Where & what to eat
Portuguese gastronomy is one of the best, richest and most varied of the world with a heavy Mediterranean influence, but also influences from all over the world, thanks to Portuguese conquerors that travelled the world in centuries past. As a coastal country, with one of the largest maritime areas of Europe, Portugal is a great consumer of fish and seafood, so you will have the freshest the ocean has to offer. Portuguese also take great care in quality meat, and especially beef is provided by nature-fed and outside living animals. Portugal produces some of the best wines, olive oil, cheeses and bread which heavily influence the cuisine.
You cannot miss the chance to try Cozido à Portuguesa, at least one of the 1001 codfish recipes, tasty cheeses, chouriço and presunto platters and many other dishes, all matched with the best-matching wines!
Here are our recommendations of some of Lisbons best restaurants, where you can eat like a proper local and keep your wallet safe from rip-offs and fraudsters!
1- Typical & authentic restaurants
These are the places where you can get the full local and typical experience!
A Provinciana - Different daily dishes, with grandmas food quality. Cabidela (poultry rice), Chanfana (goat or lamb in a casserole) and Polvo à lagareiro (octopus with olive oil) are some of the specialties.
Address: Travessa do Forno, 23/25 Contact: +351 21 346 4704 Price: €
Cantinho do Bem Estar - Here you will find the best cuisine from Alentejo in a cosy environment. Migas à alentejana (bread pudding with a variety of fried meat) and vitela com molho de coentros (beef with fresh coriander sauce) are two of the best dishes.
Address: Rua do Norte 46 Contact: +351 21 346 4265 Price: €€
Solar dos Presuntos - Ask for presunto (smoked ham) as an appetizer and follow with arroz de lagosta e gambas (lobster and prawn rice) or cozido à portuguesa (typical Portuguese stew) which make this restaurant one of our favorites in Lisboa.
Address: Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 150 Contact: +351 21 342 4253 Price: €€€
2- The best fish & seafood
It speaks for itself. Fish and seafood are the main courses of these restaurants. Fresh, deliciously prepared and just a delight of the sea.
Ramiro - No way to go wrong here! Have the freshest seafood in all varieties you want to try but we recommend you leave room to finish with a prego (steak sandwich)!
Address: Avenida Almirante Reis, 1 Contact: +35121 885 1024 Price: €€€
Quintada – This is the place to go if youre looking for fresh fish. Choose from the counter at the entrance, and while its grilled, try ameijoas à bulhão pato (steamed clams)
Address: Av. Eng. Bonneville Franco, 8 Contact: +351 21 443 5366 Price: €€
Ponto Final – Located in Cacilhas, at the other side of the river, but easily accessible by boat. Fresh fish, pataniscas (shredded codfish in flour and fried) or arroz de tamboril (anglerfish rice) taste even better with such an amazing view. The seafood is also amazing.
Address: Cais do Ginjal 72, Almada Contact: +351 212 760 743 Price: €€
3- Restaurants for large groups
If youre looking for a place that can host large groups and serve fantastic food with plenty of space in the city center, here are our suggestions.
Adega do Tagarro - In the middle of Bairro Alto, a great place to have dinner and then hit the surrounding bars. Ask for the group menu, which includes appetizer, main dish, drinks, desert and coffee for a super price.
Address: Rua Luz Soriano, 21 Contact: +351 21 346 4620 Price: €
Cervejaria Trindade - This used to be a convent, so you can imagine the amount of space it has to welcome groups. The specialties are seafood, beer and their specialty steak, with their top sauces.
Address: Rua Nova da Trindade, 20C Contact: +351 213423506 Price: €€
Principe do Calhariz - Here youll find a familiar and welcoming atmosphere. Veal grenadines, roasted chicken and tuna steak are some of the best.
Address: Calçada do Combro, 28 Contact: +351 21 342 0971 Price: €€
4- Trendy restaurants
Looking to see and to be seen? These are some of the trendiest and coolest restaurants in town!
TimeOut Market – It’s a food hall with its own singular concept. Here you have a huge offer of all kinds of cuisines, including chef’s signature dishes.
Address: Av. 24 de Julho 49 Contact: +351 21 395 1274 Price: €
Seen – Located at the top of Tivoli Hotel. The decoration is incredible and the view breathtaking. The wagyu steak is a must.
Address: Av. da Liberdade 185, 9º floor Contact: +351 914 673 356 Price: €€€
Guilty - Burguers, pizzas and steaks with a touch of modern cuisine. After dinner it transforms itself into a dance bar.
Adress: Rua Barata Salgueiro, 28 Contact: +351 21 191 3590 Price: €€
5- Restaurants with a view
Lisboa is known as the "City of the 7 Hills", so all across town you can get breathtaking views over the city, the river and the spectacular natural light that Lisboa has. Here are some suggestions of restaurants with amazing views.
The Insólito - Super creative cuisine, both the dishes and the drinks. Keep an open mind and try it.
Address: Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara, 83 Contact: +351 21 130 3306 Price: €€
Madame Petisca - Amazing river and bridge view. A great place to go for a tidbit or complete meal. Lombinho de porco em ginja (pork with merello cherry liquor) and chouriço/cheese platter are the most ordered dishes.
Address: Rua de Santa Catarina, Bica, 17, 3.º Contact: +351 91 515 0860 Price: €
Noobai - Just in front of "Adamastor" viewpoint, right next to "Madame Petisca". Try the Chilli Basmati or mango with prawns.
Address: Miradouro de Santa Catarina Contact: +351 21 346 5014 Price: €€
6- Michelin star restaurants
The number of Chefs and restaurants in Lisbon gaining Michelin Stars are increasing exponentially the last couple of years. If youre into high-end cuisine and experience, here are the best of our top Portuguese chefs.
Belcanto - Chef José Avillez is the only portuguese chef with two stars! Try his amazing high cuisine technique of mixes made of luxurious portuguese products.
Address: Rua Serpa Pinto 10A Contact: +351 21 342 0607 Price: €€€
100 Maneiras - Natural from Sarajevo, Chef Ljubomir Stanisic tells his life story through his tasting menus, with 3 different options.
Address: Rua do Teixeira, 39 Contact: +351 910 918 181 Price: €€€
Alma - Our suggestion is to try the "Alma menu", a best of, from Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa cuisine.
Address: Rua da Anchieta, 15 Contact: +351 21 347 0650 Price: €€€
7- Best brunches
Super cool, trendy and photogenic! The brunch restaurants reunite a mix of healthy food, great environment and amazing decoration. These are the best in town:
Nicolau - Right in the middle of Lisboa downtown. Green juice, açaí and locust bean cake are the owner’s recommendation.
Address: Rua de São Nicolau, 15 Contact: +351 21 886 0312 Price: €€
Heim - It only has 3 menus, but all really good! Yellow, green or red based on the colors of the ingredients.
Address: Rua de Santos-O-Velho, 2 Contact: +351 21 248 0763 Price: €
Zenith - Lisbon’s number 1 on Tripadvisor! Everything is amazing, but don´t miss out on the Smoothie/Salad Bowls and the Banana Bread.
Address: Rua do Telhal, 4A Contact: +351 21 152 7583 Price: €€
8- The best terraces
It can almost be said that Lisbon wouldnt be Lisbon without them: the terraces! Either to relax, enjoy the view or just to have a drink at the end of day, theyre the places to be. The most difficult is to choose among so many, but here are our top 3:
Adamastor – A must on late afternoon Lisbon for decades! The terrace is small but the surrounding space is enough for you to bring your beer and enjoy the sunset.
Address: Miradouro de Santa Catarina Contact: 21 343 0582 Price: €
Ribeira das Naus - An amazing location right next to the river. Have a drink, lay on a sun lounger, relax and enjoy the incredible sunset on the river.
Address: Avenida Ribeira das Naus Contact: +351 21 408 8889 Price: €
Oliveira - Situated at the garden of Lisbons trendiest neighborhood, Principe Real. The go-to terrace to have an after-work drink from Monday to Friday.
Address: Jardim do Príncipe Real Contact: +351 21 342 8334 Price: €