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.

At this casual steak house the water laps right up to your table.

The tiles of the Pastelaria-Padaria Sao Roque claim it is the "Cathedral of Bread", but the bakery also serves up delicious sweets and savories as well.

The restaurant features modern interiors (Saarinen chairs; graphic wallpaper) and whisper-thin carpaccios.

Its name refers to a traditional cilantro-rich bread-and-shellfish stew, just one example of the Portuguese soul food this minimalist restaurant serves. It’s also one of the best places to get an eyeful of the city’s fashion-world elite.

For traditional Portuguese cuisine, this favorite on a wee street off the main drag, serves fresh grilled Portuguese river trout stuffed with bacon.

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.

Regional dishes are served on the patio, which has views of the Aquapura hotel’s vineyards.Lunch for two $125.

Hobnob with impeccably turned-out locals over thin-crust pizzas. The space manages to feel intimate despite its warehouse-like dimensions.

Stop by this 88-year-old spot for traditional rabanadas (mini French toast).