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A Cadeia Quinhentista

) #4 of 34 Restaurants in Estremoz $$$$ Mediterranean, ,
Rua Rainha Santa Isabel | Castelo, Estremoz 7100-558, Portugal
+351 268 323 400
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Grill, Portuguese
Rua Rainha Santa Isabel | Castelo, Estremoz 7100-558, Portugal
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great food, great staff. Terrace with magnificient views (drinks only). You can have meal outside on the tables in the streets. One of the best restaurants of Alentejo.

Thank acosta1978
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tuesday night dinner. The restaurante is located within the Castle complex, very well kept and less than 1 minute away, walking, from the Pousada. It has a very nice decoration, especially the bar area in the upper floor. The meal began with 3/4 bread types...More

Thank NunoMA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, it's not everyday that you can enjoy a meal in a 16th century gaol, right? The place is carefully decorated and the service is pretty much 21st century. As for the food, you can find traditional dishes carefully prepared and with subtle touches of...More

Thank Goncalo_Catarino
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

We were actually recommended to the restaurant by a member of staff at the Pousada. We wanted to eat out that night rather than eat at the very formal restaurant in the Pousada. Our food was perfect. Perfectly cooked, perfectly presented, perfectly proportioned. My King...More

Thank draindoctor
Reviewed 29 May 2017

The restaurant is located in the old jaol which is now a very cosy and contemporary space.We had a lovely meal .The waitress was friendly ,knowledgeable and spoke good english.The wine we chose at 16 euros was good.We had lamb _ roast and cutlets.They were...More

Thank Alan Geoffrey B
Reviewed 25 May 2017

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 23 May 2017 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 21 May 2017

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 21 May 2017 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 16 May 2017

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View, Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
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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 HISTORY OF THE OLD GAOL OF ESTREMOZ 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 sausages. 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.
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