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O Forcado

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Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodre
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Rua da Rosa 221, Lisbon 1200-384, Portugal
+351 21 346 8579
19:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
Closed now
All hours
Tue 19:00 - 00:00
Thu - Mon 19:00 - 02:00
Thu 12:00 - 02:00
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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260 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

What is a trip to Lisbon without listening to Fado? We stumbled across Restaurante Tipico o Forcado as it was not too far away from our hotel and we were taking a short cut to someplace else. The street it is in is shabby. The old parts of Lisbon all are. It is what is behind the doors that matters.... More 

Thank Peter C
Targu Jiu, Romania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Very good location, in Bairro Alto. Very good service. The waiter, Mr. Henry, very kind. But I was very impressed by the dancers. Very very good. I intended to return, and I hope I'll have again this opportunity.

Thank Gogu G
New York
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Fun and romantic, I went with my partner who is Portuguese and authenticated the dishes we ordered. The Portuguese can really deliver on excellent service, and I say this as a nit-picky New Yorker. Although somewhat knowledgeable about wine, I told the waiter to pick something reasonable for us. His choice of a Quinta do Crasto was perfect. Adding to... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

Went here because of the location, wanted one fado experience during our stay. Turned out to be very crowded because of large tourist groups. Several "reserved" tables though next to the stage for walk-in customers. Were there at about 8:30 which turned out to be an ideal time, the music started soon after. One male and one female singer took... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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63 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

Our waiter was welcoming and outstanding. The food was just okay. The fado and dancing very enjoyable. We wanted this experience on our last night. I am not sure, but this whole experience seemed very expensive. We chose this because of location and did not have much time to explore other choices that may have been near our lodging.

Thank Btrtrvl
Los Angeles, California
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401 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

After visiting National Palace of Sintra we came to O Forcado for its Fado and dance. The restaurant was crowded with people, more or less attracted by the Fado show, not for food. The main dish, Squid Spanish, was Interesting. The restaurant was relatively small. Service was OK, not much to recommend though.

Thank Chuang004
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

My wife and I stumbled across this place after all the other places we checked were full for the week. Went right inside and got a nice table and an awesome waiter that reminded me of Rick Morranis. The food was homey and my steak/potato dish was amazing. But the best part for sure was the Fado. The girls were... More 

Thank Cody C
Nympsfield, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

AVOID, AVOID AVOID - DO NOT VISIT! Shockingly expensive rip off restaurant aimed at unsuspecting tourists and yes, embarrassingly, we fell into the trap! Offers average Fado music as a cover for the very overpriced, quite honestly, almost inedible poor quality food. This appears to be the kind of establishment that caters to large parties that have signed up for... More 

3 Thank DavidJanetMonty
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015 via mobile

Disappointing overall. Food is at best mediocre. The room is very pretty, but crowded. Service a bit slow, but acceptable. Our friends enjoyed the dancing. The fado did not sound authentic based on recordings I had heard, but many of the Brazilian and Portuguese audience seemed to know various of the songs. I would certainly look around. We went based... More 

1 Thank Jim F
Winnipeg, Canada
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202 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2015

We went to this good restaurant which features Fado music and dance. Fado music is known for sad lyrics and it could be likened to Folk music. This is Portugal culture at its finest. The stage that the performers use is small and right in front of you if you are lucky to be sitting near it. They have lady... More 

Thank Ken J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Portuguese, European
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
19:00 - 02:00
19:00 - 02:00
19:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 02:00
19:00 - 02:00
19:00 - 02:00
19:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua da Rosa 221, Lisbon 1200-384, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Lisbon>  > Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodre
  • Neighbourhood: Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodre
  • Phone Number: +351 21 346 8579

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Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodre
Enjoy a cocktail, discover a jazz club, hit the dance floor or simply grab a beer and catch up with your friends in the street: Bairro Alto, Bica and Cais do Sodré are the core of it all. Amazing rooftops, restaurants, cafes, bars, art galleries, museums and theaters abound. Start off by admiring the river from the Santa Catarina belvedere, have a cocktail at PARK's rooftop bar, try a typical Portuguese steak, or the fresh grilled fish, at Príncipe do Calhariz, and later explore the dozens of streets full of bars and clubs! Whether you're visiting for a day or a whole week, make sure you visit Bairro Alto and its surroundings.
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