Lisbon Restaurants

Lisbon's dining scene has evolved dramatically in recent years to include any number of high-end dining opportunities, but amid the international fare, Michelin-starred restaurants, and molecular gastronomy, the city's simplest and most traditional restaurants still do a roaring trade. Meals generally include three courses, a dr
Lisbon's dining scene has evolved dramatically in recent years to include any number of high-end dining opportunities, but amid the international fare, Michelin-starred restaurants, and molecular gastronomy, the city's simplest and most traditional restaurants still do
Lisbon's dining scene has evolved dramatically in recent years to include any number of high-end dining opportunities, b

Lisbon's dining scene has evolved dramatically in recent years to include any number of high-end dining opportunities, but amid the international fare, Michelin-starred restaurants, and molecular gastronomy, the city's simplest and most traditional restaurants still do a roaring trade. Meals generally include three courses, a drink, and coffee. Many restaurants have an ementa turistica (tourist menu), a set-price meal, most often served at lunchtime. Note that you'll be charged a couple of euros if you eat any of the couvert items—typically appetizers such as bread and butter, olives, and the like—that are brought to your table without being ordered.

Lisbon's restaurants usually serve lunch from noon or 12:30 until 3 and dinner from 7:30 until 11; many establishments are closed Sunday or Monday. Inexpensive restaurants typically don't accept reservations. In the traditional cervejarias (beer-hall restaurants), which frequently have huge dining rooms, you'll probably have to wait for a table, but usually not more than 10 minutes. In the Bairro Alto, many of the reasonably priced tascas (taverns) are on the small side: if you can't grab a table, you're probably better off moving on to the next place. Throughout Lisbon, dress for meals is usually casual, but exceptions are noted below.

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  • 1. Ânfora

    $$$ | Belém | Portuguese

    When you eat at this restaurant—situated in the luxurious Palácio do Governador and named for the Roman amphorae uncovered beneath the site...Read More

  • 2. Aqui Há Peixe

    $$$ | Chiado | Seafood

    This restaurant's name translates to "There's Fish Here," and make no mistake: it's one of the top places in town to savor the catch of the...Read More

  • 3. Belcanto

    $$$$ | Chiado | Eclectic

    Another jewel in the crown of celebrity chef José Avillez, Belcanto has garnered international acclaim for its inventive cuisine that uses the...Read More

  • 4. Bistro 100 Maneiras

    $$$$ | Bairro Alto | Eclectic

    Sarajevo-born chef Ljubomir Stanisic won rave reviews for his flagship restaurant's innovative menu, so locals were nervous when he opened this...Read More

  • 5. Comida de Santo

    $ | Príncipe Real | Brazilian

    Tropical blues, greens, and yellows make this dining room a standout, as does the lively soundtrack coming from the speakers and the excellent...Read More

  • 6. Delfina

    $$ | Baixa | Portuguese

    Occupying a corner of one of downtown’s grandest squares, Delfina Cantina Portuguesa bills itself as an upscale Portuguese deli. It's the house...Read More

  • 7. Estórias na Casa da Comida

    $$$$ | Amoreiras | Portuguese

    Design aficionados were wowed by this longtime favorite's sophisticated new interiors, and foodies applauded the innovations of chef Duarte...Read More

  • 8. Incomúm

    $$ | Eclectic

    Not far from the town's main train station, this restaurant's location on one of the major thoroughfares means that it is always busy. The dining...Read More

  • 9. Memmo Alfama Wine Bar & Terrace

    $$ | Alfama | Portuguese

    The terrace at this popular eatery has some of the neighborhood's best views, with tables and chairs arranged around a small infinity pool....Read More

  • 10. Pap'Açorda

    $$$ | Cais do Sodré | Portuguese

    Bringing along the famously glitzy chandelier from its much-missed location in Bairro Alto, this cutting-edge restaurant is now located within...Read More

  • 11. Pastéis de Belém

    $ | Belém | Café

    This bakery specializes in pastéis de nata : delicious, warm custard pastries sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Although these sweet...Read More

  • 12. A Ginjinha

    $ | Baixa | Portuguese

    A tourist attraction in its own right, this tiny bar facing a beautiful square is the best place in the Baixa to sample Lisbon's famous ginja...Read More

  • 13. Alfaia

    $$ | Bairro Alto | Portuguese

    In this traditional restaurant, one of the oldest in Lisbon, the courteous staff serve up Portuguese classics and pair them with one of the...Read More

  • 14. Bica do Sapato

    $$$ | Santa Apolónia | Eclectic

    Partly owned by actor John Malkovich, this riverfront restaurant is known for its stylish interior with a minimalist look. The menu in the main...Read More

  • 15. Bonjardim

    $ | Baixa | Portuguese

    In an alley between Praça dos Restauradores and Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, this eatery known locally as Rei dos Frangos (King of Chickens...Read More

  • 16. Bota Alta

    $ | Bairro Alto | Portuguese

    This brilliant blue taverna is one of the Bairro Alto's oldest and most popular—lines form outside early in the evening and diners are packed...Read More

  • 17. Café no Chiado

    $$ | Chiado | Café

    The tables outside this reliable café are the perfect place to watch the old trams go by. Less touristy than some of the others nearby, it attracts...Read More

  • 18. Café Paris

    $$$ | International

    With an enviable location near the Palácio Nacional de Sintra, this elegant bistro has been attracting a well-heeled crowd since the 1920s....Read More

  • 19. Cafe Saudade

    $ | Café

    A short stroll downhill from the train station, this cozy spot has marble-topped tables and an elaborately decorated ceiling. It serves delicious...Read More

  • 20. Cantinho de São Pedro

    $ | Portuguese

    A building with white stucco walls and a barrel-tile roof is home to this tavern, said to be one of the oldest in Portugal. Inside are exposed...Read More

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