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A Cadeia Quinhentista

Rua Rainha Santa Isabel | Castelo, Estremoz 7100-558, Portugal
+351 268 323 400
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
“Trying too hard, and overdoing it!”
3 days ago
“Lovely surprise ”
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Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Grill, Portuguese
Rua Rainha Santa Isabel | Castelo, Estremoz 7100-558, Portugal
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Reviewed yesterday

I first visited this restaurant in 2014 and enjoyed it. I love the setting but the staff are trying too hard to be too smart and too correct and as a result missing the mark. To be absolutely fair we looked at the menu which...More

Thank Manuela F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great little discovery with very attentive service . Liked it so much we returned the next night! Delicious food , nice variety on the menu . They certainly go the extra mile and we reflected that in our tip as their extras were a pleasant...More

Thank mawsie
Reviewed 5 days ago

Nice ambience, friendly staff but the food was only average. We had coquilles Saint Jacques to start with followed by black pork cheeks and lamb. The scallops were accompanied by a rather strange sauce, and the pork cheeks were tough; only the lamb dish was...More

Thank David E
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a pleasant dinner in this old prison. The fact all mobiles were offline was probably an advantage ;-) The space was well designed, and although we haven't meet Mr. Michael Scofield, the service and food were absolutely top notch. Take the opportunity to...More

Thank Jose Antonio S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the second time we have visited this excellent restaurant We had been once for lunch about 4 weeks ago and decided this time to try an evening dinner we were not disappointed. Once agin the food was delicious and beautifully presented and the...More

Thank mark j j
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

If you want to have a nice drink in Estremoz in a trendy environment, then this is one of the only options, however if you decide on the old jail, be prepared to have mediocre service in an inadequately ventilated smokey bar. We came at...More

Thank Andrew C
Joao S, Proprietário at A Cadeia Quinhentista, responded to this review

Dear Sir and Madam (a couple and their +/- 10 year old child), Thank you for your initial pleasant remarks about the environment of «A Cadeia Quinhentista» last Monday. Nevertheless, we cannot appreciate the rest of your review: 1. It wasn’t lunchtime given that the...More

Reviewed 14 March 2017

The restaurant was very well done. Near the castle. The old jailhouse. The service was excellent. The food was not so good. Spareribs were bellypork, it was very tough. Pigs cheek tough too. They need slow cooking.More

Thank sidmothian
Joao S, Proprietário at A Cadeia Quinhentista, responded to this review

Dear Ms. sidmothian You opted for 2 dishes of pork from Alentejo: Cheek of Pork and Pork Ribs with garlic and salt on the grill. We are sorry to know you didn’t like it, but when we asked you if everything was alright, you said...More

Reviewed 25 February 2017

If staying at the Posada Renha Santa Isabel, walk the hundred or so steps and have dinner here. The experience is truly delightful and the meal was one of the very best we have had in a long, long time at a restaurant. As far...More

Thank JLicharson
Reviewed 14 February 2017

My husband and I were staying at the Pousada in Estremoz but we did not want to pay the prices that it was charging for dinner. I was not looking forward to going back down into the town and having to climb the hill again...More

Thank sharaz
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We had dinner, drinks and a dessert. Everything we ordered was excellent, in particular the dish with lamb chops, pork and shrimp. They also brought us a delightful amuse bouche. The service was also top notch, very friendly, and in great English. The atmosphere is...More

Thank Debbie D
Joao S, Proprietário at A Cadeia Quinhentista, responded to this review

Dear Madam, We thank you for your kindness in making known your opinion of our restaurant . We work hard in order to offer our clients good food, a professional service and good memories every day. All the staff also thanks you for your motivation....More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Grill, Portuguese
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Rainha Santa Isabel | Castelo, Estremoz 7100-558, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Alentejo  >  Evora District  >  Estremoz
  • Phone Number: +351 268 323 400
The old judicial gaol of Estremoz, a monument of the 16th
century, has been converted into a bar and a restaurant, giving
back to the town one of its most emblematic (symbolic) buildings.
Due to its cosy atmosphere and vivid historical features, “A
Cadeia Quinhentista” is much more than a restaurant and a bar; it
is a place where gastronomy, history, architecture and design
reach perfection.
More than a restaurant, “A Cadeia Quinhentista” is the passport
for medieval times, in the heart of the Royal Citadel ; it is a true
sensorial experience.
The Judicial Gaol was erected in the civic centre of 16th century
Estremoz (next to the Medieval Town Hall, the Town Church, the
Royal Residence and the house of the Governor) and near the
medieval grounds of Saint Mary’s graveyard. Medieval burial
stones which have been used as filling material for the stone built
walls were now found during the construction work that took
place to turn the gaol into a restaurant. Today it is believed that
this building may also have been erected to be the Town Hall,
where, as we all know, there would almost always be a gaol on
the ground floor. The rooms occupied by the Town Hall would
always be on the first floor. This belief is also supported by some
new evidence. During construction work, some traces of frescos
were found on the upper floor and even at the entrance leading to
the lower floor.
The building is a two-storey high quadrangle (the ground floor
was reserved for male prisoners and the upper one was occupied
by the gaoler and female prisoners) with marble corners which are
quite appropriate for a building destined to be a prison. The
sixteenth marble staircase stands out, as well as the windows of
the same century. The decorations on the lintel of the second-floor
windows are clearly of the reigns of our kings D. Manuel I or D.
Joao III. The windows also have strong bars, especially the more
vulnerable ones, that is, those of the ground floor… The inside
retains some sixteenth century brackets which supported simple
brick or stone built vaults.
The religious services took place in a little chapel situated in front
of the Gaol and is now inactive; its Patron Saint was Our Lady of
Bom Sucesso. Mass was celebrated on the upper floor balcony so
that the prisoners (men and women) could attend the ceremony.
The Chapel was supported by the Misericordia of Estremoz for
several centuries. Here lived a chaplain until an uncertain date of
the 20th century. The religious implements are today in Saint
Mary’s Church.
The restaurant, where traditional food from the Alentejo
predominates, also offers signature dishes which favour the
quality products of the region, such as the best meats: free-range
pork, veal and lamb, with the subtle flavour of tens of herbs of the
region, the national wines, the fresh products, the cheeses and the
Mint, coriander and pennyroyal are added to the lamb, the freerange
pork, the dog-fish. The optimal use of different flavours
develops creative new concepts and turns gastronomy into art.
Conventual sweetfood - “encharcada”, “manjar celeste”,
“toucinho do ceu”, among others - mixes the eggs, the sugar, the
sugared squash and the almonds with the mastery and tradition of
the convents. The water pudding of Estremoz, the pear in
Moscatel wine “au gratin” with vanilla ice cream filling and the
fan of mango with passion fruit culi and lemon sorbet, are also
specialities to tempt and tantalise every palate.