Best Restaurants in Lisbon
With literally hundreds of restaurants on offer, eating out in
Lisbon is taste sensation and an experience not to be missed. With
an emphasis on seafood and the usual spicy Portuguese fare, this
country has a love of spices, especially cinnamon and vanilla,
which can be seen in their love of pastries, especially of the
custard variety, such as the
, a small custard tart sprinkled with
small fiery peppers, black pepper and saffron are
also popular spices that are commonly used in Portuguese cooking.
with potato, shredded cabbage and chunks of spicy
chorizo sausage, or authentic Portuguese sardines, grilled as
Head to the city centre where all the
trendiest and most popular Lisbon restaurants can be found, while
the barrio Alto is a good place to sample Indian cuisine. The area
of Lapa is known for cosy and well-established restaurants while
Estoril and Cascal''s restaurants come with breathtaking ocean
views. When in Portugal, many choose to have a lengthy and drawn
out lunch, pushing dinner later into the night and visitors will
have to adapt to this.
Cafe de Sao Bento
This small eatery in Príncipe Real is the epitome of a
Portuguese steakhouse. Receiving rave reviews from both locals and
tourists for many years, the small restaurant has a pleasant and
relaxed atmosphere designed for adults (they discourage children)
to enjoy excellent steak, side dishes, and a good selection of
wines. Because it is small, Cafe de Sao Bento can be crowded during
peak dining hours. The restaurant is open Monday to Friday from
12:30pm-2:30pm and 7pm-2am, and weekends 7pm-2am.
Address: Rua de São Bento 212, Príncipe Real
With panoramic views of the Castelo de São Jorge fortifications
and the Basilica da Estrêla, the romantically lit interior of Via
Graça is both stylish and discreet. The menu offers a selection of
traditional Portuguese food including roast duck with Setúbal wine,
and stuffed fillet of sole served with shrimp. Open for lunch
Monday to Friday and dinner all week, reservations recommended.
Address: Rua Damasceno Monteiro 9B
Set in a modern and minimalist canteen, Nood is categorised
somewhere between noodle bar and sushi restaurant, offering a great
selection of Asian-inspired cuisine. The menu features
(Japanese noodles) and
(grilled chicken on skewers). Don't miss the
signature Nood ice-cream with chocolate and wasabi for dessert!
Open daily for lunch and dinner, reservations recommended.
Address: Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro 20, Chiado
Meaning 'Fish Dock' in Portuguese, Doca Peixe restaurant serves
some of the best quality fish and shellfish in Lisbon, which can be
seen swimming in the aquarium at the entrance. Fish can be
char-grilled, cooked in salt or baked and the flagship dish is
codfish cooked with clams and flavoured with coriander. The grilled
platter of shellfish comes highly recommended. Open Tuesday to
Sunday for lunch and dinner. Booking advisable.
Address: Armazém 14
A firm favourite with Lisbon locals, a weather-beaten wooden
statue of a nude man perched beside the staircase greets guests as
this trendy restaurant. Espalha Brasas is comfortably cluttered
with a soft candlelight glow and a display of all the fresh seafood
and meats available and grilled to perfection. The codfish stuffed
with prawns and spinach is highly recommended. Open Monday to
Saturday for lunch and dinner (September to July) and daily for
lunch and dinner (August). Booking advised.
Address: Armazém 9
Comida de Santo
With only 12 tables available, the very trendy and first
all-Brazilian restaurant in Lisbon, Comida de Santo, lends a New
World flavour with oversized panels depicting jungle scenes. The
(aguardiente cocktail with limes and sugar) is a
great way to kick things off and the
(meat-and-bean stew) or
(peppery shrimp) are highly recommended. Open daily
for lunch and dinner. Bookings essential.
Address: Calçado Engenheiro Miguel Pais 39
Founded in 1936 and decorated in rich, warm tones offset by
stained glass windows and a beamed cathedral ceiling, Gambrinus
offers some of the best shellfish and seafood in Lisbon. The menu
features varied and unusual cuisine with dishes such as partridge
casserole, Chicken Cafreal and smoked swordfish. Open daily for
lunch and dinner, reservations recommended.
Address: Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 23
Kais bar and restaurant is set beautifully on an esplanade by
the river and has a rich, wooden interior and warm atmosphere. The
menu offers superb cuisine including shrimp in champagne sauce,
lamb chops marinated in wine and garlic and a delicious lobster
risotto. For dessert, the saffron crème brulée is outstanding. Open
Monday to Saturday for dinner. Closed on Sundays and the first two
weeks in August. Reservations recommended.
Address: Rua da Cintura-Santos, City Centre
This trendy restaurant is hidden by an old, unambiguous exterior
and home to a stylish yet laid-back atmosphere. All the pastas on
the menu are homemade, with delicious options such as
(fettuccine with cream cheese) and
spaghetti with Portuguese clams. The Sicilian-style tiramisu is
exquisite! Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday
lunch only and closed on Mondays. Reservations recommended.
Address: Travessa do Poço da Cidade 60, Bairro Alto
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