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.

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.

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

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.

Tucked away up the stairs from the Travessa Terreiro do Trigo and down the San Miguel alley is the restaurant Santo Antonio de Alfama.

Since 1837, customers have been lining up outside the pastelaria next to the Heironymite monastery in Belem waiting for their pastel de Belem — a custard tart made with filo dough and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.