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“Trouble in Torremolinos” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Torremolinos - CLOSED

Torremolinos
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Trouble in Torremolinos”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

The staff really work on passers by to choose this restaurant on the main tourist eating drag in Lisbon however, the charm evaporates once you're seated and committed.

The food and wine is poor and half-hearted with broken bread roll as soup croutons but I won't bother to detail further because food is incidental to this "restaurant's" trade. The hard sell, hustle and overcharging generates the profit here and you buy a sense of unease and resentment.

During the starter and main course, waiters thrall through the tables with the same tray of sad looking dessert puddings trying to hock them. Some tables were hassled multiple times like this. I told the waiter they looked terrible.

We decided to cut our losses while we were behind and asked for the bill before dessert. This is where the waiters really came into their own, working in pairs like a wrestling tag team. One waiter went through the bill item by item ticking each thing emphatically which seemed odd at the time. We corrected him saying we did not have all the starters he listed. He said ok, the bill total was 52 euro and a normal tip would bring it to 58 euro. He wrote 58 on the paper table cover and circled it as if to make it clear to us what he meant. We handed him 60 and a new waitress came back with 2 euro. We asked where the rest of our change was and she asked were we not giving 58, pointing at the circled 58 on the table cover which she hadn't seen before as she was new to our table but obliviously knew it would be there.

Needless to say we insisted on our 8 euro change but only afterwards realised were still overcharged for all starters in the fuss.

During our meal an adjacent table had problems with being overcharged and the waiter and waitress pretended not to understand.

We continued to eat along Rua Porta San Antonio following this because though a tourist strip the restaurants are really decent, especially for fish. Dined at Ciao Milano restaurant twice finding the staff and cuisine genuine.

Restaurant Torremolinos does the fine restaurants and the area a disservice and they will all loose out if this rotten apple continues to fester.

Is there not a restaurant organisation or standards authority in Lisbon which would address this outlet trading in dishonesty while posing as a restaurant.

Visited September 2013
Helpful?
4 Thank Paul W
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“very poor”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Like many others we were entranced by the "street hawkers" & were quickly encouraged to eat the mixed fish platter on specials menu. It was very disappointing & we were subsequently horrified when we got the bill. The house red wine was expensive & no more than average; the fish platter was ordinary & grossly overpriced at 49 euros. Avoid this place, there are many other options nearby.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 316RodSteward
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Penticton, Canada
Level Contributor
52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Pretty average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

This whole street is full of high pressure "hawkers" who are trying to lure you into their restaurants so this restaurant is not unique in that. We did have the chance to look at the menu and before we decided to go in. It was fairly early in the evening so it was no super busy, the service was friendly and efficient the food came fairly quickly. We both enjoyed our meals of swordfish it was pretty average but nothing special.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dawn A
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Zagreb
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Actually, it's better to stay hungry.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

Aggressively lured inside, only to find ignorant and slow personnel, insane prices, food we didn't order being served and all the guests cramped into a tiny area. The food itself was not too bad, but the overall experience is awful. Avoid.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank OtonR
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“bad place to have a meal”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

They lured us in, proposed many things we weren't interested in, brought to the table things we did not order. After ordering, we had to wait for more than 45 minutes for 2 out of 3 dishes, so plates were cold by the time the 3rd order came in. The food was OK, though.
We ordered beers without looking at the drink menu (which they did not propose for us to look at!): beers were 3.80 euros each, triple the price of other places. Sold us things as the dish of the day, then told us we had ordered something a la carte!
When I said I would write a TripAdvisor review, immediately the owner told me he would make me pay a higher price for my check! People seemed rude to the staff, not a desirable ambiance to be in.
Do not go there.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank some_guy_in_boston
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