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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 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. 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. 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

  • 8. Gambrinus

    $$$$ | Restauradores | Seafood

    In business for more than seven decades, Gambrinus has plenty of historical drama in its decor, including arched wooden ceilings and stained...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. O Churrasco

    $$ | Restauradores | Portuguese

    On a street lined with tourist traps, O Churrasco is the local favorite and deservedly so. The paneled dining room serves top-notch peri peri...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

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