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Essencia Lusa Restaurante Tradicional

Rua de Sao Joao 85 | Sao Nicolau, Porto 4050-553, Portugal
+351 910 744 839
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fish stew” (8 reviews)
“octopus” (17 reviews)
“rice” (11 reviews)
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Rua de Sao Joao 85 | Sao Nicolau, Porto 4050-553, Portugal
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Concerned we were in one of the tourist strips of Porto, we never less ventured into the restaurant. The staff were most welcoming and attentive to our questions. Food was first class, the most tender octopus and the seafood rice was divine. Good range of...More

Thank Travellers057
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled across this pleasant, small, modern restaurant on our last night in Portugal on our way back from the riverfront and we were so pleased we did as we had the best meal of our 13-day trip! The Caldo Verde Soup and the Crab...More

Thank GeorgePirintji
Reviewed 1 week ago

I got recommended this place by a native Portuguese for their reputation for good local food and it did not disappoint. The Francesinha was amazing and would advise anyone going to Porto to give this place a try. The only thing i did not like...More

Thank Mark F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food for reasonable price. Staff is very kind and the ambient is really lovely. Try arroz de marisco and a bottle of white Portuguese wine.

Thank Andrea G
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

A lovely small restaurant with absolutely fantastic approach to service, we felt like old time friends or family members the second we stepped in. By the few samples of wine we had, the list is awesome and we'll supported by staff recommendations. Great local flavors...More

1  Thank Jarmo N
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Small, cozy, with delicious food and very nice customer service! Love that place, will visit once I’m in porto again, for sure!

1  Thank Gio G
Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

My wife and I stopped in for a light dinner and were very pleased. The restaurant was filled with couples and families and had a great buzz. The restaurant had a nice selection of reasonably priced wines. We enjoyed soup, salad and outstanding prawns. Staff...More

1  Thank johnrkesslerjr
Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

It's a nice little restaurant. You can eat the typical Portuguese food. Really tasty. The owners are very friendly and gave us good advices about what to order :) You definitely have to visit that place!!!!

1  Thank nuria_12341234
Reviewed 20 May 2018

Luckily chose this at random ,and what a find. The service was excellent and helpful and the food was absolutely superb.The baked cod was unbelievably good and my wife had steak and egg which she said was delicious.

1  Thank John S
Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Just walked in off the street at lunchtime when needing food and drink after walking the sites all morning. I had steak and my wife had cod. Both excellent. Happy to go again tomorrow but have to follow the rules that never repeat when there...More

Thank MichaelR157
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Hilary U
12 May 2017|
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Response from Simao S |
Yes, we accept credit cards.
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12 April 2015|
Response from MirkaMrd | Property representative |
Hello Mr. Jokariam Please contact us by phone or message in our essencia lusa restaurante tradicional in facebook. Phone 910744839 Thanks Carlos Miranda
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 17 - US$ 23
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua de Sao Joao 85 | Sao Nicolau, Porto 4050-553, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Porto
  • Phone Number: +351 910 744 839
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