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“This was our first evening on this trip to Portugal.”

Restaurante A Regaleira
Ranked #1,276 of 1,630 Restaurants in Porto
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dendermonde, Belgium
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398 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
“This was our first evening on this trip to Portugal.”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

For nostalgic reasons, we wanted grilled sardines.
Strolling through the city, this restaurant all in black and white, looked inviting enough to enter.
Two times 'croquetas' were ordered as an entree. They were cheap, looked dreadfull, tasted mediocre, and were oh so very small.
One basic salad with tasty onions, tomatoes and other greens, was ordered as a side dish.
Two large portions of sardines, very well prepared, were accompanied by some big potatoe chunks. They looked watery and thus, were not eaten.
I tried a dessert, said to be French and turned out to be a very firm, ordinary caramel flan.
A bottle of house wine was the only white that they wanted to serve us.
Coffee was superbly good.

Four old guys, over, or about retirement age, did the service. Can you imagine how? ....
A somewhat younger chap, the boss? was hurrying them up from time to time. Their flegmatic reaction was fun to watch....
Is this a charity for older men, to earn a little more to their small pension? In that case it is a well deserved institution, haha.
And the bill was supercheap: 39€ for two. Bottle of water was complimentary.

While eating we saw another couple eating a interesting dish, which after googeling turned out to be a Francesinha sandwich, their speciality.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesinha
The best in Porto, say a panel of gourmets. So this is what we should have ordered in this restaurant, bagger ....
http://www.fortheloveofport.com/general-travel/best-francesinha-in-porto

  • Visited August 2013
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Évora, Portugal
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A disapointment”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

It is supposed to be a place with a lot of tradition, but it turns out to be a poor representative of Portuguese food, or any kind of food, for that matter. The fish was not fresh, and some dishes were cold when they arrived at the table.

  • Visited August 2013
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Porto, Portugal
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316 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Pity”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Is the feeling you get after visiting the place that boasts about inventing the Francesinha. Less-than-average food, rude and sometimes even disrespectful employees. Not coming back for sure.

  • Visited June 2012
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2 Thank espm252
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Lisbon, Portugal
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“... to close soon ...”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

No coments ... is too bad ...
The dark side of the beautiful Oporto City, where you can easily to find and to eat excellent traditional food ...

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank TiagoG56
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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“Low quality, mid prices”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

I went there because I've heard that is the place where Fracesinha had been created. And I wanted to try this portuguese cuisine. The restaurant don't have a good design, is an old place in which the owner didn't invest too much these days. The bathroom is not very good, either. All the employees has +50 years old. They are old-fashioned, apparently prestigious... The food had just low-quality ingredients. If you could find fracesinha in a place near the river (where the localisation is much better than this one), with just 7.5 euros, here the fracesinha was around 10-11 euros. I don't recommend this place! I am sure that is not the best fracesinha in town.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Cristina S
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