Beira Baixa restaurants

Portuguese in Monsanto

Petiscos e Granitos

Wedged within gigantic boulders, Petiscos e Granitos’ back terrace provides a fantastic backdrop for a copo de vinho (glass of wine) at sunset, with incomparable views over the plains below. Its food offerings are t…
Sandwiches in Castelo Branco

Boutique Do Presunto

One of several popular spots lined up on the central plaza, this is something of a hybrid cafe-slash-fast food place specialising in regional ham (presunto) and cheese (queijo). It's all very casual with seating squ…
Portuguese in Sortelha

Restaurante Dom Sancho

The only restaurant in the old village, Dom Sancho sits just inside the main Gothic gate. It's touristy but the traditional food is spot on – mainly game and hearty stews – and its snug, stone-walled dining room is …
Portuguese in Castelo Branco

Retiro do Caçador

The clue's in the name – Hunter's Retreat – and the mounted boar's heads on the stone wall. This small, and much frequented rustic restaurant, is all about the joys of meat, everything from deer stew to javali (wild…
Portuguese in Sortelha

O Celta

On the main road through the modern village, O Celta (The Celt) serves up a cheerful farmhouse atmosphere and filling country staples, including a flavoursome ensopada de borrego (lamb stew). A small cafe is at the …
Portuguese in Monsanto

Adega Típica O Cruzeiro

Just below the village proper, this likeable place is a rather surprising find, situated as it is in a modern municipal building. The panoramic dining area boasts spectacular views over the plains below, and the sup…
Portuguese in Castelo Branco

O Pinguim

Friendly, fast and efficient, this is the sort of place you'd join the locals for simple, 'home-cooked' fare with the TV on in the corner. The menu holds few surprises but everything is fresh – the fish dishes are e…