Lisbon's Best Restaurants Offer Menus for All Tastes and Appetites

The best restaurants in Lisbon include Michelin star gourmet hot spots, fine dining venues and more humble but equally appealing side street eateries. Menus showcase Portuguese and international cuisine, and the wine lists highlight fabulous national and international wines. All are noted for their good food, great location and unique character. Up in Principe Real, A Cevicheria serves seriously appetizing fish and seafood, and there’s an octopus suspended from the restaurant ceiling! At the bohemia-soaked LX factory, A Praça is noted for its Italian-Portuguese dishes, and eye-catching retro-vintage décor. In complete contrast, stylish Michelin-starred Eleven, sitting at the top of the city’s Parque Eduardo VII, offers a culinary experience is deliciously modern and minimalist surroundings. Over in the leafy Graça neighbourhood, O Piteú da Graça tempts the palate with traditional Portuguese gastronomy and plenty of bonhomie. At Fortaleza do Guincho near Cascais on Portugal’s west coast, the excellent Michelin gastronomy is matched by superb Atlantic Ocean views and a genuine sense of occasion. Similarly, at Tágide in the elegant Chiado district, dinner is heightened by romantic views over downtown Lisbon. Tucked away in Santos meanwhile is Madragoa Cafe where the traditional Portuguese cooking is complemented by occasional fado. Back in Chiado, smart U Chiado offers a menu of contemporary cuisine at exceptional value for money. Lisbon’s best restaurant choice also extends to Mesón Andaluz, a delightful Spanish-style tapas bar situated near the city’s Cais do Sodré area. And in Bairro Alto Antigo de I Maio is deserving of its rustic appeal and tasty homemade fare. 


Bairro Alto/Principe Real

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, copperware and stone-arched...  Read More

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 seared scallops over...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

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 atmosphere is cozy and service...  Read More

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. Matching the panorama's wow...  Read More

Outside the City

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 of national and French...  Read More

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 secrets. Indeed, O Pitéu do...  Read More

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 Portugal's most accomplished...  Read More

24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara

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 start-ups, architecture and...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

Chef Kiko Martins has carved himself a niche with this stunningly understated restaurant, which specialises in ceviche – Peruvian seafood typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices. The creative Brazilian kitchen wizard...  Read More

Santa Apolonia

Fittingly, the name of this premier seafood restaurant translates as the "House of Cod" such is its affinity with this most popular and nourishing of fish. The Portuguese have affectionately christened the humble cod their "faithful friend" and...  Read More


Meet Paul Bernhardt

Paul Bernhardt cut his teeth as a press photographer in England before leaving the UK to settle in Portugal, where he has lived for over a decade, and where he started to focus on more...  More About Paul
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