Must-see restaurants in Portugal

  • O Mercado

    Setúbal Peninsula

    Oozing rustic charm, this savvy Portuguese-fusion gastropub is a pleasant escape from beach-bum Babylon. The select menu ranges from classics (bitoque à…

  • Livraria Centésima Página


    Tucked inside Centésima Página, an absolutely splendid bookshop with foreign-language titles, this charming cafe serves a rotating selection of tasty…

  • Casa da Chá da Boa Nova


    Casa da Chá da Boa Nova is a sight to behold, with the views from the giant windows almost as dramatic as the colorful and delicate dishes served. With two…

  • Cantina de Ventozelo


    Accessible by a small boat from Porto, Quinta de Ventozelo, a vineyard hotel with spectacular views of the green terraces from every corner, Cantina de…

  • Boa Nova Tea House exterior

    Boa Nova Tea House


    Designed by Portuguese architect titan Álvaro Siza Vieira and with star chef Rui Paula at the helm, this Michelin-starred restaurant perches alluringly on…

  • The neon-lit facade of Solar dos Presuntos, a Michelin-recommended restaurant in Rua das Portas de Santo Antpo noted for its fish and seafood choices. The Elevador do Lavra (funicular) is stationary to the left of the building.

    Solar dos Presuntos

    Baixa & Rossio

    Don’t be fooled by the smoked presunto (ham) hanging in the window, this iconic restaurant is renowned for its excellent seafood too. Start with the pata…

  • Alma

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    Two-Michelin–starred Henrique Sá Pessoa's flagship Alma is one of Portugal's destination restaurants and, in our humble opinion, Lisbon's best gourmet…

  • Feitoria


    A defining dining experience awaits at chef João Rodrigues' slick, contemporary, Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the riverfront. Rich textures and…

  • Belos Aires


    At the heart of this intimate part-Argentine, part-Portuguese restaurant is Mauricio, a chef with a big personality and an insatiable passion for his…

  • Cervejaria Ramiro


    Opened in 1956, Ramiro has legendary status among Lisbon's seafood lovers. Here you can feast on rich plates of giant tiger prawns, percebes (goose…

  • Belcanto

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    José Avillez' two-Michelin–starred cathedral of cookery wows diners with painstaking creativity, polished service and a first-rate sommelier. Standouts…

  • Pedro Lemos

    Foz do Douro

    One of Porto's two Michelin-starred restaurants, Pedro Lemos is sheer delight. With a love of seasonally sourced produce and robust flavours, the…

  • O Paparico


    It's worth the taxi hop north of town to O Paparico. Portuguese authenticity is the name of the game here, from the romantically rustic interior of stone…

  • Mercado Bom Sucesso interior

    Mercado Bom Sucesso


    For a snapshot of local life and a bite to eat, nip into Boavista's revamped Mercado Bom Sucesso. A complete architectural overhaul has brought this late…

  • Brick Clerigos facade 1

    Brick Clérigos

    Aliados & Bolhão

    If you’re in search of a hipster hangout in Porto, this gourmet sandwich and tapas bar is your haunt. Brick Clérigos is one of the city’s communal dining…

  • Noshi exterior

    Noshi Coffee


    Noshi is a hip and healthy cafe with a welcoming atmosphere. You’ll find a good coffee selection, including cappuccinos, soy lattes, 100% Arábica…

  • Puro 4050 interior portrait

    Puro 4050


    This chic Mediterranean-style restaurant and mozzarella bar is located in Porto’s swanky dining precinct, and as a high ranker in the popularity stakes it…

  • Época exterior portrait



    This sunlit cafe rocks the Scandinavian look with light timber furniture and fresh white walls. As well as doling out the rich juices of coffee beans,…

  • Zenith exterior landscape

    Zenith Brunch & Cocktails

    Aliados & Bolhão

    This uber-hip cafe is a sure sign Porto is evolving beyond its paper-tableclothed past to flaunt some cosmopolitan swagger. Tuck into eggs Benedict,…

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    Tasca Zé dos Cornos

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    This family-owned Mouraria tavern welcomes regulars and first-timers with the same undivided attention. Space is tight so sharing tables is the norm and…

  • Portuguese traditional dishes mixed with reinventions of old recipes

    Delfina – Cantina Portuguesa

    Baixa & Rossio

    The restaurant at boutique hotel Alma Lusa embodies the spirit of typical Portuguese cuisine. The menu mixes staple dishes like bacalhau à Brás (shredded…

  • A Sandeira interior

    A Sandeira


    Charming, boho-flavoured and lit by fairy lights, A Sandeira is a great bolthole for an inexpensive lunch. Chipper staff bring to the table creative…

  • Tasca Fit blends healthy food with the traditional techniques of the Portuguese cuisine

    Tasca Fit

    Marquês de Pombal & Around

    Spacious and brightly decorated, this restaurant serves affordable, healthy, sugar-free food, served in the generous portions that are often found in…

  • The best of Syrian food in the heart of the most culturally diverse area in Lisbon



    The very best of Syrian food is served at this refugee success story in the heart of Lisbon's most culturally diverse neighbourhood – Mouraria. When in…

  • Mesa 325

    Mesa 325


    Distressed concrete and brightly painted bistro furniture create an urban-cool look at this hip hangout. It's a chilled cafe for a creamy coffee with…

  • Taberna Santo Antonio food

    Taberna de Santo António


    This family-run tavern prides itself on serving up honest Portuguese grub with a smile. It dishes up generous helpings of codfish, grilled sardines and…

  • Restaurant O Bitoque in the heart of the Campo de Ourique neighborhood in Lisbon

    O Bitoque


    Bitoque – a steak with a fried egg on top and a side of fries – is a quintessential Portuguese dish. This small neighbourhood restaurant in the heart of…

  • Prado

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    This all-organic small-plates newcomer comes courtesy of Chef António Galapito, after his stint at Taberna do Mercado (Michelin-star chef Nuno Mendes'…

  • Loco

    Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

    In the shadow of the Basílica da Estrela, Lisbon's latest hot table comes courtesy of chef Alexandre Silva, whose bold and modern take on Portuguese…

  • Boa-Bao

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    The food at this trendy spot will transport you to Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam, but the ceramic swallows draped across the exposed brick archway …

  • Chutnify

    Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

    A transplant from Berlin's hip Prenzlauer Berg district, this artsy and modern Indian place strikes the perfect balance between real-deal South Indian…

  • Avenida SushiCafé

    Marquês de Pombal & Around

    Don't let the flagship location of what is essentially a mall-food-court sushi chain fool you: Chef Daniel Rente creates some surprisingly and seriously…

  • INcomum


    Chef Luis Santos shakes up Sintra's culinary scene with his modern upgrades to Portuguese cuisine, served amid the muted greys and greens of his…

  • Beco

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    Michelin-starred chef José Avillez' foray into gourmet cabaret is tucked clandestinely away inside a former chapel, where reservations are purposely…

  • Gourmet Experience

    Marquês de Pombal & Around

    The previously underused 7th floor of Lisbon's fanciest department store was transformed into the Gourmet Experience in late 2017. A supersized version of…

  • Jesus é Goês

    Marquês de Pombal & Around

    At one of Lisbon's best Indian restaurants, jovial chef Jesus Lee whips up contemporary Goan delicacies. Rice-sack tablecloths and colourful murals (note…

  • Local

    Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

    Fancy a chef's table experience masquerading as a gourmet picnic with strangers? Local's tiny, minimalist 18-sq-metre space harbours just 20 seats per…

  • Cervejaria Ribadouro

    Marquês de Pombal & Around

    Bright, noisy and full to the gills, this bustling beer hall is popular with local seafood fans, some of whom just belly up to the bar, chase their fresh…

  • Rio Maravilha


    In the former break room on the top floor of LX Factory, Diogo Noronha's Portuguese-Brazilian small-plate party frames outstanding views of Cristo Rei,…

  • Pedras do Castelo

    Alto Alentejo

    Right across from the castle, this welcoming, easy-going spot is a great place to taste Alentejan delicacies – like porco preto (black pork) or bacalhau…

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