Eat Portuguese in Lisbon!
Portuguese food varies from delighfully unhealthy steak and eggs and pork sandwiches to saussages, seafood stapls, fresh produce, and rice-anything – all brightened by a distinct Portuguese flair and a long-time appreciation for creativity-based cooking that, lately, has garnished international attention for it’s innovation, while still borrowing heavily from traditional roots.
Príncipe do Calhariz
Come to where the chicken is! Traditional Portuguese restaurant specializing in BBQ chicken with “Piri-Piri” (Chili sauce), but everything – from the grilled octopus, to the garlic prawns – is equally fantastic. Ask nearly any of your lovely staff and they’ll swear by it. Just a minutes’ walk from Oasis Hostel, and – oh yeah – did we say cheap!
Calçada do Combro, 28/ 30
Open Sunday to Friday: 12h – 15h30 // 19h – 22h30
tel.: (+351) 213 420 971
This place has been preserved in a time capsule since 1967; ideal when you need a late night solution. A long bar wraps around the whole restaurant, giving the place some kind of futuristic-vision-from-the-50s feel. From your bar stool you will be able to do the best of people watching as the clientele here changes with every hour. Walls are paneled off with geometric patterned original wood. The food is simple – the experience anything but.
Av. da República, 14
Open everyday until 02h
tel. (+351) 213 544 444
This is by far the Oasis Staff’s favorite place to eat a steak. The place is very Portuguese and it is best to go early (about 21h) Friday and Saturday because it fills up fast. The specialty here is strips of succulent raw beef steak served on a hot stone with mustard sauces and salt. You cook it yourself. Other items on the menu here are also very good (sardines, bacalhau, etc), but if you eat meat you should make this pilgrimage of fat and drizzle a must.
Rua Das Gáveas, 8
Open Tuesday to Saturday 19h – 24h
tel. (+351) 213 463 443
The Portuguese love their “merendas” (snacks) and if you want to feel Portuguese for an afternoon (or just gain a couple of pounds), there is no better place to do it than here. Try the “Bifana” – a slow stewed pork sandwich – with lots of mustard and “Piri-Piri.”
Rua 1 de Dezembro, 116
Open Monday to Saturday 18h – 01h
tel. (+351) 213 420 405
Bica do Sapato
Trendy and fashionable, this three tiered establishment, once a boat factory, has been where Lisbon’s trend-setters dine over creatively presented gourmet dishes.
Within the slick modern-minimalist interior, fusions of Portuguese and Mediterranean fare mix with other European dishes. A more casual and open cafeteria compliments the more formal ambiance of the restaurant. Upstairs, a sushi bar offers ethereal and tasty servings of Japanese food with an amazingly broad view of the river Tejo.
The severe level of sophistication and glamor comes at a price, but Lisbon’s modish restaurant is worth it for the aristocratic traveler who wants dine in style.
Avenida Infante D. Henrique
Armazém B, Cais da Pedra
Open everyday 12h30 – 14h30 and 20h – 23h30
tel. (+351) 218 810 320
In Santos, Taberna Ideal recreates the feel of an old Lisbon tavern with its cozy and relaxed atmosphere. The cuisine is traditional Portuguese comfort food meant to make you feel cozy and at home, as if the dish were made by the waiter’s grandmother. The menu and the snacks change daily with the freshest ingredients. Their hand-written menus also come complete with suggestions for the perfect wine to compliment your meal. Very reasonably priced and dripping with unrefined charm, Taberna Ideal’s outstanding reputation means reservations, sometimes days in advance, are frequently necessary.
Rua da Esperança, 112
Open everyday 19h – 02h
tel. (+351) 213 962 744
Where Intimacy, culinary genius and unpretentious service combine for the ultimate dining experience. The tasting menu changes monthly and plates are always inventive and always Portuguese.
Rua Teixeira, 35
Open Monday to Saturday 20h – 02h (kitchen closes at midnight)
tel. (+351) 210 990 475
A cosy space in Alcântara where your senses will come to life. Try their Sangria for a hangover worth having and know that, with the right kind of palete, you might just dicover who you truly are. €9 Lunch Menu | Soup, dish of the day (meat or fish), salad, juice of the day, and coffee. And there are also three Special Menus for groups larger than 10 costing 20€, 25€, or 30€.
R. Padre Adriano Botelho, 5
Open Monday to Friday 12h30 – 15h and 20h30 – 02h / Saturday 20h30 – 02h
tel. (+351) 213 627 380
Estrela da Bica
Simple, unpretentious and casual, while at the same time retro-hip, phenomenally delicious, and shamefully lowpriced. This is one of the best restaurants in Lisbon. The cuisine is healthy Mediterranean-style with fusion aspects and, despite only having three traditional items per day on the menu (one meat, one fish, one vegetarian, as well as a number of entradas and small dishes including bruschettas, linguica, and guacamole) and a variety of blissfully sumptuous desserts, this ‘star of Bica’ will have you singing its heavenly praises, without a doubt. Skeptical? Take a look before you dive in, and treat yourself to a coffee or some tapas on the sofa in this amazing bar/restaurant’s ideal locale in the historic maritime quarter of Bica.
Traversa do Cabral, 33
Open Tuesday to Sunday 16h30 – 23h
tel. (+351) 213 473 310
Modern Luso-Belgian Cuisine using the best fresh produce to create exquisite meals. The service is exceptional and it’s setting, a 17th century convent, makes for an unforgettable dinning experience.
Travessa do Convento das Bernardas, 12
Open Monday to Saturday 12h30 – 16h and 20h – 24h
tel. (+351) 213 902 034