Lisbon's waterfront restaurants: eating by the river

In Lisbon, choosing to eat at waterfront restaurants means visitors can dine at some of the city’s best-known eateries by the river or near the ocean. Along with great food – one of these places to eat shines under a Michelin star – diners can also digest spectacular views such as those afforded from Amarra Ó Tejo situated on an elevated position on the south bank of the River Tagus. Lower down almost on the beach is the lovely Ponte Final with its outside tables set on an old jetty. Meanwhile, back on the opposite bank on the city’s riverfront there are plenty of restaurants combining equally pleasing panoramas with excellent cuisine, venues like Station, sited near Cais do Sodre. Further west at Belém, funky café-restaurant Margem shares the honours with nearby Darwin’s Café. It’s also in Belém where you can savour superb Michelin gastronomy at Feitoria Restaurant & Wine Bar. Meals are served with a pleasing waterfront perspective. Back towards Lisbon is Doca Peixe, a noted seafood restaurant overlooking the marina at Alcântara. Further still towards the city centre is Portugalia, which sits on the esplanade and a favourite with locals. On the other side of the Portuguese capital on the eastern riverbank is trendy Bica do Sapato, a fine-dining spot part-owned by Hollywood actor John Malkovich. And back in Belém is the remarkable Espaço Espelho d’Agua, housed in a beautiful 1940s-era modernist building. 

A stunning example of a waterfront-dining spot, this unusual restaurant is fashioned within a beautiful art deco building that was commissioned for the 1940 Portuguese World Exposition. Originally designed by António Lino as a 'Water Mirror'...  Read More

Santa Apolonia

Standing right on the dock at the Santa Apolonia cruise port, this flashy and funky venue has a well-known investor behind it, Hollywood actor John Malkovich, who even pops in unannounced on occasion. The menu here is international, but also...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

The well-respected national chain of Portugalia restaurants and beer halls includes this hugely popular waterfront venue located near Cais do Sodre The restaurant specialises in catering for families, large groups and special occasions –...  Read More

24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara

One of the better-known restaurants lining the boardwalk at Santo Amaro docks in Alcantara, the specialities of this very popular waterfront eatery include lobster rice with prawn and cockles, baked tuna in a sesame seed crust and sea bream...  Read More

Fashionable Feitoria commands a compelling position on the banks of the River Tagus in Belem. It also benefits from being the in-house restaurant of the upscale boutique Altis Belem Hotel & Spa. Foodies, though, are drawn to this waterfront...  Read More

Outside the City

Darwin's Café is named after Charles Darwin (1809-1882) the eminent British scientist who laid the foundations of the theory of evolution. It's housed within the recently inaugurated Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, home of the private...  Read More

For casual dining with a waterfront view, this trendy little cafe-restaurant is hard to beat. Set on the esplanade in Belem, the terrace looks out over the River Tagus, and is especially alluring during the warm summer months. Snacks and light...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

A young, vibrant crowd pulls in to Station, lured by its funky vibe and tasty menu and the fact that it's situated under one of Lisbon's coolest nightclubs. Station's location is also conducive – it sits practically on the water's edge neat...  Read More

Outside the City

Half the fun of experiencing this quirky waterfront eatery is finding it in the first place. It's located on the south bank of the River Tagus, about a 20-minute stroll at the end of the long the esplanade that snakes out of Cacilhas, the...  Read More

Outside the City

The ferry trip across the River Tagus is reason enough to head for Lisbon's south bank, but especially so when the destination is Amarra O Tejo. This near-waterfront restaurant, set on a miradouro (viewpoint), really is off the tourist trail,...  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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