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Cafe de Sao Bento

#61 of 3,425 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Gastropub, Steakhouse, European
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Rua de Sao Bento 212, Lisbon 1200-821, Portugal
+351 21 395 2911
19:00 - 02:00
12:30 - 14:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 19:00 - 02:00
Mon - Fri 12:30 - 14:30
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best steak we've ever had! We cut it with a butter knife :) Home made fries cooked in olive oil, super crispy. Absolutely delicious!

Thank Valentina F
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An incredible place .. where we have eaten the best meat ever ! The service is very professional and the decor is unusual but very nice and cosy . Although the meat is incredible , the deserts are also very good ;

1 Thank Marion L
Lisbon, Portugal
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with a group of 4 adults and 2 children. Very nice staff and quick to service. The menu doesn't have many options, but the steaks are 5 stars, although the price is a bit high. It is easy to pay 40€ per person. The restaurant has a great deco.

Thank Ângelo M
Lake Oswego, Oregon
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for a light lunch. Had excellent food and very attentive and friendly service. Looked at dinner menu which looked really interesting. Sorry we are only in Lisbon for two more nights and they will be closed both nights; otherwise would have returned to sample dinner menu for sure. Classy and comfortable decor.

1 Thank luwayne
Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just incredible. A little out of the way place just outside of old town. You have to ring to enter and the ambience inside is cozy and authentic. Our group had their classic steak and was not disappointed. The accompanying sauce was incredible and the beef cooked to perfection. Very reasonable cost and would recommend to anyone in the area.

Thank Luke O
Bath, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having looked for somewhere that was an authentic Portugues restaurant on my first night in Lisbon. I came across Cafe de Sao Bento. On arrival I was not disappointed lovely intimate restaurant had to ring the bell to get in and the place was full of Portuguese with maybe 1 or 2 tourists. Had a lovely drink at the bar... More 

Thank Pidgelar
Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is simply the best execution of the "steak frites" one can hope for! The filet is exceptional of taste and tenderness and to the point, the sauce is outstanding (and relatively light) the home-made fries are like in the good old days!... The old-school service is very warm and kids-friendly too. Always a happy to return to this address... More 

Thank CyrilleSchroeder
Fall River, Massachusetts
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Excellent service. Great meal suggestions by the server Manuel. Recommend it to anyone that would want a good steak. Funny is the way they welcome in you when you ring the bell as they open a very small window on the door. It felt like I was in a 007 movie. Go there you will enjoy it.

Thank castanheirausa
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We were recommended to go here by a friend who is from Lisbon. He said that it hadn't changed in 35 years. You have to ring a bell to enter and when you do it is like stepping back in time. The waiter greets you at the door and gave us our pick of the tables. The red and wood... More 

Thank headcheflondon
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

The service is awesome..the food is great and the wine pairing suggested by our server was fantastic!

Thank Darryl P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$59
Gastropub, Steakhouse, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Street Parking, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
19:00 - 02:00
19:00 - 02:00
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 02:00
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 02:00
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 02:00
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 02:00
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua de Sao Bento 212, Lisbon 1200-821, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Lisbon
  • Phone Number: +351 21 395 2911
Portuguese restaurant specialized in steaks (steakhouse) . Known as the Best Steak in Town ( by Time Out , " vox populi" and other magazines . You can have lunch in working days and dinner everyday until 02 AM.

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