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ABOVE: Dinner in the dining car, which also serves late-night drinks and breakfast.

Dining Car

The Lusitánia Comboio Trenhotel has a dining car between the first-class and tourist sections of the train. It's open for dinner, for breakfast, and for drinks until bedtime.

Prices are moderate: You'll pay about the same as in a neighborhood restaurant with table service in Lisbon or Madrid. If you're traveling in a first-class sleeping compartment, breakfast is included in the fare; if you're in "Gran Clase" or luxuy class, you'll also get dinner with wine at no extra cost. (It's a good idea to reserve a table for dinner; if you're in a first-class or luxury-class sleeping compartment, the car attendant will wake you up in time for breakfast.)

Dinner menu: When I traveled from Lisbon to Madrid on the Trenhotel, the a la carte dinner menu offered soup or salad; a main course of pork, lamb, beef entrecôte, or pasta; and several desserts. The cooking struck me as being decent but unexceptional; a few American passengers complained about their beefsteaks being tough, but that's not uncommon in Spain and Portugal.

Breakfast menu: Breakfast consists of rolls and coffee or tea plus your choice of bacon and fried eggs or fruit and yogurt.

Drinks: The dining car has a good selection of mineral waters, soft drinks, wines, and spirits at typical restaurant prices.

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