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“Great "decor", average food”
Review of Taberna A Pipa

Taberna A Pipa
Ranked #10 of 74 Restaurants in Beja
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Lisbon, Portugal
Level 6 Contributor
204 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
“Great "decor", average food”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This restaurant won a well-deserved award for its "architecture" a few years ago. It is in a restored warehouse or giant barn-ish structure--all arches, beams, etc. with "rustic, rural Alentejo objects" dotted about, hung from the ceilings and etc. etc. So it is a great place to come to soak up an imagined "rurality", as it were.

We came at lunchtime, merely wanting a plate of anything to share and a couple of glasses of wine and to "wait it out until the rain stopped". Their bread was stale, their olives not anything LIKE as good as those of the fabulous Adega 25 de Abril across the street, nor is their jug of "vinho de la casa" very good. The plate of lamb chops with chips and rice piled high which we shared was the usual greasy Portuguese stuff one finds every/anywhere in the country, BUT...it was a pleasure to sit in these surroundings, admire the "chutzpah" and imagination of whoever it was who thought to turn this space into a restaurant and to decorate it in the manner it has been done! So don't expect great gastronomy here, but do enjoy the place!!

  • Visited November 2012
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  • Dutch first
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  • Italian first
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Scotland
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“same as the rest”
Reviewed May 30, 2012

Canteen !!! A bit like a beer house. wine was not the best but ok. The food was ok. The service was ok. A wee bit ignored by the patron who was too busy lavishing his attention on the locals. 5 yards across from the best restuarant in the town.

Visited May 2012
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Thank WFDScotland
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Amadora, Portugal
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great typical food”
Reviewed November 19, 2011

Expect a slow service, but good 'Alentejana' Food , not expensive, and the best red wine.
The atmosphere is nice, quiet, clean. No luxuries.
The best was realy the food. Very very good (and it didn't take long to serve). The worst was really the time it took for us to be 'noticed' (and we were the only ondes there for at least 10min).

  • Visited November 2011
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2 Thank Miguel M
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Faro, Portugal
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Go for the veal”
Reviewed October 26, 2011

I went there based on a University site recomendation. Table service was a little slow to begin, but the kitchen was fast. The food was good and the atmosphere is quite quaint.
My portion of veal was huge, but my girlfriend portion of pork (entremeada) was small. The cheese appetizer was very expensive for the size of the portion.

  • Visited October 2011
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Thank Dário S
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Bainbridge Island WA
Level 6 Contributor
225 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Dang this was good!”
Reviewed October 9, 2011

Kind of quiet when we arrived. This is seriously one of the worst commercial locations to operate a restaurant, but when you find it; YUM!!

Casual, but authentic Portuguese fare. Very nice cozy atmosphere. The waiter spoke only a little English, but tried his hardest nonetheless to steer us in the right direction for food. Looked like it was just him and his mom running the place. Lots of locals.

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank Kat&John
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