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#546 of 1,279 European in Porto
#730 of 1,862 Restaurants in Porto
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Portuguese, European
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Lunch, Dinner
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Outdoor Seating, Seating, Table Service
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Reviewed February 13, 2020

As vegetarians, we didn't expect much. We knew this was the heart of traditional Porto and we had come for the fado anyway. On a very warm early February Tuesday we arrived early (fado starts at 4 every Tuesday) and, with the help of an...English-speaking Portuguese couple, managed to order a non-meat lunch (egg/chips/rice/bread basket/salad) for 4.50 euros each, with beer at 1 euro a 33cl bottle.A wonderful spot, to sit out, looking down the Douro, with local custumers coming and going, and the prospective singers adding their names to madame's order-of-play list. We assumed we would be able hear the fado while sitting outside. How wrong we were! True fado is acoustic. So a quick move to get inside. We should have taken heed of previous reviewers. You can't get past the followers in the doorway! Anyway, the interior is of domestic proportions only! We eventually scrambled through to the back, in front of the gents' toilet and stood in the melee. But wow! Was it worth it! Just so spontaneous and authentic...not all recordable quality but fado from the heart! What else is fado? So make your way there! Get inside early. Grab a seat in the front bar...anywhere...not round the corner at the back.....and sit...and order a few beers (or not, they don't keep pressing you...and wait...and take it all in. This is a unique cultural experience ...tapping the roots of ethnic music from the heart of the people.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed November 26, 2019

worth finding (use Uber)- full of locals and a few tourists, but authentic fado and cheap as chips. very friendly locals happy tp chat and explain and recommend food. A range of singers and musicians playing from 4pm gets crowded but if you wait you...can get a seat. seems to carry on after 7.30More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed May 28, 2019

This small local gem was recommended by our AirBnb host. It is a bit out of the way but we were very glad we went. First off, if you want a table you need to arrive very early. By the time we got there the...place was packed. We squeezed in and found a spot at the bar as it was the only place left to stand. Servers were moving around us and people were ordering over us but none of the staff told us we had to move, they were very accommodating. You need to stand your ground if you want to see the show and we didn't walk all that way not to see it. Eventually some more space opened up at the bar. The place is very small and it got pretty warm but it was all worth it for the most local experience we had in Portugal. Amazing Fado singers with so much emotion and pride in their voices. It didn't matter that I didn't understand any of it as they took us on their journey regardless. The bartenders and staff were like well oiled machines pumping out simple but delicious food (like liver on a bun and cod croquettes) and a small glass of house wine was only 0.75 cents. This was as local as it gets. There was large British family that had come to watch but there was no room. This is not the place to come with a big group unless you arrive hours early. I would certainly recommend this Fado show as it is raw and local and there are no silly cover charges or drink minimums. We definitely spent our share though as we wanted to support this place.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed May 16, 2019

If you want the real 'Fado' experience, this is the place to go. It's not a fancy restaurant with professional fado singers; it's a small café on the roadside near the river, where amateurs come to sing on a Tuesday afternoon. It was difficult to...get into the café because it was so full but it was just as pleasant sitting outside in the sunshine. The drinks were very very reasonable and the food looked lovely although we didn't have food there. One refreshing drink to try there came in a glass jug. It was cider, limon and topped up with beer. Ice cold and very cheap. I don't know what they called it. This place is well worth a visit.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

First time bad review...the staff have to be the rudest people on the planet...no food can’t possibly have a table because we are going to have our lunch...you can go next door..we did and had the most wonderful bbq salmon lunch...and the best service...fado is...about lament...well Adega is lamentable....More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

We went there for Fado show, it was full of local people, very authentic, friendly. The Fado was excellent. I heard it is kind of like live karaoke of local, the artist are those who live nearby. It was so warm, nice, super cheap and...it provided an unforgetable experience of portugish tradition and lifestyle.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed April 5, 2018

The people there are very kind and make you feel at home. I only had one soup so I cannot comment on the food. But I really appreciate how they made me feel at home there.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2017

Great place to eat some good portuguese snacks among the locals that are the frequent customers. On Tuesday don`t miss their Fado afternoons

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed October 8, 2017

This is a Highlight for People who are looking for the unique experience. You have a choice of three different dishes a day. VEGANS get vegetable soup, salad, potatoes and Rice. It is cheap, yummy and has great Desserts as well as good coffee and...port whine. The old Tram stops just outside this wonderful placeMore

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed March 1, 2017

Excellent little cafe, with a delicious menu of local Portuguese 'tapas'. most plates were under two euros each and the food was fresh. beers are £0.80 each and the staff were friendly, helpful and very welcoming. We didn't stay for the music, but apparently this...is a really popular spot to hear local Fado (Portuguese Blues). Not sure what anyone would have to be 'blue' about here though. what a spot!More

Date of visit: February 2017
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Reviewed January 21, 2017

We hat a recommendation from our airbnb hosts who know this place. And our expectations to find a typical non-touristic place came true. It is a small, rustic place with a view on the river douro. You can get directly there with the tram from...Porto city. It is typical, cheap, friendly and the food is simple and very cheap. Not very vegan options available. They have two dishes a day. It is full.More

Date of visit: November 2016
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Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

Its located near the river. A typical traditional place to eat local snacks such as cod fish, meat or sea food. Its also a place to watch "fado" in some days. A place to get in touch with the locals.

Date of visit: December 2015
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