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“A home-cooked experience!”
Review of Claras em Castelo

Claras em Castelo
Ranked #118 of 4,224 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $29
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Description: The restaurant is open all the week After 9.15 p.m. we do not accept more customers for diner.
New York City, New York
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A home-cooked experience!”
Reviewed October 17, 2012 via mobile

We were staying in the Alfama and visited this restaurant on the recommendation of our hotel (and Trip Advisor). Stefan and his wife are so warm and welcoming -- you really do feel as though you're a guest in their home. The food is fresh, as homemade as it gets, and absolutely delicious. Stefan hosts and waits on the six tiny tables while his wife prepares everything in the kitchen. Not only was this the best meal I had in Lisbon, but it was one of the very best experiences I had in Portugal. It is so obvious in the service and in the food that this restaurant is operated with love and passion for serving the best quality meals. Not only did we love every bite (even the desserts are homemade and amazing), but we enjoyed conversing with our hosts and laughing at their antics along the way. In fact, we had dinner there twice during our short stay in Lisbon -- once just wasn't enough. It's a very small place so go early or make a reservation!

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5 Thank MiriamStern
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“2 lovely evenings”
Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

We have just come back from 5 days in Lisbon, we spent 2 very nice evenings in Claras em Castelo. Very warm and easy going welcome, a nice glass of Porto outside while reading the days menu,different each day depending on what they have found in the market. Very good home cooking by Portugese wife,and drinks and wine served by husband,(French) who can advise on which wine to have.Very relaxed atmosphere, you feel that you are eating at a friends house.Max 12 diners.Wife pops in and out of the kitchen to see if you are happy, second service offered!We wish them lots of luck and many guests they deserve it! Kate and Francois SWitzereland

7 Thank Kate P
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Beware the cover charge”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

I concur with the review made by neamster1 from Kelowna, Canada where he said not to make a trip out of your way to this restaurant. The food was okay (nothing particularly special), but the drinks were very pricy. Also, I hesitate to recommend this restaurant for 2 reasons:
1. We asked for tap water from the wife, who spoke English, and who checked with us what we wanted - and promptly got served with a bottle of mineral water that was opened on its way to our table (and got charged for it).
2. Our food+drinks bill was about 30EUR - 2 mains, 1 starter, 1 dessert, 2 wines, 1 water. However, we got slapped with a cover charge (copperto) of 6EUR (this was not for bread/olives) which was like 20% of our bill. Needless to say we were completely unimpressed. We probably didn't order enough and they probably felt they needed to make up the table value somehow! This is the only place we ate at that had a cover charge on the bill.

  • Visited October 2012
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2 Thank ybibit
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ClarasEmCastelo, Propriétaire at Claras em Castelo, responded to this review, October 13, 2012
We never charge the cover, we are really surprised by your comment and we invite you to read once more your bild.
Perhaps you have misread.
If you have some doubt about the bild you just tell us and we will explain.
Thank you.
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“An Excellent restaurant”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Our hotel was just next to the castle, so it was great to find such a lovely restaurant without having to climb all the way down to town and then back up again.

Its small but very cosy and the owners made us so welcome. The food was all excellent; I must mention the sardine pate which I had as a starter - delicious. The desserts were scrumptious and we were always comparing desserts in other restaurants to Claras.

  • Visited September 2012
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6 Thank Reenby
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2012

The hospitality and atmosphere are outstanding!
We were looking for a place to drink a good glass of port and castelo (excuse me stefan) and claras (sorry marguerite) set up a table for us outside and made us feel very welcome .
They served us an excellent port accompanied with a beautiful cheese platter.
The desserts we had afterwards were very good as well.
If you want to have a nice evening in Lisbon go there no one makes you feel more welcome in Lisbon then the owners of this restaurant

  • Visited October 2012
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7 Thank nicolette b
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