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“Delightful experience made by the outstanding service”

Taberna da Esperanca
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Ranked #470 of 4,456 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

My friend and I experienced the Ideal on a Wednesday night, after initially clocking it on a Saturday night when it looked packed out. It was actually similar on the Wednesday night. It is a very small place and we were asked to wait on the chairs in the street outside while they prepared our table. Do not be dissuaded by this. The service was exemplary. There were two waiters working at a pace all evening, but they were constantly (but not overbearingingly) attentive, helpful and on top of their game. The majority of the diners appeared to be locals and the overall ambience was really comfortable and welcoming.

The menu was written on boards in Portuguese, but the waiter took five minutes to talk us through it and recommend items along with a wine to suit our tastes and pockets. On offer are tiborna (bruschetta like items) petiscos (tapas style dishes) and main meals. We ordered the goats cheese, onion and honey tiborna, a pesto, olive oil and garlic tiborna, a mushroom and chestnut pastry basket petiscos and a sirloin steak main meal. This was plenty for thre two of us. The only disappointment was the steak, which was over cooked and more like a veal steak, although the accompanying sauce, vegetables and salad and overall taste were good. We had the yogurt cheesecake with red berries and pear and apple crumble with cream and cinnamon for dessert.

The bill came to €52... perhaps pricey for Lisbon, but not overpriced in our opinion.

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Thank tibbs5572
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Food is tasty and wines are from small producers.
Suggest taking a couple of dishes and share them, try the scramble eggs with sausage (farinheira) and the "tibornas" (portuguese bruschetta).

Thank costa0605
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Delicious food, creative and 100% portuguese. Not to miss! Not the best bargain in Lisbon but totally worth it! Reservation needed...

Thank António Maria M
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

I was invited by a friend that was expecting one of the best places in Lisbon. The food was bad, could, and without flavor (like industrial food). The service tried to justify what was difficult to explain. In the end they put in the bill two things (one wine and one plate) we didn't order. It was difficult to clarify all the mess. Not nice

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1  Thank gloria m
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

It's nice place to have dinner with friends and share some dishes. We found atmosphere pleasant. Restaurant serves nearly only portuguese products and dishes (No gin!). Prices are descent and location is convenient.

Advised to be booked earlier and be aware that they have shifts (8.00 & 10.30)

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Thank Marlenaba
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