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“A wonderful experience in a beautiful setting!”
Review of Darwin's Cafe

Darwin's Cafe
Ranked #504 of 4,651 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Belem
Reviewed July 26, 2014

Darwin's Café is the bar and restaurant opened by the Fundação Champallimaud, a scientific research foundation created by will of one of Portugal late millionaires. The restaurant, as well as the Foundation buildings, is located at a beautiful corner of the River Tagus, in Lisbon (Tejo), and its wonderful bar and terrace overlooks the estuary of the river, offering a wonderful view of the river, Lisbon's 25th of April Bridge and the Christ statue. The restaurant's beautiful decoration and motives are related to the scientific researches of Mr. Charles Darwin. The staff is kind and attentive, and the food's tends towards fusion food, using several portuguese traditional ingredients with modern tendencies, with touches of foreign inspiration here and there (like in the most expensive of the dishes loinsteak with foie gras and pumpkin's jam with dried fruits risotto). That is, though portuguese, it is also an internationally inspired cuisine. The servings are generous, not yet entirely nouvelle cuisine, which helps, because one does get to eat (a little too much in fact, if you go through the whole experience, that is starters, main dish and dessert). The desserts are big and tasty, colourful and imaginative. The wine list is excellent and varied, with great wines included. In all a full meal per person (that is starters, main dish, dessert, water and wine) goes for an average total of €50,00 which are really well-spent. One can cut it down by having only the main dish, some wine and sharing a dessert, because the servings are really more than enough. I loved it and will surely be back. If you're having dinner just sit on the comfortable sofas at the bar outside and enjoy a drink and the wonderful view. I give it a 4 because there is no 4,20! This is the kind of place which renders a visit to Lisbon and its charm truly unforgettable!

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Reviewed June 14, 2014

stumbled upon this restuarant. Decor exception and setting better. Staff quite professional and very pleasant and helpful. Food is good and wine list is more than adequate. Orange risotto is exceptioal. Duck tender but a bit overcooked for my taste. Would certinly recommend the restaurant. Food good, staff great and setting one of the best. Look down the Tagus river at Belem Tower, and back at Lisbon. Certainly worth the trip and experience.

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Reviewed June 5, 2014

Went with family for lunch and that was a great lunch,nice atmosphere,great scenery,beautiful place to go for history art science and a great restaurant to,right I front of the River looking at a great bridge.
The restaurant is right inside of the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown.
It is a well known place for science and history.
The restaurant is big inside and out,great food,good wine well serve,the staff is nice and very professional,serve with class.
Love the place and ambience,very relaxing and pleasant.

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Thank rosagourmet
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

A really good place to eat when visiting Lisbon.

Good choice of food at a reasonable price for the location. Service was prompt and polite and the food was well cooked and balanced.

If it's a sunny day and your in Lisbon I would definitely add a visit to Darwin's Cafe to your trip.

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Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

The river view is perfect for a summer weekend lunch with friends. The restaurant has a nice design and it feels trendy but not too much. It could be a 5 star place if it wasn't for the below average service. The food took ages to get to our table and the service was always very slow. The food was ok but not excellent.

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