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“A hidden gem” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fabulas

Fabulas
Ranked #335 of 4,023 Restaurants in Lisbon
Price range: $13 - $33
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Chiado & Carmo
Description: The best place to have a relaxed good meal away from the busy streets of Lisbon. Right int he heart of the city.
Bangor, N Ireland
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

We chanced upon Fabula's and had a lovely meal. Would recommend it - very friendly staff. Very quirky styling with sewing machine tables (with sewing machines still there) make interesting tables for two.

Visited March 2014
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Lisbon, Portugal
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“bag snatchers operate here!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

This is a touristy, overpriced place in the centre of town. the food's OK but not worth what you pay for it. I had my bag snatched from the back of the chair while my back was turned for a second. The staff said it happens there a lot. Might be a good idea for them to put up signs warning people to be vigilant.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rachlea4
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BelarminoT, Proprietário at Fabulas, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Google Translation
Infelizmente acontece algumas vezes e não deveria acontecer nunca. Temos o cuidado de informar as pessoas sobre malas deixadas de forma pouco cuidada e somos muitas das vezes vigilantes e cuidadosos com quem tem um perfil de possivel ladrão. Daí a dar-nos 1 ponto? E com a nossa comida a ser comentada por si como OK? Percebemos também que fez 5 avaliações no mesmo dia, e que nós fomos os únicos a receber 1 ponto, quando os restantes lugares que avaliou receberam 5 pontos. Talvez não goste de nós e ponto final. O Fábulas tem consciência dos problemas de segurança, eles são comuns aqui e em outros lugares frequentados por muita gente principalmente sextas e sábados à noite. É um problema da cidade, e de muitas cidades. Colaboramos com a policia no que podemos mas a sua critica em nada serve a não ser para nos depreciar como estabelecimento.
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Lisbon, Portugal
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Wonderful space, lousy service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

Fábulas is a great place, with cosy interiors and a quiet terrace. The place is perfect for having a chat with friends or for a romantiv encounter. Inside there are different types of tables (small to large ones) and the light is very dim.
The menu is quite inovative, ranging from simple sandwiches and salads to full meals, as well as all sorts of coffes, teas and other beverages.
The only bad thing about this place is the service which often doesn't correspond to what one would expect in such a otherwise good place. Most of the waiters are always looking bad mooded and not very kind.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LNFilipe
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Miami, Florida
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350 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Fabulously charming”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

The place decor is very unique and charming. If you're into vintage/peculiar spots this should please you with the clever sowing machine tables. Service, on a Friday night, was actually very good: friendly and attentive. We ordered a basic meal: fresh tea, coffee, a delicious sandwich and apple pie. The sandwich (goat cheese, olive spread and eggplant) was delicious.
We got the apple pie because they were baking it at the time and it smelled marvelous. But it wasn't very impressive. Next time we'll try the chocolate cake.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank vdsan10
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Barstow, California
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308 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“A fabulous meal at Fabulas!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

And I never say fabulous...we had walked by here several times. Christmas Eve, they were closed, and on Christmas Day they opened at 6, but were couldn't wait and ended up going somewhere else. However, we returned a couple days later and at 6, they were pretty busy.

The friendly server gave us a small table in the front of the open kitchen, which allowed us to see all the action. It's inside a cavernous space with cool archways, funky lights, and sewing machines on some tables. I don't know if I could eat on one of those though, but maybe just a glass of wine, coffee, and/or snacks and desserts. They also have a great courtyard area that we weren't aware of, which looked really nice.

We are experiencing wines from different regions in Portugal, and settled on one from Douro. We also ordered some bread with hummus, olive oil, and an olive tapenade. I ordered the shrimp with curry and coriander and the partner ordered the steak. Maybe it did take a while to come out, but we didn't notice. The ambiance and people watching was fun! Most of the workers we encountered were friendly and it looked like they have a lot of regulars.

The shrimp and curry was delicious! Came with fried bread and chutney. The steak came out with a small salad and what looked like a version of au gratin potatoes but with goat cheese. The steak was grilled perfectly! Overall, a very satisfying meal for us weary travelors...we walked all day! The woman who waited on us was great! She apologized and said the evening was a little disorganized, but we didn't notice. We will probably stop back by one more time.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank heuster3
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