Lisbon tapas bars. Where to eat delicious Spanish snacks Portuguese style.

One of the most fashionable of Lisbon tapas bars is the new Cantina Peruana, in Cais do Sodré. Besides full meals, this chic Peruvian restaurant serves up a delicious range of tapas treats, prepared Latin American style. Located in the same district is Mesón Andaluz, one of the most recognised tapas bars i town. Tapa Bucho in Bairro Alto meanwhile upholds cuisine hailing from northern Spain with the selection of pinchos – skewered meats, cheeses and seafood – ranking among the tastiest served in the capital. Located in Chiado is Taberna. This is where to sample authentic Portuguese petiscos (Portuguese-style tapas) in rustic-chic surroundings. Rubro Avenida, off the city’s Avenida da Liberdade, is noted for its intriguing fusion of Spanish and Portuguese cuisine. An equally popular downtown option is Tosca, which is also a lively nighttime haunt. Grapes & Bites, a convivial wine bar, also serves up delicious Portuguese petiscos. Live music is sometimes staged here. Another tempting option is Chiringuito Tapas Bar in Santos, where the décor is as appealing as the food. On the other hand, Tapas Bar 52 in Principe Real draws in the crowds for its low-light, intimate setting. And for simple, fuss-free fare served with a smile, head back to Bairro Alto and Petiscos no Bairro 

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

A delightful little tasca ticked away in the city's Bairro Alto district, Petiscos no Bairro has a menu of traditional Portuguese food, anything from crispy sardine fritters and with goat's cheese to fluffy scrambled egg dips and spicy sausage...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

This colourful and highly decorative restaurant has already garnered praise from local foodies who appreciate authentic Spanish cuisine. The somewhat pricy menu nevertheless reflects the proprietor's canny knack of beating Madrid at its own game...  Read More

A dazzling menu of imaginative bite-sized nibbles grace the blackboard set behind the bar of this beautiful and intimate Spanish-style eatery. The attention to design is quite beguiling, with chocolate coloured chairs and tables embellished with...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

A wine bar with a hostel sited above it, this lively Bairro Alto restaurant is also highly regarded for its choice of pesticos, Portugal's version of the Spanish tapas. Indeed, the menu lists a discerning selection of gourmet nibbles, regional...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

The inventive tapas selection at this popular eatery includes carefully arranged plates of octopus salad, eggs with green asparagus tips and goat's cheese with caramelized onions. A favourite choice however is the chouriço de Serra da Estela...  Read More

A fashionable venue blessed with a convenient midtown location just off the city's iconic central avenue, this restaurant is noted for its creative seasonal tapas assortment–gourmet Portuguese petiscos that celebrate the very best of Iberian...  Read More

Designed as a typical countryside eatery, Taberna offers lunch and dinner opportunities to anyone seeking a meal in a relaxed, chic-rustic ambiance. But it's also an ideal place to enjoy patiscos–Portuguese-style tapas delicacies that...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real
Tapa Bucho
Photo courtesy of Tapa Bucho

The tapas and pinchos served at this fashionable Spanish-style eatery are among the most flavoursome in the city, and are prepared with genuine southern European flair. Many of the recipes hail from northern Spain, where the pinchos –...  Read More

The mouth-watering selection of tapas at this enchanting Spanish restaurant is on par with anything Madrid can rustle up. Tasty appetizers listed include pumpkin soup with curd cheese and wild fruits, garlic prawns bathed in virgin olive oil,...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

Recreating the ambiance of typical Lima cantina, traditionally a place where people come to have lunch, savour a snack, enjoy dinner and drinks, or just chill out with friends, Cantina Peruana is where to enjoy authentic Peruvian cuisine in a...  Read More


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