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“Worth a visit”
Review of Casa da Gamboa

Casa da Gamboa
Ranked #463 of 8,185 Restaurants in Salvador
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Well situated at the bottom of one of the main streets in the Pelourinho we ducked in for a quick bite during Carnival. Service was great, prices very reasonable and balconies provided an excellent view of local blocos passing by. We had garlic shrimp for entree which were divine. Banian style shrimp which came out in a sizzling coconut broth. Left with full bellies. Hard to fault.

  • Visited February 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Any place can have an off night, but...”
Reviewed May 24, 2012

I avoid any place that has someone in "colourful local costume" out the front to drag you in off the street, but friends had recommended this place, so we went in a group of seven. How I wish I had stuck to my principles. The whole Pelourinho was crawling with people because of a local Festa, but despite this, we were the only people in this very big upstairs restaurant... another bad sign.
Our service was slow, there was no bacalhau (sorry), there was no red wine (sorry), and one dish of okra was off, and was sent back (the chef is experimenting (!), sorry). After all this, it seemed a bit expensive as well.
Some people may have had reasonable meals here, but it wasn't us.

  • Visited December 2011
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Beautiful high ceilings and rich hardwoods in centuries old Colonial Pelourinho”
Reviewed November 10, 2011

We came across this beautiful restaurant while strolling through Pelourinho for the famous Tuesday night festa that some call a noite de Olodum. We almost passed it right by, as you can see nothing of the interior from the street, just a large wooden door. An elegant baiana invited us in to take a look and we were immediately impressed with the huge high ceilings and warm mahogany colonial furnishings on the second floor, with little balconies overlooking the cobblestoned street. The seafood dishes(i.e., moqueca) were delicious and enough for two, and the service was excellent. It was a beautiful hidden gem, and a great place to take photos. It was like being transported to another time period for an hour or two, and was very quiet and peaceful inside.

Visited October 2011
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“a real experience of flavor and atmosphere”
Reviewed July 31, 2010

Casa da Gamboa at Pelourinho, our best gourmet experience in Salvador. Great location just a hop from Terreiro do Jesus, beautiful decor and atmosphere, friendly and efficient staff and, most important, moquecas, mariscadas and fish and seafood dishes out of this planet!!! Don't give taxi drivers the name of the restaurant, just ask to be driven to Terreiro do Jesus and take Joao do Deus street.Some cab drivers do not know the street because it is at the pedestrian area of the historical neighborhood. Don't let hotel staff scare you about safety problems at Pelourinho at night. Just wander around well-lit streets with people around. Hotels want you to eat at their usually awful facilities. Don't miss Casa da Gamboa in Salvador. It is the best place to eat and have a great time.

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