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“Fado is better than the food”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Sr. Fado de Alfama

Sr. Fado de Alfama
Ranked #47 of 4,047 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $47 - $67
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Description: On off the least pretentious of Lisbon's Fado restaurants is also one of its finest. Hosts Duarte Santos and Ana Marina treat guests as family and the homely ambiance is warming and inviting. The homemade gastronomy is noted for its textures and flavours and generous portions, with the seafood cataplana (stew) a much-lauded feast. The menu is limited, but here it's all about the quality of the food. As for the entertainment, this is local fado at its most authentic -- the singers and musicians have known each other for years, and the performance is heartfelt and genuine. Quite often, diners are invited to join in which makes the evening truly memorable.
Alges, Portugal
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48 restaurant reviews
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“Fado is better than the food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

If you want to listen some fado, this could be the place, the food is ok, not cheap (maybe a beat expensive) but you must pay the singers and the musicians. For the food only isn't an option but all together is fine. Maybe a beat touristic

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank gloria m
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SrFado, Proprietário at Sr. Fado de Alfama, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
I very badly, people come here to make comments without ever having been in place, these people are just playing for the raking of travelers who have more comments. The Tripdavisor gives consideration ONLY comments from customers, they are not taking into account the very houses that have been damaged as well.
  I'm sure that this person NEVER been in Sr. Fado! the only proof I have is the agenda of the reserves, not containing names of Portuguese strangers to the house, much less in the month of March
  In Portugal, the customer is required to invoice. I thank the tripdvisor requires that this lady send them a copy of the invoice as proof of who was here in Mr. Fado. What will be impossible for her because she was never here!! so it was only fair that this comment be removed
She should be banned from tripdvisor by false reviews, just repair it walks to rank, all the restaurants that are in the first place and all with the same classification, unless of course those who are her friends
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“OMG!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

I had one of the best seafood dishes I have ever eaten, plus lovely host and hostess...

While we were in Lisbon for our honeymoon, well we wanted to see Fado singing and found out from Trip Advisor that this place is worth going... and that is 100% true...

I don't call it lovely dinner ... I call it the experience...and it began from the moment we have decided to book a table via email... to our pleasant surprise, the responce came in 5 minutes with confirmation...

We arrive there 20 minutes late and we called, however, the lovely host would never EVER give away your booking to another... and that is very nice of them...

We have been greeted by the host which is very friendly lovely man table was ready with lovely cheeses and YUM.O! bread that was cooked by the chef which is his wife and hostess and the Fado singer with OMG voice...

The house wine was great and they will offer you their speciality Catapalan seafood that I could not believe the taste it was heavenly... as well as everything else..

And then light will go off and candles coming... and night begins...I wish I was there now...it worth every single Euro...

Thank you so much for lovely night... peak of my honeymoon.

  • Visited April 2013
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3 Thank Sarah G
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SrFado, Proprietário at Sr. Fado de Alfama, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear friends

what good will that last time we had a cancellation and we welcome you in our small house. What a pleasure to deal with your sympathy. Thank you for liking our food and music, the two tried just putting the passion, heart and lots of love, and plenty of fresh food, of course.
We wish all the best for your marriage and your life. All the best for you and your future
a great big hug
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“It really is like going to dine at friends' house”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

On the Wednesday that we went , there were only six "customers" dining plus a couple who were friends of Ana Marina and Duarte, yet we were splendidly entertained by no less than 17 musicians (guitarists and singers) until after 1 a.m. The cataplana (fish stew) was great and Duarte was a marvellous host, constantly interacting with us six on a wide variety of subjects from Frank Sinatra to Alex Ferguson. The climax of the fado show was Ana Marina's performance at the end (in fact, we could have done with one or two more songs from her). At the end, taxis were called and Duarte waited outside with us until they arrived. Until you go, you cannot appreciate how small and personal the whole experience is.

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank Roger B
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SrFado, Proprietário at Sr. Fado de Alfama, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear friends

Thank you for joining us and having received and understood everything we offer open heart: our passion for art and for our traditions, whether artistic or culinary as we try to show both in its pure state and traditional

a big hug and always
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“We would definitely go back again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

Good home cooked food. Great service. Very welcoming atmosphere and the Fado was excellent. I felt honoured to be there and for me a night like this is a must if you visit Lisbon.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Follar
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SrFado, Proprietário at Sr. Fado de Alfama, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
here ... and we hope the open arms will always be a pleasure to welcome you
Thank you for your presence and sympathy
a huge hug and even a day
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“Cosy setting, home style food and wonderful entertainment.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

This small restaurant only sits 20 people- and the night we went it was packed.
Mr- is front of house- whilst Mrs is in the kitchen preparing wonderful homely Portuguese dishes- we had a lovely seafood stew, with lots of prawns and muscles and were very happy with this. After dinner and a quick change- our hosts become the entertainment with traditional "Fado'. A wonderful Portuguese experience, make sure you book if you want to have a complete Lisboa experience.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Bgd1973
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SrFado, Owner at Sr. Fado de Alfama, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Dear friends

Thank you so much for the kind words. We try to show to all who visit us, the purest part of our food and also the fado. The food is homemade and handcrafted, made ​​with the freshest produce and natural, so we were extremely happy you enjoyed it, which is very important for us.
A big hug from Portugal and until a day
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