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“Authentic Portuguese food by the Charles River!”

Portugalia Restaurant
Ranked #211 of 671 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: US$0 - US$15
Cuisines: Portuguese, Seafood
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Reviewed 21 May 2017

The three dishes were exquisite! We tried porco a alentejana (a casserole dish with pork, mussels in a tasty garlic and cilantro sauce), paelha (big enough for two) and lulas grelhadas (grilled squid). For appetizers, we had mexilhoes cooked with garlic and olive oil. The seafood was fresh as if had just come out of the sea. Red wine from the Alentejo region went very well with the dishes. The service was warm and professional. We went for dinner on a Saturday evening, around 7pm. Reservation is recommended for groups of 5 or more people. We had no problem in finding a table at that time but people began to arrive to Portugalia around 8pm, so by the time we left the place was full. Fado music, as expected, was in the background and there's a bar next door, also owned by Portugalia. There was a mix of people, some Portuguese, other tourists. I have travelled all over Portugal and I must admit I am very much in sync with Portuguese culture. Yet, I would have not expected to feel the authentic culture so far from the Tagus River, close to the Charles River, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. I plan to come back.

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Thank Augusto L
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

The service is great and not invasive, anything that you request is brought promptly, whether it is bread, water, coffee or more food. I have participated in meetings held at the restaurant. It is a very calm, centering place with all sorts of art to see.

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Reviewed 6 February 2017

This was the blandest meal I've paid for in a long time. The food had absolutely no taste. Server was pleasant, though, and there was plenty of space.

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Thank Jenny S
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

A family of 6 for a Saturday night. Waitress could. Arely understand us even in Portuguese. We waited forever for our food. Bread and olives served as entree were better than the food. Fish and squid were not cooked well. Linguiça was excellent . Caldo verde had no taste and only 3 very thin slices of linguiça. Desserts were great. Fish plates also had no flavor. We were also overcharged for something we didn't order. Do not recommend and will not go back. There are other Portugueses restaurants offering better service, better food and better prices. Could be improved...

Thank Giovana F
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Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Very nice servers even with an astounding language barrier. Salad comes out with the main course unless you can muster communication. Just forget the salad as it is not worth the mention. You can have any kind of dressing you want as long as it is there (almost) all vinegar house dressing. Also made the mistake of not ordering seafood (The Portuguese do seafood right). Pitcher of ice water on the table was a nice touch.

Thank Stujersey
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