Must-see restaurants in Portugal

  • Da Wave

    Setúbal Peninsula

    One of many open-sided cafe-restaurants along the beach, Da Wave has a laid-back, hippie seaside-diner vibe, with its aqua trim and reggae soundtrack…

  • Taberna do Capelas

    Trás-os-Montes

    This tavern in the tiny village of Parâmio is open all day long for coffee and drinks; at lunch and dinnertime it also serves simple meals featuring…

  • Tulhas

    Sintra

    This converted grain warehouse is dark, tiled and quaint, with wrought-iron chandeliers and a relaxed, cosy atmosphere. It’s rightfully renowned for its…

  • Moinho Dom Quixote

    Portugal

    This colourfully decorated, kitsch-filled restaurant serves salads, quiches, burgers and bistro fare, but the real draw is the breezy terrace with…

  • Restaurante-Bar A Lareira

    Aljezur

    Unpretentious and family run, this restaurant in the residential New Church area, with guestrooms above, is a reliable spot for Portuguese meat and…

  • Fortaleza

    The Minho

    Set in the south fortress, with tables inside and on a wide patio with views overlooking the edge of the fort, this place does decent grilled meats and…

  • Churrascaria Santana

    Madeira

    Gourmets will shun this smoky local grill, but this is a superb spot to meet day-tripping families, forestry workers and Santana's police officers over…

  • Casa Simão

    Tavira

    Filled with locals, this old-style, family-run restaurant concentrates on honest, down-to-earth dishes such as javali estufado (wild-boar stew) and…

  • A Tulha

    The Minho

    All dark wood, stone and terracotta tiles inside, this restaurant serves grilled meat and fish dishes – including the house speciality, arroz de bacalhau …

  • Grapes & Bites

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    The concept is simple: take a cosy den of a wine bar, kit it out with barrel tables, add live music and a fun crowd. Then match some 650 wines by the…

  • Adega dos Caquinhos

    Guimarães

    Run by a dynamic duo of elderly Portuguese women, this backstreet tavern serves a small menu of two to three home-style dishes daily. Whatever is fresh at…

  • Alcaide

    Óbidos

    Holding a place in history as Óbidos' first restaurant, this upstairs spot has windows overlooking the town and features creative dishes such as requinte…

  • Dolce Vianna

    Viana do Castelo

    This popular pizzeria buzzes day and night, thanks to the endless variety of tasty, cheesy pizzas churned out of the wood-burning oven in the corner…

  • Padaria Ribeiro

    Aliados & Bolhão

    This no-nonsense bakery is a firm favourite of tripeiros. Snag a table on the terrace for breakfast or snacks such as pasteis de Chaves (puff-pastry pies…

  • El Rei D’Frango

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    New Brazilian owners have breathed life into this budget standby, rustling up enormous and delicious portions of salmon and febras (sautéed pork strips)…

  • Casinha Boutique Café

    Viana do Castelo

    Part of a Portuguese-based chain, this swank cafe serves up sandwiches, crêpes, quiches and salads in an airy light-flooded space with exposed stone walls…

  • Gardy

    Faro

    Croissants, both savoury (chorizo, egg or sweet potato) and sweet (apple, strawberry or honey) are the speciality of this long-established patisserie,…

  • Moma Grill

    Baixa & Rossio

    Take a break from grilled sardines (and menu-touting hawks in Baixa) at this local favourite that boasts black-and-white-tiled floors and a few dishes…

  • Café Montesinho

    Trás-os-Montes

    A cosy spot in the hub of the village, stone-walled Café Montesinho serves snacks and drinks, and also rents an upstairs two-bedroom apartment (€50) that…

  • Nortada

    Sagres

    Set on the white-sand, resort-backed Martinhal beach, this cute cobalt-blue wooden shack is a relaxing spot in the summer months, with indoor and outdoor…

  • Restaurante Le Villageois

    The Douro

    The popular Villageois has been preparing steaks and fresh seafood in French-Portuguese style since 1977. The airy dining room is appointed with azulejos …

  • Zé da Calçada

    The Douro

    Northern Portuguese fare is served in an elegant country-style dining room or on a verandah with idyllic views of the moistero and the bridge. Top picks…

  • Silvas

    Braga

    A cosy little spot in the shadow of Torre de Menagem, this has a narrow glass-enclosed interior with a counter and a few tables outside. The well-prepared…

  • Manuel Padeiro

    The Minho

    The speciality at this simple local tavern with a 60-year tradition is arroz de sarrabulho (stewed rice with pork and pork blood). Other dishes are well…

  • O Caldo Verde

    Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

    Named after Portugal's famous kale and linguiça (pork-sausage) soup, this authentic tavern does a fine line in traditional food. Though it does serve the…

  • Cinemateca Portuguesa Cafe

    Marquês de Pombal & Around

    Hidden on the 2nd floor of the indie-loving cinema and museum, this bright, wood-filled cafe with a sunny terrace makes a fine retreat for an afternoon or…

  • Cabral

    The Minho

    Cabral grills fresh fish and also does a tasty arroz de marisco (rice and seafood stew). It’s all served in an attractive stone-walled dining room, almost…

  • Restaurante Casa do Povo

    Alto Alentejo

    Boasting the town’s loveliest terrace, Casa do Povo has wonderful views across the countryside. The menu is fairly limited, with a few regional…

  • Comendador Silva

    Óbidos

    Attached to the Casa das Senhoras Rainhas hotel, this elegant restaurant is named after the Brazilian writer who took over the establishment. Serves up…

  • Cozinha Velha

    Portugal

    You can dine on original palace recipes such as steamed sole with onions, carrots and fresh cream inside this palatial restaurant housed inside the former…

  • Danúbio Bar

    Guimarães

    This corner kiosk draws a local crowd for its delicious pregos (steak sandwiches), along with other simple but tasty snacks at low prices. Wash them down…

  • A Sagres

    Sagres

    A Sagres' interior of beamed ceilings, azulejos (hand-painted tiles) and heavy timber furniture opens to a sunny dining terrace. Char-grilled fish and…

  • Zefa Carqueja

    Viana do Castelo

    A decades-old Viana mainstay, this grill house does some of the best barbecue chicken and ribs in northern Portugal. You can also get barbecued seafood –…

  • Forno Regional João Padeiro

    Trás-os-Montes

    Snack on tasty regional treats at this corner bakery, including the trademark folar de Chaves (big pillowy loaves filled with bacon and local smoked pork…

  • Agua Mel

    The Algarve

    Views over Alte extend from the balcony of this village-centre cafe, which turns out simple toasties and sandwiches and sweet pastries and cakes including…

  • O Camané

    The Algarve

    Algarvian and Alentejan dishes at this central spot include porco preto (Iberian pig), açorda (bread soup) and cozido de grão (chickpea stew). Opening…

  • Espigueiro de Soajo

    Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês

    This modern place serving terrific Minho meat has outdoor seating on a vine-covered terrace. Management is English-speaking (local by way of Boston) and…

  • Churrasco da Graça

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    This cheerful, no-nonsense grill sits bang in the heart of Graça. At lunchtime the place bustles with hungry locals, who come for grilled seafood and…

  • Cabana do Pescador

    Foz do Arelho

    This old school marisquera (seafood restaurant) with its ocean-view terrace serves reliable meals plucked from a central fountain flush with iced fish and…

  • Sabores do Lima

    The Minho

    A few steps from the river, the inviting Sabores do Lima has exposed stone walls that give a dash of style to its open dining room. The first-rate cooking…

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