Food Guide: Where to Eat in Lisbon, Portugal

FOOD GUIDE: WHERE TO EAT IN LISBON, PORTUGAL

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.

After living in Lisbon for 3 years, I have tried it all, but I want to share only the best restaurants in Lisbon with you. Local seafood or best barbecue? Cheap eats or Michelin restaurant? Traditional recipes or modern cuisine? Perhaps some international options? And of course options for your sweet tooth even if you think you don’t have it.

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

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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. 

Peixola

Peixola Restaurants in Lisbon
Prawns and shrimps tacos

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

111 Vinhos

111 Vinhos, Restaurant in Lisbon
Portuguese cheeses and cold cuts and red wine

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

Price:  €€ 

Speciality: chorizo, Portuguese cheese, wine

Restaurante Floresta das Escadinhas

Restaurante Floresta das Escadinhas
Grilled sardines

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)

Speciality: sardines

Palácio Chiado

Palácio Chiado
Fish risotto and chocolate parfait

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

Ti-Natércia

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

Price: €

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

Price: €€-€€€

Speciality: rodizio of fish and seafood

Crisfama

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

Price: €€

Speciality try: bacalhau com natas, octopus rice, marisco

O Grelhador Mor

O Grelhador Mor, Lisbon
Tabua Gaucha

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

Price: €

Speciality: Tabua Gaucha (mixed grilled meat plate) and fish of the day

Ramiro

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

Price: €€-€€€

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

Price: €€-€€€

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

Price: €

Speciality: grilled food, especially chicken

Basque

Basque, Restaurants in Lisbon
Slow cooked lamb, codfish, salad and potatoes in oven

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

Price: €€€€

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

Price: €€-€€€

Speciality try: healthy options and vegan dishes

Paralelo 45 

Paralelo 45, Lisbon
Seabass fillet with potato purè and folhado of salmon with vegetables

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

Price: €€-€€€

Speciality: Portuguese food presented in a modern way

Cervejaria Trindade

Cervejaria Trindade

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

Price: €€-€€€

Speciality: seafood, petiscos available

Akla

Akla, Restaurants in Lisbon
Tagliatelle with salmon and creme brûlées

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

Price: €€€€

Speciality: modern cuisine (lunch deals available)

Restaurante Elevador 

Restaurante Elevador 
Selection of cheese and cold cuts and codfish with spinaches

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

Price: €€-€€€

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

Tágide

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

Price: €€€€

Speciality: let the waiters guide you

Sud Lisboa

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

Price €€€€

Speciality: international food

Dote – Cervejaria Moderna

Dote - Cervejaria Moderna, Lisbon
Francesinha

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

Price: €€-€€€

Speciality: Francesinha

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

Il Monello 

Il Monello, Restaurant in Lisbon
Filetto and tagliatelle with truffles

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

Price: €€-€€€

Speciality: Risotti and Italian cuisine

#Treestory

#Treestory, Lisbon
Kebabi and Adjarian Khachapuri

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

Price: €€-€€€

Speciality: Georgian cuisine

Dessert in Casa Sao Miguel 

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

Price: €

Speciality: Pastel de Nata, tea, Portuguese sweets

In conclusion..

Café A Brasileira
Café A Brasileira

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.

I would love to hear your thoughts, so if you have any feedback or additional tips, leave a comment below. Also, check out my Instagram for regular travel videos and travel inspiration. Or explore other destinations on this travel blog.

Pin it for later and make sure you know where to eat in Lisbon!

25 RESTAURANTS IN LISBON

25 RESTAURANTS IN LISBON

34 Comments

  1. So many amazing suggestions! Wish I’d read this before I went to Lisbon!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Maybe next time!

  2. ALL the food looks incredible! I’m not sure which place I would head to first!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      It’s a tough one haha. Thank you!

  3. Yum! I love eating my way through new cities. Lisbon looks amazing. I would love to check out Fauna & Flora. Thanks for sharing!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Always happy to share! And hopefully you can do that one day 😍

  4. They all look so good! I hope that I can try some of them someday.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Fingers crossed! ❤️

  5. All of these places look amazing, and now I want to try all of these amazing Lisbon food spots! Casa Sao Miguel looks especially cute – so photogenic in addition to the great food.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Exactly.. cute decor always gets bonus points for me😀 Thank you for your kind comment!

  6. Nina Clapperton says:

    I wish I had this guide when I was in Lisbon! I basically survived on port and the custard tarts :p

    1. lasma.plone says:

      That doesn’t sound bad at all haha! Maybe for next time? ❤️

  7. I have been to Lisbon and actually did a food tour there. I love their many seafood options as reflected in your restaurant suggestions. Great list. Pinned for when I go back again.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Glad to see that you still found something new after your food tour, I bet it was amazing! Just like seafood in Portugal 😍

  8. This has made me so hungry! I love Lisbon but so many more places to try after reading your post!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Sorry not sorry haha! Glad to see that you found something new for yourself ❤️

  9. This all looks so amazing! I would love to try all of these fabulous foodie experiences in Lisbon!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Glad to hear that! Thank you! 😍

  10. Oh wow, what amazing looking food. I’d love to visit Lisbon, and now I can see the food looks almost as beautiful as the city. Good to know about many places bringing you small plates when you sit down. Always good to know those kinds of things before you get hit with an astronomical bill at the end

    1. lasma.plone says:

      I totally agree with you and I wish I knew these things before visiting as well! However, restaurants in Portugal are still very affordable, so it’s not a big problem. I really hope that you get to see and taste Lisbon very soon! ❤️

  11. These restaurants all look delicious! Palácio Chiado looks beautiful! I’d love to try these out one day, thanks for the great guide!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Palacio Chiado is quite impressive, right? And food is great as well! Hope you get to visit Lisbon soon ❤️

  12. Wow, these are all so beautiful– ambiance is such an important part of dining and these are gorgeous! As a vegetarian, I’d love to go to Flora and Fauna, it looks delicious.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Great choice, that place is truly amazing! And glad you liked the photos ❤️

  13. First, these restaurants look beautiful! It’s like a whole outing itself! I also love learning tips about eating in other places. I would totally been tempted to say yes to those breads and cheeses! And I love when portions are big enough to have leftovers 🙂

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Thank you so much for your kind feedback! I’m sure you wouldn’t regret it and you would love food in Portugal then! Lisbon is waiting for you!

  14. Linnea K Jordan says:

    This is such an amazing foodie guide! Akla looks incredible! I need to go back to Lisbon!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Lisbon is waiting for you! And glad you liked it 😍

  15. Ma che bellezza tutti questi piatti! sembrano uno meglio dell’altro! congratulazioni a te Lasma e al fotografo! Buon Appetito

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Grazie mille, Rita! ❤️

  16. Pinned for a future trip. I appreciate your tips on dining in Portugal. Every country is a little different. My husband and I have a five block rule for finding places to eat. Find a place that is at least five blocks away from the main tourists attractions and you will begin to find food that is more authentic where the locals like to eat.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Thank you so much! You are right, this usually works pretty well, but sometimes there are great gems even in touristic areas. Also reviews are very important.. especially recommendations from locals 🥰

  17. just had lunch and yet I’d run to any of all these places! I miss a lot our Brazialian restaurant and Baia do Peixe, nonetheless all other places left me a lovely memory! And yes maybe a bit too much coentros everywhere 🤣 but a little but sometimes tastes nice, isn’t it?
    so you did not tell which one you miss the most of this list eheh ❤️

    1. lasma.plone says:

      I know what you mean, every time I look at the photos, I get hungry 🤣 It’s hard to choose, but if I was in Lisbon, I would go to Baia do Peixe first! And then Brazilians after 🥰

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