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“Good food, good service”
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Ranked #29 of 292 Restaurants in Evora
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Description: O Restaurante mais antigo da cidade de Évora e a sul do Tejo em funcionamento. Temos pratos típicos da nossa região e um ambiente familiar, e uma decoração à moda do nosso Alentejo.
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

This location has a great ambiance and good service with personality. Our dishes were the lamb and the black pork cheek. Both were Very tender and flavorful. Overall the bill with a bottle wine cost approximately €45. Very reasonable price for a good restaurant.

Thank J J
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Restaurante Típ... G, empregado de mesa at Guiao, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018
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Um grande obrigado de toda a equipa do Restaurante Tipico o Guiao,
ficamos contentes e gratos pela boa critica e satisfaçao do cliente.
Os melhores comprimentos da equipa Restaurante Tipico o Guiao.

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Reviewed 15 June 2018

If it were based on quality of food alone, this would be a 4-star review (3 stars for the lamb, which was decent but a little salty and dry, 5 stars for the octopus, which might be the best we have ever had, and was a large portion, as well!)

The good:
* They speak English quite well (but this is one of the things that also made it feel like a tourist trap; there was only one other table occupied in the establishment, also speaking English)
* The octopus dish was fantastic, and well worth the price
* The service was very attentive

The bad:
* Wine is definitely more expensive here then elsewhere (so we didn't order any)
* The lamb dish was not bad, per se, but was also not great... a little too dry (especially being served with only roasted potatoes like it was) and just slightly salty
* They bring many dishes to the table with the intent of charging you for them even though you didn't order them. I already knew about that practice by reading reviews here, but there were still some "surprised" sprung on us. At the beginning, the waiter informed us we did not have to eat the dishes, and whatever we didn't eat we would not be billed for.

Since we were hungry and also because we didn't know how long it would take to get the main dishes (and we also didn't know how big the main dishes would be -- it turns out that they are HUGE), we went ahead and took the bread (2 euro, and not the best bread in the world -- a bit stale) and sardines (3.50 for small ones, like you would get out of a tin, but they weren't bad.) However, even after we took all of that, the waiter still left the olives on the table (which we hadn't touched), at a cost of 1.50 euro.

In addition to this, they brought a tiny salad (just a very small plate of lettuce and red onion), and, unlike the other tapas, he did not inform us that it would be an additional charge for the salad (which was brought at the same time as main dishes), but it appears that it was... to the tune of 3.50, which is far too much for a tiny and mediocre salad.

Ironically, the fact that they tried to milk us for a few extra euros is probably going to cost them in the long run, because I would have given them 4 or 5 stars on all of my reviews, but will now only give them 3 (we enjoyed ourselves, but did not enjoy feeling like we were being milked for money.)

I think they should really rethink that policy, and instead only bring out a standard plate of bread or olives for a small fee as is the practice at other restaurants across Europe.

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Thank mediaguru
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

The 4 in our family had a great dinner at Guiao. We tried a couple of the offered appetizers (eat what you like and send back the ones you are not interested in). We had octopus and peppers drenched in olive oil. For entre's we had the cod casserole, which was very good and very filling. We enjoyed the black pork, which was so tender and delicious. The lamb was also very juicy and tasty.

Thank Patrick B
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Reviewed 19 May 2018

We followed the trip advisor recommendations for this restaurant and everything about it was great except we both found the food to be far too salty. My wife had the recommended pork and I had the recommended lamb. They were both very well cooked and looked great but it was clear to us as soon as we started eating that from our point of view everything was very over seasoned. To be fair this may be to do with the style of cooking but I really didn't enjoy my meal at all, although my wife did enjoy hers. I really did need all the wine and water just to get rid of the salty taste.

The service in the restaurant was great especially from the thin guy with glasses but a little overpowering from the other heavier guy who was just a bit over the top.

Thank SLKmaniac
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

This restaurant was recommended by our tour guide. We each ordered a casserole. The food tasted great, price was reasonable, and service was friendly.

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Thank Ray K
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