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350 Market St, Lowell, MA 01852-3842
+1 978-453-8285
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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122 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son picked out this spot, solely based on it's proximity to his college. We were headed back to his dorm after a long day, and hungry. The entry offers two options - a small restaurant with table seating, and a small bar with high tops. The hostess told us it would be a 90 minute wait in the restaurant,... More 

Thank MuddyGurl
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Best Portuguese food around! No other restaurant can satisfy your craving for an amazing Portuguese meal! love it! I've been to most Portuguese restaurants in the state of Massachusetts and none of them can touch Johns cooking! Best by far!!!! Can't wait to go back!! really you can order any meal! They are all amazing!

Thank Nicole P
Haverhill, Massachusetts
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185 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2016

We ordered take out from here. And although it took a long time it as very delicious. food was prepared as we requested. we wanted some substitutions and they had no problem with that. it wouldn't be my top choice as a place to go, but i wouldn't argue if someone wanted to go here or order take out from... More 

Thank Nina P
Rye, New Hampshire
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923 reviews
587 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2016

Having been to Portugal, Madeira, and the Azores and having had a relationship with a guy from Lisbon for several years who was a good cook, I'm very familiar with Portuguese cuisine. This is one of my favorite Portuguese restaurants. The food is excellent, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. My favorite dish is the Portuguese sirloin with white... More 

Thank NHjo
Lowell, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2015

The prices are very reasonable and the food is excellent. This is probably what a quaint restaurant in Portugal looks like. If you love seafood, you'll love what they have to offer here. It's situated in a very convenient location, right downtown and next to a municipal parking lot. There's a lovely and private courtyard seating area out back.

2 Thank Tabitha T
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120 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Came here for lunch based on tripadvisor reviews. Yes we were forewarned that the food is made to order and be prepared to wait. With two kids in our party of seven, I promptly pre-ordered appetizers even before we were seated. Alas, it was still a 20 minute wait. Our lunch was almost an hour wait (we were the only... More 

Thank ms06880
Lowell, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Several of us visited Friends for the first time recently and enjoyed the intimate atmosphere, excellent service (thank you, Jonathan) and delicious, hot, meals. I heartily recommend the Frutos Do Mar Em Cama de Pasta (Shrimps, scallops and little neck clams in a white wine, olive oil,and garlic sauce over pasta.) Another popular dish among us was the Febras de... More 

3 Thank max508
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108 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2013

We were looking for something different while in the area and our hotel provided a list of area restaurants. We decided to try this Portuguese one as we haven't had that specific cuisine. Are we glad we did. Although, we got lost trying to find this place, it was worth looking for. If you aren't familiar with the area, ask... More 

Thank JeanneFromCt
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2013

Some of the best places to eat are found when your just hungry and need to eat. I was very surprised to see that this small but comfortable, clean, and pleasant atmosphere had a well tasting and big portions of a good looking Portuguese meal. Very tasteful and the server was absolutely wonderful. I am planning to go back with... More 

Thank Yardspice
Boston, Massachusetts
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261 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2012

Great food and atmosphere. The service was perfect and very accommodating. I tried the cod fish entree (my wife ordered) and it was amazing. I also had some of the small fried fish, or chicharos. The chicharos were great, lightly fried. The steak dish was okay. I asked for medium-well, but I got well done. All the juice was gone,... More 

1 Thank EndyBOSTON

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Portuguese, European, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 350 Market St, Lowell, MA 01852-3842
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Lowell
  • Phone Number: +1 978-453-8285

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?