Cisterna

R. São Sebastião da Pedreira 1050-206 Lisbon Portugal Map
Average price €20.00
8,8 /10
131 reviews
368 reviews

About the restaurant Cisterna

No centro da cidade de Lisboa, bem próximo da Praça de Espanha, encontra o restaurante Cisterna, que conta com quase duas décadas de história a servir de forma exemplar os seus clientes.

Inserido num bonito edifício pombalino, este espaço familiar cuja gerência pertence à família Brito Palma, apresenta um interior bastante agradável, de decoração discreta e que revela bom gosto, proporcionando um ambiente acolhedor e descontraído aos comensais. E, nos dias em que o bom tempo o permitir, usufrua do espaço exterior.

Com uma carta que contempla deliciosas iguarias da cozinha tradicional portuguesa com origem minhota e alentejana, as propostas de degustação são variadas: arroz de pato à portuguesa, bacalhau com natas, salmão grelhado, bitoque à Cisterna, sopa à alentejana, bacalhau à lagareiro, ou as favas à alentejana com entrecosto, são apenas algumas das sugestões.

Desafie a sua família para uma agradável refeição, o Cisterna espera por si.

Restaurant prices

Average à la carte price
€20.00
(average à la carte price based on a two-course meal excluding drinks)

Drink prices

  • €3.00
    Half bottle of mineral water
  • €4.00
    Bottle of mineral water
  • €2.00
    Glass of wine
  • €12.00
    Bottle of wine
  • €2.00
    Coffee
Prices and menu can change. Those prices don't take into account any promotion and are VAT included.

How to get to the restaurant Cisterna

How to get there?

  • Public transports
    Metro: Picoas (Amarela) ou Parque (Azul)

Opening time

Almoço:
Todos os dias das 12:00 às 16:00
Jantar:
Todos os dias das 19:00 às 23:30

Services

  • Credit Card
  • Privatisable (120 maximum number of guests.)
  • Air-conditioning , Bar , Can be privatized , English spoken , French spoken , Open sunday , Wifi
Fabulous
8,8 /10
Only clients who have dined at the restaurant, after booking on TheFork, can leave their opinion.
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Food
8,8
Service
9,2
Setting
8,2
Value for price
Interesting
Noise level
Quiet
Waiting time
Fast
32/131 reviews
Elisio S.
Foodie
(25 reviews)
Average Rating
4,5 /10
Food
4
Service
6
Setting
4
  • Meal date : 17 Jun 2019
What was once a reference in Lisbon, some 20 years ago, is now just a pale image of a good restaurant.
The entrance looks like a cheap joint although there's a first floor room that looks quite better despite the run down appearance. Looks like there's never been a refurbishment until now.
The menu is a set of uninteresting traditional recipes and the food is quite vulgar. The quality of the ingredients just isn't there and some descriptions are not what comes to the table.
Prices are quite high for the quality offered and wine costs twice as much as it should. Very small choice of wines.
Service is ok and waiting times are correct.
Natalie B.
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 1 Jun 2019
Very much a special place with a personal touch at each table. Excellent food, nice atmosphere, not a tourist spot. Go!
Tautvydas V.
(1 review)
Average Rating
9 /10
Food
8
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 24 Apr 2019
Vwry authentic and great quality!
Helen N.
(1 review)
Average Rating
7,5 /10
Food
8
Service
8
Setting
6
  • Meal date : 15 Apr 2019
Very authentic place, possibly not what we were expecting. It was really quiet.....suggest some music for first people there. Had the tuna - very salty. However, owners were sweet.
Pauline S.
Explorer
(3 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 23 Mar 2019
Friendly and attentive service, lovely old building. We asked for recommendations and the waiter/proprietor (?) described a dish of sliced tuna, cooked gently in white wine, olive oil, garlic and coriander. I said it sounded wonderful. He replied "it is", and it was! A delightful, light, yogurt/cheesecake dessert followed, and at the end of the meal we were presented with a glass of Ginja sour cherry liqueur, I think on the house. At around 70 euros for the two of us it was the most expensive meal we had in Lisbon, but that included quite a good bottle of wine.
Dane P.
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 20 Feb 2019
While it was not easy to find this restaurant, the mysterious search made it that much more rewarding. We had to ring the doorbell to be admitted, but then were warmly welcomed and treated very well. The owner helped us with our order since the menu was only in Portuguese. He was great though, and deboned my sea bass for me, which was excellent. The meals we got (sea bass and tuna) were not fancy, but they were simply prepared and very delicious. We also got dessert and they treated us with local dessert wine that was a special treat. We would highly recommend Cisterna!
Lesley M.
(1 review)
Average Rating
9,5 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 14 Feb 2019
Welcoming family run restaurant. No frills, just wholesome, delicious home cooked meal.
Gloria F.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
9,5 /10
Food
10
Service
8
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 17 Oct 2018
The food was delicious and prepared in a healthy manner. It was the most enjoyable meal I had during the 12 days I spent in Portugal. The food was not swimming in olive oil. The grouper I ordered was excellent. The vegetables and potatoes were done perfectly.
Kyle G.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 10 Oct 2018
Very friendly service and good traditional food!
James L.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 22 Sep 2018
Great staff. We both had the grilled sea bass. Simple but very good. Looks strange in front but well worth the trip. Off the beaten path
Patty G.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 6 Sep 2018
Wonderful food- and very attentive service! Thoroughly enjoyed our evening there.
Natasha Z.
Explorer
(3 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 26 Jul 2018
Wonderful food and warm welcome in a 400 year old building
Mauro R.
Explorer
(2 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 20 Jul 2018
In few words: Good food with great service. Just tell the owner what you'd like (fish, beef, etc...) and let him recommend the specials of the day. Apparently the menu is updated frequently.


More than enjoying the good food make sure to talk to the staff and hear their stories about the origin of the dishes and the 400-year-old house the restaurant is. Besides Portuguese I heard them speak good English and Spanish to other patrons.


The dining room is on the first floor (or second, if you count ground floor as the first). You have to ring the bell at the door and they'll come to pick you up. Yes, unusual, but don't let it scare you off. For me it gives the feeling you're visiting a friend and knocking on their door.


I read some recent comments about them not accepting credit cards. They do now.
Claude R.
Conqueror
(5 reviews)
Average Rating
4,5 /10
Food
2
Service
8
Setting
6
  • Meal date : 19 Jun 2018
The food was very bad. We had two fishes. One was too cooked and the other simply burnt.
We went there because of the good comments we could read in tripadviser and it was a complete failure.
Lorraine V.
Explorer
(3 reviews)
Average Rating
5,5 /10
Food
4
Service
10
Setting
4
  • Meal date : 30 May 2018
Service was great but food was just too salty even for "typical" fish. Decor is upstairs in a 400 year old building that has seen better days. Not what we were hoping for on our final night in Lisbon.
Jon P.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 25 May 2018
Lovely old building. You ring the bell and you are ushered upstairs to lovely surroundings. Owner very helpful in choosing food and wine.
Ronald S.
Conqueror
(5 reviews)
Average Rating
8,5 /10
Food
8
Service
10
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 12 May 2018
Cisterna was a good restaurant, would recommend it. We had the pepper steak and a salad, both delicious. They had a group in the other room so it was a bit noisy. The staff was accommodating and helpful in selecting the food and the wine. Having to ring a bell to get in was different. Definitely a Portuguese experience.
Bahar G.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 27 Apr 2018
Carefully hidden family restaurant with superb food at an amazingly low price. Warm, inviting atmosphere. Just a few tables, the owner and a friend serving, and a small menu of dishes they prepare perfectly.
We booked in advance and I'm glad we did. A big party of locals arrived just as we left...and there wouldn't have been room for us if we had asked them for a table.
Dan R.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
9,5 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 20 Jan 2018
Very good food, especially the tuna fish which was excellent!
We would highly recommend this restaurant.
Dean B.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 28 Dec 2017
A real find. Superb food, reasonably priced, with genuine friendly and professional service. And how often do you dine in building from the 17th century?

If you are seeking a fancy fine dining experience, seek elsewhere. If you want a great Portugese experience and really good food, this is your place.
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