Fado Restaurants – Casas de Fado
A visit to Lisbon isn’t the same without a night in one of the many Fado restaurants (Casas de Fado) the Portuguese capital has to offer.
To fully enjoy Lisbon, your visit isn’t complete without a night in one of the many Fado restaurants (Casas de Fado) of the Portuguese capital as it is in these typical restaurants where fado is sung that the spirit of the ancient bohemian Lisbon is more alive.
Throughout the typical Lisbon districts such as Alfama, Mouraria or Bairro Alto there are innumerous places were you may listen to amateur fado singers in a relaxed, more popular and down-to-earth ambiance, while tasting the delicacies of the Portuguese gastronomy and enjoying a glass of wine – Portuguese wine of course!
In this sort of casas de fado you will experience the true soul of the early days of fado when the iconic Portuguese song was the expression of the pains of the less fortunate, like sailors and dockers. Be advice though that sometimes singers step spontaneously out of the audience directly to the stage so the quality of the voices isn’t always the best.
On the other hand, if are looking for assured quality, Lisbon traditional neighborhoods offer you also Casas de Fado where some of the best Fado singers charm both locals and tourists. Here, as the ambience is more exquisite, the service is more refined and the singers are far better, price is, of course, higher. Usually these Casas de Fado carry the tradition inside their walls and linked to the fado’s tradition and iconic fado’s personalities.
Here is a list of some of the most emblematic Casas de Fado:
Address: Rua das Gáveas, 51-61
Phone: +351 21 346 12 04
Owing its name to the most famed Fado singer of the 19th century, Severa, a gipsy girl who lived a forbidden love with the 13th Count of Vimioso. This is one of the most iconic Casa de Fado situated in Bairro Alto. It is closed on Wednesdays and it is advisable to make a reservation.
A Tasca do Chico
Address 1: Rua do Diário de Notícias, 39
Phone: +351 21 343 10 40
Address 2: Rua dos Remédios, 83
This Casa de Fado, that in fact are two, as after the success of the first A Tasca do Chico existing in Bairro Alto, a second A Tasca do Chico opened in Alfama, recreates the spirit of the old Lisbon taverns and offers Fado vadio (amateur Fado) a few nights every week (Mondays and Wednesdays at Bairro Alto and from Thursdays to Mondays at Alfama). Besides amateurs great Fado singers perform here and sometimes even Japanese, Spaniards or French try to sing the Portuguese song.
Address: Travessa Queimada, 10
Phone: +351 21 342 22 81
This Casa de Fado is set in the old cellars and stables of the Palace Brito Freire, a 17th Century manor house that endured the devastating earthquake of 1755. The place was refurbished into a show room with restaurant, whose arched vaults offer unique acoustics. Is also offers Folklore shows.
Clube de Fado
Address: Rua de S. João da Praça, 92-94
Phone: +351 21 885 27 04
In the heart of Alfama, near Lisbon Cathedral there is Clube the Fado, a place created by Mário Pacheco, one of the best Portuguese guitar players, where you may enjoy some of the greatest Portuguese Fado singers.
Marquês da Sé
Address: Largo do Marquês Lavradio, 1
Phone: +351 21 888 02 36
This Casa de Fado is set in a magnificent scenery from the 18th century, with stone walls with arches. Here you may listen to Alexandra, one of the most respected Fado singers who played the part of Amália Rodrigues in a Portuguese musical.
Address: Rua da Barroca 54-56
Phone: +351 21 342 19 23
This is one of the most iconic Fado restaurants of Lisbon. For more than half of a century here have been performing great voices of Fado like Lucília do Carmo, Carlos do Carmo, Alfredo Marceneiro, Aida Baptista or Camané.
Restaurante Dragão de Alfama
Address: Rua Guilherme Braga, 8
Phone: +351 21 886 77 37
One of the most iconic Casa de Fados from Alfama, is attended by artists, politicians and university students. Famed singers like Cidália Moreira and Alice Pires have sing here and Teresa Salgueiro, the former voice of Madredeus started singing at Dragão de Alfama.
Address: Rua dos Remédios, 176
Phone: +351 21 8 87 42 98
This Fado restaurant offers a cozy ambience that will make feel at home right in the heart of the Alfama district.
Address: Rua do Melo à Lapa, 18
Phone: +351 21 397 26 81
Since its opening in 1975 the most prominent Fado artists have been performing at Senhor Fado, a revered name in Fado world. One of the excellent voices that you may enjoy here is Maria da Fé, one of the owners.