Portugal

Restaurants in Portugal

Lisbon boasts some of the best restaurants in Portugal. Although quiet during the week, reservations are a must at the Alcantara Cafe in Lisbon on the weekend. Serving both International and Portuguese cuisine the menu has something for foodies and fussy travelers alike. The codfish is a local favorite.

Fans of Portugal's traditional music should pull up chairs at Os Ferreiras, one of the city's Fado mainstays. Who knows, you might even witness a 'singing dual' where artists battle through difficult melodies and songs. Open since 1921, Cafe Majestic known for its mini French toasts or rabanadas used to be the center of political meetings in Porto. Beachfront Praia De Luz makes a mean steak in the northern town.

For traditional fare in Evora try the bean stew or pulsane soup at Fialho. Botequim da Mouraria wins the critics and locals choice award for authentic cuisine in the area, while Luar de Janeiro excels for its casual excellence and locally sourced produce. Other great restaurants in Portugal include Chef Sergi Arola's namesake in Sintra.

In the Algarve, Casa Velha set in a beautiful Portuguese farmhouse serves refined classics like rack of lamb and seafood casserole. If you visit one only of Portugal's restaurants make it Dos Pasos, a beachfront shack near Quinta De Lago. Make sure to get a side of African rice – a delicious staple on many of the areas beach menus.

Head to this new spot for pan-Mediterranean fare, like linguine with local Serpa cheese and roasted walnuts.

Don’t head back to Lisbon without stocking up on the local queijada pastry (made with goat cheese).

The savory crêpes are generously sized, the hummus is house-made, and the jewelry in the clever wall-mounted cases is for sale.

Os Ferreiras, in the city's center, is a fado mainstay, owned by singers Antonio and Maria Helena Ferreira (fado is a genre of Portuguese music). A rotating roster of fadistas, including Artur Batalha and Julia Lopes, perform every Friday and Saturday night after 10 p.m.

The restaurant, situated atop the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz—set above Parque Eduardo VII, offers some of the best views of the city.

Housed in a brick, 19th-century cable car depot overlooking the Tagus River, the Kais restaurant has retained much of its warehouse style, with high ceilings, ironwork, and modern wooden tables, chairs, and curved black-top bars.

Senhor Vinho, in Lapa, is owned by well-known fadista Maria da Fe; as such, it is an ideal restaurant for hearing Lisbon's unique fado music. The "Portuguese blues", popular since the 1820's, consists of mournful ballads about loss, painful love, and life's difficulties.

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Order a traditional Portuguese dinner of grilled fish with fresh vegetables.