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“Michelin-starred restaurant at risk of losing its star.”

Arcadas Restaurante - Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas
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Ranked #24 of 437 Restaurants in Coimbra
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $39 - $233
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed September 21, 2012

The restaurant is located inside a beautiful residence-turned-hotel of 5-star calibre surrounded by a large landscaped garden. If you're driving, you enter through an extremely narrow passage (unmarked from the outside) and main gate which the hotel concierge opens automatically. The likelihood is that you'll miss the entrance first time. It's fine dining serviced by well trained waiters and sommelier. My advice is to go for one of the three 'degustation' menus. We felt hungry so we went for the seven-course more expensive eur80 option. The wine list is pretty extensive and caters for all likes and pocket. The food is expertly prepared but it just misses that grade, that inventive magic, in my opinion, that justifies its Michelin star. So my judgement is that although the service is very good, the atmosphere elegant and romantic and the food good, the entire experience does not justify the ultimate price we paid.

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Reviewed September 15, 2012

It merits its Michelin star and offers an affordable "menu du chef"! Exhaustive wine list and knowledgable "sommelier" making helpful recommendations also for the mid-price range.

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Reviewed August 2, 2012

If you enjoy fine dining, with more than a little formality, try this restaurant during your stay in Coimbra. Overlooking the parterre part of the garden, the menu is a little more adventurous and modern than your typical portuguese establishment, though the english language menu has a few quirks (the french gives a better idea).

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Reviewed June 9, 2012

The restaurant deserves its Michelin star, even if it does fall on the low end of the one-star range, doing the conventional extremely well rather than experimenting and amazing.

Thank GuillermoAngel
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

This restaurant is located in one of the nice hotels in the Center of Portugal, in Coimbra. We really enjoyed the service and the location, the food was inline to what we would expect, but I can not consider all great dishes. We selected the menu Pedro and Ines: €65 for a 5 course meal (1 entree, 1 soup, 2 main courses and a dessert). In my opinion the best ones were the fish (turbot perfectly cooked) and the dessert (crunchy milk custard). They recommended us at the beginning a sparkling wine "Quinta do Valdoeiro" which was excellent and they had the courtesy not to charge for it. For the meal we selected a Douro wine and although the list is not extensive, you will find a good selection for each of the main wine regions of Portugal.
Despite being a restaurant expensive by the standards of the country, location, cuisine, environment, worth a visit. I recommend.

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