Informal eateries – casual dining in Lisbon

Looking for a place to eat, somewhere laidback and informal? Casual dining in Lisbon offers up some appetising options, a choice of cafes and restaurants that serve delicious food in a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere. Casa de Pasto in the city’s Cais do Sodré district attracts a young, fun-loving crowd who appreciate the whacky décor as much as the inventive menu. Up in Bairro Alto meanwhile, the smart new Cevejaria do Bairro gets them going with a mouth-watering menu of fresh fish and seafood. A more rustic theme greets diners at Maria Catita, a traditional Portuguese restaurant located in the Baxia neighbourhood. Similarly, back in Principe Real, Tascardoso is known for its menu of regional fare. If you’re exploring Lisbon’s Alcântara area check out the LX Factory complex where there are a number of eateries including the charming and offbeat Café do Fábrica. On the other hand, if pizza’s your thing, grab a table at Mercantina in Chiado and dine like an Italian. Not far away is the quirky Adega de São Roque the interior of which is festooned with football scarves and fado music posters – very local! Lisbon has its own Hard Rock music shrine on Avenida da Liberdade, where the Hard Rock Smoke House serves up tasty American comfort food and the requisite rock memorabilia. For a rather more refined ambiance, amble over to Chiado and the lovely Café no Chiado. They have a terrace that faces the opera house and a tramline arrows past the front door. But if you really want to let your hair down while eating well, drop by Hennessey’s Irish Pub for some good old pub grub and a pint of the black stuff.  




Cais do Sodré/Santos
Hennessey's Irish Pub
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A boisterous night out is guaranteed at this lively Irish bar, especially on live music nights when diners are encouraged to join in the chorus of traditional folk ditties and other Gaelic classics. The tasty pub grub includes pie, pasta and...  Read More



Owned by the National Centre of Culture, this historic dining venue tucked away in a quiet corner of Chiado is a favourite meeting point for city intellectuals – artists, writers and musicians, among others. The restaurant is styled under an...  Read More



The Hard Rock Café Lisboa is already known for its international menu, but its Southern & Smoked options celebrate the traditional recipes of America's Deep South. This is comfort food at its finger-licking best, with an authentic menu of...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real


The wooden deck terrace outside this typical Portuguese restaurant provides a delightfully al fresco lunch setting on one of Lisbon's most attractive streets. The food is traditional, the menu listing a decent selection of meat and fish dishes,...  Read More



With its pinewood chairs and tables, an industrial canteen veneer and dolce vita ambiance, this smart new pizzeria has quickly charmed its way into Lisbon's casual dining scene. Illustrating the Italian verve is a panel of black and white images...  Read More

24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara


If you're exploring Lisbon's Alcntara district and find yourself in the LX Factory complex, seek out this delightful little tavern if a quick wholesome belly filler is required. Mind you, you'll be forgiven for thinking you've stumbled into the...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real


They don't stand on ceremony at this tiny tasca, set on a side street just off Praa do Principe Real. But then that's not really the point. Instead, this rustic and informal eatery is fted for its traditional Portuguese cuisine, served...  Read More



The easy-going atmosphere at this rustically styled downtown eatery belies the excellent menu of home style cooking. The cusine is traditional Portuguese – tasty fare prepared from hand-me-down recipes and plated up in a friendly, no-nonsense...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real


A mellow vibe underpins the feel-good factor at this cozy establishment, an ambiance further enhanced by a chic, minimalist interior design. As with all Lisbon beer hall menus, it's the fish and seafood selection that catches the eye, from...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


"This is a menu based on traditional Portuguese cooking," declares Diogo Noronha. "It's designed according to the seasons and balanced with all sorts of complementary flavours." Casa de Pasto's chef uses an entire cookbook of regional...  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