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“Great fado ruined by everything else”
Review of Casa de Linhares

Casa de Linhares
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Ranked #489 of 4,680 Restaurants in Lisbon
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

We chose this fado house for the sole reason that the music starts at 9, earlier than most other clubs in Alfama allowing us to bring our 2 yr old. We knew it would be overpriced and the food would not be good. But we were amazed at just how bad the food was and how unpleasant the experience would be, for a place you'll drop 50€+ pp for an entre and a drink or two and the cover. The vegetarian option was plain noodles and boiled vegetables. They were unable to make an simple steak to order that was edible to accommodate a dietary restriction. The meat dishes on the menu were overseassoned and tough. A chef would have to be very creative to come up with such bad food. Service was slow and surly even with 2 servers for 4 tables early. And no AC or fan on a 40° day made it sweltering despite the subterranean room. And given that the very good to excelllent fado sets were short and broken by periods for service, we only heard about 8 songs before the baby maxed out around 10:30. The adults didn't regret needing to leave for the baby due to the heat. In short, we knew what we were getting in to, just didn't expect the degree of the rip off.

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Thank redrocklobster
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Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

Worth a visit. The food is more expensive then the other places in the area (about 22-25 euro for a main course), but is tasted good and the wine was perfect! Fado music was okay but cost 15 euro per person.

Thank JanneZH
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

If you are in Lisbon you should at least experience fado once. If you know other alternatives where you can get that experience, then you should probably not come here.

Here is how I reason.

We payed 130 Euro for 2 people for very average food and very average whine. Considering the amount of money spent, I would say that the food was bad!

The day before, we had excellent portuguese food at e.g UMA at rua de Sapateiro for 25 euro
for 2 people.

So, is the fado live music at this place worth 105 euro? (Note that they only sang totally 6 short songs)

The question to that answer is in you wallet and how much you appreciate fado music.

My conclusion is that it was not worth it.

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1  Thank Proline84
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Casa de linhares is a very interesting restaurant. Good food, Kind welcoming and Fado Music exibitions. The building was the house of Conde de Linhares, full of history. I do recomend.

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2  Thank William F
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

We went to this restaurant after the recommendation from our hotel as it is near where we stayed in the castle area. It is a lovely historical restaurant with great atmosphere. This vaulted stone wall restaurant is connected to the castle thru a tunnel and lots of interesting historical stories happened here. There is a great wine selection and the food is good although a bit overpriced. But I guess you paid for the atmosphere and environment. The fado singers and the guitarists performing here are very good. We really enjoyed ourselves. There is a separate cover charge of 15 euro per person to watch the fado performance and dine here.

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2  Thank PoohlingE
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