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“The best meal of our week in Lisbon”
Review of Claras em Castelo

Claras em Castelo
Ranked #113 of 4,178 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $29
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, 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.
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“The best meal of our week in Lisbon”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

This restaurant is fantastic. They can only seat about 12-15 people and seemingly only do one cover per night. There is quite simply no rush, no bother.

You need to book. If you don't you will not get a table but the waiter will [very politely] offer to book you in for the next day or later in the week.

The waiter is, like a lot of the reviews here say, very friendly and knowledgeable about the food and wine. Both are short menus and are cooked by his partner/boss/friend in a small kitchen. I had roast pork and my partner had curried fish. The starter and couvert were incredible - very much worth paying for unlike some we've had in Lisbon.

This was one of the only meals I have ever eaten when the chef comes out of the kitchen at the right time and genuinely asks how everything is. This is obviously only possible as they only cook for 12 and there was a brief moment of respite in the kitchen.

We will probably go again on our last day (today) as it was so good. This place really deserves its high rating for its food and the incredibly high standard of the service.

  • Visited May 2013
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41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Try It after Visiting Castle!”
Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

Small restaurant in the area of the Castle. If you find any free table seat there. If there isn't dont wait there. As for the plates there are choices for meat and fish. All of them are good.

  • Visited May 2013
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Paris, France
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A super small restaurant”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

Only around 12 seats in this restaurant and though the menu is limited, all the dishes are beautifully prepared and very tasty. Do reserve or you may not get a seat. The proprietor is very helpful and his Portugese wife is charming. If you are in the area of the Castle San Jorge, this is the best bet.

Visited April 2013
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Lisbon
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“excellent atmosphere”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

We went with an open mind and found an enthusiastic entertaining host. The food was home cooking of a high standard. A small menu showed it changes regularly. As it is such a small space all the diners were very friendly. Canadian, French & British. Entertainment was live singing and lively conversation.

  • Visited April 2013
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Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

Great food, service couldn't be better! We went there with two young kids and they loved the food as well. They treated us and the children really well. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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