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Cafe Santiago

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#212 of 1,921 Restaurants in Porto
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PRICE RANGE
$6 - $13
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Portuguese
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Lunch, Dinner
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0.4 miles from Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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  • Socially distanced dining tables
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I recommend, great food. Francesinha is very good, I didn't know her and I will feel famts! I hope to find it in bath, in some Portuguese restaurant <3

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

We visited here yesterday, and were really impressed by the staff & service. The guy seating people at the start was super efficient and friendly, despite I imagine being bombarded constantly all day due to this places’ popularity. Then we had the brilliant Thiago looking...after us, who was so much craic, we wanted to leave a review alone based on that. Food was quick, and is what it is, but the staff were the highlight.More

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

This was our first meal once we arrived in Porto, and of course the attraction was trying their Francesinha. Given we were jet lagged, stomachs flipped to a different time zone, we opted to go with the Francesinha Santiago for 2 people. "Thank God" we...did. As even having one piece shared amongst us, we were full by the end of it. For meat and carb lover, its a match-make in heaven. Having fries surrounding such a beast is a plus. In terms of crowd, it does get busy. Sitting shoulder to shoulder with each customer. But definitely enough room to cut away at this beast. I would recommend for anyone visiting Porto to try this!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great value meal - lovely people serving us. We were recommended to this place by our hotel staff and it was a great experience

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 1, 2022

We were recommended to visit Cafe Santiago for the first-class Francesinha. There were only six seats remaining when we arrived. By the time we left the place was packed out with a modest queue outside. The staff were very helpful and courteous. The cooking area...was on open view and the food was absolutely fantastic.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed June 26, 2022

My wife and I visited this venue when when we were in Porto last week. We wanted to try the Francesinha Santiago which we had seen advertised and looked interesting. The cafe was almost full when we got there but managed to find a table...by the window, great for people and queue watching. The Francesinha was interesting, glad I tried it but once was enough. Service was quick although our server was a bit grumpy to start with he soon perked up with the appearance of a tip!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 13, 2022 via mobile

Really great for and drink, and good atmosphere! The Francesinha was as good as advertised, and the Porto tónico was get refreshing.

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

Francesca sandwich was amazing !! Porto classic! Highly recommend. Very crowded, we sat at the bar and got service right away .

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 23, 2022 via mobile

The receptionist at our apartment recommended Cafe Santiago as the place to try Porto's signature dish, Francesinha. We visited for lunch, with an appetite, after our Segway tour. We were seated outside, after a 20 minute wait for a table. The Francesinha is a monster...of a sandwich, with sausage, beef steak, ham egg and cheese, all put together in a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Not sure how healthy the dish is, but it was certainly one worth trying.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 22, 2022 via mobile

Very popular place among locals so we gave it a try. It is the best place to try out the famous franchesina and you will not regret it. It is very busy it is worth the wait.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 21, 2022 via mobile

Cafe Santiago came recommended by several “locals” and did not disappoint. This is the place to experience the famous “la francesinha” sandwich. Come hungry and dine in a welcoming atmosphere.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 17, 2022

Cosy cafe, friendly staff, fast and efficient services and, of course, the Francesinha Santiago was simply delicious. No wonder the majority of customers had ordered this item.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 4, 2022 via mobile

On the recommendation of our tour guide, we went to sample the Porto-famous Francesinha sandwich; everything but (although, possibly including) the kitchen sink. Unless you’re a 12yr old (or a footballer), eat half; it’s plenty. I had mine with Santiago’s homemade Piri-Piri - luscious!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 7, 2022 via mobile

We were tired from our long international flight and wanted a no frills place . This small restaurant has good food at reasonable prices. Check their daily specials. My husband had a beer and I had a glass of wine. He had the fried cod...fish with fries. I had the lightly breaded fish with salad and white rice. Everything tasty. Friendly service.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 2, 2022 via mobile

Very local feel! Had to get the Franchesina obviously and it was good! Felt like a must do, and my husband loved it but I thought it was good :) great experience! Go in the off hours of Portugal’s late night dinner times (like 7).

Date of visit: April 2022
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Michelle D
July 14, 2022|
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Response from robbly | Reviewed this property |
No, like most places to eat in Oporto you just have to turn up and queue, my advice eat early
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Response from Gilly1959 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do, enjoy.
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March 28, 2015|
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Public parking on the street
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cafe Santiago

Yes, Cafe Santiago offers takeout services.

Yes, Cafe Santiago is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Cafe Santiago is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5