This post will provide a list of some of the best restaurants in Lisbon, some of which serve some of the finest Lisbon foods.
Where to eat in Lisbon
1. Pasteis de Belém
We can’t begin a list without the most famous traditional Portugal food – Portuguese tarts. There is a reason why Pastéis de Belém has claimed the top spot for Bakeries in Lisbon on TripAdvisor. They serve one of the best Portuguese tarts you can ever find, and where everyone from all corners of the world comes for. Expect long queues if you patronize. They prepare up to 16,000 tarts a day, so fresh tarts are prepared quickly round the clock.
While we’re on the topic of tarts, NATA is another underrated café that specializes in Portuguese tarts that is worth a mention. With tarts that are flakier and crispier than others that I’ve tried in Portugal, it is easily my favourite café for a Portuguese tart fix!
3. Pavilhão Chinês
The title translates to “Chinese Pavillon”. The interior decor will render anybody spellbound. On racks and cupboards by the dining tables are some of the most extensive collections of memorabilia anyone can imagine. They date all the way to the 18th century and beyond. Boasting a vintage theme, the dim restaurant bar is no different from a museum, with collections such as teapots and figurines, miniature dolls and military artefacts. Dine in one of their intimate booths and be immersed in an atmosphere of history.
4. Sr. Fado de Alfama
Located in Alfama, Sr. Fado de Alfama is owned by Fado singer Ana Marina and fado violinist Duarte Santos. They have a reputation of being one of the best places to be for Lisbon food and music. Be prepared to be mesmerized by the Fado performances alongside home-cooked meals and local wine.
5. Deli Delux
One of Lisbon’s most popular food establishments on Avenida Infante, Deli Delux is packed with locals on a Sunday stocking up on local groceries and indulging in a leisurely brunch by the neighbouring cafe terrace.
6. Solar dos Presuntos
They are a family-run business that offers a local taste of delicious Portuguese home cooking. Having been in the scene for years, they serve a loyal clientele who come for their wide variety of vinho verdes.
Belcanto is not foreign in the Lisbon food scene. After chef José Avillez took over this forgotten restaurant, he transformed it into the gastronomic haven it is today, making it the first restaurant in Lisbon to be awarded with two Michelin stars.
8. O Faroleiro in Cascais
For a memorable beachside dining, this upscale seafood restaurant is worth the travel, being perched by the beach with dreamy Atlantic views. They offer fresh seafood and their clams are a must-try.
9. Cervejaria Ramiro
Cervejaria Ramiro is a mecca for some of Lisbon’s finest seafood, and some claim the best lobster in Lisbon. It is a blessing that this restaurant is not overrun with tourists yet.
10. Cantinho Lusitano
Cantinho Lusitano serves up palatable yet reasonably-priced Portugese tapas. They keep their customers coming back with their ever-changing menu and their broad diversity of dishes. Recommended dishes include Pica-Pau (strips of beef with special sauce and fried sweet potatoes), semi cured cheese with pumpkin jam, meat rolls with mint and Greek yogurt sauce and grilled chouriço sausage with moscatel sauce.