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Darwin's Cafe

#193 of 3,418 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Avenida de Brasilia Ala B Fundacao Champalimaud, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
+351(0)210 480222
07:00 - 22:00
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Fri - Wed 07:00 - 22:00
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited Darwin's Cafe on a number of occasions on business and with friends. On this occasions with friends, who had booked it knowing that, currently, it is my favourite restaurant in Lisbon. This is due to it's modern and stylist feel, perfect location on the river in Belem and it's mix of appealing presented Portuguese and European dishes.... More 

Thank Artichokes2
Chesham, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good service and food in delightfully unusual surroundings. A real buzz about the place but not overpowering in that an enjoyable lunch was had, good food and wonderful views towards the river and people sitting out and eating on the decking in November with blue skies and wonderful backdrop. Much recommended.

Thank Badgerisimus
Lisbon, Portugal
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been eating here quite a few times. The location is fantastic, and both the interior and outside spaces are very nicely done. The food is quite pricey, and doesn't always deliver experiences to match the surroundings. I have had some lacklustre meals here, but to be fair I have also had some great meals. On average, it turns... More 

Thank Helge G
Lisbon, Portugal
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went there for lunch. Good attenfull staff. Food with good presentation and taste. Prices are bit high. Excellent location and balcony over the river.

Thank Ângelo M
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is situated in Champalimaud Foundation and has an amazing terrace with stunnig view. Super calm ambience. Very nice food especially duck breast and salmon salad.

Thank petergouver
Lisbon, Portugal
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115 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Huge and lovely place in Belem next to the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown. Impressive design that follows darwins evolution topics, nice layout with a view to the Tejo River. Comes with an outside terrace but somehow the space inside is nicer to sit and eat. Coming in a group of 5 or 6 people you can get one of... More 

Thank BigMan66
Brussels, Belgium
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is part of a complex with a scientific foundation. The name of Darwin is programme for the interior decoration, a mix of old English club and a history of the species - but they used butterflies, not finches... more pittoresk. It was dark outside and so we missed the spectacular terrasse that we had seen from the water... More 

Thank Juker-Brx
Lisbon, Portugal
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54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Worth going for the wonderful view of the river. Good food, friendly service and good atmosphere. Recommend seating outside but the inside of the restaurant is very nice too.

Thank Mariana P
Zurich, Switzerland
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Terrace lets you enjoy the view to the Tejo, Christo and the boats passing by. While an excellent service and cujisine makes this location to a wonderful place.

Thank AnFulu
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We had a great meal here. Nadia was our server and she was super sweet. We were also well attended to by Peter. The food was so so good. HIGHLY recommend. We walked the extra bit from the sights to get here but it was so so worth it.

Thank bklynyoga

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, View
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida de Brasilia Ala B Fundacao Champalimaud, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Lisbon>  > Belem
  • Neighbourhood: Belem
  • Phone Number: +351(0)210 480222

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Staying in Belem

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Belém is the "capital of the Portuguese Discoveries" and a photographer's paradise. You can spend an entire day exploring this neighborhood: monuments (Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries), museums (Coach Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém) and breathtaking views of the Tagus river will make your visit worth your time. Belém also offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, namely the famous - and delicious - "Pastéis de Belém" (typical Portuguese custard tarts; make sure you buy an extra box of those!). Easily accessible from Lisbon's historic center, Belém is a must-do, especially if you're spending more than one day visiting the Portuguese capital.
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