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“Portuguese Cool”
Review of Maratona

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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $40
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Café Maratona, estabelecimento fundado em 1966, mais de quatro décadas de histórias e experiência. Com o novo projecto idealizado em 2008 para o espaço, pretende-se recriar o ambiente vivo e informal do tradicional café, não só como espaço social, mas também enquanto espaço de reflexão e intervenção, mas agora num espaço actual e confortável, com um toque de glamour e sofisticação, virado para um público cada vez mais urbano e cosmopolita. Mais do que um café, pretende-se um espaço gerador de tendências, que responda às necessidades de um público cada vez mais exigente e conhecedor, e que simultaneamente ajude a (re)educar e fidelizar o público mais tradicional.
Banbury
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Portuguese Cool”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

Portugal has an unfortunate reputation in the gastronomy handbooks... if you've ever had a "House Special", as I have, which consisted of steak accompanied by a slice of spam on top with a fried egg as the crowning glory... you'll know what I mean. But not so with this restaurant: Maratona redresses the balance way over in favour of Portuguese cuisine at its very best. A beautifully presented, fashionably furnished, "boutique" atmosphere, city eating house. We ate out as a threesome and our friend and guide recommended the pork cheeks for us while she had a hamburger... no great shakes you might think; but my goodness - the presentation and rich combination of sauces and dressing gave each dish a distinctly gourmet feel and taste. The staff are relaxed, well informed, multi-lingual and clearly enthused to be working in Maratona. We had three courses, a bottle of the house red, a bottle of Pellegrino sparkling water (which cost almost as much as the hose red)... Oh, and a lovely chilled, white port as an aperitif: And the bill? About £25 a head. Excellent value and a great night out.

  • Visited September 2012
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Interlaken, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Excellent value for money”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

We visited this restaurant twice and wished we could also have spent some time in the adjacent café, but Portugal has lots to offer and we simply ran out of time. We found Maratona to be excellent value for money and they offered some really interesting dishes which tried to put a modern spin on traditional Portuguese food. It is very family friendly and when we ate, there were customers of all ages enjoying themselves. The staff were extremely polite and the only thing to mark it down was a little inconsistency in the dishes, my wife had a squid risotto which was a little on the soupy side and one of my mains was a little cool, but we would go back again in a shot!

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Keith C
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Ulaanbaatar
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Modern Portuguese food”
Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

Excellent food (both at lunch and dinner) served by knowledgeable staff. The restaurant has modern decor and a great atmosphere with a menu that is constantly evolving and being refined. Maratona has won a lot of awards and based on my experience, they are well-deserved.

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Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Maratona”
Reviewed May 8, 2012

Modern cuisine at Affordable prices! Located at the central avenue of Caldas da Rainha, Maratona is one of oldest restaurants in the city, recently modernized and upgraded, Maratona has been winning most of local gastronomy awards.
João Santos, Official Tour Guide of Portugal joaofsantos83@gmail.com

  • Visited April 2012
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2 Thank JFS83
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London/Barcelona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent meal and service”
Reviewed May 4, 2012

This restaurant was recommended by a friend who lives near Caldas da Rainha and it was, as with all his recommendations, excellent. The waiter was very friendly with excellent English, explaining the menu options and helping to choose the wine. He even mentioned that the tuna steak would be seared for 30 seconds on each side and so would be nearly raw in the middle - just as I like it. The tuna was very succulent and there was plenty of it. The other members of our party also had a good plate of tasty food and we all felt very full at the end of the meal.

  • Visited May 2012
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