The 5 Best Riverfront Restaurants in Lisbon

There are many outdoor cafés in Lisbon and a long riverfront to enjoy the sun and fresh air. And on the most pleasant days, especially at this time of the year, you don’t have to step back indoors to enjoy your lunch or dinner. There are several restaurants with outdoor seating, and the ones by the river are especially inviting for their ambience and views. You’ll find many on the attractive docks under 25 de Abril Bridge, but those tend to be a little touristy. For a more refined atmosphere in a similar setting, head to one of the five suggestions below, which all offer a good gastronomic experience and outdoor seating.

Ibo Restaurant, Lisbon

IBO
Most people are not very familiar with African cuisines, but as a former capital of an empire with colonies in “the Dark Continent,” Lisbon has a few restaurants where you can begin to discover some of the flavors from south of the Sahara. This restaurant on the riverfront by the Cais do Sodré train and ferry terminal specializes in the food of Mozambique but curiously adds a few influences from another former Portuguese colony, India’s Goa. The interior is quite contemporary and attractive, and the river can be seen from the large windows. However, try to get a table outside when the sun is shining.

XICO’S
We’ve already posted a review of this restaurant, found on the top floor of a former warehouse. It faces the river and has a terrace for al fresco dining. The cuisine is essentially Iberian but there are some inspirations from above the Pyrenees, such as the “Entrecôte Café de Paris.” If you can’t get a table on the terrace, enough fresh air flows into the contemporary interior.

BICA DO SAPATO
It’s one of the best and best-known restaurants in the city but few know that it also has a simpler cafeteria service and a special sushi section. Whether you’re going for a special meal of contemporary Portuguese cuisine or for the lighter menu, you can sit outside on the terrace facing the river. In addition to the river views your attention will also be drawn to the stylish décor of your surroundings.

CASANOVA
On the same row of renovated warehouses as Bica do Sapato is this equally trendy but much simpler Italian restaurant. Many swear it makes the best pizzas in town which are extra-extra-thin here. Unfortunately it doesn’t take reservations, so you may have to wait a while for a table, even on weekdays. The best seats are, of course, outside on the terrace.

JARDIM DO MARISCO
The name means “Seafood Garden” but it recently added a “Jardim do Sushi” (“Sushi Garden”) on the upper level. Found a couple of doors down from Xico’s (see above), it’s also known for its steaks. No matter what you choose, you’ll always have the Tagus at your feet as you enjoy it.

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