Eating Out on the Avenue: Best Restaurants near Lisbon's Fashionable Thoroughfare


Lisbon’s fashionable Avenida da Liberdade and the areas in and around Marquês de Pombal and Estefânia together provide the visitor with an interesting mix of restaurants, from jolly, down-to-earth eateries to refined Michelin gourmet hot spots. At the top end of the Avenue – quite literally – is the Michelin star Eleven, where gourmet cuisine heightens the dining experience. The new Bistrô4 also benefits from Michelin influence, but is far simpler in presentation and easier on the pocket. One of the most unusual places is Restaurant 33, a former hunting lodge just off the avenue that still features original wooden ceiling beams and a splendid sunken terrace set in a verdant garden. Also tucked away in a side street is Floresta do Salitre, a spirited tasca popular with locals, especially at lunchtimes. The interior design of the aptly named Avenue restaurant is associated with Porsche, and offers a requisite fine-dining experience. Similarly, its near-neighbour AdLibis acknowledged for its haute cuisine and upscale ambiance. Another restaurant actually situated on Avenida da Liberdade is Brasserie Flo, a refined dining spot where the menu errs towards French cuisine. One of the city’s most celebrated fish and seafood restaurants, Ribadouro, is a short walk away. Across the road and into the Estefânia district is Open, whose commendable green credentials mean much of the produce is sourced from fair trade outlets. Meanwhile, back across the avenue, is SushiCafé Avenida, arguably the most fashionable sushi bar in the capital. 




An über cool sushi bar just off Lisbon's main avenue, sushicafé's striking interior draws on the contours of a rolling wave – an apt and clever contemporary design signature that readies the palate for the extraordinary menu of Japanese...  Read More



Designed around a Mediterranean brasserie concept, the in-house restaurant at Inspira Santa Marta Hotel exudes a pleasantly understated cosmopolitan ambiance. The fine dining venue's cultured organic look is deliberate and the kitchen follows...  Read More



One of Lisbon's premier fish and seafood restaurants, Ribadouro has been around since 1947. The menu lists a veritable feast of ocean cuisine, options like jumbo shrimp, Algarve prawn, tiger shrimp, oyster, king crab and crayfish. The seafood...  Read More



Based on the French brasserie concept, upscale Flo is a favourite business lunch venue and always attracts clients from the neighbouring five-star Tivoli Lisboa hotel. The seasonal menu is of course inspired by classic French cuisine, with...  Read More



Refined French cuisine coupled with traditional Portuguese gastronomy heightens the menu at this elegant fine dining venue. The restaurant enjoys a prime city-centre location, positioned as it is next door to the five-star Hotel Sofitel Lisbon...  Read More



This sleek, urban restaurant has garnered a reputation for gracious service and a creative menu of Portuguese gastronomy. Dishes such as the alheira de caça de mirandela, an intriguing combination of breaded sausage with pork, garlic and chilli...  Read More



A lively local clientele adds flavor to this popular family-owned eatery. The menu of traditional Portuguese cuisine includes hearty salmon and tuna steaks, with the fresh fish and seafood choice complemented by meat options such as melt-in-your...  Read More



Believe it or not, this restaurant used to be a hunting lodge despite the fact that it's located in the centre of Lisbon. Inside, the rustic décor gives the game away. The dark wood beam ceiling and wall supports are original, and the framed...  Read More

Bistrô 4


The in-house restaurant of the new Hotel Porto Bay Liberdade, Bistrô 4 is named after its innovative 4x4 concept where diners can choose from four different menus: Bistronomie combines bistro-style fare with French haute cuisine. The Signature...  Read More



This well-established Michelin star gourmet hotspot enjoys an elevated position at the top of the city's Parque Eduardo VII and affords diners with sweeping views of the Portuguese capital. Directing the kitchen is acclaimed German chef Joachim...  Read More


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