Sintra, the Estoril Coast, and the Setúbal Peninsula Restaurants

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  • 1. Bar do Guincho

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    Raise a glass to life's simple pleasures as you nibble on freshly caught shellfish at this feet-in-the-sand bar and restaurant. There are grilled slabs of...

    Raise a glass to life's simple pleasures as you nibble on freshly caught shellfish at this feet-in-the-sand bar and restaurant. There are grilled slabs of meat and fish on the menu, alongside a lengthy cocktail list and a vast range of small plates that are perfect for sharing.

    Estrada do Abono 547, Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal
    214 87 16 83

    Known For

    • The perfect place for drinks after a day at the beach
    • Open until late on weekends
    • Beautiful spot on the beach
  • 2. Café Filipe

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    Set back from a lively town square overlooking the ocean, Café Filipe entices seafood lovers with its glass displays of enormous fish and colorful crustaceans....

    Set back from a lively town square overlooking the ocean, Café Filipe entices seafood lovers with its glass displays of enormous fish and colorful crustaceans. Take a seat in the bright dining room or out on the terrace to make the best of those sea views.

    Av. 25 de Abril, Sesimbra, Setúbal, 2970-657, Portugal
    212 231 653

    Known For

    • Freshly caught fish cooked on charcoal grill
    • Seafront location in the very center of town
    • Specialties like swordfish and soft-shell crab
  • 3. Cantina Clandestina

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    A standout on the pedestrianized "Rua Amarela" eating and drinking strip, Cantina Clandestina serves delicious tapas, light meals, and cocktails (try the Clandestina, which combines...

    A standout on the pedestrianized "Rua Amarela" eating and drinking strip, Cantina Clandestina serves delicious tapas, light meals, and cocktails (try the Clandestina, which combines gin with lemon, basil, and ginger beer) to a relaxed crowd. You can take a seat in the cozy confines of Cantina Clandestina itself, at sister bar-restaurant Taberna Clandestina across the road, or arrive early to grab one of the much-coveted tables on the famous yellow-painted street itself. 

    Rua Afonso Sanches 47, Cascais, Lisbon, 2750-282, Portugal

    Known For

    • Delicious swordfish carpaccio
    • Inventive focaccia sandwiches
    • Friendly service

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Tues., Reservations recommended
  • 4. Casa da Baía

    $ | Coffee

    In an eye-catching blue-and-white building that also houses the tourist information center and a small museum, the Casa da Baía serves cakes and pastries from...

    In an eye-catching blue-and-white building that also houses the tourist information center and a small museum, the Casa da Baía serves cakes and pastries from around the region. You place your order at a small deli (well stocked with Moscatel and Peninsula de Setúbal wines) and then take a seat in the dining room or head out to a vast terrace complete with comfy deck chairs.

    Av. Luísa Todi 468, Setúbal, Setúbal, 2900-456, Portugal
    265 545 010

    Known For

    • Toasted sandwiches and other savory snacks
    • Delicious local products
    • Live music on weekends
  • 5. Fábrica De Tortas Azeitonense

    $ | Desserts

    When in town, sweet-toothed visitors should be sure to sample the local specialty called tortas de Azeitão: little sweet sponge cakes filled with an egg-and-cinnamon...

    When in town, sweet-toothed visitors should be sure to sample the local specialty called tortas de Azeitão: little sweet sponge cakes filled with an egg-and-cinnamon custard. Stop by this locally famous café to savor some pastries along with a Portuguese coffee or Moscatel wine, with the option to buy a box to enjoy later.

    Rua de S. Gonçalo 438, Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, Setúbal, 2915-247, Portugal
    212 190 418

    Known For

    • Local specialty desserts
    • Wine and cheese
    • Excellent little on-site souvenir shop
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  • 6. Hífen

    $ | Vegan

    Enjoy colorful salads, seafood, and other light meals with a view over Cascais bay at this laidback bar-restaurant in the center of town. Communal seating,...

    Enjoy colorful salads, seafood, and other light meals with a view over Cascais bay at this laidback bar-restaurant in the center of town. Communal seating, sharing plates, and a lively musical backdrop make for a sociable atmosphere, and the sea breezes blowing through the open windows keep things fresh on hot days. You can book a table on the terrace if you don't fancy group dining.

    Av. Dom Carlos 48, Cascais, Lisbon, 2750-310, Portugal

    Known For

    • Delicious salmon tataki
    • Huge array of vegetarian and vegan options
    • Tempting cocktails and desserts

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations recommended
  • 7. Incomúm

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

    Not far from the town's main train station, this restaurant's location on one of Sintra's major thoroughfares means that it is always busy. The dining room is elegantly lighted with crisp linens on the tables, but the favorite seats are on the street. While the á la carte options are reasonably priced, it's the three-course set lunches that are the best value.

    Rua Doutor Alfredo Costa 22, Sintra, Lisbon, 2710-523, Portugal
    219 243 719

    Known For

    • Dishes are prepared and presented with great care
    • Elegant dining room
    • Tasting menu showcasing talents of chef Luis Santos

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch Sat.
  • 8. Moinho Dom Quixote

    $ | Vegan

    In the middle of gorgeous gardens, this unusual restaurant occupies a lovingly restored traditional windmill perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The outdoor seating...

    In the middle of gorgeous gardens, this unusual restaurant occupies a lovingly restored traditional windmill perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The outdoor seating area has different seating areas tumbling down the cliff and shaded by pines and flowering cacti. The food has Mexican and Middle Eastern accents, with excellent vegetarian options along with the fresh fish synonymous with the Portuguese coast.

    Rua dos Moinhas 5, Azoia, Lisbon, 2705-001, Portugal
    219 292 523

    Known For

    • Warmly welcomes pets
    • Famous brunches until 1 pm daily
    • Organic, seasonal ingredients
  • 9. Monte Mar

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    Superior seafood and steaks come with equally impressive sea views at this highly regarded restaurant in Guincho that attracts everyone from rock stars to heads...

    Superior seafood and steaks come with equally impressive sea views at this highly regarded restaurant in Guincho that attracts everyone from rock stars to heads of state. Situated right at the edge of the ocean, the terrace is the perfect spot for taking in those amazing ocean views. There are now branches in Lisbon and Troia, but this is the original and best-loved. 

    Av. Nossa Senhora do Cabo 2845, Cascais, Lisbon, 2750-053, Portugal
    916 02 53 05

    Known For

    • Grilled fish and fresh shellfish
    • Excellent cocktail menu
    • Wonderful service staff

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Reservations recommended
  • 10. O Pescador

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    Fresh fish and seafood fill the menu at this relaxed restaurant filled with lobster traps, fishing nets, and other maritime-related artifacts. The bacalhau assado (baked...

    Fresh fish and seafood fill the menu at this relaxed restaurant filled with lobster traps, fishing nets, and other maritime-related artifacts. The bacalhau assado (baked salt cod) is one of the specialties of the house, but there are usually also one or two vegetarian options, such as a salad with tofu and asparagus.

    Rua das Flores 10, Cascais, Lisbon, 2750-348, Portugal
    214 832 054

    Known For

    • A local favorite since 1964
    • Well-stocked wine cellar
    • Fish and seafood platters for sharing

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Wed.
  • 11. Praiamar

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    Though not right on the ocean, this is an excellent option for for seafood lovers. The extensive menu offers a wide variety of mixed shellfish...

    Though not right on the ocean, this is an excellent option for for seafood lovers. The extensive menu offers a wide variety of mixed shellfish or grilled fish platters to share, including regional favorites like sapateira recheada (whole stuffed stone crab) and lagosta (spiny lobster).

    Rua Afonso Henriques 16, Sesimbra, Setúbal, 2970-000, Portugal
    211 589 634

    Known For

    • Outdoor seating on a cobblestone street
    • Informal atmosphere
    • Huge platters of shellfish

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Reservations accepted
  • 12. Restaurante Pereira

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    Popular though it may be, this longtime favorite remains an unpretentious and inexpensive option for its spectacular food and friendly service. Including much more than...

    Popular though it may be, this longtime favorite remains an unpretentious and inexpensive option for its spectacular food and friendly service. Including much more than the seafood found in most local eateries, the menu features dishes from every region in Portugal. Get here early, as competition for the outdoor tables is fierce in summer.

    Travessa Bela Vista 42, Cascais, Lisbon, 2750-304, Portugal
    214 831 215

    Known For

    • Goat, pork, and duck in various dishes
    • Packed with locals all year round
    • Good value set menus at lunch

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Thurs.
  • 13. Santini Cascais Valbom

    $ | Ice Cream

    In the heart of old-town Cascais, Santini Cascais has what many people consider to be the country's best Italian-style gelato. Branches have now opened across...

    In the heart of old-town Cascais, Santini Cascais has what many people consider to be the country's best Italian-style gelato. Branches have now opened across Lisbon and in Porto, but Santini Cascais is where it all began when Attilio Santini opened his ice cream parlor on the beach back in 1949.

    Av. Valbom 28F, Cascais, Lisbon, 2750-508, Portugal
    214 833 709

    Known For

    • More than 20 flavors of handcrafted gelato
    • Satisfying cup of coffee
    • Popular with families
  • 14. Sentido do Mar

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    This highly regarded seafood spot has sea views, speedy service, and a bright, modern interior with lots of colorful mosaics. Grab a table on the...

    This highly regarded seafood spot has sea views, speedy service, and a bright, modern interior with lots of colorful mosaics. Grab a table on the esplanade to dine with the sea breeze in your hair and magical sunsets over the crashing waves just steps away. Sushi and grilled fish are the specialities, but there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options too.

    Rua Muralha da Praia 7, Costa da Caparica, Setúbal, 2820, Portugal
    212 900 473

    Known For

    • Super fresh fish
    • Excellent sushi and ceviche
    • Vegetarian options like noodles with seasonal vegetables and tofu
  • 15. Tasca do Isaias

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    The huge queues that form outside this tiny, family-run tavern are a testament to the fact that the fish served here is far and away...

    The huge queues that form outside this tiny, family-run tavern are a testament to the fact that the fish served here is far and away the best in town. There's no menu, but the daily catch is written on a blackboard and cooked to perfection on a charcoal grill out on the flagstones.

    Rua Coronel Barreto 2, Sesimbra, Setúbal, 2970-727, Portugal
    914 574 373

    Known For

    • Lively atmosphere and good place to meet the locals
    • Outdoor tables on the cobblestones
    • Shared tables indoors when it's busy

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 16. Aloha Café

    $ | Vegan

    Offering a vegan alternative to Sesimbra's many fish and seafood restaurants, Aloha Café serves delicious plant-based breakfasts, brunches, and light meals. Expect an abundance of...

    Offering a vegan alternative to Sesimbra's many fish and seafood restaurants, Aloha Café serves delicious plant-based breakfasts, brunches, and light meals. Expect an abundance of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables alongside vegan versions of classic desserts like cheesecake and pudim (a sweet flan usually made with egg). More substantial dishes include a different set meal every day, and a delicious vegan burger made with portobello mushrooms and smoked tofu. The cozy interior is pure rustic-chic, but on sunny days you'll want to take a seat on the terrace to enjoy the unobstructed ocean views.

    Av. 25 de Abril, Sesimbra, Setúbal, 2970-634, Portugal

    Known For

    • Vegan set lunches
    • Excellent Moscow Mules as the house cocktail
    • Gluten-free options like tapioca pancakes with guacamole

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner Mon. and Tues.
  • 17. Beira Mar

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    One of several well-established restaurants behind the fish market, Beira Mar has won a string of awards for the quality of its fish and seafood....

    One of several well-established restaurants behind the fish market, Beira Mar has won a string of awards for the quality of its fish and seafood. An impressive glass display shows off the best of the day's catch sold by weight. The just-caught local fish cooked on a charcoal grill is always a crowd pleaser.

    Rua das Flores 6, Cascais, Lisbon, 2750-348, Portugal
    214 827 380

    Known For

    • Platters of lobster
    • Simple vegetarian options like pasta with vegetables
    • Fresh fish grilled to perfection

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No dinner Sun., Accepted
  • 18. Borda d'Água

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    This restaurant—a glassed-in wooden cabana built in the sand dunes—has a laid-back beach vibe with colorful pillows, swinging hammocks, and weathered wooden tables. The menu...

    This restaurant—a glassed-in wooden cabana built in the sand dunes—has a laid-back beach vibe with colorful pillows, swinging hammocks, and weathered wooden tables. The menu is strong on daily fish specials.

    Praia da Morena, Costa da Caparica, Setúbal, 2825-491, Portugal
    212 975 213

    Known For

    • Caipirinhas and other beachy beverages
    • Sand-in-your-shoes atmosphere
    • Vegetarian and vegan dishes

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Dec. 1 to Jan 15.
  • 19. Café Paris

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

    With an enviable location near the Palácio Nacional de Sintra, this elegant bistro has been attracting a well-heeled crowd since the 1920s. There's a covered area for outdoor dining, while the mirrored walls, ceiling frescoes, and crystal chandeliers of the interior are in keeping with the sense of opulence.

    Praça da República 32–36, Sintra, Lisbon, 2710, Portugal
    219 232 375

    Known For

    • The steaks are among the best in the city
    • Ornate dining room
    • Lots of vegetarian options
  • 20. Café Saudade

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

    A short stroll downhill from the train station, this cozy spot has marble-topped tables and an elaborately decorated ceiling. It serves delicious scones, cakes, and pastries in a setting that evokes the grandeur of another era. The strong coffee and hearty breakfasts are good fuel for a day climbing the town's steep hills.

    Av. Dr. Miguel Bombarda nº6, Sintra, Lisbon, 2710-590, Portugal
    210 150 055

    Known For

    • Wine is available by the glass or the bottle
    • Strong coffee and hearty breakfasts
    • Retro-chic interior and outdoor seating on the terrace

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No dinner

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