Miguel Pires for eater.com, | September 21, 2021

The 32 Essential Lisbon Restaurants

Where to find charcoal-grilled piri-piri chicken, smoked goose barnacles, crab curry, and cocktails made with clarified custard tarts in the Portuguese capital

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The patio at Bahr.
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A food-loving visitor will quickly learn that sardines, cod, and the iconic pastel de nata are great, but Lisbon restaurants can offer so much more. Portuguese cuisine draws on global flavors from the country’s centuries of trade, while Lisbon’s restaurateurs have access to top-quality fish and seafood, unique cheeses, lovely wines, and vegetables from organic farms just outside the city. From charming neighborhoods like Chiado to more traditional areas like Alfama, the dining in town ranges from neighborhood tascas to trendy wine bars to Michelin-starred destinations.

Update August 2021:

Before the pandemic, Lisbon arguably had the fastest-evolving food scene of any European capital. Waves of immigrants were arriving to share distinct foodways, while hordes of tourists kept up demand at the city’s cutting edge. The city saw new restaurants opening almost every day. COVID dampened that rapid growth, but a little over a year after the pandemic hit, the city has found its balance. Although a significant number of businesses have closed, many more have adapted and survived, reshaping the dining landscape of the city in the process.

Note: The inclusion of restaurants offering dine-in service should not be taken as an endorsement for dining inside. Studies indicate a lower exposure risk to COVID-19 outdoors, but the level of risk is contingent on social distancing and other safety guidelines. Check with each restaurant for up-to-date information on dining offerings. For updated information on coronavirus cases in Italy, please visit Estamos On.

Prices per person, excluding alcohol

$ = Less than €20 (less than USD $21)
$$ = €20 - €40 (USD $21 to USD $42)
$$$ = €40 - €60 (USD $42 to USD $63)
$$$$ = More than €60 (more than USD $63)

Looking for a more comprehensive take on Lisbon, from the hottest new restaurants to a primer on egg tarts? Consult the Eater Guide to Lisbon.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.