Restaurants in Portugal
Lisbon boasts a wide range of restaurants to suit most tastes and budgets, from traditional Portuguese to international cuisine. It has some of the best-value eateries of any European city along with sophisticated, more expensive Michelin-starred restaurants.
Generally speaking, a three-course meal with wine and appetizers is around 20 to 25 euros per person, and don't forget that you're charged for everything you eat -- don't assume that the starters of cheese, spreads, olives, and bread that you are presented with when you sit down are free. Most Portuguese dine at around 8:30 or 9PM, so to guarantee a table at the restaurant of your choice, arrive early or book in advance.
Dining at family-friendly restaurants in Lisbon is to enjoy the hospitality of some of the city’s most popular eateries, places to eat where larger groups and of course children are always welcome. Traditionally styled A Gina, a lovely restaurant tucked away behind Avenida da Liberdade, is a popular dining spot with Portuguese families, and tourists travelling with kids are always welcome. Everyone will appreciate the view at Bella Lisa Elevador in Chiado, and the pasta’s not bad either! Also in Chiado at Cervejaria Trindade the emphasis is most certainly on the casual, where visitors can pop in on spec to enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine in historic surroundings.
In Lisbon, choosing to eat at waterfront restaurants means visitors can dine at some of the city’s best-known eateries by the river or near the ocean. Along with great food – one of these places to eat shines under a Michelin star – diners can also digest spectacular views such as those afforded from Amarra Ó Tejo situated on an elevated position on the south bank of the River Tagus. Lower down almost on the beach is the lovely Ponte Final with its outside tables set on an old jetty.
In the heart of the city, at the edge of the famous Bairro Alto, in a building that once served as the stables of the Palácio dos Condes, is now one of the capital’s most talked-about restaurants. With its ancient well and original pombaline arches, Lisboa à Noite is a shining example of a restaurant that offers contemporary cuisine with authentic Portuguese flavours, made with the finest ingredients and close attention to detail. One of the highlights is our fish, prepared with expertise by our chefs to delight the most demanding palates. And a meal here becomes an especially glittering occasion, when accompanied by some of the best and rarest Portuguese wines.
Nicknamed the seafood temple, Ramiro is a historic Lisbon institution, well discovered by tourists but still loved by locals. This is the place to come to indulge in the country's fantastic seafood – glass cabinets display fabulous tiger prawns, huge red scarlet shrimp, spikey shellfish (known as spiny dye-murex), crab, lobster, oysters, and of course, the classics in every Portuguese restaurant: clams and percebes (barnacles).