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Cafe de Sao Bento

#73 of 3,629 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Gastropub, Steakhouse, European
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Rua de Sao Bento 212, Lisbon 1200-821, Portugal
+351 21 395 2911
19:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 02:00
Mon - Fri 12:30 - 14:30
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely dinner at Sao Bento. We had their signature steak and it was great - delicious sauce and well cooked - it really hit the spot. Would also recommend the grilled prawns to start.

Thank HannahSid
College Station, Texas
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98 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While this may be the best steak in Lisbon, it doesn't even rank in the top 10 steaks in Houston where I am from. It is an old restaurant that hasn't been redecorated since the 1980s. They recently banned smoking indoors, but the smoke smell still lingers. The menu is not creative overall. We got a grilled steak and a... More 

Thank Laura873
Markgroeningen, Germany
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97 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, friendly staff, wonderful sangrias! We had the steak and prawn sandwiches inside of the Time Out Market. Great place to be with wonderful people all around!

Thank Marystrader
Lisbon, Portugal
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

It was the second time we came here. You have to know about this place to find it, because on the outside you can hardly tell it is a restaurant, you even have to ring the bell. It is one of the oldest classic steak houses in Lisbon. It is opposite Parliament, so you might have lunch next to a... More 

Thank 956elskev
Dublin, Ireland
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

From the moment we rang the bell outside to enter the restaurant we knew this was going to be an experience to remember :) So inside its a little like being transported back in time and eating in an old theatre with the red chairs and traditional decor. Fans of music from the 80s & 90s will love the tracks... More 

Thank DublinSar
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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146 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The steak ordered and received was a sliver of meat that was the size of a hand. The quality of beef was shockingly low for an old established steakhouse in Lisbon. The salad was very mediocre. It was so terrible we had to walk out without paying after the waiter was offended that we could not eat the ordered dishes.... More 

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Antonio C, Diretor-Geral at Cafe de Sao Bento, responded to this review

We totally agree with you : "we had to walk out without paying " .We kindly refuse that you pay the bill , that probably was your intention. . Why ? Because we don't have capability to solve problems between couples and kindly we don't interfere in discussions between couples naturally . We are in this deal for more than... More 

San Diego
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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Honestly, none of the food in Lisbon (except maybe Tapas 52) was really great, so I was extremely happy w/ my steak @ Café de São Bento. I don't care for sauce on my steak, so took the grilled one (not their house famous version), and according to colleagues I made the right choice. Service was good and fast. Price... More 

Thank ranshe
Los Angeles, California
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56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This is about as good as it gets when it comes to Bife a Café. Beside the excellent food, the cocktails are traditional and served in the proper manner. The small comfortable room exudes warmth, and a cozy old-world charm. The service is impeccable and the prices very reasonable.

Thank omc3
1 review
Reviewed 31 January 2017

The best steaks worldwide!!! You definitely have to try the Cafe de Sao Bento style steaks with the delicious special sauce and French fries, I have never tried anything better!!!

Thank Clara G
Wigan, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

My friend and I stumbled across this place whilst looking for somewhere for dinner. The food is very, very good. We had steak of the house and it was amazing and very reasonably priced. The staff were very helpful and friendly and spoke excellent English.

Thank VAI3064

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22 - US$60
Gastropub, Steakhouse, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Street Parking, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
19:00 - 02:00
19:00 - 02:00
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 02:00
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 02:00
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 02:00
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 02:00
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua de Sao Bento 212, Lisbon 1200-821, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Lisbon
  • Phone Number: +351 21 395 2911
Portuguese restaurant specialized in steaks (steakhouse) . Known as the Best Steak in Town ( by Time Out , " vox populi" and other magazines . You can have lunch in working days and dinner everyday until 02 AM.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?