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“A glorious taste of authentic Portugal in London” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nova Lisboa Restaurant

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Nova Lisboa Restaurant
Ranked #571 of 1,043 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: European, Portuguese
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Waitstaff
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A glorious taste of authentic Portugal in London”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2014

Having spent a few months in Portugal each of the last few years, I was delighted while visiting London to find this particular restaurant. It is not in an easy area to find, a bit out of the way, but well worth the trip. It is a simple family style place, immaculate and cozy and our overall experience was exceptional.

The staff and owner were friendly, great conversations and excellent service.

The menu includes a home made soup and the salad bar with each entree and the portions are more than generous. The home made chicken soup was tasty, not at all salty and quite flavourful.

I searched the menu for an octopus salad and didn't find one. When I asked our server she didn't bat an eye but simply said, "You want, one, we make you one".....and they did!!! It was tender, the octopus quickly grilled and served warm with diced onions, chopped egg, and a lovely vinaigrette. What a treat!

I had carne de porco a Alentejana (traditional pork and clams). The taste was amazing, very authentic to my Portuguese experiences and the home made crisp fried potatoes served with it were delicious. My dining partner had the Frango no Churrasco (Portuguese style bbq chicken) served with rice and thinly fried potato...both delicious. She was unable to finish all the food and ended up taking enough home for yet another meal.

Although dessert was included, we were both stuffed and unable to taste any.

Our overall experience was very gratifying. The only reason I give it four instead of five is that the clams were overcooked and disappointing but, in the scheme of things that was not a deterrent to going back.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Delicious Buffet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2014

I love to visit the restaurant for their lunch buffet. Included is a nice selection of meats (chicken, pork, fish), breads, and salads. Best of all is the great selection of desserts, with some Portuguese specialties like rice pudding and the the famous pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tarts). I've also been for a regular meal (half a chicken with potatoes, soup, and salad) which was great.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Christopher B
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London, Canada
Level Contributor
39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Jumbo Shrimp keep us going back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

We have been visiting this restaurant for over 10 years. We LOVE the JUMBO SHRIMP. Rosa, the owner is a lovely lady and the staff are great. It is always busy. There is always a good hot buffet, a few salads and some authentic desserts as well as fruit and Canadian desserts. This is not your chain restaurant. Many of the customers are of Portuguese decent - so you know it is authentic food. But there are often many other cultures represented. Friends were with us on Valentines night and they couldn't believe all that was included for the very reasonable price. It is often more than the food - it is the character of the people both cooking, serving and dining. A must visit!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Lond1826
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London, Canada
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Memories of Portugal....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Love this restaurant! From the excellent selection on the menu, and the warm attentive staff, this is a spot you must try. We enjoy the roasted chicken for a simple midweek meal, it includes great Portuguese bread, homemade soup and salad for a great price. The seafood selections are also some of the best in the city. The house wine is also very nice and brings back memories of our trip to Portugal a few years ago. This is a wonderful traditional restaurant that is at the top of our list.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank beachbuum
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London, Canada
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90 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

Seafood platter was outstanding which included lobster,clams, shrimp, huge mussels and calamari. This platter is for two and very reasonably priced. Included was soup, salad. Do not bother with these ...you will not finish your main course and a dessert.. Service was excellent and even the owner/chef came to our table . A lovely lady
Will be returning in the next few weeks !

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank gumgardener
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