Ship to Shore: Restaurants near Lisbon's Cruise Port

Lisbon’s main cruise terminal is at Santa Apolónia, east of the city centre. Restaurants near the cruise port vary in style and in the menus they offer, but all are conveniently located near where international cruise liners visiting the Portuguese capital tie up. Neighbouring the terminal building itself is Casanova, an Italian restaurant with a reputation for baking some of the tastiest thin crust pizzas this side of Rome. On the opposite side of the road up on the hill behind the Santa Apolónia train station is Faz Figura, a noted fine dining venue that has great views across the river. Not far away is A Travessa do Fado, a chic restaurant located next door to the Museu do Fado. Further along the same street is Trigo Latino, known for its South American fare. Bica do Sapato, one of the city’s most fashionable eateries, is sited a short walk from the cruise port building whereas Canto Saudade is a leisurely fifteen minute stroll. Cais da Pedra, arguably the Portuguese capital's trendiest burger bar, is another very good restaurant that’s practically part of the cruise port building. Over the road and into Alfama is Mestre André, a local tasca full of flavour. Further towards the downtown district is quirky Taberna Moderna, known for its gin list. And back alongside the terminal is Deli Delux, a smart eatery that doubles up as a gourmet delicatessen. 




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A waterfront café that's also a delicatessen, Deli Delux is a great idea for lunch by the river. Tables are set inside and across the enclosed terrace at the rear of the premises, which faces the Tagus. The menu offers a good selection of light...  Read More

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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



Unassuming but full of character, Mestre André is located on the edge of the city's Alfama district not that far from the river. The food is traditional Portuguese, with dishes like bacalhau com nata (cod with cream), and oven-roast chicken...  Read More



Fancy a burger? How about one with gorgonzola cheese, rocket, tomato and red onion jam. Or how does a salmon burger wrapped in carob bread filled with red onion, lettuce, cherry tomato with a yoghurt and chive dip sound. And wait till you try...  Read More

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Wonderfully atmospheric and well regarded for its cuisine, this traditionally decorated restaurant enjoys a loyal local patronage and is also a favourite with tourist groups who come here to listen to fado, which is performed regularly –...  Read More

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Set on the dock at Santa Apolónia, this fashionable and trendy venue has a well-known Hollywood name behind - American actor John Malkovich, who even pops in unannounced on occasion. The menu here is international, but also celebrated...  Read More

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A grain warehouse once stood on this spot (translated, trigo means wheat) but the space has long since been given over to this homely retro-style bistro. An exciting and carefully prepared menu offers diners a well-balanced choice of...  Read More

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Sited next door to the Museu do Fado, this stylish eatery functions like a tapas bar where small plates of Portuguese delicacies, or petiscos, are served. Drawing on the country's rich culinary tradition, the menu features bit-sized wonders such...  Read More



Smart, stylish and fashionable, this fine dining venue is another Lisbon restaurant that woos guests with fabulous views – some of the tables are set alongside large picture windows that frame the Tagus Estuary. A light and airy esplanade...  Read More

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They use genuine wood-fired ovens here to create the crispiest, crunchiest wafer-thin pizzas you'll ever likely to taste in Lisbon. Located just metres away from the dockside and the cruise port, late night Casanova has built on its reputation...  Read More


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