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Velha Gruta

#658 of 3,567 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodre
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R. Da Horta Seca, 1B, Praca Camoes No Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal
+351 21 342 4379
11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a place to have a lunch and by chance entered this restaurant. A warm welcoming, nicely arranged indoor and nice informal service! I tried the vegetarian burger and it was beyond my expectations, juicy, well seasoned and simply fantastic. The only minus is the quite expensive beer (5euro for a 0,45l is too much compared to... More 

Thank Mirka G
Jerusalem, Israel
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came across the restaurant by chance and were delighted with the welcome, service and food. The cod with coriander and octopus main dishes were both very tasty and the chocolate dessert a comfort! Good value

Thank pakaja2016
London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We found this lovely gem by just walking around looking for a lunch spot. It was very good, well priced and highly flavoured. Two days later we decided to give it a try for dinner. Once again , we were very satisfied with our choice. Overall a really good place and service.

Thank Jocelyn Z
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Centrally located, with delightful decoration, and very good cuisine. Food was outstanding, and service very quick and nice- Clients were both foreigners and Portuguese. 100% recommended.

Thank smartkatiberica
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6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We ended up to this restaurant by accident. Despite that it was Saturday evening, it was not too crowded. At least half of the customers were locals. Food was very good, carefully made, and service was quite ok. Reasons for not giving 4 stars were that half of the starters were not available and some errors in the service (noting... More 

Thank Esa J
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

A brilliant find. Lovely food and excellent hosts. Highly recommend the Iberian pork on skewers and the prawns /shrimps with veg and rice.

Thank Xavier V
Bristol, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon this little gem whilst on a day visit to Lisbon. We ordered two burgers and two salmon. Burgers were fantastic. Very friendly and welcoming staff! Would definitely return!

Thank tclancy210
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

found this place by chance really , needed to sit down after walking for hours, great find ,popular with the locals nice friendly café/restaurant , good food friendly staff what more do you need,

Thank EddieGra123y
Paris, France
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

We had a good experience there. Food is excellent, place is well decorated. We ordered two meals: a salmon salad and entrecostas with home made french fries, 2 desserts (mango cream and tiramisu), 2 coffees, 1 sparkling water and 1 mid super bock, everything for less than 30€. Good quality for good price. They also speak French :-)

Thank jvitard
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

Very cozy & perfect for some pub grub. I was warmly welcomed by a lovely waitress that did her very best to communicate with me in English and make sure I was looked after well. I had the 'French Burger' which may not look too big on the plate was actually so filling and delicious. My favourite part about the... More 

Thank Sabrina V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$21
European, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: R. Da Horta Seca, 1B, Praca Camoes No Chiado, Lisbon, 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 21 342 4379

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodre
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