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“One of the worst restaurant experiences we have ever had”
Review of Cantinho Doce

Cantinho Doce
Ranked #25 of 89 Restaurants in Trancoso
Cuisines: Brazilian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
McLean VA
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247 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“One of the worst restaurant experiences we have ever had”
Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

The setting seems magical at night but don't be deceived: something is rotten here. The food wasn't bad but things went downhill when we received the bill. First, they charged $BR 134 for a wine that was listed as $BR 92, which could have been an innocent mistake or they were just used to overcharging the denizens of Trancoso. But they are also charged $BR148 for what was supposed to be a combined shrimp and fish dish for our children ($BR78 for shrimp and $BR80 for fish so we expected an average of $BR79). The chef came out and yelled at us and insisted he had used prawns, which was ridiculous as these were tiny shrimp. We cook these all the time and know the difference between prawns and shrimp. (It turns out that the difference in price is supposedly because the shrimp are frozen and the prawns are fresh--something not made clear on the menu.) In any case we never would have ordered prawns for our 13 year old daughter. We have certainly never experienced a situation in which the cook and/or the restaurant insisted the customer was wrong.

We paid the full amount as our waitress was in tears about the fact that she would have to make up the difference--and she only gets a share of the 10 percent service charge in tips and lives off the scraps of the food not eaten by the customers. No one should patronize such a sleazy establishment.

Visited August 2014
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Paris
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129 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“high prices for terrible food”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

nice location on the beautiful quadrado, food is very simple, all tastes the same and prices are much too high

  • Visited December 2013
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2 Thank Jean V
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Sao Paulo, SP
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“High price for bad service and bad food”
Reviewed 14 December 2013

We went to this restaurant since there are just not that many options in Trancoso, but were not very happy spending our money there. Service is not good, food is very salty, it even looks cheap on your plate. But they did charge the regular São Paulo prices for it..First caipirinha I received was horrible..This at least they changed, but it seems they did not prepare a complete new one for me...

Visited December 2013
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2 Thank Caspar V
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Shawinigan, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“To Die For...”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

Very personal and special...Recomended by the owner of Pousada Lago as a lay over while I was waiting to get to Caraiva, as anyone can do if our flight gets in to late and a wee bit jet lagged... Spend the night here, very cool and welcoming. Fanatastic rooms and very comfortable. One might even want to stay here whille discovering the area and making ones way to Caraiva.

If one does? Arrange the taxi there through the people here, more than happy to please...

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank stephen w
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Madrid, Spain
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great place for desert”
Reviewed 2 July 2013

We had one of nicest desert i ve tried in all my life, a fresh coconut pave, i can still remember the tast of it.

Visited February 2013
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Thank Ciro N
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