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Mata Bicho - Real Taverna

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Praca Rodrigues Lobo 3 | Edificio Zuquete, Leiria 2400-217, Portugal
+351 244 821 723
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nicely located, the place offer a very quality food for lunch. From the pizza to the croquettes de bacalhao, everything looks apetizing and fresh. We enjoyed our lunch there while visiting Leiria for a day

Thank F3R7N
New York City, New York
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

The food and the service was excellent! The restaurant offers a variety of vegetarian dishes. This was a very good surprise. I recommend pizzas, delicious!

1 Thank Lu C
Lisbon, Portugal
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Very pleasantly surprised by this corner of one of the main squares in old Leiria. The restaurant has more of a feel of a tapas bar and indeed it specializes in tapas and pizzas. The decor is very rich with Portuguese ads from an older age. Service was excellent: our special requests for ingredients were always met with a smile... More 

Thank PedroMartinsBarata
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We decided to eat outside at a picnic table since it was quite warm inside. There was one server who was clearly overwhelmed. My wife and I both ordered bowls of calde verdes and bitoques which is a steak with a fried egg on top with fries. Pretty simple. We waited a while and the soup came. It was warm... More 

Thank TorontoMichael
Lisbon, Portugal
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144 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

In a short visit to Leiria to celebrate a friend's birthday we had lunch in this nice Taverna Real. We started with staters and just stay there. Excellent starters. What else? Congratulations!

Thank FVentura357
Sao Paulo, SP
1 review
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

The Best of all we have been in Portugal - Excellent food (try cod fish), ambient and decoration, attendance, and price.

Thank Luciano M
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Stunning food and service! Loved the decor and ambience. Situated in the heart of bustling Leiria they serve heartwarming great Portuguese food!

Thank Madelein O
Bucharest, Romania
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

This restaurant was a very good surprise for us. We stopped to watch an euro match and we couldn't resist to have dinner there when we saw the food. Really amazing!

Thank Simion L
Edmonton, Canada
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited this restaurant at a peak dinner time and the wait was going to be 30+min for a table. The manager let us sit in the neighboring restaurant that the owner also owned and order off the Mata Bicho menu. It made no difference to us where we sat! We were just happy to try the... More 

Thank Arielle P
Coimbra, Portugal
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428 reviews
282 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2016

If you are in Leiria and want to taste some nice "petiscos" (small food), this is the place to go. Great eggs with asparagus and "Alheira, very delicious octopus salad, nice choice of wines. And perfect service.

Thank FlyingTuga

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Praca Rodrigues Lobo 3 | Edificio Zuquete, Leiria 2400-217, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Leiria District  >  Leiria
  • Phone Number: +351 244 821 723

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