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. Up in Principe Real, A Cevicheria prepares arguably the tastiest ceviche in town, and the giant foam octopus suspended from the restaurant ceiling adds to the allure of this hip little eatery. Another venue noted for its seafood is the celebrated Casa do Bacalhau.  For something more humble but no less appetizing, squeeze into A Provinciana for tasty homemade fare. Over in Alcântara at the bohemia-soaked LX factory, A Praça is noted for its Italian-Portuguese dishes and eye-catching retro-vintage décor. In complete contrast, stylish Michelin-starred Eleven, sitting at the top of the city’s Parque Eduardo VII, offers a culinary experience in deliciously modern and minimalist surroundings. 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, another one of Lisbon’s 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

With its coveted star, Eleven is a member of Lisbon's very select Michelin club. Actually, it was only a matter of time before chef Joachim Koerper officially reclaimed his crown as one of the Portugal's most accomplished kitchen wizards – his...  Read More

24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara

Regularly cited as the coolest restaurant in the LX Factory – a disused manufacturing complex where several former industrial warehouses have been taken over by independent fashion and retail outlets, internet start-ups, architecture and...  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

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

Chef Kiko Martins has carved himself a niche with this stunningly understated restaurant, which specialises in ceviche – Peruvian seafood typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices. The creative Brazilian kitchen wizard...  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