XL

Price guide: Expensive

Calçada da Estrêla 57–63 , Lisbon

Price guide: Expensive

By Guyan Mitra, your Lisbon expert

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#8 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Lisbon
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4.8
4.8
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Foodies, Mature travellers, Chilling out, People watching, Relaxation, Special occasions

Expert review of XL

A cosy high-end joint serving fine food in an intimate atmosphere.

I always get a tingle of clandestine excitement when I ring the buzzer to enter this place. I feel as if I'm slinking off into a private dining room or supper club. Of course, this place is no secret to Lisbon's foodies, who have been filling the place ever since jovial owners Vasco Galego and his wife Claudia opened the doors more than a decade ago.

Food and drink: 

Expect simple, well-sourced Euorpean fare such as fresh fish dishes and steaks. This place has one of the most comprehensive wine lists in town.

Recommended dishes: 

The steak is excellent. I also like the squid pasta and the scallops.

Ambience: 

It's always an occasion when you come here, and the place is bursts with fun and laughter. The diners are a mix of high-end tourists and well-to-do locals.

Service: 

Always excellent. The owner, Vasco Gallego, is front of house and makes you feel like you're being welcomed into his home, every time.

Location: 

In the midst of the city's government buildings, it's easily noticed as one of the few restaurants in the the vicinity.

Price advice: 

Three courses, without wine, will come to around 45 euros.

More information on XL :

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
International
Address:
Calçada da Estrêla 57–63 , Lisbon
Telephone:
021 395 6118
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
8pm–midnight Mon–Wed, 8pm–2am Thu–Sat. Closed Sunday.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

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