The Beira Alta restaurant has been in business in this same location since I was a child in the eighties. I remember my parents going there for special events and late night dinners on the weekends. It's located at the top Plymouth Avenue with a small parking lot in front and a large one in back, I've often driven by and seen the lot and sidewalks packed tightly with cards. The interior is considerably large, with a stage big enough for a small band or a DJ. On special nights, they even serve Brazilian style barbecue, Rodizio.
A major snow storm was covering the city with a thick layer of snow the night I visited Beira Alta with a friend. There were enough diners inside to fill most restaurants, but the interior is so large that it felt a bit like an empty banquet hall, especially on this night when there were even fewer people on the road. We were hungry and thankfully they were still serving when we got there. We ordered wings for an appetizer - I don't know why. I imagine they were good, as wings go, but I was disappointed that there was nothing Portuguese about the flavor or preparation. We each ordered steaks. I ordered a surf and turf dish. The steak was OK, but the two sad little breaded shrimps were a little disappointing. The fries were good (real hand-cut fries) and I guess I liked the vegetables enough to eat them. My friend's steak looked more interesting with a pepper and garlic sauce I've never on a steak before. It looked similar to the sauce the Portuguese put on strong tasting fish like mackerel.
I am looking forward to coming back this spring when the weather is safer and the place is packed. I think Beira Alta might be like that song that sounds best loud. Stay tuned.