Lisbon List of Can’t-Miss Places to Eat

I don’t know about y’all, but I love finding amazing places to eat when I visit somewhere new. There are a few places in Lisbon that we ate multiple times because the food was that amazing. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Portugal, check out these restaurants when you’re in Lisbon. They’re in no particular order—I love them all for different reasons!

La Paparrucha

When you walk up the cobblestone sidewalks to the restaurant, there are quaint little tables situated outside the entrance, & someone waits to greet you. The featured photo in this post is what you’re looking for. The entrance doesn’t really hint as to what’s inside. You are greeted by unique decor & ambient lighting as you enter into the waiting/bar area. If your table is ready, you’re escorted to a large warmly-lit room with a pristinely set table. If you request a table near the windows, the view is spectacular. The upper level has a more expansive view of the city—but is a smoking room only. I snuck up there to get these photos.

La Paparrucha Restaurant's Upper Level

la paparrucha table

When you go to an Argentinian Steakhouse, you must order the steak. The chef recommended their aged-for-45-days sirloin. The first time we went I ordered mine well-done, which was a mistake. Everyone else was raving about their food. Mine was dry and sub-par, simply because ordering that way means all the fat and juices are basically cooked out. The 2nd time we went I ordered medium-well, and it was tender, juicy, and full of flavor. One of the better steaks I’ve had. The pepper sauce they offer as an option is to-die-for. Their bread plate and typical Argentinian pies are mouth-watering. If you love steak, this is a must on your list.

Forno d’Oro

This Italian restaurant is where we ended up after we left the LX Factory. It has a truly upscale vibe & is very bright and modern with pops of color. We were there quite early—not quite at the Portuguese dinner hour—so we got seated immediately. We had some amazing bruschetta and focaccia bread as an appetizer while we poured through the menus. I ordered what I thought was going to be a pizza, but accidentally ordered calzones. I ordered simply and just got pepperoni, but it was spectacular. The couple we were with got pizza & it looked mouth-watering. The service here is impeccable. Someone was always within walking distance to refill our water, check on us, or just to be available if we needed anything. It’s definitely not like that in the USA! Dustin and I wanted to go back again, but couldn’t make it happen.

    

Time Out Market

I already wrote a post about Time Out Market, so I’m not going to cover it again in this post. But read my article and check it out! Definitely a place to go for a wide variety of food. Fun fact—the market is so popular that they will soon be opening 4 locations in the United States: New York, Boston, Miami, and Chicago.

Italy Caffe Ristorante

We went as a large group to this restaurant & were seated at a long family-style table/booth combo. It was odd, but it worked. I was in pasta-heaven. We got to sample their house pasta, chicken parmesan, and some pesto tortellini & every single bit of it tasted like perfection. I personally loved the pasta, and they toss the noodles in a cheese wheel at the side of your table. Don’t believe me? Watch the video below (sorry or the quality, just a hasty iPhone video). For all you cheese-lovers, this is the place to go. We didn’t have dessert here, but I got a glance of it, and it was enough to wish we could stay. The chicken parm covered nearly the whole plate (though, just a warning, that doesn’t come with pasta) & was barely perceptible below the layers of mozzarella. It was topped with fresh tomatoes as well. Someone else had the pesto filled pasta, so I only had a bite, but it was so flavorful!

Ground Burger

Ground Burger. SO GOOD. It was nice to have a little piece of America food embedded in Lisbon. Let me just say this: I ate the best burger I have ever had anywhere—including in the US of A—at this restaurant. We ate there three times over the course of the week & I would’ve been there a 4th and a 5th. However, they are closed Sunday’s and Monday’s, which happened to be our last two days in Portugal. But oh-my-goodness. Toasted buns. Juicy, well-seasoned burgers. Crisp lettuce & tomatoes. Perfectly paired with french fries that had rosemary and garlic chips sprinkled on them. Also, I had some of the most refreshing strawberry lemonade. Y’all, if you are in Lisbon and need some good old-fashioned American burgers, EAT HERE. You won’t regret it. I will say though, meat is typically cooked medium here. If you are like me, you’ll want to order medium-well or well-done.

J & I pretty excited about our strawberry lemonades!

    

Also, the ambiance in Ground Burger is Stellar. They have a wall lined with custom tile (featuring burgers, milk-shakes, and even beer), reclaimed wood, & the coolest lighting. And while I’m not a beer person, if you are, this is the place to go. They have a wide selection that would make any aficionado’s head spin. I’ll stick with my strawberry lemonade!

 

Pastéis de Belém

YOU GUYS. The first time I posted this article, I forget to mention something that Portugal is totally known for: the Pastel de nata (or Pastel de Belém). It is a luscious egg tart pastry, meant to be eaten fresh out of the oven with cinnamon and powdered sugar sprinkled on top. Over the course of our stay in Lisbon, I sampled them from three different places (one in Time Out Market). Pastéis de Belém is the most well known for, perhaps a better word is famous for, these tasty treats. They’ve made them since 1837, and claim to have a secret recipe from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Try them for yourself—at every place that sells them—and find your favorite. Just make sure you eat them fresh, warm, and not too covered in cinnamon (unless you want to accidentally inhale it like I did and spew cinnamon everywhere).

Pastel de nata

Pastel de nata, photo credit: Dina Clarke

Honorable Mention: Cervejaria Ramiro

I am not a fish (or crab, lobster, etc.) person, but I was told that this was THE place to eat seafood—blog after blog confirms what my friends experienced. The best seafood place in Lisbon (almost 5 stars on google). If you love all creatures of the sea on your plate, you’re welcome.

What are your Favorites?

I’ve laid out my top places to eat at in Lisbon—what are some of yours? Any that I missed that I should’ve made it to? While it’s not an exhaustive list of Portuguese places, hopefully you found something to enjoy!

 

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