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A Travessa

Price guide: Expensive
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Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

An old favourite of mine and almost every other Lisboeta.

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The Mix

Price guide: Expensive
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Best for Trendiness -
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

Super-trendy seaside dining.

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Largo

Price guide: Expensive
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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

One of Lisbon’s newest and coolest restaurants, set in a wonderfully converted old cloisters.

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Opaq

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A Lisbon restaurant by beautiful people for beautiful people.

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Dazzled

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Stunning in design and location with excellent fusion food to boot.

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Gambrinus

Price guide: Expensive
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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

An old school and characteristically kitsch seafood restaurant.

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Pasteis de Belem

Price guide: Budget
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

The best custard tarts in the world.

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Cervejaria Trindade

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

This old monastic brewery is a Lisbon institution.

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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Over one hundred years old and still one of Lisbon's favourite cafés.

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Portuguese food doesn’t quite receive the same accolades as its European neighbours, largely due to its simple and less inventive nature. Typically, Portuguese food relies on the high standard of its produce and you’ll see this throughout Lisbon, where quality and seasonality are paramount. In many restaurants, locals will often shun the menu, having whatever the daily special is. Barbecued sardines or chicken, grilled fish and vegetable soups are a typical lunch of an on-the-go Lisboeta.

Lisbon’s restaurants are range from the Michelin starred to the plastic chair and strip-light variety, the latter being the more authentic experience. International food is pretty popular and there’s a decent mix of Japanese, Brazilian, Indian and European food, should you tire of the ever present bacalhau (cod-fish) or caldo verde (potato and kale soup). Favourite local dishes to look out for include porco preto (black pork), ameijoas (clams), Leitão (roast suckiling pig) and arroz pato (roast duck in rice).

The city’s imperial roots mean that coffee and sweets are a big deal here. You’ll not walk for more than 100 yards without passing a café in Lisbon, where locals like to stand at the bar, sip coffee and munch on pastries and mini savoury snacks. I’ve tried to include as wide a variety of restaurants as possible, including cafés, spit-and-sawdust restaurants and fine dining establishments, so there should be something for everyone. There’s also a good mix of old faves and the newly opened. Lisbon’s dining scene has had a pretty good few years and new places are popping up all over, so I’ll endeavour to update with new openings as much as possible. While I’ve been to every restaurant in the past year, things will always change and standards will certainly drop or increase, so this list will certainly be an organic beast with regular changes, admissions and omissions. Please feel free to contribute! 

Things worth noting:

– Portuguese dine late, anytime between nine and 11 is normal.

– Service is rarely added to the bill and 10 per cent is customary.

– Avoid fish on Mondays. The fish markets are always closed so fresh fish is never found on this day.

– Often portions are big enough for two people. If you want less it’s possible to ask for meia dose (half-portion).
 

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I’ve tried to include as wide a variety of restaurants as possible including cafés, spit-and-sawdust restaurants and fine dining establishments, so there should be something for everyone. There’s also a good mix of old faves and the newly opened. Lisbon’s dining scene has had a pretty good few years and new places are popping up all over, so I’ll endeavour to update with new openings as much as possible. While I’ve been to every restaurant in the past year, things will always change and standards will certainly drop or increase, so this list will certainly be an organic beast with regular changes, admissions and omissions. Above all, I've included restaurants that have that extra bit of magic to make a memorable holiday experience, be it for the excellent food, wonderful views or quirky clientele, each place should have that 'you wouldn't find this at home' element.