Visitors and locals alike have long cited food as a reason to visit Lisbon, but it wasn’t until recently that the Portuguese capital was thought of as “cool,” says Miguel Pires, a local restaurant reviewer, author of Eat in Lisbon and co-author of Mesa Marcada. Countless articles — and a real estate market flooded with foreign buyers — later, and the restaurant scene in town has seen an unprecedented boom.
A food-loving tourist will quickly learn that while sardines, cod, and the iconic pastel de nata are great, Lisbon restaurants can offer much more. Restaurants have access to top-quality fish and seafood, amazing cheeses, lovely wines, vegetables from organic farms just outside the city, and global flavors drawn from the country’s centuries of trade.
With an influx of visitors in the past 10 years it seems new restaurants are opening constantly, everywhere from hip neighborhoods like Chiado to more traditional areas like Alfama. The dining in town has never been better, with a range of restaurants from humble classics to food halls to Michelin-starred tasting-menu destinations.
Prices per person, excluding alcohol
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$$ = €20 – €40 (USD $21 to USD $42)
$$$ = €40 – €60 (USD $42 to USD $63)
$$$$ = More than €60 (more than USD $63)
Looking for a more comprehensive take on Lisbon, from the hottest new restaurants to a primer on egg tarts? Consult the Eater Guide to Lisbon.
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.