There are so many high quality, cosy and affordable restaurants in Lisbon. Too many to try in just a couple of days. Try the typical Portuguese dishes like Balcalhau, Pastéis de Nata or Pastéis de Belém, Santini’s famous ice cream and sit back with a cold glass of vinho verde, while you listen to a beautiful fado. Bom apetite! These are the 9 best restaurants in Lisbon…
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Encanto – best restaurants in Lisbon
1. Encanto – best restaurants in Lisbon
Vegetarian haute cuisine! Wow! The dishes are works of art and true taste explosions. We had a fantastic evening here. Top chef José Avillez has several great restaurants in Lisbon. His restaurant Mini Bar is also mentioned on this list!
Largo de São Carlos 10
Time Out Mercado – oysters & a ‘pulpo hotdog’ – best restaurants in Lisbon
2. Antiga Wine Bar
During my last visit to Lisbon, I had lunch here 2 days in a row. The homemade tapenade with bread, the olives, the seafood, the wine…. everything is delicious! Antiga in Alfama is an ideal spot for solo travelers. There are often more people eating alone, so that will make you feel comfortable. Tip: order a glass (or 2) of the ‘Astronauta’ sauvignon blanc! This was my favorite wine.
R. Santo António da Sé 10 – €€
3. Time Out Mercado da Ribeira
In this large food market, you can try dishes from all the best food shops & restaurants in Lisbon. So many tasty options to choose from! I tried the traditional Portuguese Bacalhau with truffle oil & chorizo with a good glass of Sauvignon Blanc. After that I go for the croquettes from the Croqueteria with cod & ink and the divine ice cream of the famous Santini. Keep in mind that it can get very busy here and there is a possibility you’ll be sitting elbow to elbow…Not ideal if you want to have a romantic dinner!
Mercado da Ribeira, Av. 24 de Julho 50 – €
Mini Bar | best restaurants in Lisbon | city break
4. Mini Bar – best restaurants in Lisbon
This special restaurant is an absolute favorite in Lisbon! Located in an old theater, with a very theatrical menu…order some ‘support actors’, ‘dramas’, ‘tragicomedies’ or ‘leading ladies’ & enjoy high quality Portuguese wine. The owner, José Avillez, born and raised in this city, runs several restaurants in Lisbon. One of them, Belcanto, has been awarded with a Michelin star in less than a year after opening. Luis of B&B Casa Amora, where I stayed, advised me to try the chef’s tasting menu, ‘The Epic Menu’, and so I did…
The 12 creative courses, including a Margarita apple, an explosive olive & a ferrero rocher with eatable gold and foie gras are mind blowingly good.
Mini Bar Teatro, R. António Maria Cardoso 58 – €€€
5. Rosa da Rua – best restaurants in Lisbon
We were on our way to a popular hotspot in Lisbon: A Chevicheria, with a giant papier-mâché Octopus hanging from the ceiling, when I walked past this cosy place. A Chevicheria doesn’t take reservations and there were about 20 people outside waiting to be seated, so we decided to leave and walk back to Rosa da Rua. We loved the excellent traditional Portuguese food from the buffet.
Two of my favorite dishes are the squid stuffed with chorizo and the chickpeas with cod, really good! The ladies who wait our table, make us feel like we have known them for years and it’s like we’re invited into their home. Warm & cosy! And the prices are friendly too!
Rosa da Rua, R. da Rosa 265 – €€
Lisbon city break | highlight and tips
6. Petit Café
After climbing the streets of Lisbon, I crash, slightly overheated, at Petit Café in Alfama, where a kind guitarist plays Brazilian songs on the terrace. While I attack the tentacles of my ordered octopus & sip on a good glass of Portuguese white wine (they sure know how to fill their glasses over here!), a typical, antique Lisbon tram runs by the restaurant and I can feel myself easing back into the slow Lisbon pace of life. Petit Café is also a wine bar, so ask for some advise! Try the passion fruit tiramisu…. Friendly service & a cosy interior.
Petit Café, Largo São Martinho – €€
Pharmacia | best restaurants in Lisbon | highlights and tips
This popular restaurant is no newy on the block. Pharmacia is located in the Apothecary Museum and looks like an old pharmacy. Pepper & salt are in medicin tubes and your bottle of wine is put into an old medicinbox next to your table, with a big cross on it. Order an Ibuprofeno or a Morphino cocktail to make you feel better.
Susana Felicidade, a female top chef, runs the kitchen. Most of the dishes on the menu are meant to be shared. I loved the sweet potato cookies with crème fraîche & salmon. The garden in front of the restaurant, with astroturf, reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. I did not really like it that much and would recommend booking a table inside!
Pharmacia, R. Mal. Saldanha 1 – €€
8. Mama Shelter – Rooftop Bar
Hotel Mama Shelter has an amazing rooftop bar where DJs play regularly. Order a delicious cocktail and enjoy the fantastic view! I am not that thrilled about the restaurant downstairs, so stick to the beautiful rooftop with snacks, cocktails and possibly a cozy blanket when it cools down.
R. do Vale de Pereiro 19
O Botanista/ Orteá Vegan Collective | Lisbon highlights and tips
9. O Botanista/ Orteá Vegan Collective
At this unique venu you will enjoy insanely delicious and beautiful vegan dishes. I had lunch here and was so impressed with the flavors and presentation.
Rua Dom Luís I 19
Where to stay in Lisbon
Casa Amora: a homey and cozy B&B with a lovely garden and beautiful studios! Click HERE for best rates and availability. THIS is the blog post about my stay at Casa Amora.
Lisbon Downtown Inn: small but nice! Perfectly located, great bed, super clean and fully equipped. I loved staying here this summer. Click HERE for best rates and availability.