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“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

Cantinho do Avillez
Ranked #174 of 4,140 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $56
Cuisines: Portuguese, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Chiado & Carmo
Description: Located in Chiado, the Cantinho do Avillez restaurant welcomes you with a natural blend of the traditional and the modern. Quality is the priority with Chef Jose Avillez, and so nothing is left to chance. The cuisine, largely Portuguese inspired, is nevertheless influenced by travels abroad. The menu offers a wide choice of appetizers, "pregos" (steak sandwiches), entrees, main dishes and desserts, so that the gastronomic experience can be different at each visit. The service, which is pleasant and informal, contributes to the cheerful and relaxed climate.
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

"Chef marketing" should be a hanging offence. The place was well hyped but the result after a meal: well, yes, hum, mmmm. Then you really decide, as you walk along the cobblestones outside the theatre next door that it was not exciting, not outstanding ..it is not great value (it is not expensive but it is overpriced). It was simply... underwhelming.
This is plain well done food presented in a town where there is very little different. The place looks like what a cool hip restaurant canteen style should look like. The service is a tad arrogant but it warms up. the food is pleasant, even fair. Not one of those meals you will remember, as you do the good, the bad and the ugly.

  • Visited May 2013
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Cirencester
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fair”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

Top marks for ambiance, the place had a buzzing, canteen atmosphere. I was expecting some imaginative flavoursome food, but it was sadly disappointing. Not bad, but not good either. Who would imagine chef Jose Avillez also runs the kitchen at the Michelin starred Belcanto. Considering the canteen style service and food it's too expensive.

  • Visited May 2013
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Chicago
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Enjoyed Dinner”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Excellent spot to dine while in Lisboa, Cantinho has an interesting selection small plates, sandwiches and entrees, as well a nice selection of cocktails and wine. We started with the excellent green bean, and soft boiled egg appetizers, and had the steak sandwich and burger for dinner. The steak sandwich was well seasoned, thin and served on a tasty role. The burger was huge, juicy and delicious.

Reservations are a must, as they appear to take few walk-ins.

  • Visited May 2013
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Cambridge
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286 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Really Good Interesting Food, Great Service”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

We had an excellent dinner at Cantinho do Avillez. Our waitress was terrific, gave us good advice and gave us a bit of extra wine. The cover dishes/bread were really good. The sauce for the tuna was outstanding, as was the cheese with honey. Prices were reasonable, including the wine. The steak was wonderful, with a fabulous sauce. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Visited May 2013
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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good contemporary cuisine”
Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

We went to the restaurant without reservation, it was weird, first we are informed that is no available tables, we are getting out when the hostess come back and said us that is a table on the other room, two doors after on the same street. For our surprise, this "attached" restaurant room has a lot of available tables.... i don't understand why the hesitation.
But is ok, the place is very agreeable and the food was great. Loved the dessert "avelã ao cubo".

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