Beware! Alert! The food is OK but Watch Out! DISCRIMINATION! Wait staff tries to charge more than listed price on menu. Unless you are a local or frequent customer you can be over-charged, ignored, or treated with disrespect. We arrived early (well before the restaurant was busy or crowded -only 3 other couples seated). We ordered without delay & chose the more expensive grilled fish available that day. About 20 minutes after making our selection, we noticed that a party of five people wandered in off the street & found themselves a table, and then 4 more couples entered around 15 minutes afterwards...all of which received their food & were eating before us. Grilled fish (our order) cooks quickly & is easy enough to prepare. We asked the waitress about the delay & she reacted with irritation -but no explanation or reason why. Finally she brought my wife & me our meals (nearly an hour after we had ordered it). We are experienced travelers (five continents) of modest means, but we recognize clear-cut discrimination. The bill came with prices that didn't match the menu (2 euros more than dish listed). Again, no explanation, no rationale -only frowns because we caught them overcharging. Stay Away! Plenty of other good restaurants in the area who don't discriminate.
Favorite Dish: The grilled fish is OK -average compared to what's available in the same area.
With less than one hour to have lunch, I entered the closest restaurant with the look of allowing a quick meal.
It did, but so... common, banal, tasteless, inexpressive, that I found the regular price paid a little excessive.
Sometimes you just get lucky....blindly going across the river for a seafood dinner, we found Farol right off the dock. There were at least 6 restaurant choices all sitting next to each other, but after a visit to Farol, I have to suggest that YOU HAVE TO GO THERE if you want seafood at a good price. Please look at the photos, all this for only 45 euros for two persons. 45 Total. Lobster, Crab, Shellfish, Two Different plates of Shrimp (different types).
Good view of river and ferry boats, and filled only with locals stuffing themselves, even the police force dropped by for lunch. Everyone is happily whacking away at their crabs with the mallets they provide for you, and you will probably not see any tourists as they are all sitting in those expensive restaurants near the famous sites.
Fast Waiters who are kind and helpful
Hand Washing area for when you are finished.
Great Wines and Beer that is cheap.
Come on! Get on the boat and pig out!
Hours 9:00 to 11:00 pm
Open on Christmas Day!
Favorite Dish: Lobster and the crab.
This is the dungenes crab like you find in San Francisco with big claws.
The first plate of shrimp, sauteed in butter and olive oil.
More than a great experience... we went back three days after for more.
You get a great meal and a picturesque ferry boat ride near the bridge. Lisbon from across the river lends itself to photo opportunities.
Their website shows you photos of exactly...how you see the food. Everything we ate was fresh, and cooked perfectly.
Farol was a great find, and I hope you take a few hours and ride across the river to a great dining experience.
Ranked Number Three out of over a thousand Restuarants in Lisbon by Trip Advisor patrons, we hunted Claras and found it to be on the top of the hill, and nestled under the gate that leads to the Castle.
Claras has only four tables that can be split into separate diner groups. So expect home cooking, which makes it great. The owner waits on the tables, and tries to entertain the guests (this can be over done a bit) while his charming wife cooks your food. Their menu has few choices since she is cooking like at home, but you can choose from either fish items or beef/pork/chicken.
Everyone who was there eating while we were there looked extremely happy, and I was also pleased.
Coming with my dishes were an explanation of how they were cooked, what region the recipe came from and more.
We had a bottle of wine which the owner chose for me after I described my budget and type of taste I wanted. I was not disappointed.
To inform you of the popularity of Claras, the owner told us the he had over a hundred phone calls wanting to know if they were open on Christmas Day.... which they were not.
Favorite Dish: The items on the menu are medium priced, and you will get your money's worth.
Baccala was great, made with cream.
See photo for my choice, which was perfect.
We had a type of apple pastry with ice cream at the end, topped with home made lemon jam. The jam was to die for, and made the whole dish wonderful. They had just taken the pastry from the oven, and the wife/cook told us how it was made and about the recipe.
many decades ago, while visiting "O Pote" as a regular costumer, I witnessed the opening of another restaurant, across the street, with a more impressive image, and, (I thought), another range of price. I never entered it.
A few days ago, I went to Pote again, but... it was closed for maintenance. Fernanda suggested to try the facing restaurant, and I entered it for the first time.
Forty years passed I realized that (now) it is not an expensive place, neither... good. The food was so common and industrial that we all decided to forget the place. Besides, "our" Pote opened the next week...
Located in the edge of the touristy area, but in the best area for hotels and transport (near Saldanha, in the back of Gulbenkian museum) there's a quiet area with a few esplanades serving restaurants. We decided to try this one and didn't regret. The food was well prepared, the menu was interesting, the service correct, and the price as expected. Nothing in particular to remember, but a positive impression.
This restaurant is modern furnished. It has two dining rooms.
The menu of the day there consists in a meat or fish dish with vegetables. It doesn't include a drink and a dessert or coffee. It is a budget choice anyway. On the menu you can find a several fish or meat dishes.
Favorite Dish: I went there various times, because my hotel was nearby. I had various fish dishes and almost everything I asked was good.
Located next door to the house of Pasteis de Belem, close to the Monastery of Jeronimos, this restaurant with the same name has a discreet (even ugly) entrance, that takes us to a reasonable room.
The menu is well balanced, the prices affordable, and the service nice, quick and acceptable. A good place for a quick lunch, without surrendering to fast-food, nor paying luxury.
Favorite Dish: Arroz de Peixe
Having a meeting near Alcantara, and only 70 minutes to lunch, I tried to find something simple for a quick meal. This pastry shop announced regular meals, and looked as filling my needs.
I had a delicious roasted pork, a regular wine, the best melon in my memory and a coffee, all in less than 30 minutes.
Time enough to walk a little in that less known area of town: here a fountain... there a church... a palace being recovered... some grafitti... the hidden beautiful Lisbon!
I think this is a great place to have breakfast. At Casa Chinesa there is always a good choice of sweets to choose from. Here you can also buy some bread.
Casa Chinesa is also a restaurant, but I haven't tried it.
Favorite Dish: I had several kinds of sweets; each tasted very good. Milk with coffee was also good.
At Parque das Nações, a restaurant specializing in beers from around the world and some locally brewed products.
A short evening visit for me, pretty nice to sit outside and decent food, decent beer and decent service - not a bad place to visit!
This is a good restaurant to have a buffet lunch or dinner for, respectively, 5.95 and 7.40 EUR. Drinks aren't included in the price.
They have a wide variety of food, including soup, salads, vegetables, fish and meat.
In my opinion, this restaurant is a good option for vegetarians.
Both service and ambience are good!
Just a leg away from this restaurant there is another one, same name and owner, with a wide variety of menus and an excellent quality [Rua 1º de dezembro, 105].
Review 10/2012: lunch buffet, 6.90 EUR
Favorite Dish: Chickpea salad and fish.
The space is nice, the food is good and the location is great close to the Lisboa Sé Cathedral. The place is full of exotic plates that change frequently throughout the year and are inspired from the food of the 5 continents. Jazz music will normally be the soundtrack of your dinner. The restaurant only opens at 20h and normally closes at 23h (although at Friday and Saturday might close at midnight) and closes every Sunday. The restaurant has a vast range of wines. I ate pork loin with couscuz, dried fruits, coconut and curry; a soft drink and a ginger mousse for desert and paid around 16€. The entrances also have a variety of delicassies although I didn’t taste them.
Carnide is a quarter in Lisbon, neglected for so long that it could keep its traditional image. Completely out of touristy circuits, they are trying to get a new reputation, betting in food as the best way to attract people.
Already with a good image for locals, I must confess that I rarely go to that area, and, for Tito's surprise, this was my first time eating there. We didn't go to the restaurant we wanted to use (closed) but we tried this small and popular place close to it.
It was a good lunch, simple, tasty, and cheap.
maybe Carnide will enter the touristy circuits soon!
Located in Parque das Nações this restaurant tries to conquer the mid class workers in the area. A modern decoration, international food half-way from fast-food to traditional one, balanced prices.
Nothing special to recommend or to blame
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