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“The view and the music were amazing”
Review of Armazem do Sal

Armazem do Sal
Ranked #1,465 of 1,786 Restaurants in Porto
Price range: $14 - $21
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Situated not right on the street level but one above, with a tiny terraced space for several tables to eat al fresco. Clean and simple yet looking chic. People were most polite and nice. Though not on the menu, we have asked for some grilled sardines (they had roast sardines), and they pleasantly obliged, and cooked up the BEST grilled sardines as well as salmon and sea bass. A restaurant certainly NOT to be missed or overlooked simply because it is not on your eye level from the riverfront. A true gem, 120% recommendable. If interested I have a few photos of the venue and dishes.
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Armazem do Sal is not anoung the cheapest restaurants in Porto. The view of the river and the bridge are fantastic but what makes this place amazing is the music. In June 2013, there ws a femail vocalist who sang Portuguese as well as English songs. She was worth the visit to this restaurant.

I am not sure if we were there on an unlucky night or if the food was just plain mediocre. The plates are large so dont go for too many starters and if you don't like what they put on your table the minute you arrive (cheese or cold cut platers), you can send it back. I had the beef in mushroom sause but as the plater was placed in the oven it was slightly burnt on the sides, the beef was dry the rice was crunchy and the boild vegetables shrivelled. We also had the bacalao which again was over-cooked. In all the restaurants we went to we had the house wine which was always bottled- a local wine- of great taste and quality. Not here. the caraffe of white we ordered was very just drink-able.

Would I come back here? Not sure. Despite the bad food, I enjoyed the ambiance though it may be classified as a tourist trap..

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

I bought a round of drinks for 6 of us E42.50. My port looked like gravy and smelt bad. When I explained to the waiter that I wasn't happy he tried to tell me this was usual. Eventually they opened a new bottle and I was satisfied. Great location, expensive and not happy about the customer experience!

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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Great location however as the others say, food poor quality, expensive, over salted, slow service, no choice other than house red or house wine at over inflated prices and they try and charge you for things you did not order.

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Thank AucklandRewiti
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

DO NOT go to this restaurant under any circumstances as their main target is to RIP OFF tourists! We've got fooled by the nice decor (purple lights) and attractive localization (upper level of the river side) and ended up paying the double of what we should have.

Me and my 2 friends decided to go there for a glass of wine. The bar looked really nice and there even was live music. As the place looked quite fancy, we asked the waitress if it was possible to have only a drink, without eating anything. She said that of course, no problem. As the wine was not included in the card, we asked for 3 glasses of whatever wine they serve (it was house wine only). After 10 minutes (or more) of waiting, we got our drinks (they were okay, but nothing special; quite expensive for Porto - 5 euros each) and stayed in the bar for another 30-40 minutes. When we finally asked for the bill and waited for another 10-15 to have it brought to our table, instead of 15 euros, we had to pay 30 euros! They CHARGED US ADDITIONAL 15 euros for the music! (which we didn't even enjoy, because the musicians were on a break for most of the time).

We tried to explain to the waitress, and later to the manager, that there was no information regarding this extra fee and that we refuse to pay it. Of course, in vain. The manager showed us a sign at the door saying that the minimum we have to spend is 25 euros/person (of course, when we were entering the restaurant, the bouncer was standing just in front, so we couldn't even see it! And there was absolutely no information regarding this in the menu!). We tried to discuss the situation, but the staff was INCREDIBLY RUDE, acted very UNPROFESSIONALLY and IMMATURE and even threatened to call the police!

Next to us was a couple who wanted to pay by card (the bar accepts cash only, but once again, the information was nowhere to be found) and who was also charged with this ridiculous fee. After arguing with the manager they decided to pay. The girl stayed in the restaurant while her boyfriend wanted to look for an ATM. I couldn't believe what happened: one of the staff members actually went with him to withdraw money! (As if he was afraid, the customer would run away abandoning his girlfriend).

As for us, we decided to pay the bill just not to think about it anymore and not to spoil the rest of our holidays.

Remember, DON'T go to this restaurant if you want to enjoy your stay in Porto!

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Thank Zuzru
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

Do not spoil your spare time and AVOID this place! It is a waste of time, money and nerves!

We went there with 2 friends after a meal, as it was looking interesting and not typically located (It is situated on the floor, not like most Riberinha restaurants on the ground floor). The bouncer standing in front of the door would not greet you, but it´s okay, not everyone has to be welcoming. As it looked like a restaurant I specifically asked a waitress if we can only drink here, as we just had a meal. She said okay.
We waited for the service many many minutes. Eventually the waiter came and gave us a menu. We wanted wine but there was none in the menu (!), so we asked for a wine list. The guy said they did not have any and the only wine they sell was a house wine. We asked for it.

There was a music inside, the decor is nice, pleasant for the eye, but all was spoilt by obnoxious way this place works and treats people.
We asked for the bill. The bill was 30e. 30e for 3 glasses of wine. And it´s okay, I wouldnt mind. But, the wine was 15e and another 15e was A MUSIC charge! When asked what it was, the guy said there was a concert live in the restaurant and we had to pay for it! There was no tickets sold at the entrance, there was no info about it in anywhere, the guy didnt inform us when serving. We refused to pay it, and wanted to pay only for what we consumed.
Then the guy told us, it was a restaurant and we have to eat here because the minimum spend is 25e per person. Noone informed us about it and we did ask if we can only drink there.

We told him to charge us only for what we had and we would go, but he REFUSED to deal with this situation. What an IMMATURE way of taking care of one´s business!!
We sat there for another 10 minutes but no one came to see us. We went to the bar to pay, left 20e note for the bill. The waitress came back to us throwing the bill and money on the table YELLING it was 30e not 20e.

A friend of mine spoke to another consumers who were also there complaining about the extra charges. Finally, they decided to pay and stop that ridiculous situation but it appeared the restaurant has no terminal, so no possibility to pay by card! Therefore the customer was ESCORTED by one of the staff to a cash point!!

We paid our bill leaving the place extremely annoyed! Make sure you DO NOT go there. The owner is a liar and only wants to rip people off!

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Thank Gosia P
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