If you’re a bit peckish, there are several restaurants in central Lisbon where you can share bite sized dishes.
Here’s a guide to eating “petiscos”, little plates like Portuguese tapas to share with friends and family. If you’re not full after “petiscar”, follow with the main dish. These restaurants serve proper meals as well.
O Velho EuricoWith a new management, O Velho Eurico is a typical restaurant turned tapas bar. Must try dishes include cod fish cakes, lamb croquettes, grilled octopus with potatoes, squid stew, grilled pork, chocolate mousse and creme brûlée. The place has a nice terrace to eat outside.
Address: Largo de São Cristóvão 3 e 4 (Castelo), facebook.com/ovelhoeurico
PovoPovo serves snacks all day everyday (fish and pork sandwich, cheese and charcuterie plates, prawn cake and pork croquette) as well as proper meals – a lunch buffet from noon to 3pm and dinner from 6pm to 2am (Sunday to Wednesday) / 4am (Thursday to Saturday). There is a fado show from Tuesday to Sunday at 8.30pm.
Address: Rua Nova do Carvalho 32 – 36 (Cais do Sodré), povolisboa.com
Taberna AlbricoqueFor an authentic Portuguese experience of “petiscos”, try this little Apricot Tavern. Start with bread with high quality olive oil cooked with orange reduction, try the different small plates and follow with the main course (fish or meat) if you dare. The restaurant is conveniently located in downtown Lisbon, very close to Santa Apolónia railway station.
Address: Rua Caminhos de Ferro 98A (Santa Apolónia), tabernaalbricoque.eatbu.com
Chapitô à MesaThe amazing view overlooking Lisbon and the River Tejo is what draws most people to Chapitô on their way to/from the castle. But you can combine it with some food. The menu is not extensive but it includes salads, small plates and a few main dishes.
Address: Costa do Castelo 7 (Castelo), facebook.com/ChapitoAMesa
Fumeiro de Santa CatarinaWith a menu based on various small dishes, this restaurant offers plenty of choice. The small portions are a good opportunity to try and share different dishes. There’s a mix of desserts as well.
Address: Travessa do Alcaide 4C (Chiado), facebook.com/fumeirosantacatarina
With an amazing location and atmosphere, including views of the 25 April Bridge, Pharmacia offers a menu by chef Susana Felicidade inspired by the Algarve’s regional cuisine. You can share small dishes, such as spicy sausage from Monchique with sweet potato, mushrooms, fried egg and spinach, octopus with sweet potato and vinaigrette salad, codfish with chickpeas, Algarve carrot and baked red peppers, or duck croquette with orange and onion jam.
Address: Rua de Santa Catarina 1/2 (Chiado)