Where to Eat in Lisbon
The city’s best restaurants promise beautiful views and flavourful cuisine.
A city built on seven sloping hills, Lisbon is not without stunning vistas. Restaurants throughout Portugal’s capital take advantage of the topography, but the very best blend miradouros, or sights, with flavour-forward menus.
Located right at the edge of Parque Eduardo VII, Varanda Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon opens up to unobstructed views of the city’s largest park. Varanda’s elegant dining room is known for its upscale lunch buffet focused on Portuguese favourites prepared by Executive Chef Pascal Meynard, a champion of local and seasonal ingredients. Mediterranean lobster and wines from the Douro Valley are among the offerings. In the Hotel’s sushi lounge, one of the country’s premier sushi masters, António Muniz, can be found plating fresh nigiri, maki and sashimi—some of which have been lightly braised to match local preferences. These seafood dishes can also be found on the menu at Varanda.
Ready to discover more of Lisbon’s best restaurants? Head to these four addresses for meals rich in flavours and beautiful views.
Rua Marquês de Fronteira, 351/21-386-2211
This Relais & Châteaux restaurant from German chef Joachim Koerper reclaimed its Michelin star last year, which means it’s as popular as ever. A favourite spot for power-lunchers, Eleven sits atop Parque Eduardo VII and features glass walls that reveal gorgeous looks at downtown Lisbon all the way to the Tagus River. The market-fresh seasonal menu celebrates and elevates traditional Portuguese cuisine with dishes such as the bacalhau (cod) confit served in olive oil, passion fruit and pumpkin. In warmer weather, head to the recently opened outdoor space on the upper floor, aptly named Twelve.
Largo da Academia Nacional de Belas Artes 18-20, 351/21-340-4010
The building that now houses Tágide was a convent, a factory and a bar before it became a popular gathering spot for local glitterati. Located in Chiado, the restaurant faces the Tagus River and offers an excellent view of Lisbon’s 12th-century Sé Cathedral. The food is equally fabulous. Start with the cheese croquette, fried and packed with an assortment of cheeses from Portugal’s various regions, including the northern Serra da Estrela region, the Azores Islands and the Azeitão region, just south of Lisbon. In 2012, Tágide unveiled a Wine & Tapas Bar for more casual meals of petiscos (Portuguese small plates). The views from here are not as sprawling as those seen from the main dining floor, but you’ll still get an eyeful.
Rua Costa do Castelo 7, 351/21-887-5077
The restaurant is in Lisbon’s circus school and performing arts centre, but don’t let the location turn you off. Ever since Chapitô called on chef Bertílio Gomes (who used to cook at another of Lisbon’s most iconic restaurants, Bico do Sapato) to head the kitchen in 2011, the food at this bustling eatery has experienced a renaissance. The menu varies between the terrace and the dining room: Sit-down diners enjoy black pork main courses, while those stopping for a bite on the terrace are treated to plenty of petiscos such as toasted pregos (sandwiches) and crisp codfish croquettes. Located near Castelo de São Jorge in Alfama, this top-floor restaurant offers views that are just as grand as those from the castle.
Calçada Marquês de Tancos, 351/21-887-7056
Perched above a parking lot in the downtown district of Baixa, this venue is split into three parts: the dining room, the indoor lounge and the outdoor terrace. The terrace might have the best views in the city—you can see almost all Lisbon’s major sites, including Castelo de São Jorge, the Tagus River, Lisbon’s two bridges (Ponte Vasco de Gama and Ponte 25 de Abril) and Cristo Rei, the 100-metre-tall (328-foot-tall) statue of Jesus. Zambeze is also one of the few places in town that serves Mozambique cuisine, a spicy alternative to the local fare. The pulled crab in yellow curry with white rice and a healthy dose of chillies is a crowd favourite.