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“Good Genuine Eating” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of O Arco

O Arco
Ranked #72 of 4,016 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
Warwick, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Good Genuine Eating”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2013

Fortunately they speak a little more English than we can Portuguese.
But, simple genuine food in simple and genuine surroundings with warm and genuine hospitality makes up for all that. Good value overall.
Now, be warned - Portuguese Stew! - we had this speciality of the day (unknowingly) on our second visit to O Arco. It is all sorts of meat and sausage (more later) boiled for hours, perhaps, with vegetables. The various meats and sausages include lumps of skin, fat and sinewy joints that are not to English palates, so be ready. In O Arco, the remainder was really enjoyable.
They cook a range of curries that we didn't taste but look and smell superb, the family have links to India.
fFnally, full of local people, and that must be good.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Tonyeric
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English first
Adelaide, Australia
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73 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“When you get sick of the tourist restaurants”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2012

After eating at 'better' and more expensive tourist restaurants just a block away we found 'O Arco' to be totally enjoyable. We chose two of the six or so plates of the day and were not dissapointed. We had an Angolan style chicken dish and a turkey roast. The Angolan chicken was a simple but delicious tommato, capsicum and capsicum stew. The turkey dish was even simpler. Salad vegetables, tomto, lettuce and cucumber on a plate with french fries and turkey fillets covered in a tasty sauce. The turkey could have been dry, it wasn't. It was cooked to perfection.

This is certainly not a gourmet eating experience. What it is, is simple food, prepared well, priced very economically and presented by attentive staff from what seems to be a family-run restaurant.

The total bill for two main dishes, three small beers and two coffees was 17 Euro, which felt like a bargain to us.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank Geoff K
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Madrid, Spain
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75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“awful”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2011

We were almost bullied into the restaurant by the owner. He strongly recommended us seafood rice, and unfortunately for us we followed his advice. I must say I have had many rices in my life. This has been the worst so far. We cannot talk about the rest of the food since we didn't dare to ask for anything else. Coffee was good. The wine slightly hot, and service was OK, attentive and quick. It wasn't expensive, just bad.

The main problem is that there are at least 100 better restaurants in Lisbon for the same quality/price ratio (20€ per person).

  • Visited August 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank catilina084
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