Romantic dining in Lisbon. Where to eat on a special occasion.


To experience romantic dining in Lisbon is to enjoy an intimate meal in memorable surroundings. Indeed sharing a special occasion with a loved one is a treat and is best savoured over wonderful food in an intimate restaurant. Eating at A Travessa also means appreciating one of the city’s most historic buildings as its housed in a former convent. And culture remains an important ingredient at Tagide where the candlelit tables on the veranda offers dreamy views towards the castle and the river beyond. For a truly inspired cityscape however, head for the Panorama Restaurant & Bar where dinner is served at the top of Lisbon’s tallest hotel. Romance isn’t romance without a visit to one of Lisbon’s fado houses, and the highly regarded Senhor Vinho is one of the finest. Nearer the river is Faz Figura, where dinner comes with another fine view, this one of the waterfront. Hidden away in the city meanwhile is Estórias na Casa da Comida, which exudes an intimate homestyle atmosphere and features a cosy terrace. In contrast, opulent décor greets diners at swanky Valle Flôr, a restaurant housed in a grand hotel fashioned from a former palace located west of the city centre. Fashionable Sacramento do Chiado offers a cozy restaurant and a nightclub under the same roof while just up the road Flores do Bairro is smaller and quieter. And for a complete change of scenery, nip along the coast to Cascais and the Albatroz restaurant where diners can enjoy excellent cuisine in a romantic seafront setting.  

Outside the City

Whether seated outside on the terrace or in the restaurant proper, dining at the Albatroz restaurant affords guests an opportunity to savour delicious Portuguese and Mediterranean-influenced gastronomy in a romantic seafront setting. This is the...  Read More

The bright, breezy interior of this snazzy bistro-style eatery induces a wonderful sense of feel-good, noticeable at lunchtimes when the room is bathed in sunlight and carefree banter bounces off the beige-cream walls. This is the in-house...  Read More

The chocolate, maroon and strawberry-hued décor set against original 200-year-old brickwork provides this funky eatery with an interesting design signature. Restaurant space is molded out of the basement an 18th-century palacette and the...  Read More

West of Center
Valle Flôr
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Lisbon's 19th-century Palácio Valle Flôr was once the home of a nobleman. Today, as the Pestana Palace, it's a top-notch hotel and features one of the most sumptuously decorated dining halls in the city. Eating at the Valle Flôr restaurant is...  Read More

For over 35 years this restaurant has maintained a reputation as one of the most prestigious in the city, indeed Portugal. Tucked away in a quiet residential street in one of Lisbon's leafier neighbourhoods, its low-key profile belies the many...  Read More

Book ahead for any chance of a table on the open verandah where the fantastic views spill over the Tagus Estuary and out towards the far south bank. The windows are left open in summer, but even during the chillier winter months the mood is...  Read More

West of Center

While fado music expresses a somewhat melancholy yearning, it's performed in some of the romantically themed restaurants in Lisbon. A particularly esteemed venue is Senhor Vinho, a fado house located in the city's refined and elegant Lapa...  Read More

Crowning the five-star Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa, the Panorama Restaurant commands glorious views of the Portuguese capital and River Tagus. This is top-floor dining at its cosmopolitan best, a gourmet retreat set in a fashionable urban...  Read More

One of the city's finest gourmet hotspots also affords quite possibly the best view of downtown Lisbon from any restaurant terrace. Needless to say, this appealing combination of taste and aesthetics places Tágide in the top tier of romantic...  Read More


A former 17th-century convent provides the backdrop for one of the most romantic dining venues in Lisbon. With outside tables set within the cloisters and those inside arranged in and around a refectory and throughout several cozy alcoves, A...  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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