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



Romantic dining in Lisbon indulges all the senses. Sharing a special occasion with a loved one is always a treat and is best savored over wonderful food in an intimate restaurant. Fortunately, the Portuguese capital is celebrated for its variety of snug, discreet eateries. Housed within the confines of a 15th-century palace is Leopold, a minimalist and contemporary styled venue that offers just 22 places. If you appreciate a fine castle view with dinner, head to Lumni. This is one of the city’s newest fine-dining venues. As Salgadeiras in Chiado is noted for its typical décor, where diners can enjoy fine regional cuisine under the arches of a refurbished bakery. Eating at A Travessa means appreciating one of the city’s historic landmarks, housed as it is in a former convent building. Opulent décor greets diners at swanky Valle Flôr, housed in a grand hotel fashioned from a beautiful palace located west of the city centre. This is a place to dress up for! Another eatery offering dinner with a view is the swish Panorama Restaurant & Bar, perched at the top of Lisbon’s tallest hotel. The nighttime panorama is quite breathtaking! Listening to the haunting strains of fado is a Lisbon highlight and certainly one of the most romantic things you can do in the city. Senhor Vinho in the Lapa district is highly regarded for its music shows, performed between courses in hushed surroundings. Hidden away from the crowds is Estórias na Casa da Comida, which exudes an intimate homestyle atmosphere and features a lovely terrace. For more romantic views, this time of the river, you’ll appreciate Faz Figura. The balcony tables are particularly intimate. And for romance personified, book ahead for a terrace table at enchanting Tágide.  




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




Book ahead for any chance of a table on the open verandah where the romantic 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 light...  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


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Lapa/Estrela


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 romantic, top-floor dining at its cosmopolitan best, a gourmet retreat set in a...  Read More


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West of Center
Valle Flôr
Photo courtesy of Courtesy Valle Flôr


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


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Lapa/Estrela


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


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Bairro Alto/Principe Real


This snug little eatery used to be a bakery and diners can still admire the interior's original slated walls and arched ceiling, architectural features that ably enhance its traditional character. They've even preserved the lovely old oven!...  Read More




Crowning the top floor of one of Lisbon's newest hotels is this chic, hideaway eatery. Recently opened, Lumni boasts that most desirable of culinary combinations ¬– a restaurant exuding a romantic vibe blessed with fine views over the city....  Read More


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Castelo/Alfama


Less often means more, and this minimalist gem delivers a memorable dining experience with deceptive ease. Located within the walls of the historic 15th-century Palácio Belmonte, an upscale accommodation option sited in Lisbon's quaint Castelo...  Read More


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