Restaurants in Lisbon
With hundreds of restaurants on offer, eating out in Lisbon is a
taste sensation and an experience not to be missed. With an
emphasis on seafood and traditional Portuguese fare, this city has
a love of spices, especially cinnamon and vanilla. This can be seen
in their love of pastries, especially of the custard variety, such
as the pastel de nata, a small custard tart sprinkled with
Piri piri, small fiery peppers, saffron and black pepper, are all popular spices that are commonly used in Portuguese cooking. Try the caldo verde with potato, shredded cabbage and chunks of spicy chorizo sausage, or authentic Portuguese sardines, grilled as sardinhas assadas.
Head to the city centre where all the trendiest and most popular Lisbon restaurants can be found, while the Bairro 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. Visitors will have to adapt to this.
BA Wine Bar do Bairro Alto
This intimate wine bar has an excellent selection of more than 150 vintages available by the glass, as well as delicious tapas of Portuguese cheeses and cured meats. BA Wine Bar do Bairro Alto isn't the place to go for a full meal, but it is perfect for a pleasant evening sampling local delicacies as the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Try the pumpkin walnut jam, the charcuterie selection or the sardines in tomato sauce! Open Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm-11pm. Reservations are essential as it is fairly small but always full.
Address: Rua da Rosa, 107
Telephone: +351 21 346 1182
Kais Restaurante Bar
Kais Restaurante Bar is set beautifully on an esplanade by the river, complete with a rich, wooden interior and warm atmosphere. This Lisbon setting is truly stunning, with its myriad of culinary delights being enjoyed in a large, restored warehouse. The upmarket and sophisticated 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
Telephone: 21 393 2930
Founded in 1936, Gambrinus has become an institution in Lisbon. Located in the heart of the city, its interiors are characterful with rich, warm tones offset by stained glass windows and a beamed cathedral ceiling. The restaurant offers some of the best shellfish and seafood found in the region, with a few Portuguese specialities. The menu features varied and unusual cuisine with dishes such as partridge casserole, Chicken Cafreal and smoked swordfish. They are particularly proud of their famous Crepes Suzette. This trendy establishment is open daily for lunch and dinner, reservations are recommended.
Address: Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 23
Telephone: +351 21 342 1466
Comida de Santo
With only 12 tables available, the very trendy and first all-Brazilian restaurant, Comida de Santo, is situated in Lisbon. Step from cobbled road into a world that lends itself to a New World flavour. The décor is bold, boasting oversized panels depicting jungle scenes and paintings of vibrant, local street life. The potent caipirinha (aguardiente cocktail with limes and sugar) is a great way to kick things off and the feijoada (meat-and-bean stew) or vatapá (peppery shrimp) are highly recommended. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Bookings are essential.
Address: Calcado Engenheiro Miguel Pais 39
Telephone: +351 21 396 3339
Serving the trendy São Carlos square for the last 50 years, Belcanto, meaning 'beautiful song' in Portuguese, is one of the top restaurants in Lisbon. Extensively renovated in 2012, the restaurant has been awarded a coveted Michelin star for its excellent Portuguese cuisine and extensive wine list. Focusing on dishes that push the boundaries of fine dining, the kitchen strives to express themselves on the plate. Belcanto is perfect for a special dinner or decadent lunch on any visit to Lisbon. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 12:30pm-3pm for lunch, and 7:30pm-11pm for dinner. Reservations are essential.
Address: Largo de Sao Carlos, 10
Telephone: +351 21 342 0607
Meaning 'Fish Dock' in Portuguese, Doca Peixe restaurant serves some of the best quality fish and shellfish in Lisbon. The establishment is found along the Santo Amaro Dock, an old area of warehouses now restored to a charming space of leisure. Fish can be seen swimming in the aquarium at the entrance, reiterating its mantra of fresh food straight from the local markets. Fish can be char-grilled, cooked in salt or baked while 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
Telephone: +351 21 397 3565
Nood is set in a modern and minimalist canteen, offering a great selection of Asian-inspired cuisine. Categorised somewhere between noodle bar and sushi restaurant, the fusion menu features gyoza (Asian pastries), yaki udon (Japanese noodles) and yakitori (grilled chicken on skewers). Don't miss the signature Nood ice-cream with chocolate and wasabi for dessert! The kids will have their very own menu as well as colouring pens to keep them entertained. Open daily for lunch and dinner, from 12h00 to 00h00. Reservations recommended.
Address: Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro 20, Chiado
Telephone: +351 21 347 4141
The imposing Castelo de São Jorge fortifications and the pale, refined towers of the Basilica da Estrêla greet guests at the Via Graça. Surrounded by a neighboured of Pombaline architecture, this is a setting designed with style and discretion. Boasting a romantic, warmly-lit interior and vast wine cellar, it is an ideal location for any lunch or dinner. 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
Telephone: +351 21 887 0830
Café de São Bento
Café de São Bento is a small eatery in Príncipe Real and has grown into 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. Here, guests can enjoy excellent steak and side dishes, and a good selection of wines. Because it is small, Café de São 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. Lastly, they discourage bringing children.
Address: Rua de Sao Bento 212, Principe Real
Telephone: +351 21 395 2911