town. An amazing sandwich with pretty much everything you can think of inside. Go for the house one along with a cool Super Bock or a "fino".

Thank Paulo_JSP-Portugal
Funchal, Portugal
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83 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Francesinha at Cafe Santiago was recommended to us by a friend. We went there 5 days ago and my husband is still going on about how good it was. We had to queue outside to wait for a table. This is the norm for every night we understand. People even go to the bar over the road to bring... More 

Thank Carolina N
Florianopolis, SC
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52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great small restaurant near Rua Santa Catarina where you can try a Francesinha, a traditional "sandie" in Porto composed of a piece of beef, ham two large slices of bread, covered in mozerella cheese with an egg on top, topped with a sauce based with beer and port wine( and secret ingredients). French fries surround this mountain of a sandwich.

Thank GerryBrasil
Vancouver, Canada
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99 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came for the francesinha - can feed two an way too cheesy for us. Good thing we tried their veal cutlet special and it was delicious for half the cost of the francesinha. Overall it was good service and good food!

Thank n0rmvanc0uver
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Got advice this was the place to go for the signature sandwich dish for all of Porto. The franceshino has to be seen and tasted to be believed - a mass of egg, melted cheese, chorizo and other ingredients. Not the healthiest choice but so tasty. Place was packed but service was good. Coffee there is excellent too.

Thank GAJ7777
Milan, Italy
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are different kind of francesinha options. One of the traditional food in Porto. Full one that can be seen in the photo is 9.50 euros. In some time periods, it can be crowded. We haven't tried in other places but that one was nice.

Thank Cumhur E
San Diego, California
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Rick Steeves book about Portugal recommended this place for its award winning Francesinha. It's definitely an adventure sandwich for the very hunger meat eater. The midday crowd confirmed its popular with locals and visitors.

Thank Luv2BAwayFromHome
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been in cafè Santiago on the second week of august. The restaurant is always really busy and you have to be there before 19 to get a table without waiting. What most of the people eat there is Francesinha, a Oporto weird typical meal. It is a sandwich made up with several different kind of meat, an undefined sauce,... More 

Thank Mat12321
Chicago, Illinois
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347 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a mostly pedestrian street easily accessible by metro or tram. Packed with pretty old tile fronted buildings mostly housing nice shops. Worth a stroll down, budget 30 min to 2 hours.

Thank Roadbirds

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $14
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
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Kids
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?