Found within walking distance from the many hotels in Avenida da Liberdade, this is an excellent choice for a healthy lunch (dinners are only served on Fridays and Saturdays). It serves contemporary macrobiotic cuisine, most of it vegetarian and with some gluten-free options, using fresh and mostly-organic ingredients. The dining area has an attractive minimalist dÃ©cor, and the prices are just as inviting.
Address: Rua Rodrigo Sampaio, 94C
The fourth restaurant of local chef-restaurateur Olivier focuses on “guilty pleasures.” Instead of presenting his usual contemporary/Mediterranean cuisine, here the options are pizzas, burgers, pastas and salads. The dÃ©cor follows the same inspiration as the other three spaces — a mix of comfort, elegance and sophistication.
Address: Rua Barata Salgueiro, 28A
Phone: 211 913 590
It replaced a Moroccan restaurant, and instead of tagines the specialty is now fondues of exotic meats. That includes crocodile, kangaroo or ostrich, but if you’re not that open-minded to new culinary experiences, you can always go for the grilled fish or even a veggie option. As in many other restaurants in Bairro Alto, the dining area is not very big, so booking ahead is recommended.
Address: Rua da Atalaia, 70
Phone: 213 468 494
The name derives from the fact that it’s found in the same building as the Pharmacy Museum. It faces the Santa Catarina viewpoint, and has tables placed outside. The interior is inspired by classic old pharmacies, and the cuisine is traditional Portuguese “petiscos” (which you may call “tapas”). Perfect for groups, many of the dishes are meant to be shared by everyone at the table.
Address: Rua Marechal Saldanha, 1
Phone: 213 462 146
SUSHI CAFÃ‰ AVENIDA
Is this yet another sushi restaurant? Yes, but this one differs in ambience and the standards of quality are aimed higher. It has a very attractive contemporary interior, divided into several areas, for more formal or casual experiences. The traditional sushi can also be enjoyed at the bar, while in a more elegant room you can also go for other lesser-known Japanese dishes.
Address: Rua Barata Salgueiro, 28
Phone: 211 928 158