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“Soulful fado and good food”

Restaurante Canto do Camoes
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Ranked #3,711 of 4,685 Restaurants in Lisbon
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodré
Reviewed 16 November 2013 via mobile

We were the only table in the restaurant as it was raining heavily. The service was highly attentive and the waiter even asked us a couple of times if food was good, drinks sufficient etc. The fado performance was better than the one I attended at chapitas. the singers here are more emotional, soulful and certainly older as well.

3  Thank flavin08
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Out first trip to Canto do Camoes was also to be our first live fado performance. Therefore, while it's clear we are fado neophytes, we couldn't help but be moved and treated by the music on offer at Lisbon's Bairro Alto-located Canto do Camoes. Indeed, when one also considers the fine and tasty 27 euro set menu, along with the friendly, generous service provided by Gabriel, then this establishment rates a strong thumbs-up while you undertake your next visit to Portugal's underrated capital city.

The setting and atmosphere at Canto do Camoes seems authentic, and not a phony performance meant only for eager, all too gullible tourists. The decor is rustic and low-key, with the artists performing within very close proximity to the diners. We attended a rather thinly attended weekday performance, yet the four acts on offer (three solo singers and one acoustic duo) were quite strong. The lone male soloist was especially soulful, offering a three-song performance that was both moving and dramatic. We found this talented performer's art deeply satisfying.

The artists and wait staff at Canto seem to work in unison. The show is structured as follows: while the diners enjoy their food and drink the performers present sets of three songs while the lights are dimmed. Between sets diners have a chance to chat, finish their chocolate mousse, or order another round of port Sometimes this can be a bit awkward as people entering the restaurant mid-set may have to resort to reading the menu under very dim light - no small feat. More awkward, however, is each artist's post-performance attempt to sell his or her latest CD, moving from table to table, not unlike flower sellers at street- side cafes. While the music on offer was uniformly excellent, this salesmanship can make for very awkward dining. Perhaps an alternative would be to announce to diners that CDs are available for sale in an area that is close to the exit of the restaurant. This suggestion may not make for brisk sales, but at least it would relieve diners from having to respectfully decline a purchase of a 15 euro CD. What's more, consider the prospect of buying a CD from the first performer - just as my wife and I had done - and then deciding to decline any further purchases. While this was done for purely financial reasons and not a comment on the artistry on offer, one can't help but wonder if the following performers didn't perceive our decision as a snub. One can only hope the restaurant changes this policy of musicians as direct salesperson and takes on a more discreet approach to CD sales.

But back to what makes Canto do Camoes such a worthwhile place: We very much enjoyed the three course menu of delicious homemade vegetable soup, the salmon entree, and mousse desert. We especially liked the Old World presentation of delivering the entree on a wheeled cart and preparing its final touches next to the diner. We were also moved by the service and overall friendliness of Gabriel, who was both upbeat and generous with his service. Providing us with two free rounds of smooth, mellow port wine was an ideal complement to the heartfelt fado that was performed on our visit.

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2  Thank claremay
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Fado was good and we had delicious salt cod. The performers were excellent and came out in regular intervals. I found the food to be very reasonably priced and similar to other places that we went to in Lisbon.

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Thank Cob55
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

We paid 47 euros for 2 main dishes, 1 soup, 2 bottles of water and very little entry - a price I would expect from a higher end restaurant. A bottle of water was 3.5 eur, the same price as the 4-star hotel we're staying at!

Our waiter was extremely rude - a young guy with a beard. He didn't want to take the butter back (even if we didn't want to eat it) at the pretext that it's "1.5 eur seating" (yes, we had ordered another entry). He almost took the food in front of me even if I didn't finish it and almost hit my wife when taking out the wine glasses.

Fado was little to non-existent (in our almost 2-hour stay, I'd say 20 minutes). Most of the time there was some CD music and the guys (and gals) supposed to play Fado were busy trying to sell their CD to the public instead of actually singing.

As a funny detail, we noticed that the Fado singers were eating cheese brought in some plastic boxes from home - I wonder why they couldn't spare a portion of the food for them :)

My food was ok (prawns with garlic), while my wife's (chef's cod) was raw and not so appealing.

Overall, I disliked the whole experience especially since what drew us to the restaurant was the promise of Fado all night long, and all we got was some overpriced food, an ill-mannered waiter and _some_ Fado.

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Thank Andrei-Adnan I
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

Music - Fado!

Fado fantastic played for tourists, but also for people is accustomed to get these "houses of fado".

Very good ambience and food.

It's in the old zone of the city, in a very picturesque place.

During the popular party time, it's easy to find other popular parties all days, in particullary during the weekends

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Thank Hugo V
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