Went to Restaurante Cesaria, a Cape Verdean restaurant, in Dorchester on Saturday night. We had tried to go to 3 other places before that but each had at least an hour wait for a table. What luck to have stumbled into Cesaria!
We were seated immediately and the staff was very warm and welcoming. Service was a bit informal and scattered but we were not in any rush so it was fine. The place was packed with a rather large birthday party taking up two big tables. The full room and the live band (!) lent a very festive atmosphere. Cesaria apparently has live music every weekend. Not the best place for a quite conversation but the music was fun and uplifting especially after such a very dreary week.
They had a decent selection of mostly Portuguese wines (most of which were startlingly cheap with many bottles ranging between $11-18). We ordered a very nice Dao for around $17. We had some good apps - fried yucca, grilled linguica and grilled octopus. The octopus was the best - it was cooked perfectly and served with a green olive and tomato salsa. I had a balcalao (salt cod) salad which was also tasty and my friends had a pork and hominy stew, which had a nice flavor but was much too thick and heavy for my tastes. Total bill was just over $100 not including tip for 2 bottles of wine, 2 appetizers and 4 entrees. Looking forward to going back and trying more of their seafood dishes.