Dining in Lisbon's family-friendly restaurants

Dining at family-friendly restaurants in Lisbon is to enjoy the hospitality of some of the city’s most popular eateries, places to eat where larger groups and of course children are always welcome. Traditionally styled A Gina, a lovely restaurant tucked away behind Avenida da Liberdade, is a popular dining spot with Portuguese families, and tourists travelling with kids are always welcome. Everyone will appreciate the view at Bella Lisa Elevador in Chiado, and the pasta’s not bad either! Also in Chiado at Cervejaria Trindade the emphasis is most certainly on the casual, where visitors can pop in on spec to enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine in historic surroundings. Up in the city’s Graça neighbourhood the equally conducive O Pitéu do Graça has long been a favourite with locals. Portugalia, situated near the river, is another popular choice with residents, and their large tables are ideal for family gatherings. Well-known for its sweeping terrace and castle vista, Café Buenos Aires, halfway between Baixa and Chiado, is always crowded, and the long tables are ideal for group bookings and family outings. Up near the castle itself is the quirky Chapitô à Mesa, a restaurant housed in the grounds of a circus school, so lot’s of distractions if ever the kids start to get restless. If you’re looking to dine in Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest quarter, consider a night out at Santo António da Alfama where there’s plenty of room inside and a wonderfully romantic terrace outside. Lisbon’s Benfica neighbourhood is worth exploring for the football stadium and the huge Colombo shopping mall. There are also excellent restaurants in the vicinity including the cavernous and historic David da Buraca. And for dining with a difference, amble over to Mercado de Campo de Ourique, a 1930’s foodhall that houses several different restaurants stalls under the same roof. 



Campo de Ourique is one of Lisbon's great surprises. A mostly residential neighbourhood located on the northwestern fringes of the city, the area has largely escaped the trappings of tourism. But it's certainly worth investigating. And if you're...  Read More

Sete Rios/Benfica


One of the best-kept culinary secrets in town, this superb restaurant is deliberately kept under the tourist radar by its canny proprietor but even he can't quell the glowing reviews from legions of satisfied customers who find their way to the...  Read More



Tucked away deep in Alfama, Lisbon's oldest neighbourhood, is this charming and wonderfully decorative restaurant. The pretty courtyard intimately set over cobblestone at the front belies a voluminous interior, with no less than three floors...  Read More



Kids love clowning around and if they insist on doing so during meal times then it may as well be at Lisbon's renowned circus school. Chapitô is a performing arts centre where dancers and acrobats train and present stage shows. It's also where...  Read More



Family groups are well taken care of at this Argentinian restaurant. Seating arrangements during the summer months mean that tables are set in long rows on the pavement outside so there's plenty of room for everybody – provided you turn up...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


The well-respected national chain of Portugalia restaurants and beer halls includes this hugely popular waterfront venue located near Cais do Sodré. The restaurant specialises in catering for families, large groups and special occasions –...  Read More



Known for its excellent regional fare, this unassuming eatery with its homely atmosphere has always attracted families, with children made especially welcome. The food is of such high quality that some of the city's most respected chefs eat here...  Read More



This is the place to go for a fun night out in one of the most historic eateries in the city. The restaurant is huge, a cavernous former monastery that's geared towards group bookings and welcoming family groups. Culinary choice is themed around...  Read More



Named for the landmark wrought-iron filigree Santa Justa elevator that affords one way of reaching this cheerful Italian eatery. The other way is via Largo do Carmo, when you walk under one of the surviving arches of the resplendent Convento do...  Read More



Not easy to find and certainly not a restaurant that immediately springs to mind when seeking a place to eat in Lisbon. But A Gina is a huge draw for Portuguese families, where they tuck into hearty local fare presented on earthenware plates....  Read More


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