Best Lisbon Restaurants

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    10. Largo

    Nowhere else in Lisbon will you eat next to an aquaria stocked with free-swimming jellyfish. But don't worry, these graceful and amazing creatures are not on the menu. The illuminated tanks rare incorporated into one...

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    9. Belcanto

    Deserving of its Michelin star, Belcanto has blossomed since it was taken over by José Avillez in 2011. He is one of Portugal's most inventive chefs and quite the perfectionist in the kitchen. Avillez draws on the...

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    8. 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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    7. 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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    5. Alma

    Henrique Sá Pessoa is one of Portugal's most dynamic chefs. Media savvy and with plenty of marketing nous, he knows how to turn heads and raise eyebrows. At Alma his Santos-based nouvelle cuisine hideaway, diners...

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    4. 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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    3. 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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    2. 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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    1. 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...

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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