Macau Restaurants

Macau's medley of Portuguese and Cantonese cuisine—spicy and creamy Macanese interpretations of traditional Cantonese dishes such as baked prawns, braised abalone, and seafood stews—has made it one of Asia's top fine-dining destinations for decades.

Now, thanks to the spate of new casino-hotels, Macau has also become an exciting world-class culinary frontier. But local dining isn't all highbrow. Near the Largo do Senado and in the villages of Taipa and Coloane, wander the back alleys to find treats like zhu-bao-bao (a slab of fried pork on a toasted bun served with milk tea) or the signature pasteis de nata (custard tart): they’re simple, delicious, and classic Macau.

Long-renowned restaurants such as Restaurante Fernando and Litoral are staying the course. So, too, are Cantonese eateries such as Fat Siu Lau, particularly well known among Hong Kong residents who travel to Macau just for dim sum, weekend brunches, and seafood feasts at more affordable prices and made from higher-quality ingredients.

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  • 1. A Lorcha

    $$ | Inner Harbour

    Vastly popular A Lorcha (the name means "wooden ship") celebrates the heritage of Macau as an important port with a maritime-theme menu. Save room for serradura (Macau sawdust pudding, made with biscuits and whipped cream).

    289 Rua do Almirante Sérgio, Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Known For

    • Signature Lorcha-style clams
    • Seafood paella and fire-roasted chicken
    • Luring racers during the Grand Prix (the Macanese owner is a fervent Formula fan)

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Tues., Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential
  • 2. Copa Steakhouse

    $$$$ | Outer Harbour

    The first traditional American steak house in Macau serves premium-quality steaks and seafood in a space that evokes 1960s Las Vegas. A large fireplace that pops and crackles during the winter months blends in perfectly with the vintage chandeliers and celebrity photos hanging on the walls. Sip a cocktail at the bar and brace yourself for huge slabs of beef, grilled to juicy perfection before your eyes in the open kitchen. A 20-ounce cowboy wagyu steak from Australia tops the list at MOP$998. Other dishes include Norwegian salmon fillet and seared Hokkaido scallops when in season. For dessert, try the sinfully rich crème brûlée.

    203 Largo de Monte Carlo, Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch, Credit cards accepted
  • 3. Dom Galo

    $$ | Downtown

    "Quirky" springs to mind when describing the colorful decor, with plastic monkey puppets and funky chicken toys hanging from the ceilings. The eclectic clientele includes graphic designers, gambling-compliance lawyers, and 10-year-old Cantonese kids celebrating birthdays.

    Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Known For

    • Insalada de polvo (octopus salad), king prawns, and steak fries served in a tangy mushroom sauce
    • Giant pitchers of sangria
    • Reservations are essential

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential
  • 4. Dynasty 8

    $$ | Cotai

    Don't let this restaurant's mall location or dynastic Chinese decor turn you off. Kitschy setting aside, Dynasty 8 serves some of the best—and most photogenic—dim sum in town.

    Estrada do Istmo, Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Known For

    • Contemporary dim sum (lobster soup dumplings, salted lemon puffs)
    • Popular so reservations are recommened
    • Great sharing dishes, including crispy fried crab claws
  • 5. Henri's Galley

    $$ | Inner Harbour

    A tiny spot overlooking Sai Van Lake, Henri's Galley has been serving up home-style Macanese cuisine since 1976. The place is cozy and unpretentious, with a few tables outside should the weather decide to play nice.

    4G--H Av. da Republica, Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Known For

    • Friendly staff
    • Famous African chicken and signature sangria
    • Tasty sharing plates (spicy prawns, roast pigeon, chili crab)
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  • 6. Lai Heen

    $$$ | Cotai

    Michelin-starred Lai Heen showcases haute Chinese cuisine in a sky-high dining room at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau. The menu might focus on fine Cantonese dishes, but the decor weaves together Macau's east-meets-west heritage with Portuguese-style mosaics, wood-carved partitions, eye-catching artwork, and plush furniture.

    Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Known For

    • Excellent views from the 51st floor
    • Melt-in-your-mouth Iberico pork char siu (barbecue pork) and crab claw in creamy lobster bisque
    • Fantastic service start to finish
  • 7. Lord Stow's Bakery

    $ | Coloane Island West

    Originally a modest, traditional bakery opened by a young Englishman named Andrew Stow in 1989, Lord Stow's Bakery is now a culinary landmark in Coloane, just off the town square. Locals sit on nearby benches munching the signature hot and flaky pasteis de nata (custard tarts) straight from the oven. Inside the little shop, breads, muffins, cookies, flapjacks, and other homemade goods are on offer, but be sure to walk out with at least one tart. The neighboring Lord Stow's Café (853/2888–2174) has sit-down meals as does the outpost in the Venetian Macao (853/2886–6889).

    1 Rua da Tassara, Macau, n/a Macau, Macau
  • 8. Restaurante Espaço Lisboa

    $$ | Coloane Island West

    Occupying a converted two-story house with a small but pleasant balcony overlooking Coloane Village, this restaurant is Portuguese owned and has a Portuguese chef—so it’s no surprise that it is a favorite of Portuguese residents.

    8 Rua das Gaivotas, Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Known For

    • Codfish cakes, savory duck rice, boiled bacalhau
    • An extensive list of hearty Portuguese wines
    • House-made desserts (rice pudding or flan)

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Wed., Credit cards accepted
  • 9. Restaurante Fernando

    $$ | Coloane Island South

    Everyone in Hong Kong and Macau knows about Fernando's, but the vine-covered entrance close to Hác-Sá Beach is difficult to spot. The open-air dining pavilion and bar have attracted beachgoers for years now, and the enterprising Fernando has built a legendary reputation for his Portuguese fare.

    9 Praia de Hác-Sá Beach, Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Known For

    • Home-style grilled fish, baked chicken, and huge bowls of spicy clams
    • Beloved sangria and long list of Portuguese wines
    • Informal, boisterous atmosphere

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No credit cards, Reservations not accepted
  • 10. Aurora

    $$$$ | Taipa

    With its southern Italian fare inspired by the Puglia Region and sweeping views of the Macau Peninsula, Aurora is popular with a high-level business clientele and those seeking modern romance. Chef Michele dell'Aquila's menu focuses on seafood, spotlighting pan-roasted cod, Adriatic red snapper, crabs, prawns, and oysters, but there are also plenty of pastas and meats, as well as over 2,000 bottles in the massive wine cellar. A seafood buffet is served from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm on Sunday and costs MOP$488.

    Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Thurs., Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential
  • 11. Aux Beaux Arts

    $$$ | Outer Harbour

    This 1930s-style Parisian brasserie in the MGM Macau is one of the trendiest restaurants around. Diners are particularly fond of its catch-of-the-day seafood, French mains, and chic decor.

    Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Known For

    • French Concession Shanghai-esque decor with tan wood booths and a terrace
    • Steak Parisien with french fries
    • Sommeliers who pair the latest wines with dishes

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Credit cards accepted
  • 12. Clube Militar de Macau

    $$ | Downtown

    Founded in 1870 as a private military club, the stately pink-and-white structure was restored in 1995 and reopened as a restaurant. The languid Old World atmosphere perfectly complements the extensive list of traditional Portuguese dishes.

    975 Av. da Praia Grande, Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Known For

    • Stately setting
    • Refined Portuguese cuisine, including rice pudding with mango and other tasty desserts
    • Enormous lunch buffet

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 13. Fat Siu Lau

    $$ | Downtown

    Well known to both locals and visitors from Hong Kong, Fat Siu Lau has kept its customers coming back since 1903 with delicious Macanese favorites and modern creations. A second branch, called Fat Siu Lau 3, is in Taipa Village and offers the same great food albeit in more modern settings.

    64 Rua da Felicidade, Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Known For

    • Whole curry crab, grilled prawns in garlic butter
    • The famous roasted pigeon dressed in a secret marinade
    • Reservations are essential

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential
  • 14. Il Teatro

    $$$$ | Downtown

    With its dedicated view of the Wynn Macau's Performance Lake show and the flashing glows of the Lisboa casinos providing ambience, one of the most romantic restaurants in Macau plays host to Asian celebrities and well–heeled travelers alike. Popular among the impeccable southern Italian delights are tenderloin carpaccio and cioppino starters and sweet potato and pancetta gnocchi, accompanied by chilled wine from an exhaustive list. Desserts range from crispy cannoli to homemade sorbets and ice cream imported straight from Italy. Window seats in particular are at a premium and are best reserved three weeks in advance. The dress code is "casual elegance," which means long pants, closed-toe shoes, and no open shirts for men; this is not the place for children under five.

    Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch; closed Mon., Credit cards accepted
  • 15. Kira

    $$$ | Taipa

    Next to Aurora and with the same stunning views of the peninsula, Kira serves quality Japanese fare. Its wasabi, for example, comes fresh and doesn't burn badly—truly sublime mustard is a sign that something fresh is taking place in the kitchen. Outdoor deck seating is a nice way to enjoy Kira's carefully cut sashimi, subtle seaweed soups, and fine cuts of wagyu beef. This is an excellent choice for entertaining guests and for family dining, but there are also private booths if you're in the mood for something intimate.

    Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch, Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential
  • 16. La Paloma

    $$$$ | Inner Harbour

    Specialties at this Spanish restaurant firmly ensconced in the 17th-century Pousada de São Tiago include seafood paella, "casserole" of pigeon with rice, Iberian Parma ham, beef sirloin, garoupa (grouper), and fresh sole. Don't miss the afternoon high tea, available from 3 to 5 daily; it's served on the brick terrace shaded by hundred-year-old trees, in the air-conditioned interior with a view of the South China Sea, or at the mirror-walled Cascata Bar built inside the ancient fortress.

    Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 17. Leitaria i Son

    $ | Downtown

    Look for the small cow sign marking the out-of-the-ordinary Leitaria i Son milk bar. The decor is cafeteria-style and spartan, but the bar whips up frothy glasses of fresh milk from its dairy and blends them with all manner of juices: papaya, coconut, apricot, and more. Known for: silky steamed milk; cold milk custard with red beans; long lines at peak hours.

    Largo do Senado 7, Macau, n/a Macau, Macau
  • 18. Litoral

    $$ | Inner Harbour

    In a tasteful setting, with whitewashed walls and dark-wood beams, one of the most popular local restaurants offers authentic Macanese dishes that are simple, straightforward, and deliciously satisfying.

    261 Rua do Almirante Sergio, Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Known For

    • Must-tries such as tamarind pork with shrimp paste or Portuguese vegetable cream soup
    • Bebinca de leite (coconut-milk custard) for dessert
    • A line out the door on weekends, when reservations are highly recommended

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 19. Margaret's Café e Nata

    $ | Downtown

    Not far off the main drag but somewhat hidden down an alleyway, Margaret's Café e Nata offers a cool—albeit increasingly crowded—place to sit, outside under fans and awnings, with some of the best custard tarts in town, plus fresh juices, sandwiches, homemade tea blends, and pizza slices. .

    Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Known For

    • Crispy, creamy egg tarts
    • Big-as-your-face sandwiches
    • Fresh juices and teas

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Wednesday
  • 20. O Porto Interior

    $$ | Inner Harbour

    Come here for traditional Portuguese food that relies on meats, seafood, and heavy sauces. The grilled prawns, African chicken, and various curries are excellent. But it's the design that makes this place so special—picture an elegant two-story facade, brilliant white colonnades, and Iberian arches tiled with azulejos (glazed and painted Portuguese tiles) complemented by marble steps and bridges. Reservations are a good idea on weekends.

    259B Rua do Almirante Sergio, Macau, n/a Macau, Macau

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

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