Portugal is a paradise for gourmands. Eating in Portugal is a serious matter and the Portuguese are masters in the use of olive oil, garlic, onion and of course in the preparation of fish and seafood.
So it’s a little pretentious of me to quote the “best” restaurant with so many good – some incognito or purposely hidden – scattered in the charming streets of the city.
But to make your visit to Lisbon easier, here are 5 restaurants that I TESTED and APPROVED!
They are friendly, with great prices and serve excellent Portuguese food. Enjoy!
#1- A Cevicheria
How to transform a Ceviche into poetry or a work of art?
This is what Chef Kiko Martins did after a season traveling the world and falling in love with this traditional Peruvian dish. Kiko made A Cevicheria not only the chic and cool meeting point of the city, but a place to enjoy this dish using all 5 senses!
An experience of textures and flavors almost indescribable until you experience. If the restaurant is small, the quality of the products served in counterpart is huge. The service is impeccable and fast, but the house does not accept reservations. His balcony adorned by a giant octopus is fiercely disputed and on weekends the sidewalk bubbles of beautiful people waiting for a table with a glass of champagne in hand.
So come early or do not rush. You know, some things in life are better exactly because you waited for them …
- A Cevicheria –
- Rua Dom Pedro V, 129 – Bairro Pincipe Real Tel. +351 21 803 8815
# 2 – Laurentina – the King of Cod
This is the first restaurant that comes to my mind when I think of Lisbon because I LOVE cod! And here it is declined in endless and tasty ways.
The room is cozy and comfortable, the service is impeccable and the invaluable advice of the waiters are perfect for the choice of dishes and the discovery of Douro wines.
The dishes are copious, so think about sharing the main course and ask for mini entrances to be able to savor the diverse options that the house offers.
For the starter, try the Cod Pataniscas (a type of cookie) and then try the traditional dish of the house – Bacalhau Lascado Especial and Bacalhau à Brás. And if you are not cod lover an incredible dish is the Mozambican Tiger Shrimp.
Anyway a place of delight!
- Av. Conde Valbom 71A, 1050-067 Tel.: +351 21 796 0260
#3- Solar dos Presuntos
There is not much to say about Solar dos Presuntos. In two words: “old fashioned”. I love the place because it is in a little street in the heart of the city next to the lift (cable car) that takes you to the top near the Castle.
The place is exactly as I like it: not too big nor too small – with well-worn white towels (I always think towels are the first sign of a good restaurant). It is without a doubt a Lisbon classic that has managed to create a reputation and maintain it over the years. On the menu traditional dishes executed to perfection.
As main dishes, I am a fan of the Açorda Lavagante, the lamb chops or the black rice of cuttlefish, scallops, prawns, mushrooms and mussels. But the menu is quite varied and you will not be disappointed.
I’ve never eaten anything bad at Solar dos Presuntos, and that’s where I go whenever I want to be well served and eat well without leaving Lisbon.
Best always call to book, but you can try your luck waiting in the waiting for a table and take a walk down this charming street that is full of new shops and hotels …
- Solar dos Presuntos
- Rua Portas de Santo Antão 150, 1150-269 Tel. : +351 21 342 4253
#4 Aqui Há Peixe
I met this restaurant through the nomination of the famous Brazilian actor Marcos Frota. And I was conquered on the first plate!
Cozy atmosphere in the heart of Chiado, the restaurant is next to a lively square perfect for an aperitif before your dinner.
I do not need to explain that the star of the house is the fish but you can really and surprise with certain (and great) combinations proposed by chef Miguel after his morning visits to the markets of Lisbon.
I recommend the clams for starter seasoned with lemongrass and coriander which are a real treat. Then delight yourself to the fresh fish of the day or a good cataplana of seafood. You will even think that you are in Praia do Pego (where the chef comes from) and if you close your eyes you may even feel the sea breeze.
- Aqui Há Peixe
- Rua da Trindade 18A, Tel.: +351 21 343 2154
#5 – Ribadouro
Known as one of the best places to eat seafood in Lisbon the Ribadouro brewery for seven decades is the scene of family stories and moments that marked the life of the city.
Many of the employees have been working in the house for tens of years – there they grew up, married some until they retired and saw the arrival and departure of many clients always with the pride of working in a mythical place of the city.
The house has become a meeting point so familiar that some customers keep the tradition of having lunch every Sunday at the same table that has been reserved for years! The place is noisy, lively and you feel at home in 5 minutes.
In the menu the stars are the great seafood platters where clams, prawns, shrimps and shrimps from the Algarve arrive fresh with sea scents. The house also serves wonderful fish dishes and steaks such as steaks or sirloin.
Try the entrance to Sapateira (a traditional crab entree) and Azeitão cheese … for the main course the seafood options are so diverse, you’d better order a drink as you stroll through the menu.
If you are just passing through, since it is on the most famous avenue in the city, you can ask for a “prego” (Portuguese sandwich) at the counter or sitting at the tables that are in front of the restaurant, accompanied of course for a good Imperial Beer.
- Av. da Liberdade 155, 1250-144 Tel: +351 21 354 9411
Other addresses that I love eat in Lisbon …
- Ramiro (marisqueira TOP!)
- 5 Oceanos (marisqueira TOP)
- A Venda Lusitana
- Pinóquio (tradicional portuguesa)
- Joao do Grão (tradicional portuguesa, local familiar)
- Tasquinha do Lagarto (popular portuguesa, local familiar)