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“Rip off. Bad value for money.”
Review of S. Miguel D'Alfama

S. Miguel D'Alfama
Ranked #3,896 of 4,640 Restaurants in Lisbon
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Reviewed March 7, 2013

We (4 friends - 2 of them portuguese) had a terrible experience in this restaurant. The food is the only acceptable thing. The service is bad, the owner tries to rip you off at every chance. She proposed and insisted on the most expensive items on the menu. When the check came the sum (which was done manually) was wrong off about 20€. Only when the waitress noticed we were reaching for the calculator did she came running back to our table to say that she had made a mistake. At the same time, a couple on the other table was asking us if we got their bill since they were being overcharged as well. Very unethical and shameful for me, since I'm portuguese in a restaurant targeted for tourists.

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Thank Fred F
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Biggest rip off of our trip.
Beautiful looking restaurant but something not quite right with the staff/owners.
Live music not so great, food horrible and extremely over priced.
We ordered the white fillet fish and it was practically packet bought frozen fish fingers, some mushy rice and a simple salad, for €15!! A €4 meal down the street would be much more worth your while.
For some dodgy reason they don't except card payments, and don't tell you until you receive the bill. even though the restaurant looks quite up market.
Staff were friendly enough,
Do not recommend!!!

Thank Libby H
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

We were headed to Sao Antonio d'Alfama but popped in here instead with the promises of local music. The Fado isn't that great here as it is (how good can it be when the FRICKIN' maitre'd is one of the fill-in singers?!) and the food and service (especially for the price) is awful. The starters (brought without ordering, though thats almost expected if you're noticeably a tourist in Lisbon) are stale bread and a bad tuna salad-style thing -- and it will cost you €7. The seafood rice tastes like it should taste like something but it doesn't, and the prawns are too small to be local (or are just very, very low quality). The pork with chestnuts and potatoes (a local dish) tasted of nothing but lemon. Just lemon. It was awful.

The worst however, was what happened when we tried to leave. We clearly hadnt ordered enough for their liking and after asking for the bill twice, we were brought a plate of desserts (in the hope that we'd order one) and then we waited another 20 minutes despite flagging down our waiter a couple of times. We contemplated leaving just to see what would happen. Just terrible. Furthermore, though we weren't personally pestered, we watched the maitre'd pester other patrons with Fado CDs as if it were a sidewalk performance.

The only upside about this place is they don't charge for the music. As local Fado can run you €10-€30 before drinks or food, this place could possibly be a way to get your Fado fix without spending a ton of dough -- just be prepared to fight your way out the door if you don't spend enough...

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Thank Chris S
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Our first time in a Fado restaurant was a nice experience. It is a nice, small restaurant. They try to put in as many people as they can, which makes it a bit crowded. The food was good, not too special, but also not too expensive. All in all, good value for money in a nice atmosphere with some nice music.

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Thank Ruud61
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

The atmosphere is really nice, the fado is also good. Dinner for €15,- is good but the food is terrible! Please get the porc of the menu!! Especially the porc in tradional portuguese way is terrible. When the food came in front of us it already smelled bad, the taste was worse. It's probably first boiled and after that fried. Sorry for the owners, because the restaurant is nice. So enjoy the music but don't count on good food. Hope they change the food!

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