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Bonsai Restaurante Japones

#457 of 3,605 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodre
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Rua da Rosa 248 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-391, Portugal
+351 21 346 2515
19:30 - 23:00
13:00 - 15:30
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Tue - Fri 12:30 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 19:30 - 23:00
Sat 13:00 - 15:30
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Lisbon, Portugal
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140 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

In a city full of sushi restaurants at every corner, Bonsai comes as a really great surprise. On the outside it doesn't look like much, but on the inside you're greeted with a really nice place with typical japanese decoration and really nice staff. The menu is not budget friendly but the lunch week-day options are at a reasonable price.... More 

Thank Rui P
Mainz, Germany
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

We came here because of the good ratings for lunch. After arriving a cook told us they are close for lunch since a few weeks. Their chef has had an accident. I'm sorry for the chef. But please change your opening hours on facebook and on your homepage!!!! We came here by taxi!!!!

Thank SilverlakeLA
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Even from Japanese standard, the quality of the food is more than excellent. I am honestly happy to be in this restaurant. Sashimi and Sushi were all so fresh and so tasty. Try tuna and horse mackerel at least. Wer Japanisch Essen mögen, sollen dies Restaurant besuchen. Probieren Sie mal Tun Fisch und Stöcker! Ich finde sie amSpitze! Nachspeise war... More 

Thank Kaz T
Zollikon, Zurich, Switzerland
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

marvellous japanese authentic cuisine; tasted like in Tokio. Very fresh. i loved their sushi, tempura, braised duck, soups, green tea tiramisu

Thank Peter S
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Food was ok, not the best Japanese food you can ever have. But it took 55 minutes to have our order on the table. And the appetizer came after serving 3 main courses!

2 Thank Rahy50
Lisbon, Portugal
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

I went there with a friend of mine that is also a japanese food lover like me. The interior looks quite authentic and a soft music on a background makes an atmosphere but the light is so bright that all of a sudden the feeling of coziness disappears. We took oysters as starters and they had quite strong taste because... More 

Thank Olillia
Lisbon, Portugal
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Food is very good,service friendly and at decoration is simple. Some improvements for the speed and for the climatization since the full dinner has been with strong air conditioning which didn't allow enjoy the full experience. But again, with proper warm clothes the food is really really good. One suggestion is when you make the reservation try to get the... More 

Thank sgosgo
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

I live in London. There is no sushi that's good in London. It blew my mind. Get the mixed sashimi. If you're feeling greedy, the sushi/ sashimi combo. Not cheap but top notch.

Thank Karoline1988
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

The quality of food was good, some dishes could be cooked much better, portions were extremely small for the price they asked. Lots of positions from menu were absent. The service is very very slow - 2 hours from order and to last dish is too much. Two dishes the waitress even forgot to bring. The interior of the restaurant... More 

Thank Anastasia O
United Kingdom Essex
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Both the food was good and the service was very friendly. The menu was in Portuguese, English and Japanese. The food itself was very authentic Japanese and really reminded us of our recent visit to Japan.

Thank JacobEllw

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$24 - US$37
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:30 - 14:30
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 14:30
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 14:30
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 14:30
19:30 - 23:00
19:30 - 23:00
13:00 - 15:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua da Rosa 248 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-391, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Lisbon>  > Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodre
  • Neighbourhood: Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodre
  • Phone Number: +351 21 346 2515
The oldest Japanese restaurant in Portugal, located in the charming neighbourhood in Bairro Alto. Serves a wide variety of dishes from sushi and sashimi with amazingly fresh local catches, hot pots(sukiyaki, mizutaki, shabushabu), street food(takoyaki, yakitori), not to mention tempura and teriyaki. Ippin ryori(Today's specials)on the wall a must see!

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