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“Good meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of O Tabuleiro

O Tabuleiro
Ranked #2 of 93 Restaurants in Tomar
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Portuguese
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: O Restaurante "Tabuleiro", situado no centro historico de Tomar, procura aliar a confeccao da comida tradicional portuguesa uma rigorosa seleccao dos nossos produtos regionais.Venha conhecer-nos, experimentar uma refeicao na "nossa"casa, a nossa comida e podera contar com o melhor acolhimento.Temos capacidade para 100 pessoas, proporcionamos o ambiente ideal para festas de grupos, aniversarios ou para o convivio que ha muito anseia. Saborear uma refeicao, na companhia daqueles com quem mais gosta de privar. Faz parte dos prazeres da vida!Durante os meses de Verao temos disponivel o nosso servico de esplanada para que sinta em pleno o prazer do ar livre.O nosso Arroz de Peixe, Picadinha a Tabuleiro, Bife a Tabuleiro, Massada de Peixe, Feijoada de Chocos, Caril de Galinha, Arroz de Pato, Cozido a Portuguesa e muitos outros fazem do nosso restaurante um lugar que procura preservar a comida Tradicional Portuguesa, uma das nossas maiores riquezas.Somos um restaurante familiar. Venha fazer parte da nossa familia.Temos em cada cliente um amigo e gostamos de longas e duradouras amizades.
Charlotte, North Carolina
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57 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Good meal”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

Chose this restaurant based on the recommendation of our Hotel. Affordable prices and tasty food. Had the cod casserole and the pork tenderloin both were good.

Visited December 2012
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Lisbon, Portugal
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120 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Good food, wonderful service at very reasonable prices”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

We were drawn by the "recommended" sign at the door of this restaurant -- and seeing there were more people there than in other places we saw nearby (locals, not tourists -- this is definitely not tourist season), knowing that this is always a good sign, we went in. Ordered the ensopado de borrego (lamb roast), and had one of the best lamb dishes I've ever had in any restaurant across this country (i've been to more than a handful, as whenever this appears on the menu -- this is always what I end up ordering) -- it was melt-in-the mouth tender, with the sauce just properly seasoned, and the fried bread below just done so. We also ordered the beef pie (empadão de novilho), and the bacalhau com natas or codfish with cream. All the servings were huge -- we had only half portions of the lamb and the beef, but each could easily be shared by two. The bacalhau, which was one entire portion, and supposed to be good for 2 persons, was so big, we couldn't eat more than half of it. There were 4 of us in the group, but the quantity of the food could easily have served 6 people! The empadão was good, although the codfish dish, as one previous poster has already mentioned, is already a variation of the typical way of doing this particular recipe (it was more creamy, and with less fish than is usual).

We thoroughly enjoyed everything here -- the quality of the food, the fast and attentive service, and the good house wine. We ended up paying just a bit over 40 euros, which was unbelievably cheap -- this included the dishes already mentioned, plus starters (bread, olives, and cheese), the small jar of red wine, and 2 types of dessert, and 2 coffee.

The atmosphere is quite pleasant -- the restaurant has one side which is decorated in the more typical, traditional way, and through a connecting door, and which has a separate opening from the street, another side which is in a modern layout. Location is perfect, as it is on the main walking/shopping street.

Would recommend highly this restaurant for those wishing to try excellent traditional food at very reasonable prices.

  • Visited November 2012
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London, England, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Could have been better”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

The food was a bit hit and miss - my partner and I shared bacalhau com natas, was really tasty but not the true interpretation of the dish. This was the best of the dishes we had. My partner's parents had feijoada con cocos - lacked taste and could have done with more herbs, and pork in a stroganoff-style sauce. Again lacked taste. Poor chips.

Visited September 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Prepare to wait looooooong!”
Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

I waited for my order 45 minutes. Local people who came after me had their desserts while I was still waiting for my main course. The food was mediocre.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Goodish... but not outstanding.”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

My parents live locally and when my family (two pre-teens children) visit Tomar we always lunch out. This restaurant is one we have been to many times over many years. Conveniently situated on the main pedestrian street mere yards from the square, you can take a table outside under umbrellas, indoors with the traditionally Portuguese dark-wood furniture section or in the more modern sleek surroundings of the modern white, red and black furnished eating area.

It's not cheap. But then Tomar is touristy. The menu boasts traditional Portuguese fare and the menus are translated into French, English and German for visitors. A couple of staff speak basic English. When conversing in Portuguese (which the staff do appreciate, and that's not to be sniffed at) they speak slowly in reply, a bonus if your language skills are not fluent. Plus you do get a better idea of what your potential meal order is! Service is usually prompt but beware... if you go in after 1pm for lunch, you may wait a wee while.

House red wine is always good when ordered as a carafe. Be careful to ensure the bit-pricey bread and cheese/ olives starter combo is something you want as it does get plonked down on the table as standard... and you can ask for it to be taken away, should you wish. Main courses are limited to a handful of dishes: the fish and black pork are tasty. They also have a 'Prato da dia' menu (dish of the day... it's what the locals seem to choose, and is markedly cheaper) that gives a choice of a fish or meat dish. Mains tends to come with the de riguer chips and rice but you can request side salad which, though basic, is a generous serving and has a standard vinagrette dressing.

Desserts are again limited but good. Local melon is fab, chocolate mousse for the kids and if you're feeling indulgent and not counting the calories try a deliciously sweet baba de camelo (caramel mousse). And do round off your meal with bika: the sublime, bitter, thick, rich coffee that is an inherent part of Portuguese life.

Service was somewhat tardy on our last visit. Plus the fish/ meat portions were barely enough per person, being bumped up by the carbs on our plates. Prices had gone up. And 'attention to detail' was lacking somewhat from previous visits. I hope they regain their former glory... it used to be great but it's now just another eatery.

  • Visited August 2012
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