The best wining and dining in the city
Lisbon boasts a wide range of restaurants to suit most tastes and budgets, from traditional Portuguese to international cuisine. It has some of the best-value eateries of any European city along with sophisticated, more expensive Michelin-starred restaurants.
Generally speaking, a three-course meal with wine and appetizers is around 20 to 25 euros per person, and don't forget that you're charged for everything you eat -- don't assume that the starters of cheese, spreads, olives, and bread that you are presented with when you sit down are free.
Most Portuguese dine at around 8:30 or 9PM, so to guarantee a table at the restaurant of your choice, arrive early or book in advance.
If you're wondering what you should order at a Portuguese restaurant, take a look at our food section, and to decide where to eat, take a look at the recommendations below. Bom apetite!
Where to look for restaurants:
BAIRRO ALTOThe Bairro Alto district has the biggest cluster of restaurants, most offering traditional Portuguese cuisine, but there are also many options of different world cuisines. Many have outdoor seating.
THE MARKETSOne of the trendiest spots in town is the food court of the Ribeira Market in the Cais do Sodré district, renovated in 2014. It offers all kinds of foods, including by some of the city's top chefs. Another market with a similar atmosphere is that of Campo de Ourique, found at the end of the tram 28 line. Although smaller, it also has a variety of foods and drinks.
THE DOCKSMixing tourists and locals, the former warehouses of the Port of Lisbon facing the landmark bridge and a marina are now restaurants and bars. Open throughout the day, they're perfect for meals or drinks in the sun, or for a relaxing evening.
COMERCIO SQUAREBoth the east and the west wings of Lisbon's grandest square on the waterfront are filled with different types of restaurants. Most are open from breakfast to midnight, and offer different types of cuisines.
LX FACTORYHidden in the Alcântara district not far from the docks, this former industrial complex is now home to several creative companies, but also to several shops and restaurants. Some have tables outside, and are some of the hippest places to be.
RUA DAS PORTAS DE SANTO ANTÃOThis is quite a touristy pedestrian street, where you're approached by waitors showing you the menus, trying to get you to sit at the many tables outside. However, in between the tourist traps you'll find some good-value options, especially if you like grilled fish or roast chicken.
PALÁCIO CHIADOA palatial residence from the 1800s now has its beautiful rooms divided into several eateries. Its a bar and inexpesive downstairs, more sophisticated and expensive upstairs. You'll find it on Rua do Alecrim, 70.
Top 10 RestaurantsRestaurants that stand out for the quality of the food and service, and/or atmosphere.
1. BelcantoLargo de São Carlos, 10 - Phone: 213 420 607
Fine 2-Michelin-starred cuisine in one of the city's oldest restaurants.
2. ElevenRua Marquês de Fronteira - Phone: 213 862 211
A Michelin-star chef's contemporary Portuguese/Mediterranean menu with city views.
3. FeitoriaDoca do Bom Sucesso - Phone: 210 400 200
A Michelin-starred restaurant on the waterfront.
4. Bica do SapatoAvenida Infante D. Henrique, Armazém B - Phone: 218 810 320
Trendy spot partly owned by Hollywood star John Malkovich.
5. AlmaRua Anchieta, 15 - Phone: 213 470 650
One of the most attractive dining experiences, from food to ambience.
6. 100 ManeirasRua do Teixeira, 35 - Phone: 910 307 575
One of the most creative menus in the city.
7. LargoRua Serpa Pinto, 10A - Phone: 213 477 225
A trendy-sophisticated space and refined cuisine.
8. Pap'AçordaAvenida 24 de Julho, 49 (Mercado da Ribeira) - Phone: 213 464 811
A classic combining traditional and contemporary Portuguese cuisine.
9. TavaresRua da Misericórdia, 37 - Phone: 213 421 112
The city's oldest restaurant in a palatial setting.
10. LocoRua dos Navegantes, 53 - Phone: 213 951 861
The tasting menus of one of the city's most promising young chefs.
10 Trendy RestaurantsLocal favorites right now:
1. Sea MeRua do Loreto, 21 - Phone: 213 461 564
Traditional seafood with a twist for contemporary times.
2. PharmáciaRua Marechal Saldanha, 2 - Phone: 213 462 146
The spot for "petiscos" (tapas) with a wonderful terrace and a retro-pharmacy décor inside.
3. Casa de PastoRua de São Paulo, 20 - Phone: 963 739 979
Hidden on an upper floor in the Cais do Sodré district, offering traditional Portuguese cuisine with a creative contemporary twist.
4. Rio MaravilhaRua Rodrigues Faria, 103 (Lx Factory) - Phone: 966 028 229
Found on the top floor of a former industrial complex, it's a bar and restaurant facing 25 de Abril Bridge.
5. Bistro 100 ManeirasLargo da Trindade, 9 - Phone: 210 990 475
Innovative cuisine in a beautiful Art Deco interior.
6. A CevicheriaRua D. Pedro V, 129 - Phone: 218 038 815
One of the hottest tables in town, welcoming you with a huge octopus on the ceiling. The speciality is ceviche.
7. Chapitô à MesaRua Costa do Castelo, 7 - Phone: 218 875 077
A bar and restaurant by the castle with a beautiful view over the city.
8. DuplexRua Nova do Carvalho, 58 - Phone: 915 162 808
Bar downstairs, restaurant upstairs, on one of the city's most popular nightlife streets.
9. Zero ZeroRua da Escola Politécnica, 32 - Phone: 911 067 819
A trendy pizzeria with tables outside facing the botanical garden.
10. The DecadenteRua de São Pedro de Alcântara, 81 - Phone: 213 461 381
A crowd-pleasing meeting point in Bairro Alto.
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