Cafe Santiago

Cafe Santiago

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Hours
Mon
12:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
Tue
12:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
Wed
12:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
Thu
12:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
Fri
12:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
Sat
12:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
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Ratings and reviews
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
3.6 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$9.00 – $19.00
CUISINES
Portuguese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
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About
Family Café/Restaurant, open since 1959, typical from Porto, which serves the most appreciated by locals citizens Francesinha, the famous and multi awarded Francesinha Santiago(R)
PRICE RANGE
$9.00 – $19.00
CUISINES
Portuguese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles5,164 reviews
Excellent
2,352
Very good
1,956
Average
632
Poor
136
Terrible
88
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

edmo6778
Lancaster537 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
My husband and I were told that Cafe Santiago was the place to go for francesinha and they were right! As luck would have it, it was only a few blocks from our hotel so we headed there as soon as we arrived. We had been travelling most of the day without food so were very hungry! We each had the Francesinha Santiago (with egg and fries) and a beer. It was one of the best things we have ever eaten! At €9.75 each it is not cheap but there is a lot of food so good value. Being hungry we cleared our plates but we noticed that most other people sitting near us did not finish theirs. Our waitress (Andreia) was fantastic and made a good evening even better. Would thoroughly recommend!
Written January 29, 2020
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Thomas H
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 none
This place has advertised in the window that they have one of the top 50 sandwiches in the world - and they weren't lying! This place is unassuming. It feels bit like the Portuguese version of the diner from, "Seinfeld." We sat outside and had done a bit of research about what place to have the best Francesinha, which was allegedly the typical sandwich you have to try. I will warn that this sandwich is not for the faint of heart. It is a sandwich made with ham, two different kinds of sausage, and steak, topped with ALOT of cheese and an egg. It's not for everyone, but I knew I had to try it. I split it with my wife, which was a wise choice. It was absolutely massive and covered in a sort of tomato sauce and swimming in a pool of French fries. I paired it with the typical Portuguese beer, "Super Bock." It was delicious, and definitely the only one I ate during my 5 day stay in Portugal. I thought about comparing it to some other places, but my stomach and cholesterol disagreed with that idea. Certainly a fun treat to try a unique Portuguese dish! Like most eating experiences in Europe, the joy is in the lack of rush that you experience at the table. Since wait staff are paid living wages, you don't tip, and as a result, there is not the same urgency to "turn tables" by wait staff as there is in the U.S. The upside of this is that you can enjoy a lovely outdoor meal for as long as you like without being constantly asked if you need anything else and feeling like you're being forced out. Of course, the flip side is that if you are trying to get the check, you may have to walk inside to pay. If you're in any kind of rush, I don't recommend sitting down. For European travelers, this is typical, but for U.S. travelers, who are used to a faster-paced eating experience, this may be frustrating, but something you just need to adjust expectations for! Solid place with delicious food! A great experience!
Written September 20, 2021
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ilovelivin
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 couples
Very good popular with tourists. We had the popular Portuguese sandwich of ham fried egg and sauce. Excellent flavor. We shared it. There is a small up hat he to split it but they include an extra egg since served on two plates.
Written October 30, 2021
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tracey m
Arriate6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 couples
Not at all impressed. My partner ordered the Francesinha which he said was OK but he had tried Francesinha in other places which was just as good. I ordered the Bacalhau and after several minutes was told this was not available and it was suggested I try another fish dish which was "similar". When the dish arrived it had three pieces of fish on it, some very dried up claggy tasteless rice and a small amount of tomato and onions, but no sauces were available so it was all very dry. When I cut into the fish all three pieces were at least 80% bone. This ranged from tiny bones in each mouthful to large prices of bone and very little fish. Most of the Staff were very indifferent although I could tell the poor guy who served us was really embarrassed by what he had to serve to me. I've been to Porto three times now and this was by far the worst experience I have had with any food there. I would not recommend and will not return.
Written June 28, 2023
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Saie Lapazi
Sydney930 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 couples
I'm really not sure how to characterise the famous francesinha sandwich served at the Santiago cafe. It is a big, rich and over the top sandwich, with lots of meat fillings, covered in melted cheese and topped with with an egg it is served with fries in a rich sauce. The meat all tasted amazing, really good. The bread and melted cheese less so. And the fries were soggy. I know it's a Porto ttadition and I'm glad I've tried it. The service at Santiago was prompt and efficient, even more so considering it was packed with a long line of waiting people outside.
Written February 25, 2023
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Shigamm
London1287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 couples
We ordered bread and olives for a snack starter before the mains were delivered. The bread came in a wrapper which was unexpected, both the bread and olives were tasty enough. We had the grilled turkey/pork which came with fries and rice, they were well cooked and really enjoyable to eat! We also ordered 2 beers and 2 7ups, for a total of €30, well worth every cent!
Written August 10, 2023
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Welly13
Beverley87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 couples
Recommended by a taxi driver. Busy place, we had to wait for 10 minutes to get in. Great vibe, obviously popular with locals and tourists. The lady meet and greet was lovely, so helpful and kind. She even got us the ‘best seats in the house’ where we could watch the food being prepared. Be aware - you need to be starving and not likely to suffer from a heart attack. I recommend trying the famous Francesinha, however it will be a long time before I have one again!
Written March 15, 2022
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GOLFF
51 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 couples
Obviously went in to try the famous speciality dish, We sat at the bar as we like to and ordered the top of range Francesinha with the steak in it, fortunately made the decision to pay a little extra and share it (about 2 euros) Watching the cooking process was interesting and I was looking forward to it. Then just prior to serving they poured the thin ‘secret’ sauce all over the fries around the sandwich making very soggy fries, almost like potato soup! The owner all this time is leaning against the wall watching the money roll in and keeping an eye on his uninterested staff! I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you must experience it, ask for the fries on a separate dish. My wife however did like it. It was a boring unfriendly restaurant milking in its apparent fame!
Written November 15, 2023
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Randy P
Mobile25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 couples
We went here to eat Porto's famous sandwich in one of the restaurants supposedly to have the best. My husband and I split the sandwich which is huge. They will do it for you for 1 euro The sandwich is a combo of several different meats between thick slices of bread ,then topped with melted cheese and a tomato based sauce that is spicy and has beer and some other mysterious ingredients. The sauce is kept a secret by some of the restaurants who make this sandwich. We thought this version was very good. It also comes with a very generous side of French fries. I also had one of the best table white wines I had in Portugal including a couple Michelin star ones .
Written October 14, 2022
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Raquel A
36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 couples
Our expectations regarding their famous franceshina were not met. We know the franceshina is not healthy food, but we were expecting to enjoy the “junk food quality” and we didn’t. We had better franceshinas elsewhere in Porto. The service was pretty quick despite the amount of people queuing. Overall, an overrated experience.
Written September 13, 2020
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Micharoo2
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 none
If you like poutine, chips and gravy, loaded fries with a steak and egg sandwich. This is for you!!! I actually really enjoyed the Fanceshina (little France) inspired by the croque monseuer in France, I can only describe this as ‘big fast food’ Wouldn’t have another one, go there hungry or share. Wait staff were lovely and friendly and accommodated me trying to speak Portuguese! Outdoor seating area was warm and lively, definitely a good spot for food.
Written March 4, 2023
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Nick F
Wickford194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 couples
The receptionist at our apartment recommended Cafe Santiago as the place to try Porto's signature dish, Francesinha. We visited for lunch, with an appetite, after our Segway tour. We were seated outside, after a 20 minute wait for a table. The Francesinha is a monster of a sandwich, with sausage, beef steak, ham egg and cheese, all put together in a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Not sure how healthy the dish is, but it was certainly one worth trying.
Written May 23, 2022
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Steven Y
Raleigh80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 none
We had heard recommendations that Café Santiago F had one of the best Francesinhas in Porto so we decided to go there for dinner. There was a line outside but after adding our names to the list we were called for a table after only a short wait. We each had half a Francesinha Santiago with fries (you can ask for the sandwich to be split) along with a Super Bock. The recommendations were right – this Francesinha is delicious. The meats and flavors surprisingly all work well together along with the egg on top. Splitting was the right way to go but it was so delicious that next time I could eat one on my own! Highly recommend Café Santiago F for your first Francesinha when visiting Porto.
Written October 29, 2021
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Ray C
Oakland11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 friends
The food was OK- no frills nothing special- actually tasted like a warmed up microwave dinner with a bland salad. The gravy meat sandwich looks like a heart attack waiting to happen. I just ate the fried cod and really unmemorable
Written April 15, 2023
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Bobbert63
Kingston213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 couples
On our way from the airport, our taxi driver/new friend told us we had to try this restaurant. He told us the Franchesinha Sandwich here was voted 2nd best in Porto, the 1st place one was too far away. We had to try it. One little problem. I ate one for lunch at another place because we were out touring. After a very long day of seeing the beautiful city of Porto, we knew we still needed to go to the Cafe Santiago for dinner. The place was packed at 8pm. We ended up sitting at a 6 seater table with 4 local who did not mind. We looked at the menu and it was completely in Portugeuse with some pictures. We were a little lost to be honest. That's when our waitress Andereia came over. She was a wonderful person. She started to apologize for our seating arrangement. We laughed it off and said we enjoyed it. She then helped us pick our dinner and recommended things she thought we would enjoy. My wife had a type of beef stew served in a little ceramic pot. She loved it even if it looked like it could easily feed two people. I do not know the name of what I had, but I have included a picture. It was amazing. Basically, a really good thinner steak, topped with an easy over egg, surrounded by fries with ham and cheese topping them and 3 olives. OMG, it was delicious but once again, a lot of food. Andereia came over a couple of times to see how we were enjoying it. Not just how is everything, she really wanted to know if we liked it. She chatted with us which was nice considering she was so busy. When we left, she shook our hands and told us how nice we were and that she really hoped we enjoyed it. Stop by for the food ( oh, and the cheap prices ) but hope you get this young girl to be your waitress. She really made our night. P.S. Almost every table had a Franchesinha Sandwich on it. If the locals eat here, why wouldn't you?
Written September 25, 2023
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