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New & Notable Lisbon Restaurants
Hot, new Lisbon restaurants & notable dining experiences you shouldn't miss.
The refurbishment of Lisbon restaurant Estórias na Casa da Comida, formerly Casa da Comida, represents one of the city’s most celebrated eateries being given a fresh and contemporary makeover. Located in the Portuguese capital’s Rato district, this notable place to eat offers diners a menu of traditional Portuguese cuisine designed by chef Miguel Carvalho. A lighter menu of bite-sized snacks is available in the restaurant’s wine bar. Read more »All New & Notable Lisbon Restaurants »
Lisbon restaurant Taberna Moderna is noted for its gin as much as its fusion cuisine. The downtown eatery has nearly 80 varieties of the classic spirit stocked behind the bar, and the drink is often served with meals as an alternative to wine. The food is essentially Spanish tapas in style and taste, but the kitchen also offers Portuguese gastronomy influenced by Mediterranean flavors and cooking techniques, with a little Japanese thrown in for good measure. Read more »All New & Notable Lisbon Restaurants »
About Lisbon, Portugal 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.
- Lisbon Expert Paul Bernhardt