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“Very good but not totally satisfying”

Clube de Jornalistas
Ranked #20 of 4,047 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $38
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, International, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: We will be open for dinner on Sunday, the 14th of February.
Milan, Italy
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25 reviews
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“Very good but not totally satisfying”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

We choose this restau for our first night out in Lisbon, 1st in Tripadvisor ranking
Very good place, friendly service and nice atmosphere.
The meal it's been good, tasty and accurately prepared but the serving were so small!
We were hungry when we got in and we were still hungry at the end of 3 servings dinner.
Let's consider it if you like eating and not just tasting

  • Visited July 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Good but not amazing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

The ambience is amazing, but only go if you are looking for a very long lazy meal as the service wasn't great. The waiters forgot about us a few times. My potato salad starter was delicious but when my steak arrived (after a looong time), it was overdone and a bit disappointing. I think I was expecting a bit more considering it's rated 1 out of 800 on tripadvisor, but my friend really enjoyed her fois gras and fish with banana(!). We were too full for dessert unfortunately..

Visited July 2012
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England, United Kingdom
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“The Clube de Jornalistas is ideal for a romantic evening together.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

We ate in the romantic garden of the Clube de Jornalistas Restaurante in Lisbon, Portugal.

The food served improved with each course. The seared scallops were, in my view, overly expensive but my main course, the Moqueca's risotto, was very good indeed. The desserts proved excellent.

Service was a little on the slow side but friendly. Given that this was rated by Tripadvisor as the number one restaurant in Lisbon at the time of our visit I would have expected the service to be better and more attentive, to be honest. The wine pouring (bottles are not left on the table) was slow and I was unimpressed to see the odd drop hit the table.

All told, however, this is a very good place to dine and the house itself has a lot of history.

Room for improvement still exists but I would dine here again.

  • Visited June 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Lovely meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

Had a wonderful meal at this restaurant. Building and garden is beautiful. Chef (owner?) came out and talked us through the menu and helped us select. food was delicious and very good value. Had a leisurely and relaxing meal and sent my parents there the following night!

Visited July 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Diamond in the Rough”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

There is a saying that you should never judge a book by its cover and this eatery certainly bears this out. Despite the rather run down exterior, the courtyard garden was charming, spacious and welcoming. The food varied from good to superb. Some dishes, like the confit of duck could have been paired better and done with a crisper finish, but the squid starter with Thai accents, the Brazilian risotto and the grilled octopus were stunning (as good as the 2 star Michelin star restaurant we eat at in Coimbre the night before, if not so polished). The service was less good ranging from cheerful but inefficient to warmly helpful. The food and wine is underpriced and so incredibly good value for money. Far better than the better known places in Lisbon.

  • Visited July 2012
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