Wondering where to eat in Lisbon? Here’s my food journey.
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Lisbon is a dream for me, mainly because of all the incredible food I ate. I still can’t believe how many different spots I got to try out. Another great thing about Lisbon is that, compared to New York City, popular restaurants were affordable given the amount of food I received. I never went hungry in Lisbon. That being said, I’m so excited to share these spots on where to eat in Lisbon with everyone else, plus all the spots I wish I could have tried.
Rua Dom Pedro V 129, Lisbon 1250-094, Portugal
+351 21 803 8815
My first meal in Lisbon was at A Cevicheria located in the Barrio Alto neighborhood. I had been traveling for what felt like ages since I had a connection in Madrid to Lisbon. But I knew I wanted my first meal to be epic.
So guess what I did. I did not eat a single damn snack until I found somewhere worthy of an epic first meal. This is what happens when I travel solo: all or nothing.
- Related reading // Travel Guide: Lisbon, Portugal
I was hangry. But thank god what happened to me in Paris did not happen to me in Lisbon. Cliff notes: I ate somewhere super mediocre and not memorable for my first meal in Paris. I was sad about it.
In my dazed state, I didn’t realize how hilly my “short” walk would be. Also it was hot AF in Lisbon. Hot and hungry are literally my least favorite feelings. I did stumble upon a graffiti-ed out tram that only goes up and down ONE hill though. I got my pre-eating exercise in.
Okay, so it’s lunchtime and A Cevicheria is packed. I thought I’d be lucky to just grab a bar seat, but nope. I think I waited over an hour, which just made me sad. I had come too far to change my mind though. I had hit such a long waiting threshold that I told myself I still wasn’t going to cave to snacks and wine.
I ended up sitting in one of the window seats and everyone was pretty nice to me, thankfully. I opted for the chef’s tasting menu, so I could get a wide variety of dishes without breaking the bank too much. Pricing was not bad for lunch at all. I believe it was €39.
They created a scallop dish especially for me as I couldn’t have their shrimp ceviche. Devastating, I know. To date, this is one of my favorite meals from my trip.
- A Cevicheria does not take reservations and is not a massive space. Prepare to wait.
- Spring for the tasting menu.
- Let your server know of any allergies. They’ll definitely accommodate you.
- Drink a lot of wine.
Avenida Almirante Reis 1, Lisbon 1150-007, Portugal
+351 21 885 1024
To be honest, I stumbled upon Cervejaria Ramiro both hungry, lost, and tired. Man, this sounds like a pattern, huh?
I don’t know what it is, but I don’t make or follow my own food lists sometimes. I sometimes like to wing it, like I did with A Cevicheria. But honestly, this is why I love Foursquare. I know most people use Yelp or TripAdvisor when they travel, but I really just like the ease of use of Foursquare to locate A+ restaurants exactly where I am. When I pick places or recommend them, I never pick places below an 8. 💁
And that’s how I found Cervejaria Ramiro, one of the most famous seafood spots in Lisbon. I did get legitimately lost on the way there and went up and down way too many hills. It was so worth it though. Plus, the wait time was a lot shorter.
This place is seafood in its simplest form, so it was quite different from A Cevicheria. Mainly, you’ll order a certain type of seafood rather than a styled dish. I opted for garlic clams, oysters, and the crab.
Disclaimer on the oysters: These were NOT the oysters I’m used to, and therefore I ordered way too many. These were actually creamy texture oysters, which I’ve never had before. And they were massive. I prefer leaner oysters.
This place was one of my favorites too, and had a lot of locals even though it’s written up in all the guide books. Everyone was impressed by how much I ate, naturally.
- Grab a beer while you wait in line for your table. The line was out the door when I got there (normal). I didn’t wait long though.
- Sit on the 2nd or 3rd floor to escape the crowds and noise. The tables are nicer too.
- Confirm what type of oysters they have before ordering 10.
- Prepare to use your hands to eat
- Drink a lot of wine.
Sea Me Peixaria Modern
Sea Me Peixaria Moderna
Rua do Loreto 21
Chiado, Lisbon 1200-241, Portugal
+351 21 346 1564
So my visit to Sea Me was sort of planned. I knew I really wanted to try it and compare it to Cervejaria Ramiro in a traditional vs. modern comparison. The slight issue was that I actually had a food tour planned this exact day.
If you know me, you’ll know I’m actually not that into breakfast or brunch. Give me a burger at 10am, and I’m all set. So what did I do? I waited till 12pm for Sea Me to open, ordered all the food above, and then went on my food tour.
LOL. It was worth it.
Sea Me is a really unique modern seafood spot that also serves sushi. I wasn’t that in the mood for sushi, so I just got one mackerel sushi order, and ordered all seafood from the fish monger.
I really enjoyed getting up and looking at all the different fish, and having the fish monger explain new-to-me seafood. I definitely asked him if he had non-creamy oysters. I felt like I had to get oysters of my preference on my trip ASAP.
So Lisbon is a city that loves, loves, loves cod. They literally use every part of the fish. I hadn’t had the chance to try the fish in its traditional way yet, so I got a cod filet. I couldn’t get anything smaller, and the entree was probably enough food on its own.
Damn, I shock myself sometimes. On to the food tour.
Get up from your table to check out the fresh catches of the day and ask the fish monger for their suggestions.
If you’ve never tried something, he’ll let you try it right there (for smaller creatures that don’t need to be cooked).
Stick to seafood vs. getting the sushi.
Drink a lot of wine.
Taste of Lisboa Food Tour
Taste of Lisboa
+351 915 601 908 / +351 916 369 148
Immediately after my lunch at Sea Me, I headed across town for my Lisbon Food Tour. I always prefer a local-focused tour vs. a tour with places I can easily read up on. Thankfully, there weren’t mounds and mounds of food like on some tours I helped put together! It was the perfect amount of food.
- Related reading // Lisbon Food Tour: A Local’s Perspective
Wear comfortable shoes.
Be open to new things.
Drink a lot of wine.
Time Out Market
Time Out Market
Avenida 24 de Julho, 49
Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon 1200, Portugal
+351 21 395 1274
Okay, so here’s a confession. I didn’t actually eat at Time Out Market. I was REALLY overwhelmed. Since I was alone, I could not make a decision on where to get a few different dishes (without splurging). There’s just too many options (a good thing).
I did end up getting a drink though.
Attached to the market are a few different restaurants, so I wandered over to Marisqueira Azul for lunch instead.
Go with a friend or a group so you can share plates.
Check out A Vida Portuguesa for cute souvenirs and gifts.
Buy some old wine and port at Garrafeira Nacional. Buy a bottle in your year or someone else’s for a great gift. Grab a dusty bottle for the full effect.
Praça Dom Luís i 44, 1200-161 Lisboa, Portugal
My last meal in Lisbon ended up being at Marisqueira Azul in Time Out Market (not the other one). This was one of my more fun lunches since I met a couple traveling who were sitting next to me.
Like other seafood restaurants, Marisqueira Azul had a tank of live seafood as well as the fresh catches on ice. The goal for this meal was to try other seafood that I hadn’t had yet. I obviously had to get oysters though.
Along with oysters, I picked razor clams and lobster. Ugh this was such a great last meal, and the company was so nice since I hadn’t really had a long conversation all week.
I really enjoyed all my dishes here, and can’t complain at all!
You can sit outside on the patio or inside on the barstools.
They have seafood platters/towers here.
Lobsters end up being pricy AF for one person. It’s a lot of food though since it’s the entire lobster.
Drink a lot of wine.
Other Spots to Try
*Places I’ve eaten at.
Tartine* | R. Serpa Pinto 15A, 1200-026
Fábrica Lisboa | R. da Madalena 121, 1100-319
The Mill | R. do Poço dos Negros 1, 1200-335
Brick Cafe | Rua Mocambique 2 Anjos, 1170-245
A Padaria Portuguesa | Multiple locations
Rosa da Rua | R. da Rosa 265, 1200-385
Canto da Vila | Rua Limoeiro 2, 1100-538
Linha de Água | Jardim Amália Rodrigues, Rua Marquês de Fronteira, 1070-295
The Decedente | R. São Pedro de Alcântara 81, 1250-238
O Talho* | R. Carlos Testa 1B, 1050-046
Cantinho do Aziz* | R. de São Lourenço 5, 1100-530 | A must-go.
À Parte | Av. Defensores de Chaves 14C, 1000-117
Bastardo | 1100 241, Rua da Betesga 3 | I was dying to go here, but I honestly wasn’t hungry for dinner except 1 night.
Rubro | R. Rodrigues Sampaio 33-35, 1150