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5.1 /6 Excellent 109 Reviews

O Cantinho De Portugal

Brixton Mediterranean £££ +100
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About O Cantinho De Portugal

The scents of piri piri, saffron, cinnamon, and vanilla fill the air at O Cantinho De Portugal. Just up Stockwell Road from the O2 Brixton Academy, this is Lambeth’s default location for fantastic Portuguese cuisine. Their tapas alone draw a crowd, but it’s when you get stuck into the O Cantinho De Portugal’s specials that you realise that you’ve hit one of London’s motherloads when it comes to the less commonly feted pleasures of the cuisine hailing from Spain’s western neighbour.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 08:00 - 00:00
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 00:00
  • Thursday 08:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 08:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 09:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 09:30 - 00:00
O Cantinho De Portugal, 137 Stockwell Road, SW9 9TN London

Further Information

To hit O Cantinho De Portugal’s specials menu you’ve got to get your timing right. The leitao a bairrada (suckling pig) is available every weekend, so that’s easy. Feijoada a transmontana (a casserole of beans, cabbage and meats) and cozido a Portuguesa (an equally hearty mess of potatoes, cabbage and meat) are available only Sunday, while polvo a lagareiro (grilled octopus) can be enjoyed only on Saturdays. Even rarer (so to speak), is the cabrito assado, a roast of goat only found at this Brixton hot spot on the first Sunday of the month. Mirroring this is the delicacy of arroz de pato, a duck and rice dish, available on the last Sunday of the month. Finally, there’s the pato assado, a roast duck dish that’s always popular among the London crowds down Stockwell Road come the second Saturday of the month.

There’s something charming about O Cantinho De Portugal policy when it comes to their specials, like you’ve stepped into someone’s home for lunch or dinner rather than a restaurant in London, which you’d expect to have everything you want, whenever you want it. Never fear though, this authentic Portuguese eatery keeps Lambeth’s hungry happy all week round, with a regular menu of starters, meat and fish dishes (plus a takeaway menu) and thirst-quenching Portuguese beers, too. Remember, O Cantinho De Portugal is perfect post- or pre-gig fodder if you’re off to O2 Academy Brixton!


109 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 109 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
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1 review so far 6
21.06.2017 06:45

Always lively, always good food! Restaurant has a nice family feel and no nonsense food with quick service. Can't go wrong with O Cantinho De Portugal. Oh, don't forget to save room for dessert!

1 review so far 6
13.06.2017 11:07

Went there for a dinner after work with my partner, delicious food, great service, very good value for money - overall a great little restaurant

1 review so far 6
08.06.2017 10:44

Very good. Big portions of food, which is good but don't get carried away but eating the bread with butter that is very delicious. And it's good for birthdays because they actually play a long cheeses birthday song in Portuguese obviously

1 review so far 6
04.06.2017 00:06

fantastic food- fresh, tasty, nicely presented perfect manager, kind. helpful,efficient nice experience will recomend and go back soon moderate prices, nice atmosphere, friendly staff (exept one waiter)

2 reviews so far 6
14.05.2016 12:56

What a great evening Portuguese style!!! I have noticed the restaurant for many years but never tried it, yesterday was my first opportunity and will certainly not be last!!! The food was great and the portions extremely generous. There's is also a very large choice of dishes that would conquer any palate. Me and a friend had grilled fish and it was delicious, try the octopus that is just amazing!!! The third friend is currently on a 'no carbs' diet and she could easily find a succulent low calories dish that she very enjoyed whilst still watching the pounds!!! The atmosphere is also great, sort of a family run business, it reminded me of places where I have eaten in Lisbon. The service is very friendly and welcoming...... Can't wait to return and enjoy it all again!!! A suggestion to the owner would just be to revamp a bit the outside front of the restaurant by removing the dry plant and planting some flowers. People try it and you will not be disappointed!!! Paolo

2 reviews so far 6
09.06.2016 19:47

I went for the second time together with some new guests and everyone was left impressed as I was the first time I went. The genuine environment makes you feel like you are in Portugal rather than in a London suburb and the food great as usual, everyone very satisfied and great prices too!!! Glad the suggestion from my first review to replace the plants on the pavement outside the restaurant has been listened to, it makes a difference!!! Lovely friendly service from all involved!!! Thank you for the lovely evening, Paolo

1 review so far 6
29.10.2016 09:26

I had been to this restaurant few years ago and went again last night. It was even better than before. Excellent food and service, the staff was very attentive. It was difficult to choose from the menu because everything sounded delicious. We opted for octopus, cod and monkfish rice and I can't say which one was the best, top mark to all of them. We could not finish the main courses as the portions were generous but we could not miss their mouthwatering and traditional desserts. I can't wait to go back!

2 reviews so far 6
18.06.2015 07:51

I have a home in Portugal and have visited many top spots in Lisbon and in Porto. This restaurant would not be out of place in either city, rural town or sea-side village. Typically Portuguese portion size, value for money, kind staff and the biggest testiment is that the local portugeuse eat and drink there. Very good. Only slight criticism - Brits might be offended by the chilled out nature of staff... They are in no rush to get you out the door but for me that's a good thing!

1 review so far 5
16.06.2015 11:56

I absolutely love this place, it's so authentic and reminds me of living in Portugal. It's not a posh place but is really clean and has a great atmosphere. We went on a Friday night and it was packed by 9pm, lots of families and pretty much everyone else there was Portuguese. The staff are really friendly and the food is great. We had 2 beers, a good bottle of vinho verde, pasteis de bacalhao, 2 main meals and coffees and it cost c £50 - amazing value!!!! I would definitely recommend it. It is no more than a 5 minute walk from stockwell tube.

3 reviews so far 5
31.05.2016 10:02

I went for dinner with a girl friend last Friday night. The staff were very efficient and friendly and our food came quite quickly. I had the pork with clams which was really good and my friend had the steak with onions, which disappointingly tasted like a school dinner. We had the 'sawdust' dessert which was the highlight of the meal (biscuit crumbs with a vanilla mousse). Overall, great service and vibe, but maybe give the steak and onions a miss!

1 review so far 5
20.02.2017 15:53

I enjoyed my mixed fish grill very nice just a little bit to much squid otherwise enjoyable,not as tasty as the first time but no complaints,price reasonable if I went for 3 course that would be expensive,I only had the main and it was £34 with a soft drink so a bit pricey if I wanted a pudding which I didn't buy cause my budget was for £35 Lunch.

1 review so far 5
24.09.2016 11:36

The restaurant is lovely and always great food and service. It was my birthday party and my friends loved it. The reservation I made in August was forgotten and this caused confusion, yet the restaurant gave us a table and was very nice. It was just a mix up. I will keep going back as it's a fond place to be, like stepping into Portugal for the evening!

1 review so far 5
13.06.2015 08:14

Good and reasonably priced food (<£30 for meal for two inclusive of drinks). Generous portions. We shared a main (cod) and starter (sardines), which was plenty for two adults. The atmosphere is that of a "cantinho"; familiar and a bit noisy from people talking loudly. There are television screens on the wall with sports and Portuguese news (silent). Overall wholeheartedly recommended for an authentic Portuguese meal.

6 reviews so far 3
25.03.2017 08:56

Food was good, however I was very disappointed to have booked a table and received confirmation and I got there and they were not aware of it. I ended up having diner in the cafe side (not the restaurant) which was not very nice as people were standing at the bar drinking and there was a lot of noice. I felt very uncomfortable and just wanted to pay and get out. I didn't even had dessert or coffe as I just wanted to leave. If the restaurant if fully booked they should not misslead the customer.

1 review so far 5
08.01.2016 11:41

This place is great. The food is yummy, the staff is very friendly and the atmosphere is very family friendly. I am always pleased to eat there. The portions are very generous so be aware of that when you order food. We always have an extra meal left when we go eat there.

1 review so far 6
10.01.2016 23:43

Make no mistake, when it comes to portuguese food O Cantinho is one of the best. Friendly staff, great food, nice space. If you want to try portuguese food, or if you are homesick or even you want to watch portuguese football.

1 review so far 6
12.07.2015 20:04

A minha experiencia c cantinho de Portugal foimuito boa! Os meus convidados adoraram a comida. O staff muito atencioso e simpatico. Recomendo este restaurante a quem quiser ser bem atendido E fazer uma boa refeicao em boa companhia! Parabens!!!! Ana Sousa

1 review so far 5
27.03.2016 09:27

já vou ao cantinho à mais de 8 anos e nunca sai desiludido.Ontem tive a oportunidade de levar um grande número de amigos para conhecer este espaço e igualmente eles ficaram maravilhados.Excelente comida,atendimento extremamente amigável (como sempre) e um ótimo ambiente.Recomendo vivamente o "nosso" cantinho de Portugal! !

3 reviews so far 6
18.02.2017 10:04

I've been to this place many times and i always try something new. It's always excellent! Service is very friendly and you can order any dish it will be perfect. Very generous portions, I always leave with a doggy bag

6 reviews so far 6
10.07.2016 21:45

Amazing food and very good value for money. The atmosphere is always a pleasure and the service is outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. Once you try it out you would want to go there all the time.

1 review so far 6
23.03.2016 16:42

Hadnt been in this place in a while, but wanted to take the wife to somewhere nice on Valentine's and not disapointed , great place, good food and the TBone steak was great . Will definitely will came back

1 review so far 6
04.05.2016 07:23

I had a great time. Was very busy with a great atmosphere. The service was impeccable and the food delicious. I go to the restaurant all the time so my already high expectations were soaring. Thank you.

1 review so far 6
31.08.2016 19:53

Chilled vibe and don't try to rush you to finish your meal. amazing food and amazing value for giant portions.They allow you to add little touches for special occasions. Definitely recommend. I'll be organising future events there!

1 review so far 6
26.07.2015 19:42

Excellent family run restaurant. You really can feel back at home with the variety of portuguese dishes. Friendly staff and great value for money. 200% recommended !!!!. Muito Obrigada!!! Minha barriga esta Feliz !!! :-D

1 review so far 6
11.10.2015 22:28

We didn't have to wait for our table, what was good and the waiter was really friendly. Really good Portuguese​ food. I will come back for sure and fully recommend it to my friends.

1 review so far 3
09.04.2017 07:47

More a cafe /bar feel to this place than the restaurant I was expecting. We turned up and they had no record of my reservation although they did managed to put a table together for us. It was very loud in there with people (including members of staff) watching the football match that was on the several large tv screens. My friend and I ate quickly and left.

1 review so far 6
28.02.2016 11:34

Food with home made flavour, I visit the restaurant with two friends, first time for them and they said they will be back, we had lunch and waiting staff service was outstanding and timely

1 review so far 6
01.04.2017 07:31

Restaurant is absolutely great. Food is excellent, the staff are good at welcoming clients , the owners are very polite and always ensure the clients are ok and most definitely will be going back!!

2 reviews so far 6
06.09.2015 11:18

Another classic Portugeuse lunch. 3 had the suckling pig, I had the Bacalahau (char grilled and lashed with olive oil). Beautiful wine. Great coffee. Could be anywhere in Northern Portugal eating this.

1 review so far 6
20.05.2017 20:05

Great food and service! We were a group of 8 friends, we just order 2 starters and a main per person and food was great and more than enough for us. ;)

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 17:52

Excellent south London restaurant with a local community vibe - good affordable food, friendly atmosphere. I hadn't been here for years but a return visit underlined my positive memory of the place.

2 reviews so far 6
16.02.2017 10:19

Great food, oversized portions at very good prices. Wine list offers a good choice on truly authentic Portuguese bottles. Really busy on weekends so booking on such days is a wise choice.

1 review so far 3
05.12.2015 08:34

Eu esperava mais organizacao porque a comida nao foi o que eu e o meu marido tinhamos previsto e por isso tivemos que pagar dinheiro a mais e havia la 2 criancas que Deveriam ter pago menos e nao pagaram,pagaram o mesmo que os adults!! Gostei da comida estava boa mas quando a organizacao nem por isso. Axo k nao voltaremos la tao cedo!!

1 review so far 6
18.10.2016 14:56

Very nice local food with reasonable price. the staff are always friendly and we enjoy chatting with them. it makes us feel we are actually in Portugal. we will visit there again.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2016 14:58

Amazing dinner as always, and very friendly staff. had a problem with my reservation but the staff was prompt and the table was prepared quickly. Many thanks for such an enjoyable evening,

2 reviews so far 6
08.06.2015 10:17

Great food and great service. Definitely a place that makes you feel like you have just stepped into Portugal and to one of it's good local cuisine restaurants. Definitely recomment it!

3 reviews so far 5
08.02.2016 09:54

The food and service was really good and the staff were friendly and helpful. The veal croquettes were average however the garlic prawns were amazing. The main courses were very generous so go easy on the starters!

1 review so far 6
11.12.2015 23:25

Very good service, efficient staff, amazing food, good atmosphere, it's a no brainer coming back over and over! I definitely recommend this restaurant and will come back over and over.

2 reviews so far 5
27.10.2016 08:20

Terrific place. Good honest food. Friendly service. The lighting in the dining room area is a bit bleak, and you have to put up with a TV that's permanently on, but that apart it's all good.

1 review so far 6
05.07.2016 07:22

Really wonderful fresh, simple food. The mixed sea food grill was superb. Healthy and delicious. Lovely service also. Oh and the £11 a bolt house wine was surprisingly good too.

2 reviews so far 5
05.11.2016 09:00

Cantinho de portugal - Brixton. Had read some good reviews so went for pre-show meal. It did not disappoint. Red house wine was excellent with out meal. Great fish. Very authentic atmosphere, especially in non-posh part!

1 review so far 6
11.05.2017 10:28

It's my second time going there; has really nice Portuguese food, good quality. Lovely customer service, staff members were really nice and helpful. Definitely will be going back there.

1 review so far 6
29.03.2016 00:05

Food was great, portion of dishes are generous, service was very good, wine was very nice as well. I would love to come back to the restaurant again soon.

1 review so far 6
20.05.2016 18:04

The food was amazing as always and the staff is really nice. I can't stay away from the bacalau a bras: it's so delicious! I highly recommend this place!

1 review so far 6
27.01.2016 21:48

Authentic Portuguese dining experience - great grilled fish, simple, well cooked vegetables and caring service. The friendly and enthusiastic atmosphere was helped by Benfica playing on the TV !

1 review so far 6
06.01.2017 08:10

Great food, good wines and exceptional service! The staff do make you feel at home and are always at hand to recommend anything from food to wines! Will return!

1 review so far 6
04.09.2016 15:37

Large portions and good value. Service is quick but tends to be very busy and so can seem crowded due to small space. Despite this I would recommend it.

1 review so far 5
02.04.2017 12:01

Food very good, waiters friendly. They needed more space to serve people. But it's very nice space. I recommend everyone a visit to the Cantinho de Portugal to explore the flavors of Portuguese food

2 reviews so far 5
22.02.2017 10:32

Wonderful food service was good and excellent atmospher,The cleaning and hygiene is of a high level. The noise is reasonable. I'm already a customer and I'm sure to come back as soon as possible.

6 reviews so far 6
07.08.2016 09:15

This restaurant no matter what time of the year you go there no matter how busy it is it's always excellent. Outstanding service, excellent food and great ambiance.