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“Evening entertainment”
Review of Cafe Luso

Cafe Luso
Ranked #130 of 229 Nightlife in Lisbon
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Owner description: The "Café Luso" established in Lisbon in 1927 at nr.31 of Avenida da Liberdade and later in 1939 moved to the Palace Brito Freire in the Bairro Alto borough. This Palace built in the late 17th Century for an aristocratic family, survived the catastrophic earthquake of 1755 and has remained almost untouched up to today. The "Café Luso", Fado House and Restaurant, is located within a solid and austere area, the former cellars and stables of the Palace Brito Freire, also known as Palace of St. Roque. The decorative patrimony includes the ceramic panels by Master Ferreira da Silva (1960's) and more recently the paintings of acrylic on canvas by Mr. Norberto Nunes. The "Café Luso" fulfils daily its destiny: to combine the sensibility and taste of the artistic and gastronomic talents, by permanently paying attention to its main aim , to preserve and innovate, making sure that stimulates and keep a cohesive Team, both skilful and creative. Being the Fado a tradition that cannot be translated, the Café Luso summons all those who visit us to return and feel the sounds of the Portuguese Soul.
Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is one of the places you have to go to if you visit Lisbon. It comes at a price but on balance it was worth it and very enjoyable. When we got there it was fully booked but the manager suggested we wait and see. 5 minutes later he had a cancellation and we were in. It is a lovely setting like an old cellar with a stage at the end. We had one of the available set menu's 41 euro per head three courses and a bottle of white wine 25.50 euro. So its not cheap but you do get an excellent Fado show and there are things in life that are worth the money and this is one of them. I would like to thank the manager for getting us in it really did enhance our visit to Lisbon

Thank Jerryh227
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Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

Avoid at any cost ...worst side i ve seen so far in lisboa a rip off the waiters tried to overbill us had a talk with the manager to only pay what i orderdered stay away

6  Thank ali b
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Reviewed December 8, 2014

We should, of course, have read the other reviews posted here before going, but this was recommended by our hotel when we asked reception about where to go for an authentic fado experience.

The total cost was about 150 Euros. The food wasn't bad, but wasn't special and the performance was truly awful. There were brief moments of fado which were good, but the overwhelming impression was of a cheap, badly performed tourist show. We have seen much better performances of folk music and fado for free in hotels in the Algarve and Madeira.

2  Thank davechrisfran
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Reviewed November 15, 2014

My friends and I went there for fado and dinner. First of all you can only hear fado 10% of the time. Rest is silly shows that look like first grade children show! The show finishes at 10pm sharp! And the food is the worst food ever! I ordered chicken and it was served 1 hour and 10 mins later cold and uncooked. By uncooked i mean unboiled because they are serving plain boiled chicken with some kind of dressing. I sent it back and asked for a replacement and the new one was still uncooked. My friends had steak and the steak souce was so terrible none of them enjoyed the meat. 6 of us paid 307euros for the worst experience ever! Please do yourselves a favor and do not go there!

3  Thank Ytuz
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Reviewed October 4, 2014

Recommended by the concierge, we made a reservation for dinner and the fado. Had we known we could just reserve a table for fado without going through the dinner, we would have done so.

Cafe Luso is located at the end of a street festooned with colourful decorations. It was a festive street with fado cafes. I believe it was Rua Norte. We walked up this street and enjoyed looking at the various shops and cafes.

Our reservation was for 8pm, on the advice of the concierge, so we wouldn't miss the show which starts at 9pm. The show turned out to be a tourist folk performance, on a stage at the end of a hall and we began to wonder whether we were at the right place.

We had to order set dinners and it was ok. We ate hurriedly in order to enjoy the 'show'. In between the folk dancing, fado stars sang. Then the show ended at 10pm, and nearly everybody trooped out to their tourist buses.

Is this it? We asked a waiter, who informed us that the real show was about to begin at 10.45pm. By this time we had finished our meal and wine. The fado singers will apparently sing until 2am.

Since our purpose was fado, we had to stay on. And we ordered more drinks.....Humph....

The performance was worth the wait, but not worth the dinner. During the interval, the fado stars went round tables selling their CDs.

We thoroughly enjoyed the singing. To me, the performance is akin to opera singers performing arias. Though we did not understand Portuguese, the emotions were felt in the delivery. There were 3 female and 2 male performers. and they were accompanied by a 3-man band playing a Portuguese guitar, a violin, and a bass.

The rest of the large hall had been curtained off, leaving a small area for the singers to sing to their fans in an intimate setting. More people started coming in, prepared for the 'long haul' to stay till the end. All they need do is buy a drink.

We were tired by then and left close to midnite.

Our 4 set dinners came to 229.50 euros including a bottle of wine and 4 glasses of beer.

2  Thank sweetafton
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