Top Choice Portuguese in Bairro Alto & Chiado


Fresh off a 2016 intimacy upgrade, José Avillez' two-Michelin-starred cathedral of cookery wows diners with painstaking creativity, polished service and first-rate sommelier. Standouts among Lisbon's culinary advent…
Top Choice Portuguese in Alfama, Castelo & Graça


A decade in and a legend in the making, 'Aunt' Natércia and her downright delicious Portuguese home cooking is a tough ticket: there are but a mere six tables and they fill up fast. She'll talk your ear off (and doe…
Portuguese in Bairro Alto & Chiado

Casa da India

Despite the name, this is a traditional joint with a Portuguese menu. It's a local haunt with a buzzing, if downmarket, atmosphere (the green and beige tiles aren't winning any design awards) and a grill-master in f…
Portuguese in Bairro Alto & Chiado

Cervejaria da Trindade

This must-see 13th-century monastery turned clattering beer hall oozes atmosphere with its vaults and azulejos of quaffing clerics and seasonal goddesses. Feast away on huge steaks or piles of shellfish, washed down…
Portuguese in Alfama, Castelo & Graça

Malmequer Bemmequer

This bright check-tablecloth-and-tile number overlooks a pretty square. Amid a tight, quaint interior, it rolls out charcoal-grilled dishes such as lamb chops, shrimp and fish, and classic sardines. Look for the sig…
Portuguese in Bairro Alto & Chiado


The beauty set consistently stomps around the funky monochrome hexagonal floor and massive, glass-encased wine cellar at Pap’Açorda's dazzling new 800-sq-metre space inside Mercado da Ribeira. Traditional dishes her…
Portuguese in Bairro Alto & Chiado

El Rei D’Frango

Grill goddesses Luciana and Carla rustle up enormous and delicious portions of salmon and febras (sauteed pork strips) for pocket money. You’ll roll down the cobbles after eating at this simple local haunt.
Portuguese in Baixa & Rossio


Juicy, spit-roast frango (chicken) is served with a mountain of fries at this no-frills joint. Add piri-piri (hot sauce) for extra spice. The pavement terrace is elbow-to-elbow in summer.
Portuguese in Bairro Alto & Chiado

Toma Lá-Dá-Cá

There’s always a buzzing crowd filling this Santa Catarina gem, which is famed for its simple classics and roasted-pork dishes with French twists (au gratin, L'Ancienne).
Portuguese in Alfama, Castelo & Graça

Santo António de Alfama

This bistro wins the award for Lisbon’s loveliest summer courtyard: all vines, twittering budgies and fluttering laundry (though you'll struggle to find it at all in winter). The interior is a silver-screen shrine, …