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“Average food in big portions”
Review of Carmina de Matos

Carmina de Matos
Ranked #146 of 447 Restaurants in Coimbra
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

Nothing special. The place looks a bit dated inside. We sat outside for dinner, as it is located in a wonderful square. Food is pretty average. We has a soup and a regional cheese as starters, bacalhau (cod) and a typical portuguese-style steak (bifana). They were OK (although the same dishes were tastier in other cities in Portugal) and the portions were huge. The service was undescribeable, definitely the worst and slowest service I have ever experienced. It is very cheap, though, even by Portugal standards, and at least you won't leave the place hungry.

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Reviewed 13 November 2015

Firstly, this review appeared under a different restaurant. I realized that it was the wrong one and contacted TA to correct it.

My wife and I were very hungry and arrived in Coimbra looking for a nice lunch before walking around the town.
The weather was rainy and I was not able to do my usual "walking around and finding a place with the right vibes" method, as I do when I don't have someplace already picked out.
My wife pointed in this direction and I saw the simple looking place. One glance at the menu showed that it was a pretty standard Portuguese "family" restaurant. I worked at three different Portuguese restaurants in the 1990's and despite not being Portuguese, know what is good and what isn't.

This place delivers the goods. Simple foods made with good quality ingredients. Nothing fancy, salad, grilled fish, roast kid and vegetables. All of it was made with care and we enjoyed it all.

The server was friendly, the wine list was good and reasonably priced.


The place does it right and we were very happy that we found it.

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Thank Paul R
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Reviewed 12 November 2015

My wife and I were very hungry and arrived in Coimbra looking for a nice lunch before walking around the town.
The weather was rainy and I was not able to do my usual "walking around and finding a place with the right vibes" method, as I do when I don't have someplace already picked out.
My wife pointed in this direction and I saw the simple looking place. One glance at the menu showed that it was a pretty standard Portuguese "family" restaurant. I worked at three different Portuguese restaurants in the 1990's and despite not being Portuguese, know what is good and what isn't.

This place delivers the goods. Simple foods made with good quality ingredients. Nothing fancy, salad, grilled fish, roast kid and vegetables. All of it was made with care and we enjoyed it all.

The server was friendly, the wine list was good and reasonably priced.


The place does it right and we were very happy that we found it.

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Thank Paul R
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Reviewed 26 May 2015

Two of us had steak in different, typical Portuguese versions. The beef was fresh, the salads and fries were very good. One of us had steak which is brought out raw, in pieces, along with a

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Reviewed 7 March 2015 via mobile

Found this restaurante on our own. Nice location in a square for Saturday lunch. Great service and fantastic food. Chanfana was enormous and probably enough for 2. Boiled potatoes and cabbage accompanied; Veal slices with frites very good. Local wine was just fine. Outstanding value for just over €22. We were the only table, unbelievably...and I don't understand their low TA rating. Highly recommend this place.

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Thank Abcdefxxx
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