From its deep maritime roots to its picturesque streets, Lisbon is a travelers dream: offering the perfect union of history, culture and art. If you’re anything like me, you like to stay busy during your travels and by the end of the day you’ve worked up quite an appetite. Portugal’s restaurants don’t disappoint, and whether you’re craving slow-cooked meats, freshly baked bread or have a hankering for fresh local seafood, Lisbon’s culinary scene has just what you’re looking for. Here’s our list of the top 5 restaurants in Lisbon: world-class fine dining establishments sure to sate your appetite.
Largo Restaurante: A Modern Masterpiece
Tucked into the cloisters of a former convent, visitors to Largo will be immediately won-over by this restaurant’s interior. Successfully blending old with new, Largo offers visitors a rich, welcoming atmosphere which is modern without sacrificing charm. Chef Miguel Castro e Silva works magic in the kitchen – creating a symphony of traditional Portugese dishes with international flavors and flair. The plating and presentation will impress foodies who favor sophistication, but guests who enjoy casual dining will also feel at home in Largo. You can find Largo Restaurante in the Chaido quarter – an area which has traditionally been a popular meeting place for the city’s artists and intellectuals. Dine at Largo and it quickly becomes clear that Lisbon’s affinity for artists has not diminished: chef Miguel Castro is the artist du jour.
Restaurante Eleven: Fresh Gourmet
Lisbon has a clear winner when it comes to gourmet dining and Restaurante Eleven, located in the heart of Lisbon’s business district, handily takes the prize. Restaurante Eleven was the brainchild of eleven close friends who wanted to offer Lisbon a world-class restaurant in the heart of the city. Their goal was achieved and Michelin-starred chef Joachim Koerper has earned rave reviews for his philosophy of selecting fresh, local ingredients each and every day. Diners will enjoy an elegant, intimate interior at Eleven. Candles provide soft lighting and large windows offer stunning views of Lisbon and the Tagus. Eleven’s walls are graced with artwork by two of the city’s most famous contemporary painters (Joana Vasconcelos and Jorge Cruz), and with a breathtaking private dining area and sweeping terrace views, Restaurante Eleven is a popular choice for a small gathering or an elite business lunch.
Oliver Restaurante: Mouth-Watering Mediterranean
Whether you’re a history buff or simply like the finer things in life, you’ll be impressed with the rich, sumptuous interior of Oliver Restaurante. The decor here is pink satin, a color inspired by Marie Antoinette, and Oliver is a favorite destination among local celebrities. If you’re planning a dream date in Lisbon, we recommend booking the restaurant’s stunning VIP room – a private oasis which is ideal for those seeking romance. Renowned for its Menu Dégustation (created by Oliver himself), diners enjoy rare options here such as kobe beef, paired with the flexibility of a delicious à la carte menu. Rooted in the Mediterranean flavors which put Portuguese cuisine on the map, Oliver Restaruante is an excellent upscale choice – easily making our list of the top 5 restaurants in Lisbon.
Restaurante Doca Peixe: Satisfying Seafood
Seafood lovers will rejoice at the fresh, delicious menu offered at Restaurante Doca Peixe. Lisbon is famous for its fresh seafood, but of all the wonderful restaurants here, we feel that Doca Peixe stands apart. Situated on Santo Amaro Dock, Doca Peixe is both a local favorite and an international draw. Serving locally caught fish and shellfish (often caught within hours of preparation), diners are offered a choice of preparation styles at Doca Peixe. Bacalhau (Doca Peixe’s famed salted cod) is one of the house specialties, and oyster lovers can celebrate – as these delicious morsels are available year-round here.
Bica Do Sapato: Wine Lover’s Dream
Actor John Malkovich is part-owner of Bica Do Sapato – a lively restaurant which serves terrific live music and delicious views of the River Tagus. Diners at Bica Do Sapato can anticipate a charming, refined 70s atmosphere with well-prepared international cuisine. Sushi lovers in particular will enjoy Bica Do Sapato, as it serves some of the freshest and tastiest sushi in Lisbon. Traditional Portuguese dishes are offered a fresh take at Bica Do Sapato, making this gourmet restaurant a popular choice with locals. Are you a wine lover? Then this is the restaurant for you. The wine list is expansive with varietals from every region of Portugal, allowing you to take an impromptu tour of the Portuguese countryside without leaving your table.
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