What is the best way to get to know a certain country? For many people, it is through food – local dishes, unique products, must-try drinks, eating traditions, and so on. So I am here to help you discover Lisbon through food and share my favorite places where to eat in Lisbon.
Below you will find a complete food guide and the best places where to eat in Lisbon for every taste and every budget.
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But before we dive in…
Best food tours in Lisbon:
- 🍷 Savor gourmet foods from Portugal during this small-group guided food and wine tour of Lisbon
- 🍲 Join this tour to explore the neighborhoods of Baixa and Mouraria, wandering their back streets in search of delicious Portuguese fare
- 🍻 Spend a night out in Lisbon and meet local residents and fellow travelers on this pub crawl that introduces you to one of the best nightlife neighborhoods in the city
- 🍜 Discover the rich flavors of Portugal as you embark on a tasting tour of Lisbon’s traditional eateries
- 🥧 Satisfy your sweet tooth and make traditional Portuguese pastry in this hands on class led by a pastry chef
Things to know about restaurant culture in Portugal
Before we talk about where to eat in Lisbon, I want to share restaurant etiquette in Portugal. As soon as you sit down, you will be offered starters – cheeses, olives, bread etc., but keep in mind that this isn’t for free (or included in the price). These things tend to be overpriced, so I would advise you to choose something from the menu instead.
Portuguese main dishes can be quite generous, so consider ordering half portion or sharing it with your partner or friend – especially if you want to try something from the starters and desserts. And I bet you do, right?
Another thing that you should keep in mind, things like meat and fish come with sides – usually you can choose 2 from rice, potatoes, steamed vegetables and salad. This means that you can get a fish with rice and potatoes – heavy, huh? So it is better to specify your preference.
“Sem coentros“ is a phrase that you should remember if you don’t like coriander. It comes with most of the dishes, even things like sushi!
Lunch is mostly served from midday until 3pm and dinner starts from 7pm. Outside these hours, kitchen is closed, but you can still find some food in pastelaria.
Every meal usually ends with dessert and coffee (espresso). Some restaurants will offer you a liquor and its normally free of charge – unless you request it.
It is always better to have some cash, because a lot of local places don’t accept cards. Or if they do, then only Portuguese cards.
When it comes to choosing a restaurant, forget fancy! Once you see old family ran restaurant, don’t get fooled, this is where the food is the best. With some exceptions of course, so let’s discover the best restaurants in Lisbon.
Local products with a modern touch, sounds like something you would like? If yes, this is your place.
Location: R. do Alecrim 35, 1200-014 Lisboa
Price: €€-€€€ (lunch menu deals available)
Speciality: fish soup served in bread and seafood
Petisco paradise, you can try the best local dishes in small portions. Great option if you don’t have a lot of time to eat out or you don’t like big portions.
Location: Rua da Sociedade Farmacêutica 20 A, 1150-340 Lisboa
Speciality: chorizo, Portuguese cheese, wine
Restaurante Floresta das Escadinhas
First of all, the best sardines in Lisbon and that is something that you must try. Sardines are seasonal, but they have a lot of other great options. Located in central Lisbon, but not your typical tourist trap.
Location: R. de Santa Justa 3, 1100-213 Lisboa
Price: € (open only at lunch)
Beautiful location, modern menu and exquisite experience. Worth the splurge.
Location: R. do Alecrim 70, 1200-018 Lisboa
Price: €€€€ (lunch menu available)
Speciality try: Portuguese specialities, fusion food, vegetarian dishes
Different experience that is not for everyone. Aunt Natércia will cook you the best Portuguese dishes while she screams, complains and bosses you around, you might be sceptical, but it’s something that you won’t find anywhere else.
Location: Escolas Gerais 54, 1100-213 Lisboa
Speciality: codfish in any possible way
Baia do Peixe
Endless sea food options, fresh fish and very affordable prices (for the quality that you get!). If you choose the one in Cascais, you get a wonderful view on the ocean.
Location: Av. Dom Carlos I 6, 2750-310 Cascais and loja 603 Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno 63, 1000-306 Lisboa
Speciality: rodizio of fish and seafood
Family owned restaurant that offers to try traditional recipes. Famous for their bacalhau com natas. Its a heavy dish, but make sure you try Portuguese beloved cod fish in every possible way.
Location: Rua da Cruz de Santa Apolónia 56, 1100-188 Lisboa
Speciality try: bacalhau com natas, octopus rice, marisco
O Grelhador Mor
Brazilian owned restaurant. You can forget about fancy location, but the staff welcomes you with open arms. On the weekends, many Brazilian dishes available. Any other day – everything grilled.
Location: R. Padre Francisco Álvares 3A, 1500-478 Lisboa
Speciality: Tabua Gaucha (mixed grilled meat plate) and fish of the day
One of the best rated restaurants in Lisbon. Be ready to splurge, but amazing lobster and seafood is a must when visiting Lisbon, so go for it!
Location: Avenida Almirante Reis 1, 1150-038 Lisboa
Speciality: lobster and other seafood
Parreirinha de Alfama
Another thing that you can’t miss when visiting Lisbon – Fado. Dinner comes with live concert and unforgettable atmosphere. I have tried many Fado places and this one comes with the best food as well.
Location: Beco do Espírito Santo 1, 1100-222 Lisboa
Speciality: traditional fish and seafood stock, Lobster rice “Parreirinha style”
Casa da Índia
Despite the name, this is a typical Portuguese Tasca – simple food, simple place, simple service. But all together makes amazing food experience. Be prepared to wait in the line to get in and share a table with others, but once again, it is all worth it at the end.
Location: Rua do Loreto 49 51, 1200-471 Lisboa
Speciality: grilled food, especially chicken
Michelin Star experience together with Eneko will challenge your taste buds for new senses. The perfect trilogy of flavour, texture and aesthetics that comes with a great service and beautiful design.
Location: R. Maria Luísa Holstein 15, 1300-388 Lisboa
Speciality: let the waiters guide you, degustation menu available
Fauna & Flora
It is not easy to find vegetarian (even harder for vegans) options in traditional Portuguese restaurants. However, the good news are, there are many modern places that offer healthy options. This one is certainly the most popular one and you might have to wait in a line to get a table.
Location: Rua da Esperança 33, 1200-655 Lisboa
Speciality try: healthy options and vegan dishes
Located in the Marques Pombal area, Paralelo 45 is a comfortable and cosy restaurant where the dishes are elaborated from fresh local products in an open kitchen with a very special franco Portuguese touch.
Location: R. Castilho 27B, 1250-067 Lisboa
Speciality: Portuguese food presented in a modern way
Huge historic Portuguese restaurant with tiles, frescos, arches & courtyard in a former monastery. Amazing seafood options, but you can come for petiscos as well in case you are not feeling hungry.
Location: R. Nova da Trindade 20 C, 2715-311 Lisboa
Speciality: seafood, petiscos available
AKLA is a unique experience that unites gourmet Portuguese heritage with cosmopolitan flavours. The chef plays with seasonal products, so menu is always changing, but I’m sure that you will find something suitable for your taste.
Location: R. Castilho 149D, 1099-034 Lisboa
Speciality: modern cuisine (lunch deals available)
Another gem located in the heart of Lisbon that offers local flavours. Chef has a great attention to details and serves you art in the dish.
Location: R. dos Correeiros 204, 1100-170 Lisboa
Speciality: make sure you try their starters, Portuguese dishes
Campo de Ourique Market
I believe you have heard about TimeOut Marker, however, let me tell you the truth – it is overrated and touristic. Come to Campo de Ourique Market instead and enjoy local experience!
Location: R. Coelho da Rocha 104, 1350-075 Lisboa
Price: from € to €€€€
Speciality: market with several options, so choice is yours
Once you arrive, you won’t believe the view that you have over Lisbon, but it gets even better, when food starts to arrive.
Location: Largo da Academia Nacional de Belas Artes 18-20, 1200-005 Lisboa
Speciality: let the waiters guide you
Not your typical Portuguese restaurant, however, you have a beautiful view on Ponte 25 de Abril. International food options come with great cocktails and swimming pool for a dessert!
Location: MAAT, Pavilhão Poente (ao lado do, Av. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisboa
Speciality: international food
Dote – Cervejaria Moderna
I know, I know, Francesinha technically comes from Porto, but maybe you don’t have enough time to visit or you simply miss it already. I got you covered, this place offers a great Francesinha in many different variations.
Location: R. Barata Salgueiro 37A, 1250-042 Lisboa and Av. da República 51C, 1050-099 Lisboa
Mercado Oriental Martim Moniz
What if you crave Asian food during your time in Lisbon? This Market offers many different cuisines for different budgets. Worth a visit.. and I’m sure that you won’t be able to leave without ordering your favourite Asian dish.
Location: Praça Martim Moniz, 1150-052 Lisboa
Price: from € to €€€
Speciality: Asian cuisine
Italian owned authentic restaurant with specific Italian products that are derived from Italy. Who doesn’t love Italian cuisine, right? Plus, great wine list!
Location: R. David de Sousa 12, 1000-107 Lisboa
Speciality: Risotti and Italian cuisine
Typical Georgian restaurant that stole my heart during my time in Lisbon. Khachapuri, khinkali, Georgian shashlik and much more!
Location: R. Luciano Cordeiro 46A, 1150-069 Lisboa
Speciality: Georgian cuisine
Dessert in Casa Sao Miguel
And once you are done with all the restaurants, come and discover this cure Pastel de Nata place located in Alfama. Make sure you compare it with Pasteis de Belem and choose your favourite!
Location: R. de São Miguel No 5, 1100-542 Lisboa
Speciality: Pastel de Nata, tea, Portuguese sweets
I think by now you already know that I have a passion for food and I like to explore it the local way. I really hope that after reading this article you have a list of places where to eat in Lisbon and I cannot wait to hear your feedback once you actually get to try these restaurants.
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