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100 Maneiras

Bosnian chef Ljubomir Stanisic tells his own story through his menus at his Michelin-starred restaurant 100 Maneiras.
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A Cevicheria

A trendy spot serving seafood specialties like the namesake ceviche, A Cevicheria imaginatively plays with flavors and unusual combinations.
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À Margem

This sleek riverfront café is a great spot for a coffee, glass of wine or quick bite while touring the Belem district.

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Housed in what was once the warehouse for the Bertrand bookshop, Alma serves two sea-inspired tasting menus and an a la carte menu.

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This Mediterranean favorite draws families for long weekend meals on the alfresco terrace and inside the modern dining room.
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Plant-based food is a growing trend in Lisbon, and dishes at arkhe don’t disappoint. This delightful, intimate restaurant was born out of the partnership between charming front of house Columbian, Alejandro Chávarro, and talented Brazilian-born, Chef João Ricardo Alves. The vibe is warm and welcoming, with elegantly exposed stone and well-spaced, glossy, wooden tables. The wine list is excellent, comprising bottles from all the great terroirs (a change from many restaurants here that exclusively have Portuguese wines), and the food dazzles with dishes like beetroot served with horseradish and green apple or Jerusalem artichoke paired with hazelnuts and sabayon.

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Like his other restaurants around the world, there’s a see-and-be-seen ambiance in Spanish Chef Sergi Arola’s Penha Longa Resort outpost.

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Bairro do Avillez

Lisbon’s most beloved chef José Avillez has an empire of restaurants in the city, and Bairro do Avillez is a casual, family-friendly option.

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Stomping grounds of Lisbon’s 1950s buzzy circle, Belcanto, located on Chiado’s Sao Carlos square, was totally transformed in 2011.

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Bettina Corallo

Bettina Corallo is the place to indulge in specialty coffee and chocolates. Locals and visitors alike will love the caffeine buzz (most coffee arrives from their plantations in São Tomé and Principe, with a few international single origins available as well) and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate brownies.

Recommended by Indagare Insider Gail Curley.

Borda d'Água

Located less than 30 minutes from Lisbon in the coastal town of Caparica, Borda d’Agua is a laid-back beach bar and restaurant with beautiful views. Menu highlights include freshly caught barbecued fish and local clams ‘ameijoas a Bulhao Pato’.

Recommended by Indagare Insider Gail Curley.

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Transporting diners straight to Paris, this French-inspired brasserie delivers just what its interiors promise. Take a brass-studded red leather chair by the curtained window beneath fringed lamps and order a dozen oysters to share followed by a classic like sole Meunieré with truffled mashed potato.

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By the Wine

Savor a glass of wine from the bar’s fantastic selection and then dig into delicious oysters and Portuguese cheeses.

Café Martinho Da Arcada

Set in Praça do Comercio is the delicious and legendary Café Martinho Da Arcada, which opened in 1782 and is the city's oldest café.

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In Fall 2023, Chef João Rodrigues (previously of Michelin-starred Feitoria) opened a restaurant with Brazilian head chef Livia Orofino, which quickly became the talk of the town. It is the kind of place that hums with atmosphere, with its busy open kitchen and a lively crowd waiting at the door for tables. The food is simple rather than sophisticated—but that’s the point. This is the kind of dinner you would make at home, if only it was as easy as it looked. If available, try the open prawn and onion tortilla, still runny in the middle.

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Cantinho do Avillez

A labor of love from executive chef Jose Avillez, this trendy, casual restaurant is located in the buzzy Chiado neighborhood. Traditional yet modern, Cantino do Avillez is bedecked in reclaimed Portuguese ceramics and modern, fresh balsa wood reminiscent of Scandinavian design. Avillez (awarded two Michelin stars at Lisbon favorite Belcanto) manages to walk the same fine line with his cooking: the menu features highbrow fare but manages to remain appealing and accessible. Highlights include tuna tartare with Asian flavors, homemade steak sandwiches and the signature chocolate cake.

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Casa Piriquita

Don’t be surprised to find a line snaking out of this fuss-free bakery in the center of Sintra, the best place for the famed local pastry.
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Cervejaria Ramiro

This historic Lisbon institution has been around since 1956 and is insanely popular with locals and visitors alike.

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Chapito a Mesa

Chapito is renowned for its magnificent views over Lisbon, but the authentic Portuguese cuisine is what wins over return guests.
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CINCO Lounge

This classy cocktail lounge in Bairro Alto serves unique and expertly crafted cocktails in an elegant setting.
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Crudo Bar at The Ivens

There is a beachy vibe at this restaurant at The Ivens (designed by Lázaro Rosa Violán) with its striped turquoise plates and rattan furniture. This carries into the menu as well, which includes oysters, dressed brown crab and boiled prawns with garlic mayonnaise, as well as steak for meat lovers.

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This elegant restaurant was designed by Miguel Câncio Martins and is tucked into the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz (though it has its own separate entrance too). The chef here, Pedro Pena Bastos, lays the culinary soul of Portugal bare on the plate, drawing on seasonal ingredients from the Azores and Madeira, as well as the mainland in a way that is deserving of the restaurant’s Michelin star. Don’t miss the chef’s signature dish of squid with hazelnuts, bergamot, roasted seaweed butter and oscietra caviar—it is sensational.

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Davvero at Sublime Lisboa

Helmed by Venetian chef Isaac Kumi, the cuisine of Davvero is a delicious blend of Italian and Portuguese dishes.
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Perched on a hill inside Eduardo VII Park, the mostly glass-walled dining room at Eleven offers panoramic views of Lisbon’s downtown all the way down to the Tagus River. Chef Joachim Koerper’s kitchen just recently reclaimed its Michelin star, which has made this restaurant a great choice for a leisurely three-course lunch. Expect to rub elbows with some of the city’s well-heeled business folk while enjoying plates of foie gras terrine with chutney.

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This Michelin-starred restaurant tucked inside Altis Belem has been a local favorite since it opened in 2009. The restaurant’s streamlined interiors, centered around a bold mural of the Portuguese arriving in Japan during the Age of Discovery, provide a fuss-free backdrop to some of the most inventive dishes in the city. For a more adventurous dining experience, sign up 48 hours in advance for the Creative Menu, a multi-course surprise meal from the capable hands of Chef André Cruz.

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Fortaleza do Guincho

This Michelin-starred restaurant is the spot to eat during a day trip to Cascais. It has excellent food and sweeping views.

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Fumeiro de Santa Catarina

This charming hole-in-the-wall restaurant is a space where close friends, family or couples can enjoy Portuguese tapas.


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