Lisbon's waterfront restaurants: eating by the river

In Lisbon, choosing to eat at waterfront restaurants presents an ideal opportunity to dine at some of the city’s best-known riverside eateries. Perched on the docks near the city center is Ibo, a contemporary eatery specializing in African-Portuguese cuisine. Along with great food, dining by the river also provides spectacular views such as those afforded from Amarra Ó Tejo situated on an elevated position on the south bank of the River Tagus. Lower down almost on the water’s edge is the lovely Ponte Final with its outside tables set on an old jetty. Meanwhile, back on the opposite bank, there are plenty of restaurants combining equally pleasing panoramas with excellent cuisine, venues like funky café-restaurant À Margem at Belém, which shares the esplanade with nearby Darwin’s Café. It’s also in Belém that you can savour superb Michelin gastronomy at Feitoria Restaurant & Wine Bar. Back east towards Lisbon is Doca Peixe, a noted seafood restaurant overlooking the marina at Alcântara. Further still towards the city center is the locals’ favorite Portugalia, which sits on the quay. Upriver east of the Portuguese capital is trendy Bica do Sapato, a fine-dining spot part-owned by Hollywood actor John Malkovich. And back in Belém is the remarkable Espaço Espelho d’Agua, housed in a beautiful 1940s-era modernist building. 



A stunning example of a waterfront-dining spot, this unusual restaurant is fashioned within a beautiful art deco building that was commissioned for the 1940 Portuguese World Exposition. Originally designed by António Lino as a 'Water Mirror'...  Read More

Santa Apolonia


Standing right on the dock at the Santa Apolónia cruise port, this modern and funky venue has a well-known investor behind it, Hollywood actor John Malkovich, who even pops in unannounced on occasion. The menu here is international, but also...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


The well-respected national chain of Portugália 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

24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara


One of the better-known restaurants lining the boardwalk at Santo Amaro docks in Alcântara, the specialities of this very popular waterfront eatery include lobster rice with prawn and cockles, baked tuna in a sesame seed crust and sea bream...  Read More



Fashionable Feitoria commands a compelling position on the banks of the River Tagus in Belém. It also benefits from being the in-house restaurant of the upscale boutique Altis Belém Hotel & Spa. Foodies, though, are drawn to this...  Read More

Outside the City


Darwin's Café is named after Charles Darwin (1809-1882) the eminent British scientist who laid the foundations of the theory of evolution. It's housed within the modern and teccy Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, home of the private...  Read More



For casual dining with a waterfront view, this trendy little cafe-restaurant is hard to beat. Set on the esplanade in Belém, the terrace looks out over the River Tagus, and is especially alluring during the warm summer months. Snacks and light...  Read More

Outside the City


Half the fun of experiencing this quirky waterfront eatery is finding it in the first place. It's located on the south bank of the River Tagus, about a 20-minute stroll at the end of the long the esplanade that snakes out of Cacilhas, the...  Read More

Outside the City


The ferry trip across the River Tagus is reason enough to head for Lisbon's south bank, but especially so when the destination is Michelin-recommended Amarra Ó Tejo. This near-waterfront restaurant, set on a miradouro (viewpoint), really is off...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


Set in the refurbished premises of a former salt warehouse, this dock front restaurant is named after an island located of the northern coast of Mozambique. The exotic destination has inspired the menu, which showcases tangy and spicy Mozambique...  Read More


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