Lisbon's Best Restaurants Offer Menus for All Tastes and Appetites

The best restaurants in Lisbon include Michelin star gourmet hot spots, fine dining venues and more humble but equally appealing side street eateries. Menus showcase Portuguese and international cuisine while the wine lists highlight fabulous national and international wines. All are noted for their good food, great location and unique character. In Chiado taverna da Rua das Flores offers a menu of traditional Portuguese fare with a distinctly literary flavour. The atmosphere at Prado in the Baixa, meanwhile, is best described at organic-chic. Up near the castle you'll find Leopold, set within the Pálacio Belmonte. Come here for fine dining in discreet surroundings. Noted for its seafood is Casa do Bacalhau.  For something more humble but no less appetizing, squeeze into A Provinciana for tasty homemade fare. Lisbon’s best restaurant choice also extends to Mesón Andaluz, a delightful Spanish-style tapas bar situated near the city’s Cais do Sodré area. Over in the leafy Graça neighbourhood meanwhile, O Piteú da Graça tempts the palate with traditional Portuguese gastronomy and plenty of bonhomie. At Tágide in the elegant Chiado district, dinner is heightened by romantic views over downtown Lisbon, while at Madragoa Café the cuisine is often served with a touch of fado. And for a suitably sophisticated evening out, book well ahead for Alma, one of Lisbon’s highly regarded Michelin-starred establishments. 








Henrique Sá Pessoa is one of Portugal's most dynamic chefs. Media savvy and with plenty of marketing nous, he knows how to turn heads and raise eyebrows. He also knows how to cook! Michelin thinks so, and has awarded Alma a coveted star for his...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


Tucked away in Lisbon's Santo district is this rustic-styled eatery that's won a handful of awards for its traditional home style cooking. Ably run by Cristina and Antonio, the restaurant seats just 22 so the atmosphere is cozy and service...  Read More



Tágide has arguably the best view across downtown Lisbon of any restaurant in the vicinity. Its first-floor terrace reveals a wonderfully romantic tableau that features the castle, cathedral and the River Tagus. Matching the panorama's wow...  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...  Read More



It takes bravado to beat the Spanish at their own game but this charmingly authentic tapas bar is doing exactly that, with some of its repeat customers driving all the way from Madrid to indulge in tasty tidbits like seared scallops over...  Read More



This no-frills, family-run eatery wouldn't look out of place in the middle of the Portuguese countryside. The fact, then, that it's tucked away in the centre of Lisbon simply adds to its allure as one of the friendliest and most authentic...  Read More

Santa Apolonia


Fittingly, the name of this premier seafood restaurant translates as the "House of Cod" such is its affinity with this most popular and nourishing of fish. The Portuguese have affectionately christened the humble cod their "faithful friend" and...  Read More



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 Pal�cio Belmonte, an upscale accommodation option sited in Lisbon's quaint...  Read More



Opened in December 2017, Prado is one of Lisbon's newest restaurants. Born out of a long abandoned factory premises the contemporary styled eatery is fast becoming a fine-dining reference point, but in no way feels pretentious or too exclusive....  Read More



Anyone familiar with Portuguese author Eça de Queirós (1845-1900) will probably have read 'A Tragédia da Rua das Flores' (The Tragedy of the Street of Flowers). Some of the satirical novel's plotline is played out in an apartment sited...  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