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Where do chefs eat on their days off? They nip up to Lisbon's Graca district and chill out in this humble and homely eatery that, at the risk of sounding terribly clichéd, is one of the city's... Read More
Where do chefs eat on their days off? They nip up to Lisbon's Graca district and chill out in this humble and homely eatery that, at the risk of sounding terribly clichéd, is one of the city's best-kept eating out secrets. Indeed, O Pitéu do Graça is the restaurant of choice for many of the capital's top chefs, drawn to a veritable cookbook of regional fare prepared to age-old recipes. Homemade staples like filetes de cherne com arroz de tomate e pimentos (turbot fillet with tomato and pepper rice) and rojões à minhota (spiced and marinated chunks of roast pork Minho-style) exemplify the menu, and food is served promptly and with genuine pride. Locals love the place and it is, literally, first come, first served, especially during the evenings and weekends. Turn up with friends, order a jug of the house red, and enjoy one of the most authentic dining experiences in town.
- Best Restaurants: "Tram 28 trundles right past the front door. The streetcar snakes up to Graça from the Baixa (downtown) at regular intervals."
- Best Value, Alfama/Graça's Best Restaurants: "The number 28 tram pulls up just across the road from the front door."
- Homestyle: "A novel way to arrive at the restaurant is by streetcar: the number 28 tram stops almost opposite the door."
- Family Friendly: "Try their rojões à minhota (spiced and marinated chunks of roast pork Minho-style), a typical dish from northern Portugal."
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: The homemade food is delicious and inexpensive, and some of the city's top chefs come here to enjoy the bonhomie and "Grandma cooking".
- Recommended as Best Value Because: Over the years the food at this delightfully down-to-earth eatery has got better and better while prices have remained absurdly low.
- Best for Homestyle Because: Regarded by several top chefs as the best place in Lisbon to enjoy homestyle Portuguese cuisine, O Pitéu do Graça remains delightfully unassuming and accessible.
- Best for Family Friendly Because: Long revered for its traditional cuisine, O Pitéu do Graça maintains a humble and authentic character that's immediately appealing and familiar.
- Best for Alfama/Graça's Best Restaurants Because: Some of the best chefs in Lisbon dine at O Pitéu da Graça on their days off - the ultimate endorsement of good food.