Best Lisbon Restaurants

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    10. Antigo de 1 Maio

    A much-loved fixture on the Bairro Alto restaurant scene, the family-run Antigo de I Maio is a city-centre eatery with its heart in the countryside. The rustic interior resembles a farmhouse kitchen, all tiles,...

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    9. Mesón Andaluz

    It takes bravado to beat the Spanish at their own game but this charmingly authentic tapas bar is doing exactly that, with some of its repeat customers driving all the way from Madrid to indulge in tasty tidbits like...

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    8. U Chiado

    Named after the most fashionable and elegant district in the city, this stylish and comfortable eatery combines a traditional kitchen with a seasonal menu of nouveau Portuguese cuisine. Entradas include lobster...

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    7. Madragoa Café

    Tucked away in Lisbon's Santo district is this rustic-styled eatery that's won a handful of awards for its traditional home style cooking. Ably run by Cristina and Antonio, the restaurant seats just 22 so the...

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    6. Tágide

    Tágide has arguably the best view across downtown Lisbon of any restaurant in the vicinity. Its first-floor terrace reveals a wonderfully romantic tableau that features the castle, cathedral and the River Tagus....

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    5. Fortaleza do Guincho

    Probably the most dramatic location of any place to eat in the Lisbon area, this is the Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho's in-house restaurant. The kitchen maintains its Michelin-star status with a truly outstanding menu...

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    4. O Pitéu da Graça

    Where do chefs eat on their days off? They nip up to Lisbon's Graca district and chill out in this humble and homely eatery that, at the risk of sounding terribly clichéd, is one of the city's best-kept eating out...

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    3. Eleven

    With its coveted star reinstated, Eleven is once again a member of Lisbon's very select Michelin club. Actually, it was only a matter of time before chef Joachim Koerper officially reclaimed his crown as one of the...

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    2. A Praça

    Regularly cited as the coolest restaurant in the LX Factory -- a disused manufacturing complex where several former industrial warehouses have been taken over by independent fashion and retail outlets, internet...

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    1. A Cevicheria

    Deliciously hip... quite literally! Chef Kiko has carved himself a niche with this stunningly understated restaurant, which specialises in ceviche -- seafood typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices....

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About Lisbon Restaurants

Exploring Lisbon’s restaurant scene is to discover a feast of cosmopolitan food and flavours.

Eateries across the city serve up a banquet of traditional Portuguese cuisine, local and regional fare influenced not only by the sea but also by the rich culinary heritage of the hinterland.

The most authentic menus are often those chalked up on blackboards displayed outside the most unassuming of tascas – small, inexpensive taverns usually family-run and tucked away off the beaten track.

There are the inevitable tourist traps, where waiters hover outside touting for custom, but the vibe is always friendly and these haunts can be convenient for families, larger groups and casual, unfussy eaters.

Many fine-dining venues have adopted a contemporary and innovative approach in the kitchen. Their menus combine the finest Portuguese ingredients with the tastes and textures of southern Europe, the Mediterranean, and even the Far East.

For a truly memorable occasion, dine out at a fado house. The haunting strains of this beautiful but solemn musical expression is played out between meals in a hushed room over flickering candlelight.

But if it’s a spicier, more exotic menu you’re after, make for one of the city’s colourful Brazilian or Africa restaurants where the mood, like the food, is hot.

And for those seeking an elite dining experience, there are a handful of world-class chefs, some with Michelin Star credentials, presiding over Lisbon’s most celebrated gourmet restaurants.


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