The end of the summer brought a few changes to some of Lisbonâ€™s best-known restaurants, from new concepts and chefs to new addresses:
Travessa do Alecrim, 4 – Chiado
Tel: 214 600 659
For many years this was arguably Cascaisâ€™ favorite Spanish restaurant. Itâ€™s now moved to the center of the capital, down the hill from Chiado. The interior dates back to the 1700s with brick stone arches but youâ€™ll likely prefer to sit outside on the terrace. Although the wine list includes Spanish and Portuguese wines, the food is all traditionally Spanish or what it advertises as â€œthe best tapas in Lisbon.â€
CHAPITÃ” Ã€ MESA
Costa do Castelo, 7
Tel: 218 867 334
Itâ€™s one of the cityâ€™s most popular restaurants, always full of locals and tourists who are drawn to the spectacular views of Lisbon. It helps that itâ€™s also just a short walk from the castle but the quality of the food has also kept it as a top choice in the city. Now it has a new chef (one of the most acclaimed after years at a few fine dining restaurants) and promises a more refined cuisine. That doesnâ€™t necessarily mean more expensive, as this restaurant always had higher-than-average prices but more creative selections on the menu.
ESTÃ“RIAS NA CASA DA COMIDA
Travessa das Amoreiras, 1
Tel: 213 860 889
It was the first restaurant in Portugal to get a Michelin star and after 35 years in service, it recently closed for a major renovation. Its three different dining areas (including a courtyard) now feature an elegant combination of classic furnishings and more contemporary design, and offer different dining experiences. You may now go just for a glass of wine and a lighter meal, or for the full menu of contemporary Portuguese cuisine.
Rua da MisericÃ³rdia, 78 – Chiado
Rua da Cruz dos Poiais, 89 – Bairro Alto
Tel: 213 958 057
A small space hidden in a corner of Bairro Alto close to SÃ£o Bento Palace quickly became known as Lisbonâ€™s best Asian restaurant. The owner is actually Portuguese but an experienced specialist in the foods of the East, mixing the delicacies of Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, India… That small space still exists but now focus on just Japanese food (yes, sushi but also more than that), and a bigger space has opened in Chiado. Thatâ€™s where all the Asian specialties will now be served, offering fine quality at reasonable prices.
Rua JÃºlio CÃ©sar Machado, 7
Tel: 213 174 105
Unashamedly pretentious, this restaurant was made to impress, both in ambiance and cuisine. Large teardrop chandeliers hang above a blingy dÃ©cor thatâ€™s just had a small makeover. Itâ€™s now a combination of what it calls a mix of â€œFrench Romanticism and the New Gothicâ€ but whatever that means itâ€™s simply an excuse to attract those looking for a see-and-be-seen place where well-presented food is served. Late at night from Thursday to Saturday it becomes the â€œAvenida Cocktail Loungeâ€ for after-dinner drinking and mingling.