Lunch in Lisbon: the tastiest midday menus

Lunch in Lisbon can be a memorable experience. With so many restaurants in different locations to choose from, where do you decide on a place to eat? If you appreciate a river view with your order, grab a terrace table at Restaurante Espaço Espelho d’Agua, located on the Belém waterfront. On the other hand, if you’ve been exploring the city’s Chiado district why not drop by Pizzaria Lisboa for a taste of Italy, or the wonderful Sea Me where the menu lists a veritable ocean harvest. Also in the vicinity is the charming Royale Café. For those staying in and around the Alcântara neighbourhood there’s the trendy LX Factory to discover and where you’ll find the offbeat Cantina LX. Back in the city meanwhile is the popular Floresta do Salitre, located on a side street off Avenida da Liberdade. Sightseeing is all part of the Lisbon experience and if after taking in the city’s castle you fancy eating in the Castelo district, opt for Chapitô à Mesa: the food’s delicious and the downtown views spectacular! Fancy Spanish-style tapas? At Mesón Andaluz they come from as far as Madrid to sample a menu – a great complement indeed! Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood, Alfama, is a fantastic to discover, but you can work up quite an appetite while doing so. In that case pause at the homely Bistrô & Brechó Gato Pardo, a tiny restaurant that resembles an old-fashioned front room and where cats are adored. And for another lunch option with fabulous views, bag a table on the esplanade at Portas do Sol and chill out in languid comfort. 

If you're looking for lunch with a fabulous view then the "Doors to the Sun" are worth opening. This trendy café-restaurant crowns a lofty terrace in Lisbon's historic Alfama district. The panorama over the terracotta rooftops and chalk white...  Read More

Mario and Werner love cats. It's why they named their restaurant after a feline (the bistro's logo resembles a domestic cat but with the spots of a leopard). This place is like walking into someone's front room, and the domestic ambiance is...  Read More

The mouth-watering selection of tapas at this enchanting Spanish restaurant is on par with anything Madrid can rustle up. Tasty appetizers listed include pumpkin soup with curd cheese and wild fruits, garlic prawns bathed in virgin olive oil,...  Read More


Chapito is Lisbon's famed circus school and performing arts centre located a couple of minutes' walk from Castelo de Sáo Jorge. Its restaurant is one of the quirkiest in town, a colourful and vibrant eatery set in a mustard-hued townhouse....  Read More

Don't be surprised if you end up waiting to be seated lunchtimes at this lively little restaurant: Floresta do Salitre is a favourite with lisboetas seeking midday sustenance, and local office workers – secretaries, admin bods and probably...  Read More

24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara

Located west of the city centre at Alcântara's LX Factory complex, Cantina LX exudes a shabby chic atmosphere where a miss-match of hand-me-down chairs and tables are set in a former warehouse space to lend the restaurant a delightfully...  Read More

Chef Dolores Lopes is justifiably proud of the menu she's created for this elegant bistro. The cuisine speaks of healthy and balanced eating, of textures and flavours typical of Portugal and southern Europe. Appetizers draw on Mediterranean...  Read More

In English Peixaria Moderna means "modern fish market", and this is exactly what this stylish eatery functions as. The selection of seasonal fresh fish and seafood is outstanding, and rather than hidden away in the kitchen the "catch" is...  Read More

One of Lisbon's busiest chefs still finds time to run this smart pizza joint, and his reputation alone guarantees a flavour-packed dining experience. José Avillez owns several eateries in the city, including the celebrated Belcanto,...  Read More

Lunch at this wonderful eatery is served with an inspiring view over the river. Diners however are also treated to an extraordinary piece of history in that the restaurant is located in an art deco building dating from 1940. The space reflects...  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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