Food and Football: Restaurants near Estádio da Luz in Lisbon's Benfica District

Football is a passion in Portugal. In Lisbon, one of the country’s most famous stadiums, Estádio da Luz, is located in Benfica in the city’s northern suburbs. Benfica is somewhat off the tourist trail, but football fans regularly tread a path to the “Stadium of Light” to see their favourite team in action.

There are plenty of restaurants near Estádio da Luz where home and away fans can eat before kickoff.

The nearest place to eat is in the stadium itself, at Catedral da Cerveja. Diners can sit at tables overlooking the pitch and enjoy a grandstand view of the game.

If you’re heading for the ground via Benfica railway station and want to eat first, leave time to seek out David da Buraca. This traditional Portuguese restaurant is one of the best eateries in the neighbourhood! Likewise, the excellent O Solar de Benfica is within walking distance of the venue, though it’s probably more convenient to hail a cab to save time. Another restaurant worth discovering is Edmundo, which is found on the way to the stadium from the station.

The huge Colombo Shopping Centre situated opposite Estádio da Luz houses a cavernous food hall where dozens of restaurants can be found including Italian Republic, Serra da Estrela, Sr Bacalhau and Go Natural. Like the stadium itself, the mall is easily reached by metro. Two more restaurants are worth discovering, before or after the game. Roda is sited back near Benfica station while Califa is closer to the stadium. Both serve fine Portuguese food. 

Sete Rios/Benfica

Everybody knows Califa. This is the place to buy cakes, tarts and pastries – a veritable hamper of sweet things and desserts. But this friendly pastelaria is also one of Benfica's most popular restaurants, and it's been serving the community...  Read More

Sete Rios/Benfica

Despite its name meaning "cartwheel" in English, Roda is actually noted for its fish and seafood menu, with specialities like filetes dourados com arroz de tomate (John Dory with tomato rice) and chocos grelhados (cuttlefish, with or without...  Read More

Sete Rios/Benfica

Humongous salads bursting with freshness characterize the menu at this health-conscious eatery. The food choice is themed around all sorts of different combinations: Grega (Greek), Atlantica (Atlantic) and Mediterranica (Mediterranean), to name...  Read More

Sete Rios/Benfica

"Mr Cod", as its name translates in English, is the place to sample the codfish dishes that Portugal is famous for. It's said that there is a cod recipe for every day of the year but while you won't find 365 different fish dinners here, you'll...  Read More

Sete Rios/Benfica

Serra da Estrela is a mountainous region of Portugal located in the centre of the country and known for its hearty country fare. And that's exactly what this rustically styled restaurant serves up. The menu is based on traditional hand-me-down...  Read More

Sete Rios/Benfica

Great tasting Italian gourmet fast food is served promptly at this stylish restaurant. The menu lists a choice of pizza, including the wonderfully named 'Eataly' – a delicious standby of cheese and tomato thin crust topped with basil and...  Read More

Sete Rios/Benfica

This highly regarded restaurant attracts an enthusiastic local crowd drawn to a comprehensive menu of predominantly fish and seafood dishes. Indeed, this is one of the best marisqueiras in the neighbourhood, with delicacies like gamba cozida de...  Read More

Sete Rios/Benfica

Housed in a refurbished 19th-century coach house, the rustic atmosphere and country-style appeal of this wonderfully authentic restaurant is heightened by a menu that draws on traditional Portuguese recipes to regale diners with dishes like...  Read More

Sete Rios/Benfica

Established in 1967, this family-run restaurant is one of Lisbon's great culinary surprises. Nestling among a warren of back streets not far from Benfica railway station, David da Buraca started life as a humble tasca serving a handful of...  Read More

Sete Rios/Benfica

Football and food are served up with equal passion at Catedral da Cerveja, actually built within the Estádio da Luz and overlooking the pitch. Fans can access the restaurant bar from midday onwards but meals are only available in the evening,...  Read More


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