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“Local hidden gem”

Restaurante Apeadeiro
Ranked #21 of 260 Restaurants in Sintra
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: The Restaurant Apeadeiro Sintra is a prestigious venue for your meal. Whether alone, on a business or family lunch or dinner, we know we are the right place. Our space was thought especially in the comfort and well-being of our clients. All of our staff has the best training, and will do everything to give you the best meal. The philosophy of our work is to serve the customer well, dedicating the time that each one needs. We know that no two clients are the same, which is why our service is customized. You will not regret visiting us, quite the contrary, you will only think about when to come back. We are waiting for you!
Homestead Florida
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
“Local hidden gem”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Apeadeiro is a small local place near the railroad station in Sintra, near Lisbon, and caters to the locals. Our tourguide Alex at top ten tours suggested it when we told him we wanted some plain regular Portuguese food like ordinary people ate. We were tired and hungry after all the walking to see the sights in Sintra, with only some pastries to sustain us during the day. We had a place in mind we had researched, but decided to listen to him. Wow, were we fortunate that we did.
We took another couple with us and tasted everyone's food. We had a beefsteak in cream sauce, which was tender and perfectly cooked, Uglyfish (Monkfish) with rice,with a fresh lobster texture and taste of the fish, clams with Portuguese sausage, and garlic shrimp, both dishes were equally delicious. And the bread, olives and spread befor the mains was a real treat. Three of us shared a bottle of nice wine, while i had my usual diet coke.
This is a family run place that had been there for quite a few years. The decor is subdued and the service is really good. Mom cooks, dad runs the front and a daughter and an uncle serve the food. It was fairly busy, but the service was attentive, timely, and very friendly. They seemed to enjoy that we were having a great time, and even poured a comp glass of Port after our flan dessert.
The tab was quite reasonable and the food a refreshing change from the cruise ship food we had been eating for several weeks, except for some other shoreside meals.
I wrote a review of our Lisbon stop and this is the name of the place in Sintra I could not remember the name of, I finally found the business card from Apeadeiro
Would we return and eat here again? In a heartbeat!
Thanks Alex, we are glad we listened to your advice, it was the best local food we had on the cruise, and we ate at some other really fantastic places.

  • Visited November 2012
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137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Best authentic local food in our Portugal trip. Excellent cod preparations. Smiling service - they even entertained my son when he was making a fuss. Gets very busy around meal times. Highly recommended.

Visited December 2012
4 Thank WanderingParomita
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St. Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“What a gem”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Recommended by the hotel manager, this was just the spot (and price) for dinner. The food was very local and good. The ambience was great. Would highly recommend for a great place off the beaten track of the historic area.

Visited October 2012
4 Thank Diablo27
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Sintra, Portugal
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268 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“One of the best near city hall, good and cheap! Avoid tourist traps...”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

This is one of the best in central Sintra, just 30mt from the City Hall.
This is the place where locals go, very efficient and reliable service, good food and not very expensive prices and very well served.
Here, you will taste authentic portuguese food, with good quality.
There are more charming places in the old village, but if you like to eat, this is the place.

  • Visited October 2012
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4 Thank GFLX
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San Jose, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Go there to meet the locals, don't expect great food”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

The place was recommended by the hotel as most of the restaurants were closed that day - TUESDAY is bad day to eat in Sintra. It is not a touristy place, but the one that locals go to, very friendly atmosphere and fun, not expensive. However don't hope to get a gourmet food there. Suggest not to order fish there, no matter how good it sounds in the menu. I would also avoid ordering any desserts. However, my husband was quite happy with the kidneys he ordered.

Visited September 2012
Thank Nata1717
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