Culinary delights in Lisbon

By: Amanda
The Hot List: Travel

Lisbon has held it place on the culinary map for quite some time.  The Mercado Da Ribeira is a food hall offering gourmet meals from a host of the best outlets in the city.  At weekends it really comes to life, with live music, a buzzing crowd and a vertical utopia of different cuisines. But if you rather head out for dinner a deux, this is our list of exceptional restaurants in Lisbon. Bon Appétit


Belcanto

Belcanto

Largo de São Carlos, 10 1200-410, Lisboa. Tel: +351 213 420 607
Run by one of Portugal's most celebrated chefs, Jose Avillez, this two-star Michelin restaurant is one of the most sophisticated (yet fun) restaurants in Lisbon. The food offers a twist on typical Portuguese cuisine serving creative masterpieces that you will remember for years to come. There are also over 300 different wines from every region in Portugal with an expert sommelier on hand if the choice gets a bit overwhelming.
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Alma

Alma

Rua Anchieta 15, 1200-023, Lisboa. Tel: +351 21 347 0650
Neatly tucked away behind large doors, this gem of a Mediterranean restaurant can sometimes be a little hard to find. That said, its worth the effort. The space is stylish with high ceilings, old stone floors and wooden tables and chairs. A cozy spot where the staff are friendly without being too attentive and despite holding a Michelin star, the lunch menu is surprisingly affordable. The small bar proudly serves a good array of cocktails and the food is a European/Portuguese experience.
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A Cevicheria

A Cevicheria

Rua D. Pedro V, 129, Lisboa. Tel: +351 21 803 88 15
This popular tiny Peruvian restaurant in Principe Real serves up an array of melt in the mouth ceviche. The place has a fun hipster vibe with an interior to match, you'll find a giant octopus hanging above a curved bar, and if you are lucky enough to get a seat, you can watch chefs at work. A lunch-time favourite when exploring the city, expect queues, as they don't do reservations - but you can order a drink while you wait.
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Bica Do Sapato

Bica Do Sapato

Av. Infante D. Henrique, Cais da Pedra a Sta Apolónia, 1950-376. Tel: +351 21 881 03 20
This fashionable and popular lunchtime haunt that has Hollywood connections (it is part owned by actor John Malkovich). Bica Do Sapato is a fun and lively restaurant featuring great music and stunning views over the River Tagus. The menu is best described as International with some traditional Portuguese dishes for balance. The wine list is extensive and the dining experience is just that. Upstairs provides a less formal backdrop with a riverside bar serving up light bites, stunning vistas and live music.
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Largo

Largo

Rua Serpa Pinto, 10A, 1200-445 Lisboa. Tel: +351 21 347 72 25
There is much to love about Largo. From the outside it doesn't look much but inside you find a stylish contemporary interior with arched ceilings and fish tanks, filled with luminous jellyfish. Even the bathrooms are stylishly black (right down to the toilet paper). Fresh Mediterranean ingredients make for an inspiring menu that won't break the bank, the cocktails are innovative and the chilled out mezzanine lounge provides the perfect backdrop for pre-or-post dinner cocktails.
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Eleven

Eleven

Rua Marquês de Fronteira, 1070-051, Lisboa. Tel: +351 213 862 211
Set above the Amália Rodrigues gardens, this beautiful, romantic and modern Portuguese restaurant comes with spectacular views of the Eduardo VII park and the city. Joachim Koerper offers fine dining to the tune of a Michelin star. The menu is driven by the season and clients can choose from dining à la carte or to opt for a tasting menu. You will need to book ahead, and we'd suggest asking for a table by the window.
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Sala de Corte

Sala de Corte

Rua da Ribeira Nova 28, Cais do Sodré, 1200-376, Lisboa. Tel: +351 213 460 030
Set in an old butcher shop Sala de Corte is a carnivore's delight offering arguably the best meat in the city. There are six different cuts of meat served on thick wooden boards with a variety of dipping sauces and side dishes. If you like beer, there are a few punk IPA's on offer and if you need the bathroom, look for the huge walk-in fridge! Expect to a queue to get in but take comfort in knowing it is worth the wait. Trendy funky, loved by the in crowd and it definitely won't break the bank. Food Type: Steakhouse, BBQ, European
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Rio Maravilha

Rio Maravilha

Rua. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300-501, Lisboa. Tel: +351 966 028 229
Located on the fourth floor of a old abandoned factory complex, Rio Maravilha is a lively gastropub that mixes a variety of unique cocktails and bold Brazilian and Portuguese influenced dishes. The interior is quirky but it is the views that provide the wow factor. Sit, cocktail in hand and enjoy the sunset over the Tagus river. And, if you find yourself there on a weekend, check out their Facebook page for a variety of live music events.
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Solar dos Presuntos

Solar dos Presuntos

Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 150, 1150-269. Tel: +351 213 424 253
The restaurant first opened in 1974 and is run by the owners, it definitely has a family feel to it. Infact this is where my mum would take me on special occasions, it is that kind of place. Frequented by the well-heeled, Lisbon-elite, it is frequented by judges, TV personalities and footballers - (Ronaldo is a fan). The food is typically Portuguese, heavily weighted towards fish and mouth-wateringly-good. The interiors are made up of huge fish tanks and the walls that are adorned in framed photographs and caricatures. Excellent food in cozy surrounding - a personal favourite.
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Horta dos Brunos

Horta dos Brunos

Rua. Ilha do Pico 27, 1000-169, Lisboa. Tel: +351 21 315 3421
This is one of those places you want to shout about from the rooftops until you remember that everyone will go and it won't be the same. Off the tourist track, this gem of a place should defintely make it on your must-do list for Lisbon. The fixed menu is a delight, and the chef is also happy to guide you through a culinary feast, allowing you to pass on any dishes you don't fancy. An above average price point but this is a dining experience that is absolutely worth the price tag.
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