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Povo

8.4/10
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Average price €20

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Chef Fábio Paixão
  • Average price €20
    Special request
Fresh cheese, tomatoes and basil
€4.5
Lettuce mix, carrot and onion
€3
Arugula, honey and walnuts salad
€4.5
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Coctel de camarones con mousse de aguacate y almendras
Apéro
Tempuras de pouple
Green bean tempura, cod fish, stewed tomatoes, and mussels.
Vongole e fagioli
crocchette di baccalà e di gamberi
Pica pau

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Ratings & Reviews

Very good

8.4/10
based on 1728 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a reservation on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :8.2/10
Service :8.5/10
Setting :8.8/10
  1. Michael N.
    Michael N.
    • one review
    5.5/10

    Food - Poor value for money, meagre portions and nothing to tell your friends about Location - 'Pink Street' - Trendy tourist trappings Fado Performance - Fair - 4 Euro per person added to bill - entire audience were tourists Overall - Not an authentic experience for me and certainly not the real Lisbon I know, so a miss not a hit

  2. Christian A.
    Christian A.
    • one review
    7/10

    I came here because of an online blog, it was rated as one of the top ten in Lisbon. I liked the exterior of the restaurant in the picture, so I went. First of all, their website is a disaster and it’s a nightmare trying to contact them. I tried emailing, I paid international fees to try and call them, I left a message, I even stopped by during the day to try and make a reservation. They were, of course, closed and never did I receive a reply via email nor phone. Their website says reservations are possible online but I never succeeded. Their website also says one MUST be there at 20h for fado, I got there at 20h, no other guests were there, and it actually started at 21h. Of course my reservation was not in their system, despite my efforts and they were full, but because I was a party of one, they were able to fit me in at the bar, which was nice. In the end, I made a reservation through the Fork via their recommendation. Now, the experience... The mood is nice, the prices are high for what one receives. The portions are small and in the end, the food is just OK, compared to what one can find in Lisbonne. The servers were frequently talking to their colleagues, standing around, or on their phones, but very helpful and attentive once I called for their attention. If you come here, it’s for the music. I’m not a fado expert, but the woman who sang had an incredible singing voice. For this reason mostly, it was a very enjoyable experience. Otherwise, it was like a glorified bar with typical food and great music.

  3. Valentina P.
    Valentina P.
    • 3 reviews
    3.5/10

    The menu that is in the fork it is not the same as the one that is in the restaurant. I wanted the setubal friend codfish and was not present, the same for the chocolate cake with green tea ice cream. I didn't like the actual menu of the restaurant. They have to include the plates that they took away. The only positive fact was the fado: amazing.

  4. Debra Jan B.
    Debra Jan B.
    • one review
    7/10

    The fado singer was great and that’s why we came. But the food was disappointing. We had soup, salad, and shrimp. All were bland. Service was fine.

  5. Laurent t.
    Laurent t.
    • 29 reviews
    6.5/10

    Music was too loud and food was so so but service was good

  6. Stessie P.
    Stessie P.
    • 2 reviews
    8.5/10

    We spent a very good time at this Fado ! The singer was amazing (Sonia Soprano) and the food was excellent ! Really nice. We were looking for a good typical cosy Fado and were not disappointed.

  7. Nicolas R.
    Nicolas R.
    • one review
    4/10

    DISAPPOINTING. "Povo" means "people" refering to the Portuguese people. But the food of this restaurant is not copious as the real Portuguese people's food. Moreover, for the concert of Fado, we have to pay 4 euros more per person. So, at the end of the day, it's VERY EXPENSIVE for the offer. There are other restaurants which offer a tasty portuguese food (with copious portions) and concert of Fado for a correct price (like "Retiro Dos Sentidos" no Bairro Alto).

  8. Maike B.
    Maike B.
    • one review
    5.5/10

    First of all, the food was pricy but good. Service was one of the worst I ever experienced. "Live Fado from 8:30 - 10:30" is a joke. The fado players played 3 songs, then disappeared for 45min only to return for their next 3 songs and leave again. All this for 4€ extra per person for "live fado". We can't recommend this place.

  9. Tavia P.
    Tavia P.
    • one review
    10/10

    Friendly and helpful staffs who speaks fluent english, is a great help to foreigners like us who can’t speak their native language. Love the ambience and great place to be introduce the art of Fado to foreigners.

  10. Deanna d.
    Deanna d.
    • one review
    10/10

    Great fado music by young up-and-comers, great food, too. We had the mussels. Outstanding! Felt like a local scene with fewer tourists. We’d go back!

  11. Julio L.
    Julio L.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    The food quality is excellent and it’s very special to have the Fado experience during your meal. Very recommended! The service is very nice and prices are reasonable. A very unique place that I would visit every time I visit Lisbon...

  12. Joanna M.
    Joanna M.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    This restaurant was a great find. The food was good, not great (for Lisbon), but the intimate setting made up for it. Fado performance was amazing however. Really enjoyed it over all.

  13. Nicola T.
    Nicola T.
    • 3 reviews
    8.5/10

    We went to Povo in order to listen to some Fado in a a friendly atmosphere (and without fixed menu...). I liked much the fact that Fado is given in small "bits", 2/3 songs and then a pause for eating or ordering. The food is good and prices are reasonable. Thumbs up!

  14. Glenn C.
    Glenn C.
    • one review
    7/10

    Staff is welcoming and attentive to a packed house except for one angry kid waiter with tattoos on his arm. He was rude to me while I was waiting to be seated outside (told me to get out of the way because apparently he needed to get some trays behind me, proceeded to be rude to other tables, and when he got to our table rushed us to order and then wouldn't let us order our dinner with an angry flippant "NO" (I guess they don't take orders when Fado is playing) but a simple professional explanation would suffice. Got angry to the point the Manager had to send him home. If they don't fire this kid, which they should, be prepared to be disrespected for wasting your tatooed kid waiter's time time.

  15. Margaret P.
    Margaret P.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    Small restaurant with authentic Fado musicians and a male singer. Excellent Tapa . Service was great . Gabby very friendly . Very nice experience.

  16. Susan M.
    Susan M.
    • 2 reviews
    7/10

    Some tables are much better than others. The 4 of us were stuffed in a corner. They don’t serve in order of service. We were a half hour with nothing on the table. 3 tables seated after us had service. We did have a reservation. The Fado was excellent. Sitting at the bar might be better.

  17. Alicia K.
    Alicia K.
    • one review
    6.5/10

    The food in the restaurant is good, just a bit expensive, but good. The fado is really nice. But the really negative point is that we booked before to be sure we would have a table, and yes we got a table but a really bad one and in a corner with no place and where we couldn’t see the fado.

  18. Tatiana L.
    Tatiana L.
    • 2 reviews
    4.5/10

    Nothing to add

  19. Richard P.
    Richard P.
    • 3 reviews
    6/10

    Great Fado! (Paulo Rocha - amazing!). However, we were very disappointed with the food quality. Sorry to say, I would not return.

  20. Shai F.
    Shai F.
    • one review
    10/10

    An intimic portoguese experience. Good music, food, wine and atmosphire. Small place with great spirit. A place that you want to find as a tourist.

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More information

Closing time

Terça e Quarta-feira

How to get to the restaurant

R. Nova do Carvalho 32 1200-292, 1200-219, Lisbon, Portugal, RestaurantAddress

Public transport

Metro: Cais do Sodré (Verde)

About the restaurant

Fado shows happen in Povo every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sundays, after 9.30 pm.

Features

European, , Tapas, Birthday, Trendy, Christmas and New Year, Travelers' Choice 2020

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