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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Monte Mar Lisboa

    $$$ | Cais do Sodré | Seafood

    A city-smart sister to the celebrated Monte Mar formal dining restaurant in Cascais, Monte Mar Lisboa offers the same superior seafood with...Read More

  • 8. Santo António de Alfama

    $$ | Alfama | Portuguese

    This place is the opposite of a tourist trap–-"We don't have sardines or fado," it proudly advertises–-and the fact that it's still crowded...Read More

  • 9. Tacho Real

    $$ | Portuguese

    Locals make their way up a steep hill to this restaurant for traditional dishes like bacalhau à brás (with eggs, onions, and sliced potato...Read More

  • 10. Tágide

    $$$$ | Chiado | Portuguese

    Named after the mythical nymphs that live in the Tagus River, this place is divided into two parts: a sleek, modern dining room serving refined...Read More

  • 11. Tasca da Esquina

    $$ | Campo de Ourique | Portuguese

    Vítor Sobral, one of the country’s most famous chefs, has brought together the vibe of a traditional neighborhood eatery and sophisticated dishes...Read More

  • 12. Varanda

    $$$$ | Avenida da Liberdade | Portuguese

    The most popular restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz, Varanda is consistently at the top of its game thanks to the keen eye of French...Read More

  • 13. Largo

    $$$ | Chiado | Mediterranean

    Founded by celebrated Porto chef Miguel Castro e Silva, this upscale restaurant was an immediate hit with the critics when it opened in 2009...Read More

  • 14. Estado Líquido Sushi Lounge

    $$$ | Santos | Japanese

    Scallop carpaccio with salmon, caviar, and a spicy sauce; a house maki featuring salmon, cream cheese, and sesame seeds; and soft-shell crab...Read More

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