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Portuguese Traditional

Zé Varunca - Bairro Alto

8.8/10
150 reviews

Average price €20

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This restaurant is following the relevant safety practices*:
Air renewal system
Card payments accepted
Contactless, digital or single use menus
Extra cleaning services implemented at the tables, toilets and kitchen
Food served only at the table
Guest spacing 2m
Hand sanitizer for customers
Single use products on the table
Staff wearing masks
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Restaurant menu

  • Average price €20 Special request
"Caldo Verde" (typical Portuguese soup made with shredded cabbage or turnip tops, thickened with potato and garnished with olive oil and a slice of chorizo)
€3.5
Tomato Soup
€5.5
Dogfish Soup
€10
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User photos

Insalata di polpo
Sopa de tomate
Entradas
Migas em cacete com entrecosto
pijama

Ratings & Reviews

Fabulous
8.8/10
based on 150 reviews
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Quality of food :8.8/10
Service :8.7/10
Setting :8.8/10
  1. Claire M.
    Claire M.
    • one review
    5.5/10

    The food is traditional Portuguese, which is fine to experience, but the menu is limited to pig products or fish. Also a lot of cheese, bread and pate is brought out when you arrive, they charge for these even though you didn't ask for them.

  2. David B.
    David B.
    • one review
    10/10

    A great small atmospheric restaurant. The service was great and all the dishes were very flavorful and the meats were very tender and melted in your mouth. Will go again if in Lisbon again.

  3. Christof K.
    Christof K.
    • one review
    9/10

    Cosy little restaurant in Bairro Alto with a very nice atmosphere, very welcoming and a good service. Everything is handmade even the plates. Our waitress explained a lot and we had the possibility to try a lot of little dishes new to us. A very good way to get to know Portuguese food.

  4. Hannah B.
    Hannah B.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Loved this small gem! The wait staff were very kind and patient, and didn’t let us order too much food since the dishes are so big. The food is authentic and delicious- the lamb and rice dish is amazing. Highly recommend if you’re looking for genuine Portuguese food at a great value.

  5. Karen C.
    Karen C.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    The food, ambience and service were wonderful. This was our first night in Portugal so we chose carefully and were not disappointed. We shared the lamb, and each had octopus salad, pepper salad and an amazingly delicious tomatoe and bread soup.

  6. Cathia Z.
    Cathia Z.
    • 15 reviews
    10/10

    Very friendly and excellent food from Alentejo!

  7. S. D.
    S. D.
    • 8 reviews
    7.5/10

    Traditionnal good food

  8. Teresa P.
    Teresa P.
    • one review
    10/10

    É para voltar!

  9. Moony B.
    Moony B.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Such a considerate waiter. Very helpful with excellent English. Advised us on a perfect wine. Music was typical of the region and interesting without being overpowering.

  10. Ana Cristina L.
    Ana Cristina L.
    • 5 reviews
    10/10

    Fabuloso.

  11. Preben S.
    Preben S.
    • one review
    9/10

    A lovely little restaurant , with great staff and ambiance . Had a lovely meal and a chat with other customers . Will come back if in Lisbon again .

  12. Mikael R.
    Mikael R.
    • 4 reviews
    9/10

    Authantic portugese but unfortunatly I choose a dish that did not taste well to me. It was some kind of porrage with shrimp. My faulth for being adventurus.

  13. fatima m.
    fatima m.
    • one review
    10/10

    excelente, a repetir.

  14. Rachael S.
    Rachael S.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    Excellent tasting, well presented food. Waiter was very good at his job.

  15. Bob R.
    Bob R.
    • one review
    10/10

    I'm usually fairly critical about restaurants I have never been to but quite honestly there is nothing negative I can say about this place. Family-owned and amazingly delicious. A fairly small and intimate place everyone who works there made you feel like you were a part of their family. This is one restaurant that I am very much looking forward to returning. There was absolutely nothing on the menu that I wouldn't try at least twice!

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More information

Opening time

Almoço:

Segunda a Sábado 12:00 às 15:00

Jantar:

Segunda a Sábado das 19:00 às 23:00

Closing time

Encerra ao Domingo

How to get to the restaurant

Tv. Mercês 16, 1200-012, Lisbon, Portugal

Public transport

Metro: Baixa-Chiado (Azul e Verde)

Directions to get there

Praça Luís de Camões e Calçada do Combro

About the restaurant

O restaurante Zé Varunca nasceu há mais de três décadas na bonita cidade alentejana de Estremoz. Tendo encerrado por volta dos anos 90, foi em Lisboa que perdurou, no Bairro Alto, mais concretamente na Rua de São José.

Este espaço castiço e assumidamente rústico oferece aos seus visitantes um ambiente acolhedor e descontraído, onde sabe bem ir ficando.

Com uma ementa variada e uma preocupação constante na qualidade dos produtos utilizados na confeção dos pratos, no Zé Varunca vai encontrar o melhor da cozinha tradicional alentejana.

Ideal para um almoço em família ou para um animado jantar de amigos.

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