Gambrinus

Price guide: Expensive

Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 23–25, Lisbon

Price guide: Expensive

Gambrinus

By Guyan Mitra, your Lisbon expert

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#14 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Lisbon
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.9
4.9
Location:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Foodies, Art, Design and architecture

Expert review of Gambrinus

An old school and characteristically kitsch seafood restaurant.

With a backdrop of wood-panel walls, purple waist-coat-wearing waiters and crepe suzette flames this is a traditional time-warp of a restaurant. But some things need never change and the seafood here, while pricey, is some of the best in town.

Food and drink: 

Simply cooked seafood is the order of the day and the amiable sommelier always nails the wine recommendations, choosing some of the Douro Valley's finest tipples.

Recommended dishes: 

I like to start with the prawns in garlic and chilli and always like share a plate of the pata negra (Portuguese ham from the Minho region to rival the infamous Parma variety). Of the mains, the local classic, bacalhau Gomes de Sá (a sort-of salt-cod fish pie) is a personal favourite.

Ambience: 

There's no getting away from the touristy nature here where you'll overhear English as much as Portuguese. This is also a favourite of local politicians and Lisbon's general hoi polloi.

Service: 

The best in town. The classic nature of the place translates well through the super-friendly waiters – of which I counted almost 50-odd, last time I visited.

Location: 

Right in the midle of town, between Rossio and the Avenida.

Price advice: 

It's one of the most expensive places to eat in town, last time I visited I the sommelier got me quite excited and the bill came close to 200 euros for two. But if you don't guzzle too much wine you can get out for about 150 euros for two.

Tables to book: 

There's a smoking room, if you like to have a post-meal fag.

More information on Gambrinus:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
Portuguese, Seafood
Address:
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 23–25, Lisbon
Telephone:
021 342 1466
Website:
http://www.gambrinuslisboa.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily, noon–1.30am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

Have you been to Gambrinus? Would you recommended it?