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“Over-rated and -priced”

Restaurante Cozinha Velha
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Ranked #5 of 31 Restaurants in Queluz
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $43
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Description: Set in the ancient kitchens of the Palace of Queluz and contributing to the splendour of the Pousada de Queluz - D. Maria I, the Cozinha Velha Restaurant offers delicious delicacies, according to the most genuine recipes of Portuguese traditional cuisine. Here you will find the ideal environment for a romantic dinner for two, and the strength of character for a successful business lunch. The right place to organize receptions, group meals, festive dinners, banquets or cocktails, offers a capacity of up to 150 sitting and 250 standing. You will also have access to the "Sala Dourada", in the Palace, where you can gather 70 to 100 people and gift them with a memorable reception. The Pousada de Queluz restaurant holds a harp recital every Friday at dinner. Open all week.
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Perhaps our expectations were too high but, based on positive guidebook reviews, we made a point of dining at the Cozinha Velha while in Queluz. The restaurant was quiet for a Friday evening and the pace and quality of the service seemed matched to that feeling. The two servers seemed stretched as the restaurant slowly filled with guests and the wait-time for food from the kitchen grew. As for the food, the mysterious blob of green vegetable matter that accompanied my entree failed to diminish the rich flavour of the my stuffed iberian pork. My wife's tamboril was gelatinous and the asparagus in her salad limp. Maybe it was a bad night... The harp music was delightful but didn't make the tab for dinner any easier to digest.

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Reviewed April 27, 2012

I have dined here 5 times over the last 30 years & they always exceed my highest expectations. The cuisine is of the highest standards, wine is excelent and very reasonably priced but it is the personal service that sets it apart from everywhere else.
We always spend a long morning exploring the palace and its grounds before a long lunch.
The signs for the restaurent are very poor & many people walk away not knowing if it is open. Be patient & wait until 1 pm, it is well worth it.

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Reviewed April 22, 2012

We were staying at the D.Maria pousada and dinner was at this restaurant. From start (greeting/seating) to finish (coffee/port and farewell) this was an exceptional dining experience. The appertisers were simple, regional and delicious. The chateaubriand was perfect. Served at the table by professional waitress (Sara). Wine, selected by the winewaiter, was excellent. Everything about this restaurant was professional, from the staff to the linen napkins and hallmark silver cutlery to the food and wine. We are in our 50's and have dined extensively in Australia(home) and overseas.
With the 20% voucher from the pousada, the bill was only about 140 euros.
This was one of our best experiences evr and rates in our top 5.

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1  Thank keith g
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Located in the old kitchen for the Palacio National de Queluz, this phenomenal restaurant was the nicest place my mother and I ate in during our Portugal trip. The rabbit served with mushroom risotto was to die for, and the desert selection was amazing. Also of note was the atmosphere, which was dominated by the kitchen's smokestacks and a large stone table for food preparation. Highly recommended.

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3  Thank EpeeFencer
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

A stylish restaurant in which to dine and excellent, if conservative, choice of main courses.

1  Thank grussellt
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