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Darwin's Cafe

#180 of 3,630 Restaurants in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Avenida de Brasilia Ala B Fundacao Champalimaud, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
+351(0)210 480222
07:00 - 22:00
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are in Belem area at lunch time this is the place to go if you want a special lunch - but leave the back pack at the cloakroom as it is quite smart. Beautifully presented and flavoured dishes in a large room overlooking the sea.

Thank chrisgoggle
Penticton, Canada
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a cool hidden gem. Decorated beautifully with views of Belem Tower and Christ and river. We had fantastic coffees and cocktails. They have a restaurant that I think would be stunning at night.

Thank Colleenpenn
Porto, Portugal
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48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I would certainly recommend a visit to this restaurant, if your nearby. It is a great experience, combining an amazing location, amazing service, great decor with nice food. I would not say the menu is gourmet or very original , but the food is well prepared and savory. As for the price , it is on the expensive side however... More 

Thank Margarida-R-Afonso
Berlin, Deutschland
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Although it's a bit outside it's worth going there. We went after our boat tour cause it was in the neighborhood and we were hungry. The location is quite big and almost all tables were full ( it was lunch time and Valentine's and the restaurant is situated inside the Fundaçao Champalimaud ) with couples and business people. Despite that... More 

1 Thank MEH1707
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108 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

I had a dinner in Darwin's Cafe. It was wonderful! Tge starters, the main dish and the desert was perfect. The salad was fresh, for main I had a salmon - one of the best that I tried ever. And for the deserts we shared several of those. All of them were great. The decor was magnificent, maybe during tge... More 

Thank Vicky H
Nantes, France
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

I went there early January of this month with my girlfriend. We were looking for a good restaurant following our visit of Belem. What can I say about this place, other than it was freaking delicious. The food is ridiculously good, not too expensive, and cooked to perfection. The asparagus risotto with berries in it was simply incredible. Highly recommend!

Thank Will B
sao paulo
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91 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

We went There for lunch a few days ago, impressive view, Nice decor, fish Was fresh And perfectly cooked, risoto Was delicious, as well as pasta And salad! Drinks Very adequate, but When we came In we asked for a specific table that Was not Givenchy To us, because It Was for 6 And we were only 4, found The... More 

Thank serial2urist
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Good service, great environment in the evening and uncommon dishes. I wasn't impressed with the pavlova dessert, but the wine was awesome!

Thank G. P
Saint-Emilion, France
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150 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

Great atmosphere, modern stylish feel. We were a big group of people and got served in a timely manner. All the food was well presented and the staff is very friendly.

Thank synthiab
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

I have visited Darwin's Cafe on a number of occasions on business and with friends. On this occasions with friends, who had booked it knowing that, currently, it is my favourite restaurant in Lisbon. This is due to it's modern and stylist feel, perfect location on the river in Belem and it's mix of appealing presented Portuguese and European dishes.... More 

Thank Artichokes2

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida de Brasilia Ala B Fundacao Champalimaud, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Lisbon>  > Belem
  • Neighbourhood: Belem
  • Phone Number: +351(0)210 480222

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Belém is the "capital of the Portuguese Discoveries" and a photographer's paradise. You can spend an entire day exploring this neighborhood: monuments (Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries), museums (Coach Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém) and breathtaking views of the Tagus river will make your visit worth your time. Belém also offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, namely the famous - and delicious - "Pastéis de Belém" (typical Portuguese custard tarts; make sure you buy an extra box of those!). Easily accessible from Lisbon's historic center, Belém is a must-do, especially if you're spending more than one day visiting the Portuguese capital.
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