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Populi Caffe & Restaurant

#181 of 3,605 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Neighbourhood:
Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
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Ala Nascente Terreiro do Paco, 85/86 | Next door to the Renova Sexiest W.C. on Earth, Lisbon 1100-148, Portugal
+351 21 887 7395
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09:30 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 02:00
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Too cool to eat outside however the interior does take you up a notch or two on the dining ladder. Very busy and many reserved tables indicate that it is a popular dining spot. An adventurous menu with choice ingredients, very rare to see a vegetable in Portugal. This chicken dish did have grilled peppers and onions and was delicious.... More 

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2 Thank CommodoreChris
Exeter, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After perusing the everyday offerings of the other adjacent restaurants we were intrigued by the more interesting offerings from the last one in the row, Populi. Turned out to be the best dinner both myself and my wife for ages. Steak to die for and the most beautifully presented octopus dish imaginable. Absolutely terrific, very friendly service and wine offerings.... More 

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Andover, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had lunch here twice last week. Demetri was extremely friendly, helpful and efficient. Would recommend the cheese and meat board.

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Thank Diane N
Anstruther, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here for some drinks and mentioned it was friends birthday - shortly after a lovely cake appeared for her. Lovely touch and staff were very helpful in directing us to train station afterwards.

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1 Thank ICLJA
Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Demetri was a wonderful server, who was humorous and helpful. He gave recommendations on food and wine.

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2 Thank mnevins2017
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

We went there for a coctail before flight home. First we got a coffee and took our time to choose a coctail. Nobody ever came to take our second order... We waited more than 20 min with empty cups and then we went to pay at bar and leave to catch our flight. Not very pleasant experience.

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Thank Marta S
janpe72, Diretor-Geral at Populi Caffe & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Marta, First of all thank you for your review. Sorry for the bad experience in our restaurant and I will take the necessary measures, so that it does not happen again. In this business… or better to say, in any business everything counts! We are losing our capability, as human beings, to forgive …any human mistakes! If I may,... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Populi catered for 18 of us from Dublin for a 40th birthday. Given so much choice from their A la Carte. The service was excellent and the food was delicious!! Highly recommended. Joana in reception was fantastic, in touch with me every other day to help me organise this birthday dinner. She was very patient with my requests as the... More 

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3 Thank KatzF
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Excellent food, professional service in a stylish interior with the winewall as an eyecatcher. My partner and I had such a wonderful meal the first time, we came back for another one the next day. Excellent, professional service by Filipe and Dimitri. The restaurant is very well located on the waterfront. We visited Populi in februari, it must be a... More 

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2 Thank Peter B
London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Visited the restaurant in late January. It was relatively quiet as it is not the tourist season in Lisbon. We were served by a charming lad called Dimitri and the service was very attentive. We had prawns for starters which was good but the highlight was definitely the mains. The cod fish was cooked beautifully and the octopus dish was... More 

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2 Thank gehwee84
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Staff at my hotel recommended Populi to me and I'm glad I went. My waiter Dimitri was friendly and very helpful in recommending a dish (the smoked cod fish risotto) which was delicious and the portion size was good. I returned for lunch on my last day, and enjoyed two of the lighter snacks (fish / seafood dishes). The flavours... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$32
Cuisine
Contemporary, Mediterranean, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Groups, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
09:30 - 02:00
Monday
09:30 - 02:00
Tuesday
09:30 - 02:00
Wednesday
09:30 - 02:00
Thursday
09:30 - 02:00
Friday
09:30 - 02:00
Saturday
09:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ala Nascente Terreiro do Paco, 85/86 | Next door to the Renova Sexiest W.C. on Earth, Lisbon 1100-148, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Lisbon>  > Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
  • Neighbourhood: Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
  • Phone Number: +351 21 887 7395

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Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
A pending candidate to become a World Heritage Site, Lisbon's downtown (the "Baixa Pombalina", or simply "Baixa") is a perfect example of anti-earthquake construction, having been rebuilt following the 1755 earthquake by the famous Marquês de Pombal (hence its name). Its offer is vast: restaurants and cafes in Rossio and Restauradores, outlets and shops in the Áurea, Augusta, Prata and other famous streets, the imponent Praça do Comércio and its Arch, the luxury shops along the Avenida da Liberdade, this is the beating heart of the city center. The Baixa also grants easy access to trains leading to Sintra, the trams that go around the Castle hill, old neighborhoods or even take you to Belém, and Lisbon's traditional restaurants and cafes. Considering a visit to the Fashion and Design Museum (free entrance) and don't forget to try the famous liquor, "ginjinha"!
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