Top ChoiceSeafood in Sesimbra

Casa Mateus

Upgrade from ubiquitous grilled fish at this cosy dining room drenched in hardwood and old stone. In 2013, husband, wife and son team Carlos, Cristina and Pedro resurrected a 55-year-old family business...

Top ChoicePortuguese in Costa da Caparica

O Mercado

Oozing rustic charm, this savvy Portuguese-fusion gastropub is a pleasant escape from beach-bum Babylon. The select menu ranges from classics (bitoque à portuguesa) to modern takes on beef cheeks and pork belly,...

Seafood in Setúbal

O Pescador II

With tables sprawled along a lane a block or two back from the main drag, this simple but immensely authentic seafooder ain't much for manners and pleasantries, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a better deal on...

Seafood in Sesimbra

Lobo do Mar

This unassuming seafooder in Porto de Abrigo has outgrown its humble beginnings as a bathing service in 1926 (there's a distinguishable line between its modern expansion and its original old school fisherman's...

Tapas in Costa da Caparica

Clássico Beach Club

One of the best beach bars in São João, stylishly built by a trendy Lisbon chef but taken over by Brazilians, who have shaken up the beach food scene with Bahian moquecas, tapioca crepes and croquettes, and other...

Thai in Setúbal


A nice break from seafood, Taifa is a jazzy little cafe with outdoor tables and an eclectic menu that includes a limited but good menu of pad thai and red and green curries, Belgian beers and fragrant gin and...

Seafood in Setúbal

Casa do Mar

A standout among myriad seafooders in this warehouse district backing up against the water and a favourite of actual setubalense. It's a bit pricier than its neighbours but popular dishes like shrimp red curry...

Seafood in Sesimbra


No menu, no frills, just the tastiest grilled fish and cheapest plonk in town at this tasca run with love and prowess by Senhor Isaías' surviving son Carlos, grandson Thiago and chip-maven Maria. Sole, sardines,...

Portuguese in Setúbal

Tasca da Avenida

A standout among Avenida Luísa Todi's long line of carbon copy seafood restaurants more for its size and intimacy than anything, but the food here is a step above as well. The best dishes serve two (seafood pasta...

Vegan in Costa da Caparica


Caparica's vegan retreat, this stylish newcomer offers a handful of daily changing vegan (and vegetarian meals) in shabby chic weatherboard surrounds. Risottos are always popular and keep an eye out for vegan...

Seafood in Aldeia do Meco

Bar do Peixe

This beachfront restaurant, north of Praia das Bicas, has a chilled vibe and a sea-facing terrace. It serves good grilled fish and refreshing carafes of sangria. Fish rarely gets a backdrop this stunning and the...

Cafe in Setúbal

Delice Garden

This cute little cafe offers the best vantage point for optimal people-watching and Instagram-ready plaza views. It does good crepes, bruschettas, croissants, pitchers of sangria and gin and tonics, etc.

Market in Setúbal

Mercado do Livramento

Amid life-size statues of vendors (fruit sellers, fishmongers etc), you can assemble a first-rate picnic at this enticing cast-iron market: cheese, olives, bread, seasonal fruits and more.

Seafood in Setúbal

Baluarte da Avenida

Baluarte serves excellent fish and seafood dishes cooked to perfection without a lot of fuss. Start with local Azeitão cheese, followed by grilled fish or caldeirada with clams for two (€45), and finish with a...

Seafood in Setúbal

Casa Santiago

Wafts of fish sizzling on the grill will reel you into this local favourite, where the hungry lunchtime crowds feast on huge portions of choco frito, served with a squirt of lemon and mounds of fries, rice and...

Cafe in Costa da Caparica

Da Wave

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. American-style breakfasts, sandwiches, pizzas and juices make...

Sushi in Costa da Caparica

Sentido do Mar

This is the best of Costa de Caparica's seaside pavilion restaurants, and open year-round. Sentido do Mar draws locals for fresh, creative sushi and fresh fish preparations and a slightly classier atmosphere.

Burgers in Costa da Caparica

Sandwich Bar

Opened in 1974 just after the demise of the military dictatorship, this nostalgic burger bar was Portugal's first. Nothing gourmet here; just beef or turkey burgers with all the fixings.

Sandwiches in Costa da Caparica

A Merendeira

This cafe on the main drag serves merendeiras (wood-fired oven-baked sandwiches with chorizo, beef or cod), and filling daily soups and desserts. Cash only.

Italian in Costa da Caparica


Pasta, pizza and great service draw hungry locals to this modern, glass-enclosed Italian joint at Residencial Mar e Sol.