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By Chris | February 4 2007
Taking full advantage of its maritime traditions, Lisbon’s gastronomy includes some deliciously fresh seafood and offers the elite traveler an unrivaled selection of world-class restaurants.
Exceptional traditional cuisine is widely available, while many restaurants feature spectacular, modern adaptations of classic dishes, as well as excellent international fare.
Cuisine: International / Local
Style / Ambiance: Situated in the cloisters of the former Convento da Igreja dos Mártires, Largo’s interior successfully combines old and new, creating an atmospheric yet thoroughly modern destination restaurant.
The chef here creates traditional Portuguese dishes with international flavors, all stunningly presented and combining tradition with modern innovation. Located in the cool Chaido quarter, once a meeting point for the city’s artists and intellectuals, Largo is a perfect example of the area’s current artistic resurgence – a must-see on your visit to Lisbon.
Style / Ambiance: Started by eleven friends who wanted to open a truly worldclass restaurant in the heart of the city’s business district, Eleven is one of Lisbon’s number one destination restaurants for gourmet dining.
Working to Michelin starred Chef Joachim Koerper’s philosophy of only using the freshest local ingredients, the menu changes seasonally and dishes are carefully prepared to ensure sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine. Eleven’s interior is intimate with candles and soft lighting, as well as generous windows offering views of the entire city and the Tagus, while the walls are adorned with the works of two of Lisbon’s most famous contemporary artists Joana Vasconcelos and Jorge Cruz. Eleven also offers elite travelers a stunning private dining area complete with a terrace; the perfect location for an intimate party or business lunch.
+351 213 862 211
Rua Marquês de Fronteira, Jardim Amàlia Rodrigues, 1070
Style / Ambiance: Founded in 1784, Tavares is one of the oldest restaurants not just in Lisbon but the entire world.
Located in the charismatic, historical Chiado district, Tavares has long been an important part of the capital’s cultural elite, from intellectuals and politicians to famous artists and revolutionaries. The crystal chandeliers and Venetian mirrors create a luxurious yet intimate atmosphere and the seasonally changing menu offers a smorgasbord of flavors and textures. Tavares is a unique dining experience offered under the expert guidance of the staff here.
Hélder Martins, Head Chef
+351 213 421 112
Rua da Misericordia 35, 1200-270,
Cuisine: International Cuisine
Style / Ambiance: Of all the restaurants offering fresh fish in Lisbon, Doca Peixe may just clinch the title of freshest.
Located right on Santo Amaro Dock this destination restaurant is extremely popular with locals who enjoy the high quality of the locally caught fish and shellfish. Diners can choose how their fish is cooked: charcoal-grilled, baked in salt and oven baked. The salted cod (Bacalhau) is a popular choice and the delicious oysters are available all year round.
+351 213 973 565
Armazém 14, Alcantâra 1350-353
Style / Ambiance: Situated just a 40 minute drive west of Lisbon, the Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho restaurant is well worth the detour; it’s not uncommon to see Lisbon residents make the trip for a special lunch or dinner.
The menu comprises traditional French cuisine with a Portuguese touch all created by acclaimed Michelin star chef Miguel Rocha Vieira. Guests can choose between a seasonal menu, dégustation menu and an à la carte menu all served with spectacular views of the Atlantic coast included. In addition, Fortaleza do Guincho’s wine list is one of the best in Portugal, with each bottle carefully selected by both the sommelier and head chef. Group bookings are also accepted at this sublime dining establishment.
+351 214 870 491
Estrada do Guincho, Cascais, 2750-642
Cuisine: Portuguese and International
Style / Ambiance: Part owned by actor John Malkovich, Bica Do Sapato is a lively restaurant featuring great music and stunning views over the River Tagus.
The ground floor gourmet restaurant combines 70s influenced décor with internationally influenced Portuguese cuisine, while upstairs offers a truly international dining experience with some of the freshest Sushi in town. The menus are meticulously created to satisfy the most astute of palates, with traditional dishes given modern re-workings. The wine list is also impressive and features varieties from every region in Portugal.
+351 218 810 320
Av. Infante Dom Henrique, Armazém B, Cais de Pedra, Santa Apolónia 1900-436l
Cuisine: Traditional adaption
Style / Ambiance: Located in a refurbished Barrio Alto bakery, As Salgadeiras offers a traditional atmosphere and charm with its warm stone walls, red brick arches and hearty cuisine that originates mainly in the north of Portugal.
Maintaining an excellent balance between sophistication and rustic chic, guests will no doubt enjoy an aperitif at the cozy bar. For a truly romantic dining experience book a table in one of the smaller rooms at this charming restaurant.
Style / Ambiance: Named no. 1 on on Monocle’s restaurant awards 2017, Bistro 100 Maneiras is one of the city’s most exciting dining spots.
Chef Ljubomir Stanisic, a judge on TV hit Master Chef Portugal, has created some of Lisbon’s most creative dishes; most famously pieces of cod served hanging on clothes pegs. All the ingredients are sourced locally at Riberia Market, prepared the same day and the menu changes regularly to promise the freshest and most uniquely innovative meals. The service is attentive and knowledgeable and the chic yet relaxed atmosphere creates the perfect environment in which to enjoy some of the best cuisine in Lisbon.
Ljubomir Stanisic, Chef
+351 910 307 575
Largo da Trindade, 9 Chiado, 1200-466
Cuisine: Portuguese / European
Style / Ambiance: A classic yet contemporary restaurant offering creative cuisine combining technical skill and imaginative flair.
Distinguished with two Michelin stars, Belcanto, Chef José Avillez’s Belcanto is the only restaurant in Lisbon to hold two Michelin stars. Avillez offers a revisited Portuguese cuisine that takes guests on a time travelling journey from the old romantic Chiado to the future through his cooking.
Using organic products, José Avillez and his team look at haute cuisine as a form of expression, with the aim of each dish to tell a story and stir the emotions of those willing to try it.
+351 21 342 0607
Largo de São Carlos 10, 1200-410 Lisboa, Portugal