Best Restaurants, Bars and Cafés in Lisbon

Here is a list of the best restaurants, bars and cafés in Lisbon arranged by type.

In addition to information listed below, What to Eat and Drink in Lisbon will help you learn about local specialties you’ll find in the Portuguese capital.

Bacalhau à Brás, one of the many ways to cook cod

Best Fado Restaurants in Lisbon

In fado houses you can sample traditional Portuguese cuisine with interludes of authentic live fado music – generally performed by a male or female fadista (fado singer) accompanied by the Portuguese guitarra, a pear-shaped guitar unique to Portugal. Our top picks include dinner-and-show places as well as less expensive fado spots.

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Best Cod and Seafood in Lisbon

Lisbon has great cod restaurants as well as seafood restaurants where you can enjoy fresh catches-of-the-day, shellfish, and more. Fish specialties include of course grilled sardines and other traditional fish dishes.

7 of the Best Restaurants to Eat Cod in Lisbon: Cod, cooked in every way, shape and form is their main specialty.

Lisbon’s 10 Best Seafood Restaurants: Casual, sometimes loud, eateries where you can have a messy seafood feast.

5 of the Best Fish Restaurants in Lisbon: For fresh, inexpensive grilled fish, namely sardines, swordfish, squid, octopus, bass, and bream, these are some of the best choices.

Best Cheap Traditional Meal in Lisbon

For some tasty and authentic Portuguese food, you needn’t look far. In central Lisbon, here are 7 of the Most Authentic Restaurants that haven’t changed much in the last 50 or 60 years.

Michelin-Starred Restaurants

Reserve time for a meal at Portugal’s top gourmet restaurants, awarded one or more shining Michelin stars. Remember to book well in advance.

Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Lisbon

Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Portugal: List for 2024 | List for 2023 | List for 2022 | List for 2021 | List for 2020 | List for 2019 | List for 2018

Best Restaurants in Chiado, Bairro Alto and Princípe Real

Chiado, Bairro Alto and Princípe Real are packed with top restaurants, within walking distance from each other. Most are open for lunch and dinner. It is also easy to dine and then bar hop in Bairro Alto.

Top Restaurants in Chiado and Bairro Alto | Príncipe Real

Best Food Court in Lisbon

The Mercado da Ribeira is a great place for anyone looking for a range of good food. It has become one of the liveliest culinary spots in Lisbon since it was converted into Time Out Market Lisbon food court.

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 10 Rooftop Restaurants, Bars and Terraces.

Best Petiscos/Tapas and Cocktails in Lisbon

Here’s a guide to eating petiscos, little plates like Portuguese tapas to share with friends and family: Places to Eat Small Dishes in Lisbon

7 of the Best Bars & Tapas in Cais do Sodré are located on and around Rua Nova do Carvalho, aka Pink Street. These are kitsch bars and places serving some of the best petiscos and cocktails in Lisbon.

Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Lisbon

With several new restaurants opening up, being vegetarian in Lisbon has become really simple, provided you know where to go.

The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Lisbon

New Vegetarian Restaurants in Lisbon

Encanto, Chef José Avillez’ First Vegetarian Restaurant in Lisbon

Best Cafés in Lisbon

Pastéis de Belém

From the most unique cafés that you must visit to great brunch spots, look no further, as we’ve done the research on your behalf.

Pastéis de Belém: Widely recognised as the patisserie to sample the authentic pastel de nata (custard tart) in Lisbon.

A Brasileira: Lisbon’s most famous café opened in 1905 selling the “genuine Brazilian coffee”. Seat next to Pessoa statue and order a bica, an espresso that the locals drink all the time.

Pastelaria Benard: With an outdoor terrace next to A Brasileira, the Patisserie Benard has been selling some of the best cakes and coffee in Lisbon since it opened in 1868.

Confeitaria Nacional: Confeitaria Nacional’s specialties include the colourful Bolo Rei (King Cake) and the crispy pastel de nata (custard tart).

The 5 Best Places for Brunch in Lisbon: Centrally located, most of these places offer breakfast or brunch with no time or day restrictions.

Best Spots for a Buffet Brunch in Lisbon: Here’s a guide to find the best spots in Lisbon offering all-you-can-eat buffet brunches at a fixed price.

Best Ice Cream in Lisbon

No matter the time of year, there’s perhaps no other treat as universally appreciated as a delicious ice cream. Served in cone, cup or glass, in different flavours, fruity or otherwise, here are Five of the Best Ice Cream Shops in Lisbon at which to indulge.