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Cafe Luso

Travessa da Queimada 10 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-365, Portugal
+351 21 342 2281
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Great ambiance, real fado

After walking into several places in Alfomo for fado and being dissapointed​, we tried Luso based... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2017
via mobile
Fado with food

We came here by random walk in Bairro Alto, wednesday evening and wanted to hear fado with the... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2017
via mobile
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The "Café Luso" established in Lisbon in 1927 at nr.31 of Avenida da Liberdade and later in 1939 moved to the Palace Brito Freire in the Bairro Alto borough. This Palace built in the late 17th Century for an aristocratic family, survived the catastrophic earthquake of 1755 and has remained almost untouched up to today. The "Café Luso", Fado House and Restaurant, is located within a solid and austere area, the former cellars and stables of the Palace Brito Freire, also known as Palace of St. Roque. The decorative patrimony includes the ceramic panels by Master Ferreira da Silva (1960's) and more recently the paintings of acrylic on canvas by Mr. Norberto Nunes. The "Café Luso" fulfils daily its destiny: to combine the sensibility and taste of the artistic and gastronomic talents, by permanently paying attention to its main aim , to preserve and innovate, making sure that stimulates and keep a cohesive Team, both skilful and creative. Being the Fado a tradition that cannot be translated, the Café Luso summons all those who visit us to return and feel the sounds of the Portuguese Soul.
  • Excellent12%
  • Very good30%
  • Average23%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible23%
27 Apr 2017
“Fado with food”
26 Mar 2017
“Really mixed feelings”
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Travessa da Queimada 10 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-365, Portugal
Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodre
+351 21 342 2281
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Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

After walking into several places in Alfomo for fado and being dissapointed​, we tried Luso based on a recommendation. Pedro (at the door) was very helpful, so was our waiter. Food was quite pricy so we ended up having wine and snacks rather than a...More

Thank PurpleHat-Brighton
FadoandFood, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Luso, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Dear Client, Café Luso is recomended because is one of the major references about Fado in Lisbon; as a matter of fact, the oldest House of Fado, 90 Years completed in 2017! Your option was great, as concerns to a period of the night when...More

Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

We came here by random walk in Bairro Alto, wednesday evening and wanted to hear fado with the band. The place was packed, but we got a table for two. A touristic restaurant, but it did not bother. The music was good, with five different...More

1  Thank Kari-Matti
FadoandFood, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Luso, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Dear Client, We deeply care about our Food proposals and the way we do it. Honestly, sometimes the Client doesn´t do an adjusted choice and that results in a undesirable perception of the Food we serve. Anyway, we can not affirm it is the case,...More

Reviewed 29 March 2017

We came here as part of a Cosmos Tour. About 3 tour groups were in attendance. The music was nice. The singers had good strong voices but as I can't understand a word of Portuguese it made no sense other than it sounded good. At...More

Thank Maria B
FadoandFood, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Luso, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2017

Dear Madam / Customer, Not quite, but really happy to read your nice impressions about experiencing Fado and Portuguese Food at the historical Café LUSO. It is curious to know that you didn´t noticed that you didn´t identified the emotions contained in this vehicle of...More

Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

I have been here twice - first on a Cosmos tour in 2011 and again with Trafalgar in 2017. Yes, it's touristy. To be fair, I'd looked at attending a more authentic fado experience in 2017 but given it was January and mid-week - I...More

1  Thank beachykeen70
FadoandFood, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Luso, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2017

Dear Madam / Sir, Customer, Indeed, we take it seriously any feedback from our Clients, starting here, while doing the service. We try to be attentive to any signal discontentment, but it also happens that some Clients help us this way (and himselvs) by letting...More

Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

I was with my friend, the food was nice and fado was great - the singers, the voices, the band! It's more a touristic place rather than authentic Portuguese, but it didn't make our dinner less delicious!

Thank ShSveta
Reviewed 27 October 2016

We have the same type of restaurant here in Dublin to show local culture. Coaches of people come in, 40 starter, 40 main courses and 40 desserts.... Roll them in, entertain them, roll them out in time for the next lot. For this type of...More

Thank Jonathan H
Reviewed 25 October 2016

We enjoyed the fado singing which is unique to Portugal. However, the restaurant caters to large tour groups . We were surrounded by 3 huge groups, only one of which seemed interested in the show. The others were rude. The food was average, service was...More

Thank Marilyn K
Reviewed 16 October 2016

We recently visited this place. We could see the venue was going to be fully packed, and that tables were up on the stage. We were quite lucky in that they performed directly in front of our table, so we had excellent views and sound....More

Thank trra
Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is a beautiful little place located in one of those Medieval stone paved allies of old Lisbon.It is charectarised not only in serving good seafood and fish dishes among other traditional Portuges dishes and wines ,but also specializes in Fado singing. This is a...More

Thank Nasrat A
Reviewed 26 September 2016

It was second time in Luso, for a good experience with Fado and dinner. Had to book in advance. First, on arrival, I could see the place was going to be PACKED! Now they have tables on the stage! so that they can squeeze in...More

Thank Helena M
FadoandFood, Manager at Cafe Luso, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2016

Dear Mrs. Helena M. Thank you for your second visit. As a matter of fact something has changed around the presentation of Fado, one can call it modernly "up-grade", others evolution or, by the contrary, a desilusion. One thing is clear, you should have come...More

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