Here are some things that you should taken into consideration when eating in Portugal.
The little snacks, breads, cheeses, olives that you didn’t order and are put on the table after you sit down are not free.
Good restaurants will inform you that these extras are not included and will have the prices on the menu, some wont and will charge you ridiculously high prices for them. Even though most of them taste very good, make sure you check prices before touching them.
In some restaurants you may want to check prices of anything you order before you order it.
Portuguese people are not by nature dishonest and most restaurants are very up front and will do anything to make you stay a favorable one, in fact your likely to get more than you bargained for.
Some restaurants may however abuse your tourist position by charging unexpected high prices, if an unclear menu allows it, if you have become a victim of such practices please contact Go Eat Lisboa and we will follow up your complaint. Of all the countries we’ve traveled to Portugal is the least likely place to get ripped off that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen and on a few occasions it has.
Watch out for the little fish snacks, sometimes they are put on tables again and again if nobody eats them, on warm days this can, obviously, be quite dangerous.
Lisbonarions eat lunch between 13.00 and 15.00 and diner after 19.00 a lot of traditional restaurants do not serve meals outside of these hours! check this site first or contact the restaurant to avoid disappointment
Restaurant prices are low in Portugal, so are wages and most waiters do rely, for a large part, on your tips.
A 10% tip is normal. Many waiters will go out off their way to make your dinner a very pleasant one obviously tipping more than 10% will be well appreciated!
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