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“Atmospheric Lisbon at its best”
Review of Cafe Imperio

Cafe Imperio
Ranked #756 of 5,070 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Portuguese
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 11 December 2013

My wife and I ate here last saturday evening.
It doesn't have the best food in Lisbon, although it was pretty good.
It doesn't have the cheapest food in Lisbon, although it wasn't expensive.
It doesn't have the best wine selection in Lisbon, but what we chose was fine.
But there's something about the atmosphere (and I'm not talking about the fact that there are smoking zones) that made it incredibly enjoyable - Lisboetas enjoying a convivial, slightly upmarket but no tie required, evening out in style.
We'll certainly by back, and hopefully at the same table - the service was exemplary.

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Thank MacKnickKnack
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

There was a time when I used to go to Café Imperio, in Avenida Almirante Reis, quite frequently. They have good steaks with sauce, a good choice of bacalhaus and other Portuguese and Italian dishes. It is a bit more expensive than the average restaurant in Lisbon, but not excessively.

We returned there after a while last week, and found that the quality of the food has gone down a notch: the breaded hake was obviously frozen and had a weird taste, and the bacalhau was a little undercooked. Nothing disastrous, but nothing perfect either.

What hasn't changed is the setting of the restaurant, inside an old cinema/theater. Some nights it has live music; others, they show football matches on a huge screen on the wall. Make sure you are ok with this before you enter...

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Thank Santi P
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

This is a good restaurant with nice steaks and their typical, and good, sauce.

The restaurant is quite large and has some good tables for big groups. It's a very oriented restaurant for soccer games with a lot of TV's and a huge screen on the main room.

The restaurant it's really well located. Nonetheless it's quite expensive.

The vegetable risotto was really nice.

There's a good dessert for 4 people which has vanilla and strawberry ice cream with chantilly and as a really thin cake under it.

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1  Thank PedroNunesMartins
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Reviewed 17 April 2013

Café Império is a place that has everything to be perfect but in the end delivers only the average (or even less). It has a good location (near the metro), a beautiful well-preserved 50's building, a very large room, a tradition in beef sauce and is part of the city average.
However... the staff is not the most professional you could expect (sometimes they're even... not nice), some recent additions to the deco (large LCD screens, a Portuguese soccer team scarf...) totally spoil the setting and the sauce is not what it used to be.
My recommendaion: don't go there unless you are in the area (which doesn't offer much in terms of good places to eat).

3  Thank LNFilipe
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

We ate here twice during our 5 night stay at a hotel nearby. It was recommended by our hotel receptionist. The restaurant is in the basement of an old cinema which is now home to a strange religious group with lots of money. There didn't seem to be any connection between them and the restaurant.
Food is not expensive and our waiter, Miguel, was very generous with the free glasses of port and muscatel. Options include steaks, pasta, a few traditional dishes. Wine is inexpensive and we ate for around €15-20 per head

1  Thank Barbara L
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