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“Main restaurant ok but watch out on FADO nights downstairs”
Review of Cafe Nicola

Cafe Nicola
Ranked #4,077 of 5,071 Restaurants in Lisbon
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
Reviewed April 4, 2018

Firstly we enjoyed a bottle of wine with friends after a meal elsewhere and thought it would be nice to go to a traditional Fado night. The waiters were all dressed in black/white bow ties with Art Deco look to the building setting the scene for what we may enjoy downstairs too. We asked to see the menu which seemed varied and well priced. We asked about Fado on Friday and Saturday evening in a separate room downstairs. They didn’t charge for the event but you were expected to spend at least €30 a head. Fair enough. At Fado we were sat down in a smallish room with a tiny stage one end. Comfortable enough. We were handed the €30 deposit back. On the table were 2 largish sausages and some form of small round breaded starter which turned out to be goats cheese, some bread and possibly quince chutney. We were 6 so there were 2 lots. The sausages were lit to warm, looked fun. We were told we didn’t need to have them. He led the menu. 2 sausages €17, 3small goats cheese balls I think about €14, so bit pricy. We could only find one other starter on the menu which was soup so had the table offerings. Ordered wine, they tried to sell more expensive wine. Were not asked to taste it. When the fado began lights are turned out for each singer. Not really my cup,of tea as I had no idea why or what the songs were about. My friend and I whispered something to each other and the other friend watching later said the male singer frowned upon this big time. We weren’t noisy at all and don’t notice him get the 2 instrumentalists to play a slightly longer intro. Literally a few seconds whispering. The main was limited to two choices if you didn’t want fish/shellfish. We hadn’t expected that. Fish very expensive. Not impressed by the other two dishes, OK only. A friend had a G & T which she later said the tonic was flat but said nothing. Towards the end the white wine which seemed acidic was found to have a load of crystals in which we told the waiter about. The same waiter without warning also opened another bottle of water which we really didn’t need and lured it. He came back and said that was normal sometimes with white wine. We didn’t accept that and they removed the white wine from the bill. We weren’t happy with the attitude so felt loathed to tip. In the end we left some change of a few euros. He called my husband back to say he had left money. He clearly was annoyed at the level of tip. Wouldn’t go again, left a sour taste. Just be warned! Bill was more than €50 each, no coffee, pudding, not lots of drink either. Make sure you check the correct menu before booking.

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Not arriving at our Hotel until 22:30hrs, we had our evening meal at the adjacent Cafe Nicola. Meal OK, but rather expensive, by Lisbon standards.

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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

My daughter and I decided to use Nicola Cafe, since couldn’t get to our dinner reservation at another restaurant. Not only the service was amazing but also the food was very delicious. We would highly recommend this restaurant either to hangout for drinks and appetizers or a full meal!

FYI- George was our amazing waiter with an exceptional care for his guests! Thank you George!!!

Thank BanaGoujani
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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Breakfast in the Cafe Nicola is well worth a stop off, simple menu freshly cooked food.
Good place to start off the day, it faces the main fountain in the square.
The restaurant dates back to the 1930’s and retains most of its original features which is fascinating.
Staff are very professional and help full
Well worth a visit and to sit in the sun to pass the day away.

Thank Tad K
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Overhyped Touristspot. Cappucino does not have a lot of coffee taste, breakfast is uninspired, tasteless omelettes between thick slices of toast. Orange Juice was good ... Too bad. This could be a much nicer and more profitable place with a little more attention to the menu, kitchen and vibe.

2  Thank Oliver B
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