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“Good place for steaks”
Review of Maratona

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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $41
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, 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.
Reviewed October 8, 2013

We visited here twice whilst on a recent holiday. This is a modern restaurant located next to their bar. The service was friendly and the food good and reasonably priced. We enjoyed the steaks but a minor criticism is perhaps that they are served with too much of the accompanying sauce. It's a nice idea to serve the chips in the separate bucket so they don't go soggy in the sauce but even better if they were served piping hot. We liked the way the menus were presented on the large clipboards, a novel idea. The restaurant and bar seemed popular with locals which is a good sign.

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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Called into this restaurant again about three days ago and again not disappointed with the food.
The service while being a little slow was good, the waiter having a good knowledge of the food available, which to be honest was not a lot.
Very reasonably priced, only one dessert available, very limited menu and not much atmosphere.
This is not how we remembered our last visit here which was much busier and had a great menu choice.
Food that was presented to us though was generally edible though not noteworthy. Overall not impressed.

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Thank Colin S
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

A local friend recommended it and it was everything he said and then some. Eclectic menu, great and fast service in a place with great history. Your trip to Caldas will be incomplete without a meal at Maratona, righ across City Hall. With restaurants like these Caldas da Rainha(The Queen's Spa) has the potential to become one of the most exciting places to visit in Portugal.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Great steaks, fair price and good atmosphere. Yummy steaks tips: "Boemio" Steak (with red beer sauce) and the "Enfant Terrible" steak (mustard sauce and caramelized onion). Good wine list with fair prices. Aprox. 20 €/person (main, drinks and dessert). Booking is advisable on weekends and holidays.

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Thank PPCLisbon
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Maratona Restaurant is a welcomed oasis tucked away in a shady corner in the center of Caldas. The menu is eclectic, with emphasis on fresh, and cleverly worded. They also do vegetarian cuisine better than any restaurant in the area.(eg. vegetarian does not mean just vegetables - they get it.) It is not your typical Portuguese restaurant, though they do their own take on Portuguese staples. Any restaurant that serves lightly seared tuna, in my book, is a place to hang out. The ambiance is modern, chic but casual and the cafe next door is always buzzing. On weekends the restaurant turns into a lounge with djs spinning soulful jazz and alternative music. Yeah, the service can sometimes be a little slow, but this one flaw can be excused as the multi lingual staff are pleasant and actually seem to like doing their jobs. Another very cool thing is that they have a large tv screen tuned into their own channel showing cultural, and historical news. Well worth the little extra you pay for lunch or dinner.
Well done you guys!

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1  Thank jenniferM1900
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