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“Highlight of our day!”
Review of Instinctus Wine

Instinctus Wine
Ranked #1,393 of 4,140 Restaurants in Lisbon
Price range: $9 - $22
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Lunch and Dinner - Wines Tasting Food and Wine Pairing only typical portuguese flavours. Booking request by email or phone.
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Highlight of our day!”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

We stumbled upon this tiny little wine bar when wandering the idyllic streets of the Santa Cruz district. We were attracted by the beautiful guitar music coming from the inside, and although it was empty at the time, we wandered in and were given an amazing reception by the owner. What followed was a charming little lunch. The menu is not extensive because the main focus is Portuguese wine - and delicious wine it was too. But the food we had - bacalao and sardines - was just delicious and beautifully presented. When the owner prepared the food for us, it felt like we were in her home. We felt utterly cared for and the whole experience was like entering the embrace of a Portuguese family. It was, as a result, definitely the highlight of our day.

  • Visited November 2012
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Canberra, Australia
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166 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Enjoy local food and friendly service”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Like other reviewers, we stumbled across this tiny "hole in the wall" cafe while wandering around near the Castelo. It is tiny, but very well presented and run by a local woman who is very keen to promote traditional food and Portuguese wine.The simple tapas style dishes she prepared for us were very enjoyable and accompanied by an excellent wine of her recommendation. A couple of complementary port tastings rounded out the meal nicely.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Sangio7
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New York
1 review
“Truly Excellent”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

A small restaurant (not just a cafe) seating only 8-10 people, perfect for a romantic dinner for 2, or for a group of friends - set in the Castelo high above Lisbon city, easy to get to by Tram or Taxi (€5-6 fare) from the city centre below. The wine/port is Portugese produce & of very high quality. The owner/chef is Portuguese from Lisbon, speaks also French & enough English - a very friendly lady. Prompt good service without being rushed. The food is traditional Portugese, usually 4 small to medium courses, but which is plenty, especially when combined with the accompanying glasses of wine per plate (included in the price) (€35 Sept 2012 per person including wine). For this quality food & wine, the price is right in my view, especially given the setting in & outside the restaurant. Don't expect grilled fish - it's 4 plates of various fish based meals (but also 1 with chorizo & great cheese). Given the size of the place - you should try to reserve. If you do, make sure to attend or at least cancel if not attending.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Joalnda b
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Moscow, Russia
1 review
“The second wine bar”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

A good balance between food and wine together with a great service. The place with less tourist and more local, we think this is important.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank russian t
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Prague, Czech Republic
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Good but not the best”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Also this one was only average. Nice people, good wines, not cheap. We don't reccomend this one. See our review and chhose

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank jan z
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