Chapitô

Address: Rua Costa do Castelo 7, Lisbon, Portugal
Telephone: 021 886 7334

- Mid-range

4.1

A quirky and charming restaurant within the grounds of a circus school.

Part of the local circus community, this arty cafe and restaurant takes on the bohemian and colourful spirit of the carnival with live shows, a boho crowd and tasty treats.

Food and drink
4
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Food and drink
4
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Ambience
4.6
90%
Location
4.7
90%

Food and drink

Nothing fancy, just simple tapas, steaks and grilled fish dishes. They have good and affordable Portuguese wines too. There's a cafe section as well with coffee and cakes.

Recommended dishes

I usually come for just a coffee and a pastel de nata (custard tart) but the tapas is pretty good too. I like the pimientos de Padrón (roasted chilli peppers) and the boquerones (raw anchovies).

Ambience

The candle-lit fairy-tale views over the city are what bring most, so you get the odd romantic couple. But the alternative circus vibe keeps this place jovial and frivolous.

Service

Can be a bit lax, but circus performers-cum-waiters weren't ever going to be super efficient. There's always a smile, though.

Location

High up in the historic Alfama district, near the castle.

Price advice

Depends on whether you're snacking or dining. Dinner for two and some drinks won't come to much more than 60 euros.

Tables to book

By the window for some of the best views in the city.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Great views / scenery
  • Live entertainment
  • Romance
  • Art

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