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Address: Calçada da Estrêla 57–63, Lisbon, Portugal
Telephone: 021 395 6118

- Expensive

4.6

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
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Service
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Food and drink
4.7
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Value for money
4.2
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Ambience
4.7
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Location
4.1
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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.

Recommended for

  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • People watching
  • Relaxation
  • Special occasions
  • Chilling out

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