10 of the Best Rooftop Restaurants & Bars in Lisbon

Looking for a different place to have lunch or dinner, or simply for a drink? Gaze across Lisbon’s cityscape at one of these rooftop restaurants, bars and terraces. Some offer spectacular views of the river Tejo.

Chapitô à Mesa

Fairly close to the castle, this is a good to stop after a visit there. Ask to be seated by the window with fabulous views over the city. If going for dinner, you might want to book in advance. The food is inspired by traditional Portuguese cuisine, and they serve a great cod dish. They have two other spaces: a terrace with breathtaking views over the city and river, especially at sunset, and a bar filled with local artists, students and hipsters, sometimes with live music. The place is owned by a performing arts group, so you might see a juggler practicing.

What you can see
The restaurant and terrace overlook the Baixa and the river Tejo. You can see the bridge and statue of Christ on the opposite bank.

  • Costa do Castelo 7, open daily from midday till midnight (weekends from 7.30pm till midnight), average price: €15-€35

Zambeze

Also a good stop after a visit to the castle, the Zambeze combines Portuguese and Mozambican cuisine. There is an inside eating and a terrace offering a lovely view of the harbour and the river Tejo, day and night. There’s a Sunday buffet lunch featuring Portuguese and Mozambican specialties. You can just go for a drink at sunset.

What you can see
The terrace offers superb views of the harbour, the Baixa and the river Tejo.

  • Calçada Marquês de Tancos – Mercado Chão do Loureiro, open daily 10am-11pm, average price: €30, www.zambezerestaurante.pt

Varanda de Lisboa, Hotel Mundial

Praised for its flambés, cataplanas and weekly themed menus, Varanda de Lisboa offers a stunning view of central Lisbon. There’s also a rooftop bar and lounge.

What you can see
A 360º view that covers the river Tejo, the castle and the Baixa district.

  • Hotel Mundial – Praça Martim Moniz 2, open daily 10am-11pm, average price: €30, www.hotel-mundial.pt

Bica do Sapato

This is a modern sleek seafood-oriented restaurant, located in a former industrial area. It has a cafeteria and a restaurant serving traditional Portuguese food with a twist, and a sushi bar. You’d rather come during the day as the river is pitch black at night, no lights out over it, which means no river front view.

What you can see
An amazing river front view.

  • Av. Infante D. Henrique, Armazém B – Cais da Pedra a Sta Apolónia, open Monday 5.30pm-11pm & Tuesday to Saturday 11am-1am, average price: €25, www.bicadosapato.com

Restaurante Rossio Altis

The hotel’s rooftop restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch, a special dinner or just for a drink or snack. They have a special lunch menu from Monday to Friday (€17).

What you can see
The restaurant overlooks Restauradores and Rossio Squares, Avenida da Liberdade and the Baixa area.

  • Hotel Altis Avenida – Rua 1º Dezembro 120, open daily 7am-1am, average price: €35, www.altishotels.com

Park Bar

In Bairro Alto, a few steps from Largo de Camões and next to Church of Santa Catarina, there’s this not very easy to find rooftop bar over a parking lot. If you arrive early, you may be able to get a seat and watch the sunset with a sangria or cocktail. They also serve light meals, including soup, hamburgers and cheese plates.

What you can see
The terrace overlooks the river Tejo, the bridge and the Bairro Alto area.

  • Calçada do Combro 58 – 6th floor, Tuesday to Friday 1pm-3pm and 8pm-11pm, Saturday 1pm-11pm, Sunday 1pm-8pm

Tágide

Opened more than 30 years ago, this restaurant in Chiado offers dazzling views of Lisbon. It is housed in a building that emerged from the former Convent of São Francisco, destroyed by the great earthquake of 1755. A sumptuous interior features 16th century azulejos (Portuguese tiles) and chandeliers, and 18th century stone fountains. The restaurant upstairs serves Portuguese-based cuisine with international influence. There’s a wine and tapas section downstairs.

What you can see
On the first floor, the restaurant overlooks the castle, the Baixa district with its grid, the Sé (Lisbon’s Cathedral) and the river Tejo.

  • Largo da Academia Nacional de Belas Artes, 18-20, open 12.30pm-3pm & 7.30pm-midnight (closed on Sunday), lunch menu between €18.50 and €25, www.restaurantetagide.com

Via Graça

For a romantic dinner, Via Graça is one of the best options in Lisbon. With all tables turned against the huge windows, the view is breathtaking. They serve traditional Portuguese dishes with a twist.

What you can see
The castle, the glowing Basílica da Estrela, the bridge and the statue of Christ.

Varanda, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz

For a brunch on the veranda (spring, summer and early autumn only) or a full-fledged dinner of lobster cataplana, this is the place to treat yourself (it can be a little expensive). The dining room is beautiful, and the service top notch – you’re at the Ritz after all.

What you can see
A view of Eduardo VII Park and of the city.

  • Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon – Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca 88, open daily 6.30am-10.30pm, average price: €50, www.fourseasons.com
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