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Cafe Santiago

#84 of 1,446 Restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
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Rua Passos Manuel, 226, Porto 4000-382, Portugal
08:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Best, Delectable Francesinha in Porto! Beef is cooked just right unlike the one I ate the first time at another restaurant! Service is excellent, staff are welcoming even when they are busy:))

Thank Teresa Y
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Heard a lot about the francesinha here in Porto . The actual experience is better than what I heard . Food is served very quickly . Quality and taste is fantastic . Most important the manager who is serving us at the bar counter is fantastic . Initially I wasn't so sure about sitting at the bar counter near the... More 

Thank Richard Y
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place. Fantastic food. Go and see. No more to say. Very typical porto food. Wine list and prices crazy. Good bottle of wine € 7.

Thank Dex665
Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had been advised to visit this diner-styled restaurant for the best Francesinha in Porto. Having not had one before or since, we cannot qualify the claim, but the meal was very good. This despite the fact that a Francesinha must be one of the most unhealthy dishes around - one can almost feel the cholesterol clogging up your veins... More 

Thank 125bernardc
Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the guides from or trip to Real Companhia Velha recommended this place as serving the best Francesina- we weren't disappointed. You can't reserve and there was a cluster of 10-15 people waiting outside - luckily a man with a clipboard takes your name and ushers you in as soon as some leaves. The place was packed- most people... More 

Thank Tyneyb
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Francezinha is a typical sandwich of Porto, which had it's origin in a restaurant worker who had been an emigrant in France - so it's an adaptation of a french dish. Santiago is the place to try it. It's a pity that everybody knows this, so you really have to be an "early bird" or else you're in for a... More 

Thank valbom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best Francesinha I have ever tasted, however it is the only one I have ever tasted. It remains the most mental thing I have ever eaten, it should be (according to all logic) something that I would never even try. Along with a couple of beers it was absoluteley amazing. Really tasty with only one down fall. If you... More 

Thank Boo L
Angers, France
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was good and reasonably priced. However the service left a bitter taste. No eye contact, not one smile. Seemed like they treated me like a nuisance for not understanding Portuguese. I actually speak English, French and Spanish, and it's not that hard for me to understand if you take a second to slow down and demonstrate rather than... More 

Thank sophieW6779EU
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Typical Francesinha sandwich recommended by everyone in Porto. They have different types of francesinha and they are all huge. I wish I shared mine because that was too much. Price is about 11€ per sandwich which is totally worth it. It's always full so my recommendation is to reserve. It's a lunch, too much for a dinner.

Thank Anna T
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Now, this is the place many people told me to go for THE francesinha - which is basically a heartache surrounded by chips and gravy. It was AMAZING! The menu is simple - a few types of francesihna (with egg, without egg, with chips, without chips). Comfortable diner-like atmosphere. We walked in at 11:30am - and it was empty. By... More 

Thank CMGroovy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$14
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Passos Manuel, 226, Porto 4000-382, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Porto
  • Phone Number: 222055797
Family Café/Restaurant, open since 1959, typical from Porto, which serves the most appreciated by locals citizens Francesinha, the famous and multi awarded Francesinha Santiago(R)

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