Dining guide for Lisbon

Local Cuisine

The Portuguese are proud of their gastronomy. They appreciate eating and drinking well. Almost all parties include a meal, especially family gatherings. Typical dishes in the Portuguese diet include fish, chicken, vegetables and fruits. Pork, goat, partridge, quail and rabbit are typical kinds of meat that are used in Portugal. Famous specialties are sardinhas assadas, pasteis de bacalhau (cod fishcakes) and caldo verde (a soup of cabbage and potatoes). Codfish is prepared in many ways, and it is usually served as the most typical Portuguese dish. Sweets are very popular, and wine is often consumed with meals. Since red meat and fish are a part of the daily diet, vegeterians are rare to find.

Here are some typical Portuguese dishes:

  • Caldo Verde: it is a green soup, made from potatoes, fried onions and thinly sliced galician cabbage, served with slices of a spiced sausage
  • Canja: chicken and rice soup
  • Sopa Portuguesa: a soup that contains kale, beans, broccoli, carrots and turnips
  • Pasteis de Bacalhau: cod and potato croquettes
  • Bacalhau Cozido: cod stew
  • Bacalhau a Bras: typical of Lisbon with cod, onions and thin slices of potato, scrambled eggs, black olives and parsley
  • Caracois: snails
  • Cozido a Portuguesa: traditional stew from Lisbon' s old districts, which is now found all over the country
  • Sardinhas Assadas: chargrilled sardines
  • Arroz de Marisco: seafood with rice
  • Arroz Doce: a rice pudding, generally covered with cinnamon
  • Leite Creme: a sweet made from milk, eggs and covered in roasted sugar
  • Bolo de Bolacha: a cake made with butter biscuits and condensed milk


Portugal is one of the main wine producers in Europe and offers a range of both white and red wines. A Portuguese speciality is the Vinho Verde. This kind of wine is young and its fermentation short, giving a low-alcohol, light, sparkling, fruity and slightly acidic wine. Moscatel is another kind of wine which is sweet, golden white from the Serra d'Arrabida, in the south of Lisbon. It is usually drunk as an aperitif. Nevertheless, Portugal’s most famous wine is Port, sweet and syrupy, which can be either red or white, and is drunk as an aperitif or after a meal. This wine is being made since 1830. It was developed as a result of trading alliances between Great Britain and Portugal.

Restaurants we suggest

Casa do Alentejo | Rua das Porta de Sto. Antao 58

This restaurant was founded by a group of friends from the Alentejo and offers excellent quality food. Moreover, the building that houses this restaurant is one of the finest in Lisbon.

1o de Maio | Rua da Atalaia 8

This is the place where many of the intellectual people in Lisbon usually dine. It serves traditional, portuguese dishes and a wide choice of Portuguese wine.

Doca Peixe | Doca de Santo Amaro, Armazem 14

Situated in one of the most popular districts in Lisbon, this restaurant offers mainly fish dishes. The prices are reasonable and the fish always fresh.

Via Graca | Rua Damasceno Monteiro 9B

This restaurant offers portuguese food and has two different floors with dining rooms. Each one has a different price list. The view from the restaurant to the city is amazing.

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