Estremadura & Ribatejo restaurants

Top Choice Portuguese in Leiria

Casinha Velha

The best culinary experience in central Portugal begins insanely: an epic cow's, sheep's and goat's cheese cart, arranged regionally, along with black pork sausages, awaits at your table – you cut your own portions …
Top Choice Bakery in Alcobaça

Alcoa

You may have seen it in Lisbon, but this heralded pastelaria (pastry shop) hails from Alcobaça, sitting front and centre across from the monastery hawking some of Portugal's most decadent doces conventuais (conventu…
Top Choice Portuguese in Alcobaça

Restaurante António Padeiro

If the monks had not pigged out at the Alcobaça monastery (their gluttony was eventually noticed), they would have flocked to this wonderful, elegant-but-not-snobby spot. It's clocked up 70 years and for good reason…
Top Choice Portuguese in Leiria

Ao Largo

Leiria's most enjoyable spot comes courtesy of friendly wine-lover Miguel, who opened a restaurant with his sister and his girlfriend, combined their skills as a journalist, teacher and designer with a common love o…
Top Choice Portuguese in Óbidos

Poço dos Sabores

Ditch the tourist onslaught in Óbidos for this village charmer 5km away in Usseira, where Joaquim and sister Angela combine restaurant skills honed in France and Switzerland to create a modern Portuguese destination…
Top Choice Portuguese in Óbidos

Ja!mon Ja!mon

With the cheery Andre, his family and a young, enthusiastic staff at the helm, the hospitality is oh-so Portuguese (read: happy and generous) at this excellent tasca (tavern) featuring a wonderful terrace with lush …
Top Choice Seafood in Nazaré

Casa Pires

Many locals think that this is the only place in Nazaré to eat grilled sardines. Enough said. When sardines are out of season, though (read: frozen), you can always opt for a different grilled fish instead. Stick to…
Top Choice Portuguese in Santarém

Taberna do Quinzena

The theme of this fabulous, atmospheric neighbourhood hang-out is forcadeiros (Portuguese bullfighters), and it celebrates these through its posters, photos and paraphernalia. But as far as the cuisine goes – look a…
Top Choice Seafood in Nazaré

A Tasquinha

This exceptionally friendly family affair has been running for 50-plus years, serving high-quality seafood in a pair of snug but prettily tiled dining rooms. Solo travellers delight: arroz de marisco (shellfish rice…
Top Choice Seafood in Pinhal de Leiria

Estrela do Mar

In an utterly memorable position on the water, this classic seafood place scores top marks for location: the dining room is right over the waves above São Pedro’s town beach. Prices here partly reflect the unbeatabl…