You are probably wondering where to eat codfish in Lisbon ? Where to find typical restaurants for locals in Lisbon ?
Portuguese food often reminds me of mum's cooking. It is simple, good and the flavours enhance the work done in the kitchen. As a lover of good things, I don't think I'm wrong if I say that frozen food is not welcome here.
While Lisbon’s restaurants are plenty, you shouldn’t always go to the nearest one. I’m talking about the ones where the waiters lure you into the street with a menu in their hands and offer you both Portuguese and Italian cuisine…
Beware, in particular, of the prices of the dishes, which are attractive but which soar when you order drinks.
Areas in Lisbon where you should be careful :
For us, the best restaurants are those where the quality & freshness of the food are high, all for a very competitive price. So don’t hesitate to ask the waiters what the dish of the day is or what they have fresh (beware of fish sold by the kilo, rather expensive !)
If you want a memorable food experience in a typical Portuguese restaurant, there are signs that you can’t go wrong :
You’ll find these places all over the city : O Pitéu da Graça, Penalva da Graça, Cova Funda, A Provinciana, Zapata, etc… But if there is one area that I feel is heaven on earth, it is the Sao José district, parallel to Avenida da Liberdade. Explore the rua Sao José and the rua Santa Marta which extends it. There is plenty of choice here. Note that the perpendicular streets contain some gems such as Forninho Saloio.
Before dinner, it's aperitivo ! If you're looking for the best place to enjoy port in Lisbon, I've got some advice for you. Wine lovers ? Don't miss our wine tour with tasting in Lisbon. In the order of the best restaurants in Lisbon, we start with the popular restaurants and end with the fine ones !
N.B : some of these restaurants are missing their names. It's not an error, it's just that they have small capacities and they are well kept secrets by the Portuguese. We therefore prefer to share these places with our visitors who are often short of ideas for eating out. Because during our private tours, we always give good advice !