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, and the Portuguese capital is celebrated for its snug, discreet eateries. 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 also 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! Far less formal but equally engaging is Mamie Rosa, a wonderfully low-key venue situated in Bairro Alto whose humble menu belies the warm and friendly service bestowed on patrons. For dinner with a view, head for the 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. Fashionable Sacramento do Chiado meanwhile offers a cozy ambiance and has a nightclub under the same roof – great for a bit of after dinner dancing. If you appreciate your food served with a wonderful river view, book a table at Faz Figura. The balcony tables are particularly intimate. The best downtown views, however, match the menu at Tágide – excellent. Eat here for a truly memorable interlude. 

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 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

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

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


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

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

Humble and homely, this down-to-earth bijou eatery woos with its warm, pastel-hued décor and front room atmosphere. The food here is homemade – deliciously simple Portuguese fare that's light and healthy and influenced by Mediterranean...  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


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

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

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


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