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Instinctus Wine Bar

$$ - $$$
Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
European, Portuguese, Wine Bar
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Rua Santa Cruz do Castelo | nº35, Lisbon 2705-030, Portugal
+351 966 440 469
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Miami, Florida
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015

Tried unsuccessfully to visit this place for lunch and we had a hard time figuring out where was it located. There is no visible sign or any other kind of indication that behind a regular door and a side window it could be hidden. It has the appearance of just another regular house in the neighborhood. With the help of... More 

1 Thank Cubafarinas
RuteRibas, Gerente at Instinctus Wine Bar, responded to this review
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Obrigada pela sua visita! A sua dificuldade em nos encontrar é porque é uma zona histórica de Lisboa, com séculos... More 

Novi Sad, Serbia
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

Very nice small and cozy place with friendly staff and lots of Portugese wine to taste. Only downside is that they don't have a food menu. Would recommend going there.

Thank trecakov
Sandbach, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015 via mobile

A great hideaway for wine lovers, with friendly, expert advice on Portugese wines on hand. Lovely tapas too, although priced more highly than some, given its great location.

Thank RamblingAroundAgain
Dublin, Ireland
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2015 via mobile

We came across this beside the castle. Sardines, tomato, bread and olive oil was the pick of our two dishes. I also got duck rice which was very nice but go for the sardines!

Thank HMRP88
Paris, France
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285 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 390 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2014

Instinctus is a small cosy wine bar located in the Castello area. A narrow but well-thought selection of wines by glass is offered as well as some food to pair the wine with. The owner is super friendly and will take the time to provide all the necessary explanations as well as some general advice about Lisbon. Give it a... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2014

I was in Lisboa for 6 days with a friend last week. After walking through Graca and then Castelo de Sao Jorge, we stumble across Instinctus Wine Bar while looking for a place to have lunch around the Castle. How 'le destin fait bien les choses', as we say in French :-). We were the only costumers (well, it was... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2014

With only eight covers this has to be the smallest restaurants I have ever eaten in. We called in for a drink one day and returned a few nights later for tapas and wine tasting. The food is simple but excellent and the wines are wonderful - such a shame that Portuguese wines are not more widely available in the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2014

Instinctus specializes in wine from across Portugal and the selection is fabulous. It was a great way to learn about Portugal's wine regions. This cozy little place has just a few seats, but when we were there customers were willing to change their seating to accommodate another group. Something about the place prompts people be friendly and generous. Stop in... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2014

What a neat funky little place this is, just up the side street from the entrance to the Castelo. We went at lunchtime. At first we thought it was a small wine shop but then realised it was serving tapas. And what great tapas it was: not a lot of choice but very tasty – we had salted cod and... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

After climbing up and down the Castle of S. Jorge, we had a wonderful moment at this wine bar with the charming lady who owns it. We got some good advice about places to visit in Cascais and Sintra. After being refreshed at the Instinctus wine bar, it was nice to continue walking through Alfama's narrow streets to the Feira... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$22
European, Portuguese, Wine Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Cash Only
Good for
Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Santa Cruz do Castelo | nº35, Lisbon 2705-030, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Lisbon>  > Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
  • Neighbourhood: Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
  • Phone Number: +351 966 440 469
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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Explore narrow streets and alleyways, small cafes and, of course, the internationally acclaimed Fado music. The earth-shattering Great Earthquake of 1755 destroyed most of the city but the contiguous neighborhoods of Mouraria, Castelo and Alfama remained standing to this day. These neighborhoods represent Lisbon at its historical best. The cool breeze of the Tagus river will take you up the hills to the sound of Fado, where you'll discover the best "tascas," eat delicious fresh fish and drink great wines. Discover hidden viewpoints and ancient traces of other civilizational ruins in the heart of the Portuguese capital. These are centuries-old neighborhoods that will welcome you to the very best of old Lisbon culture.
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