By Jessica Russo
Headed to Portugal's cultural capital? Get ready for amazing architecture, stunning seascapes, and - oh yeah - insanely good food. Savor the flavors of fresh seafood and smokey meats - all paired with local wines, of course.
Let's face it: there's no way to try all of Lisbon's mouthwatering restaurants in one trip, but there is a way to try the best of the best. Make reservations at any of our favorites on this list and rest assured that you're gettin' the good stuff.
Tv. Pedras Negras 2
This chic green oasis delicately blends nature, sophistication, and outstanding cuisine. Nestled in the heart of Baixa, Prado offers farm-to-table deliciousness that ranges from traditional Portuguese pork dishes to unique salads and sides. This means that the menu is constantly changing to offer the very freshest of options. Basically, if it's not in season, you won't find it on Prado's menu.
Av. Almirante Reis, 1
Recommended by Anthony Bourdain, "Ramiro" is the place everyone will tell you to try. From their famous garlic shrimp, to fresh steamed lobster, Ramiro is a seafood lover's heaven. Don't forget to leave room for their scrumptious desserts! Even though this relaxed hot spot offers three floors, you may have a hard time finding a table. Be sure to make a reservation - it'll be worth it.
Ha Tapas no Mercado
R. Ângela Pinto 14
This little restaurant does tapas right. When in Lisbon, why should you settle for anything but the very best? Ha Tapas No Mercado boasts an unforgettable blend of mouthwatering dishes, unique options, fresh ingredients, and friendly service.
Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro 30
Authentic and contemporary, this funky Asian fusion spot will leave you thinking, "I can't wait to come back." Dining at this local favorite feels like you're traveling to Southeast Asia - and the food is as close as you'll get without actually travelling to the region. Boasting a rustic, yet modern minimalist feel of wooden tables, brick walls, and hanging lightbulbs, Boa-Bao offers a beautiful atmosphere with an elegant outdoor patio.
Versiculo do Faia
R. da Barroca 60A
This charming restaurant is so much more than an eatery. Serving up mouthwatering high-end Portuguese classics, Versiculo do Faia is an experience. From exceptional service and an elegant ambiance, to exquisite plating and delicious flavors, this Lisbon gem is a true 10. Don't be surprised if you step in to eat and hear live jazz!
R. Rodrigues de Faria 103
It's unique, it's cool, it's artsy, it's Rio Maravilha. You'll fall in love with this place way before you taste the food or sip the refreshing cocktails. Rich with quirky decor and vibrant colors, this former factory boasts an industrial-chic vibe with incredible views. After a delicious dinner, head out on the terrace for an incredible sunset!
Mestrias, Nova Tasca
da, Largo Paz 22B
Looking for a true local Libson experience? Bring your appetite and head to Mestrias. Mix authentic cuisine with terrific wine and inviting service, and you've got this incredible foodie hot spot.
Enoteca de Belém
Tv. Marta Pinto 10
This casual wine bar guarantees a good time. Offering an excellent selection of full-bodied Douro reds and refreshing Alentejan whites, Enoteca de Belém serves up Portuguese classics in a laid-back atmosphere. Be sure to try the octopus and the Iberian pork!
Rua de O Século 204
This restaurant is true to its name. Get ready for an unforgettable local experience! Indulge in outstanding food as you share a long family table with other diners. At Local, the wine never stops pouring and the food never stops coming. This tiny restaurant is all about wamrth and hospitality. Chat with Local's friendly chefs, and make friends with your tablemates! Nothing brings people together like great food in a great city.
R. Dom Pedro V 129
Known to serve up some of the freshest ceviche in Lisbon, A Cevicheria is a favorite among tourists and locals alike. Enjoy mouthwatering cuisine that harmoniously blends Peruvian and Portuguese flavors. Oh yeah, and the giant decorative octopus is quite a hit on Instagram.
Coelho da Rocha
R. Coelho da Rocha 104
A restaurant that's totally authentic and out of the tourist area, but still offers English translation and inviting hospitality? This tapas hot spot is the best of all worlds. Bring your appetite and get ready for a true Portuguese dining experience.
R. Dom Pedro V 80
From cuttlefish tempura to garlic prawns to squid ink paella, Tapisco offers some of the most scrumptious dishes in Lisbon. If you ask anyone who's visited or lived in Lisbon, they'll tell you to "go to Tapisco."
R. São Filipe Neri 14
Stone walls, brick arches, classy decor - this restaurant lives and breathes romance. Known for serving up traditional Portuguese dishes, "S" has become a staple the Lisbon culinary arena for both tourists and locals. Pair some local wine with salty cod or fresh octopus for an A+ experience.