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Restaurant Recommendations for Lisbon

Old Apr 4th, 2014, 08:03 AM
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Restaurant Recommendations for Lisbon

We will be in Lisbon for a week in May and would love your restaurant recommendations. Mainly looking for Portuguese food, but if there is something exceptional that is not Portuguese we'd be interested. Price wise, from local eateries, food trucks (do they even have those?) to places costing less than 150 euros for 2 people. Thanks!
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Old Apr 4th, 2014, 08:18 AM
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Look for this place:

and order their wine in a carafe, it's a vinho verde that is slightly fizzy and light in alcohol.
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Old Apr 5th, 2014, 06:20 AM
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Thanks, Michael, anymore info on this place? what area is it in?

Other recommendations?
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Old Apr 5th, 2014, 10:42 AM
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You'll want to be careful when ordering at a traditional Portuguese restaurant. Servings tend to be on the large size, so you can easily end up sharing a starter and even a main dish, depending on what you order.

You might like Largo, which is open for lunch and dinner ( and Lisboa à Noite (
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Old Apr 5th, 2014, 12:17 PM
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Bom Jardim for delicious roast chicken on the cheap in a pretty little outdoor square.

I also enjoyed eating Mozambique food at Ibo, which has a lovely setting on the river if you will be there in nice weather.

I have heard Zapata is very nice for traditional food of Lisbon.

I had reasonably good luck following my nose, even in the most touristy areas. I agree portions are often enough for tow, but I happen to really like things like octopus and grilled sardines or grilled mackerel, so I tended not to share. ,)

I ate at a fair number of recommended "restaurants" and thought none of them were as fun as the dives I found on my own.
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Old Apr 5th, 2014, 12:24 PM
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Another vote for Bom Jardin. Not fancy, zero ambience, but great chicken. Also, grilled sardines pretty much anywhere.

BTW, do you like port? If so, do not miss the Solar do Vinho do Porto.
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Old Apr 5th, 2014, 02:27 PM
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We enjoyed Pap Açorda in Barrio Alto, modern take on traditional Portugese cuisine.
For good seafood, Pinoquio.
Bon Jardim also has a take out window for their wonderful chicken if you are staying in an apartment.
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Old Apr 5th, 2014, 02:31 PM
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Google Laterna verde, Lisbon and you will get sites like this one:
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 03:44 AM
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Perhaps if you eat inside at Bom Jardim there is "zero ambience" (I didn't eat inside) but the small plaza outside the restaurant is perfectly charming and the service was quite friendly.
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 09:18 AM
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Great suggestions -- thanks, all!
Yes, thursdaysd, I love Port, so Solar do Vinho do Porto is now on our list.
Good to know about portion sizes, always nice to be able to share.
For the restaurants mentioned are reservations needed? We enjoy finding places on our own, but always like to have a list to choose from too.
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I stumbled across the name of an inexpensive traditional lunch place I enjoyed near the Convento do Carmo, which is an historic site of great beauty that is absolutely worth seeing (go on a clear day) and I think key to understanding Lisbon.

The simple eatery is called Restaurante da Calçada, and the exact address is Calçada do Carmo, 35. This was definitely one of the places where you can share food. I recall wonderful fresh seafoods. like octopus and sardines, and even garlic or clam (or both!) soup. It is just a very casual family-run place.

It is also within an easy walk of the Santa Just lift, the Rossio train station and that whole general area. I was skeptical because the area can be so touristy, but it was a pleasant surprise.
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Old Apr 6th, 2014, 07:08 PM
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Thank you! Sounds good.
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Old Apr 7th, 2014, 10:40 AM
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We didn't have much flexibility but Aura Lounge was very cool. It seems to be in a popular part of town.

Our lunch at Mercado do Peixe was very good and the grill for the seafood is right in the middle of the restaurant. Very simple preparations that let the fish and seafood be the star of the meal.
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Yestravel: You posted on my thread.

Here is the list of places I assembled for Lisbon.

On the level of pure cuisine, I was quite impressed by Cantinho do Alvillez ( I can see how he earned a Michelin star for his main restaurant) though the atmosphere seemed a little anxious and dull -- as though Lisbon residents had saved up their Euros and were trying to make them stretch (at what to us N Americans did not seem like an expensive place at all)

A food blogger recently declared their battered and fried haricot beans were one of the "must eat" dishes of Lisbon. I had them and they are just that good!

Another place we enjoyed was the newly opened tapas bar at the "iconic" Tagide, very close to C do A.From 7 to 8 PM weekdays, order one dish of tapas for 4 Euros and get a free glass of wine, with a killer view over the city.

For deft service and quite nice cooking at moderate prices, we would recommend Sacramento, near the Igreja do Carmo.

Here is my full list, which comprises ONLY places near our Chiado rental apartment:

1. Cantinho do Alvillez: Rua Duques de Bragança 7, Phone:+351 21 199 2369 Hours: •12:30 – 3:00 pm, 7:30 pm – 12:00 am

2. Tagide: Largo da Academia Nacional de Belas Artes 18 e 20, Phone 213 404 010
E-mail [email protected] Site Tágide occupies an aristocratic building. Its main dining room exudes a certain charm with its delightful Portuguese tiling. Traditional cuisine with a modern touch Meal prices Menu: 18€/ 42€ - Carte: 23€/39€

Tágide, one of the most emblematic restaurants in Lisbon, have recently opened a new outlet – Tágide Wine & Tapas Bar – Enjoy a wide selection of tapas and appetizers, typically Portuguese but with a gourmet touch, having prices ranging between € 4.50 and € 9.00. From Tuesday to Friday, the Tágide Wine & Tapas Bar offers a Lunch Menu at € 12.50 which includes a soup, a tapas selection chosen by the chef, one drink (glass of red or white wine, mineral water or soda), custard tart and Coffee. View over Lisbon!

3. Restaurante Carmo: Largo do Carmo, 11, Phone: 213 460 088
Small plates meal in chic atmosphere v near the flat - useful in case of rain or fatigue

4. Lisboa Carmo Hotel: Rua da Oliveira ao Carmo (Largo do Carmo)
Phone 21 326 47 10 Site
In very same area OK small simple rest. Meal prices Menu: 10€/ 17€ Carte approx.: 25€ Cuisine: Traditional

5. Sacramento. Calcada do Sacramento 40-46, Ph. 21 342 05 72 Trip Adv - #28 in the city. Tourists rave. V near flat. Medium-pricey. Same owner as Rest Carmo

6. Jardim das Cerejas Calcada Sacramento 36, (Baixa) Phone: +351 213469308
Cheap vegetarian place to keep in reserve: Nr Baixa\Chiado metro station: Take Calçada Sacramento, northwest of the station.

7. Taberna da Rua das Flores Rua das Flores 103 Open weekdays11:00 am – 12:00 am Phone 351 21 347 9418 No reservation. Copious and inexpensive.

Hip friends also recommended:
1. Restaurante 560 ( Rua das Gáveas 78 +351 21 346 8317
2. In Belem is Descobre, 65/69 rua Bartolomeu Dias Belem
3. The Old Pharmacy Wine Inn, www, is on Rua Diario de Noticias 73 - 83, Bairro Alto
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Old Apr 23rd, 2014, 05:01 AM
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Thanks so much, tedgale - these are great!
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