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 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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Casa dos Passarinhos

    $ | Campo de Ourique | Portuguese

    In business for nearly a century, this eatery is a lunchtime favorite for workers in the nearby office complex, and at night it draws mainly...Read More

  • 9. Cocheira Alentejana

    $ | Bairro Alto | Portuguese

    This place hasn’t changed a bit over the years, from the beams across the ceiling to the harnesses and wagon wheels that serve as decor. It...Read More

  • 10. Fidalgo

    $ | Bairro Alto | Portuguese

    Don't let the strikingly contemporary decor fool you–-this is one of Bairro Alto’s oldest restaurants, and still wins awards for its traditional...Read More

  • 11. O Cantinho da Paz

    $ | Bairro Alto | Indian

    This wood-paneled restaurant specializes in foods from the former Portuguese colony of Goa—otherwise surprisingly hard to find in Lisbon. The...Read More

  • 12. Os Tibetanos

    $ | Avenida da Liberdade | Vegetarian

    Delicious meat-free dishes (think mango-and-tofu curry, seitan steak, and spinach-filled Tibetan momo dumplings) ensure that there's always...Read More

  • 13. Parreirinha de São Vicente

    $ | Portuguese

    The food at this wood-paneled eatery around the corner from the Feira da Ladra flea market is expertly prepared and comes in portions big enough...Read More

  • 14. Santini Chiado

    $ | Chiado | Italian

    For some of the best ice cream in town, drop into this branch of a family-run shop founded in 1949. Different flavors are introduced regularly...Read More

  • 15. Solar dos Bicos

    $ | Alfama | Portuguese

    This charming restaurant with huge stone arches and a beautiful mural made of azulejo tiles offers typical regional cuisine at very reasonable...Read More

  • 16. Tasca Saloia

    $ | Portuguese

    At this restaurant in the center of town, the handful of tables in the convivial dining room spill out onto the sidewalk in warmer weather....Read More

  • 17. Jardim da Estrela

    $ | Lapa | Café

    This cozy café at the entrance to the garden of the same name is a top choice for families, thanks to a leafy terrace with waddling ducks and...Read More

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