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.
In the mostly commercial Uptown district of Lisbon is Luca, a contemporary, whitewashed dining space that uses Portuguese ingredients like black pork cheeks and prawns in traditional Italian pastas and risottos.
Stop by this 88-year-old spot for traditional rabanadas (mini French toast).
Lisbon’s hippest restaurant—located at the docks and partly owned by actor John Malkovich—serves contemporary twists on Portuguese classics, such as codfish salad with chickpea ice cream. The retro-modern space is well suited to the forward-thinking food.
A popular restaurant that specializes in regional cuisine and wines from boutique vineyards. Lunch for two $70.
Chef Alexandre Silva polishes up rustic Portuguese classics; a fresh risotto layered with crayfish ceviche is a standout.
Fill up on goat casserole at the Varanda do Alentejo lunch counter.
Locals converge on this Belgian-influenced restaurant in a former 17th-century convent for lambic, abbey, and Trappist ales, and for the bull-steak frites. An outpost of this Portuguese standby opened next door to the Fado Museum, but the 34-year-old original remains a favorite.
A Baiuca is tucked down the cobblestone Rua de Sao Miquel in Alfama. Bottles line the shelves, portraits of singers and vibrant, ceramic fish cover the tiled walls, and strings of light twinkle.
An extensive wine list accompanies chef Rui Paula’s modern Portuguese menu. Order the smoked duck breast with requeijão cheese and a glass of tinto as you eat on the waterfront deck. Lunch for two $109.
This restaurant on the water with views across the Tagus River, makes a nod to Mozambique—a former Portuguese colony—with piri-piri prawns and smoky Zambezi curries.
This 2009-opened restaurant is the brainchild of Spanish chef Sergi Arola, and the menu highlights posh tapas (sea bass with Kaffir lime sabayon; black pork with São Jorge cheese).
The Terra Restaurante Natural, located in Principe Real, serves an extensive vegetarian/vegan buffet filled with choices including Portuguese and International cuisine.
A place to see-and-be-seen, the Alcantara Cafe, in the neighborhood of the same name, is housed in a 600-year-old timber warehouse that was formerly a printing factory.
The restaurant features modern interiors (Saarinen chairs; graphic wallpaper) and whisper-thin carpaccios.