Menus for midnight – Lisbon's favourite late-night restaurants.


Lisbon thrives after dark and there are plenty of late-night restaurants catering for hungry insomniacs. In a city renowned for its nightlife, an evening out means eating out, and there’s an appetising choice of midnight menus to tempt the seriously wide-awake. The steak in pepper sauce served at Café de São Bento is a house speciality, and here you can dine till 2am. Another after-hours culinary institution is Galeto, a funky 60’s diner in the city’s Saldanha district that rustles up tasty comfort food almost around the clock. Meanwhile over in Príncipe Real, the delicious steaks at La Paparrucha are served with memorable views of the capital that are especially evocative at night. Some of Lisbon’s best seafood is prepared at Ribadouro – a favourite city-centre haunt for theatregoers seeking post-show sustenance. Taberna Moderna, located near Santa Apolónia, wins with its low light gin bar ambiance. Late night revellers with a nose for a good wine should head for By the Wine, where the regional gastronomy is matched with a fine selection of reds and whites. Larger groups however should seek out Kais, an unusual restaurant converted from a waterfront warehouse situated near Cais do Sodré. The nearby Portugalia also overlooks the river and enjoys a loyal clientele, while another local draw is the cavernous Cervejaria Trindade in Chiado – always busy after midnight. And tucked away in Alfama is Santo António de Alfama. Half the fun is finding this lovely late-night venue among the winding streets and narrow alleys. 


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

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

A cherished culinary institution and a noted cultural landmark, this cavernous beer hall and restaurant enjoy an illustrious history. The building stands on the site of a former monastery, later a brewery. The beer is no longer made on the...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

This smart riverfront eatery belongs to a national chain of restaurants beloved by the Portuguese. Specialising in fresh fish and seafood but also serving succulent meat dishes, The Cais do Sodre venue faces the river not far from Alcantara and...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

Fashioned out of the shell of a former 19th-century engine warehouse, this cavernous restaurant in one of the landmark features on the docks mid-way between Cais do Sodre and Alcantara. There's an industrial quality to the interior, with the...  Read More

Traditional Portuguese and southern European gastronomy enlivens the menu at this rustic-chic wine bar. Besides the Iberian flavoured cuisine the restaurant is also known for its enviable selection of wines from noted producer Jose Maria da...  Read More

Santa Apolonia

The bar serving this delightfully offbeat restaurant has nearly 80 different varieties of gin to tempt diners – handy if you end up waiting for a table. But very often this is the drink of choice for customers choosing to eat at this extremely...  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

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

This highly regarded Argentinian restaurant is famed for its choice of succulent parrilla-grilled steaks, anything from sirloin and tenderloin to rump and flank. Serving options range from a juicy tenderloin wrapped in puff pastry with wild...  Read More

Campo Grande/Campo Pequeno

Located in the city's Saldanha district near Campo Pequeno, and well off the tourist trail, late-night Galeto is the nearest thing to a genuine American diner in Lisbon, and the original mid-60s dcor is a real eye opener. The long bar snakes...  Read More

Famed for its classic Caf de So Bento steak – succulent mignon fillet smothered in a rich homemade pepper sauce – this historic eatery (over 30 years old) is a Lisbon late night treat. The ground floor is styled in the Victorian manner,...  Read More


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