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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%
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“seafood rice” (9 reviews)
“octopus” (18 reviews)
“cod” (11 reviews)
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Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Rua de Sao Joao 85 | Sao Nicolau, Porto 4050-553, Portugal
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Reviewed 4 November 2018

Cozy little restaurant but with amazing food and wine. Excellent service! They serve nice traditional portuguese cuisine, but with a modern twist. Definitely recommended!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Andreea_Cl
Reviewed 21 October 2018

You know as soon as you enter that this was a good choice for your food. The first thing I noticed was the gleam of the wine glass, then the cutlery, plates, napkins and table. Perfect. The menu isn't extensive but covers all of the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank beechform
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

* Had amazing vinho verde * great service * so clean and nice inside * delicious la francesinha * would go back for other things on the menu which looked delicious!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank marcusar
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

We went in by chance - very tired and hungry - having seen the TripAdvisor sticker on the door (always look for those, even in exhaustion). A modest-looking place, it looked like a hospital cafeteria. But clean and inviting. We were well-received and given a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 331Claudia
Reviewed 19 August 2018

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

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Travellers057
Reviewed 14 August 2018

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

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank GeorgePirintji
Reviewed 12 August 2018

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

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Mark F
Reviewed 7 August 2018 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.

Date of visit: August 2018
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

Date of visit: July 2018
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!

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank GioG625
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Response from simaos712 |
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
Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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