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“Ok but not great”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Ze Varunca

Ze Varunca
Ranked #2,445 of 4,053 Restaurants in Lisbon
Price range: US$15 - US$29
Cuisines: Portuguese, Pizza, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Antwerp, Belgium
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Ok but not great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

The food was all right but certainly not great.
All in all not worth the money: I'd much rather go back to a cheaper, more basic restaurant to get food of similar or better quality for less than half the price.
For being one of the most expensive restaurants I visited in Lisbon, the food was sub-par.

  • Visited June 2014
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
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English first
Helsinki, Finland
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346 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 484 helpful votes
“Very odd food and air conditioning that could not be turned off”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

I was here after a conference. The restaurant was reserved by the local organisers. Locals also ordered the food. I ended up just eating the bread. Food was horrible with service to match.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Timo R
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“New Year's Eve 2013 - fantastic ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014 via mobile

Ze Varunca is a really small restaurant with a truly delicious Alentejo menu. The food is wonderful and you'll find a mainly local clientele - which is a good thing.

Don't go here if you want a slick, chic experience like New York, Paris or London.
Do go here if you want authentic, local food, cooked superbly, in a lovely restaurant with a great atmosphere.
Try pork & clams, 'black pork' and the sericaia dessert.
The starters are brought to the table before you order (like everywhere in Lisbon) and are also fantastic.

You'll get amazing meat dishes, wonderful, typical desserts and a coffee course you'll remember.
It's all served on earthenware crockery, beautifully hand-painted.

This place does require you to 'get local' and if you can, it's amazing.
I went in 2012 by accident and returned in 2013 by design. It's just a wonderful place. Make a small effort to join in with local expectations and you'll have a fantastic meal.

The reviews which mention poor customer service were obviously written by people who couldn't adapt to the local scene. Well that's fine - just don't go here. For everyone else - head to Ze Varunca.

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Madrid, Spain
2 reviews
“Ze Varunca Restaurant”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

I had a very mixed experience at this restaurant. Just as we sat down at the table, without having ordered anything, the waitress brought out several different tapas like dishes of salami, olives, and bread. We tried a few as we ordered and waited for our food to come. The secreto of pata negra was quite good. However, when we got the bill, it was more than twice the price we were expecting to pay because they included all the tapas and the bread. Apparently if you try one you have to pay and if you leave it untouched you don't have to pay. I found this completely dishonest as the waitress never explained that they were not included in the meal. Honestly I was disgusted by this type of service. This nice, typical Portuguese meal was ruined by this deceitfulness.

  • Visited November 2013
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Lisbon, Portugal
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3 reviews
“Expensive and not very pleasant”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

The service was terrible. The food was not very good and expensive. We waited for one hour and were the first ones to arrive and 19.45h.
The restaurant is small but nevertheless we had a hard time to call any of the 2 employees and ask for anything. The 2 employees didn't like each other and shouldn't show that to the customers. I heard the man call names to the girl and girl roll her eyes and go inside because she was upset with the way the man treated her. She was a terrible waiter but he was not better. The man spoke to much, spoke about every known personalty in Portugal in a bad way and kept saying he was the best.

  • Visited August 2013
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