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A Cadeia Quinhentista

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Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Grill, Portuguese
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Rua Rainha Santa Isabel | Castelo, Estremoz 7100-558, Portugal
+351 268 323 400
11:00 - 00:00
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to have a nice drink in Estremoz in a trendy environment, then this is one of the only options, however if you decide on the old jail, be prepared to have mediocre service in an inadequately ventilated smokey bar. We came at lunchtime for a bite and when we asked for a tosta mista, after a few... More 

Thank Andrew C
Joao S, Proprietário at A Cadeia Quinhentista, responded to this review

Dear Sir and Madam (a couple and their +/- 10 year old child), Thank you for your initial pleasant remarks about the environment of «A Cadeia Quinhentista» last Monday. Nevertheless, we cannot appreciate the rest of your review: 1. It wasn’t lunchtime given that the bar on the 1st floor is only open from 3.00pm, as it’s written on 2... More 

Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The restaurant was very well done. Near the castle. The old jailhouse. The service was excellent. The food was not so good. Spareribs were bellypork, it was very tough. Pigs cheek tough too. They need slow cooking.

Thank sidmothian
Joao S, Proprietário at A Cadeia Quinhentista, responded to this review

Dear Ms. sidmothian You opted for 2 dishes of pork from Alentejo: Cheek of Pork and Pork Ribs with garlic and salt on the grill. We are sorry to know you didn’t like it, but when we asked you if everything was alright, you said that «yes, everything was well». We trusted you were truly satisfied given that you even... More 

Kingston, Canada
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180 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

If staying at the Posada Renha Santa Isabel, walk the hundred or so steps and have dinner here. The experience is truly delightful and the meal was one of the very best we have had in a long, long time at a restaurant. As far as I could see, everything on the menu is carefully prepared and served with style... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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182 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

My husband and I were staying at the Pousada in Estremoz but we did not want to pay the prices that it was charging for dinner. I was not looking forward to going back down into the town and having to climb the hill again for dinner. We passed A Cadeia on our way down into town and it looked... More 

Thank sharaz
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We had dinner, drinks and a dessert. Everything we ordered was excellent, in particular the dish with lamb chops, pork and shrimp. They also brought us a delightful amuse bouche. The service was also top notch, very friendly, and in great English. The atmosphere is also great. You can see where the bars had gone into the doorway.

Thank Debbie D
Joao S, Proprietário at A Cadeia Quinhentista, responded to this review

Dear Madam, We thank you for your kindness in making known your opinion of our restaurant . We work hard in order to offer our clients good food, a professional service and good memories every day. All the staff also thanks you for your motivation. Best Wishes, João Simões More 

Lisbon, Portugal
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Na old jail that has a cozy and special environment, food is good and service too. Walking distance to the Pousada.

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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Having visited the castle we wanted a simple lunch and found this charming restaurant and even more charming young man who waited on use serving lovely local wine and local food, a great find

Thank Mrhurdygurdy
Evoramonte, Portugal
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

First the location. Very close to a typical portuguese charming hostel: Pousada da Rainha Santa Isabel. The old jail of Estremoz, a 16th century building, has been restaured and became a wonderful and very well decorated place to drink , have lunch or dinner. The tasteful food is based in the Alentejo cuisine with a modern touch and flavour and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Stumbled across this 'jailhouse' restaurant in central Estremoz. While it was not the speediest lunch spot, the food was good and worth the wait. I recommend watermelon juice too.

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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

The restaurant opened for lunch at 12:30. I went into the restaurant around 12:35, left the restaurant at 14:25. Took me a long time to finish a lunch. Food was good, had local sausages grilled for starters and then pork meat plus one soft drink, cost around €27. The service was so slow due to lots of customers! If you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Grill, Portuguese
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Rainha Santa Isabel | Castelo, Estremoz 7100-558, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Alentejo  >  Evora District  >  Estremoz
  • Phone Number: +351 268 323 400
The old judicial gaol of Estremoz, a monument of the 16th
century, has been converted into a bar and a restaurant, giving
back to the town one of its most emblematic (symbolic) buildings.
Due to its cosy atmosphere and vivid historical features, “A
Cadeia Quinhentista” is much more than a restaurant and a bar; it
is a place where gastronomy, history, architecture and design
reach perfection.
More than a restaurant, “A Cadeia Quinhentista” is the passport
for medieval times, in the heart of the Royal Citadel ; it is a true
sensorial experience.
The Judicial Gaol was erected in the civic centre of 16th century
Estremoz (next to the Medieval Town Hall, the Town Church, the
Royal Residence and the house of the Governor) and near the
medieval grounds of Saint Mary’s graveyard. Medieval burial
stones which have been used as filling material for the stone built
walls were now found during the construction work that took
place to turn the gaol into a restaurant. Today it is believed that
this building may also have been erected to be the Town Hall,
where, as we all know, there would almost always be a gaol on
the ground floor. The rooms occupied by the Town Hall would
always be on the first floor. This belief is also supported by some
new evidence. During construction work, some traces of frescos
were found on the upper floor and even at the entrance leading to
the lower floor.
The building is a two-storey high quadrangle (the ground floor
was reserved for male prisoners and the upper one was occupied
by the gaoler and female prisoners) with marble corners which are
quite appropriate for a building destined to be a prison. The
sixteenth marble staircase stands out, as well as the windows of
the same century. The decorations on the lintel of the second-floor
windows are clearly of the reigns of our kings D. Manuel I or D.
Joao III. The windows also have strong bars, especially the more
vulnerable ones, that is, those of the ground floor… The inside
retains some sixteenth century brackets which supported simple
brick or stone built vaults.
The religious services took place in a little chapel situated in front
of the Gaol and is now inactive; its Patron Saint was Our Lady of
Bom Sucesso. Mass was celebrated on the upper floor balcony so
that the prisoners (men and women) could attend the ceremony.
The Chapel was supported by the Misericordia of Estremoz for
several centuries. Here lived a chaplain until an uncertain date of
the 20th century. The religious implements are today in Saint
Mary’s Church.
The restaurant, where traditional food from the Alentejo
predominates, also offers signature dishes which favour the
quality products of the region, such as the best meats: free-range
pork, veal and lamb, with the subtle flavour of tens of herbs of the
region, the national wines, the fresh products, the cheeses and the
Mint, coriander and pennyroyal are added to the lamb, the freerange
pork, the dog-fish. The optimal use of different flavours
develops creative new concepts and turns gastronomy into art.
Conventual sweetfood - “encharcada”, “manjar celeste”,
“toucinho do ceu”, among others - mixes the eggs, the sugar, the
sugared squash and the almonds with the mastery and tradition of
the convents. The water pudding of Estremoz, the pear in
Moscatel wine “au gratin” with vanilla ice cream filling and the
fan of mango with passion fruit culi and lemon sorbet, are also
specialities to tempt and tantalise every palate.

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