10 Authentic Restaurants to Eat like a Local in Lisbon

Getting familiar with a new city can feel daunting.

On our first visit to Lisbon, Portugal’s capital and largest city with half a million inhabitants, we were unsure where to start.

Determined to explore the city like a local, we set out to taste Lisbon food, one neighborhood at a time.

A hilly city on the banks of the Tagus River, the Queen of Sea (as it’s nicknamed) is best explored on foot. Or using its old-fashioned trams and buses.

This way, we stumbled onto Lisbon restaurants where locals eat using our own flair for finding authentic food experiences.

Along the way, we stopped at popular venues known for authentic Portuguese and Lisbon food.

With this food guide in hand, let’s explore what to eat in Lisbon and Portuguese cuisine through these 10 Lisbon restaurants where locals eat.

Article last updated – January 2nd 2020 with additional practical information
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#1 Carvoaria Jacto – Portuguese Steakhouse in Penha de França

Every evening on our way to our Airbnb in Penha de França, we walked by this local restaurant always busy with locals.

We learned that this local restaurant in Lisbon is known as a “Steakhouse of Excellence”, using the best local meats, cooked the Portuguese way.  

You can choose your beef, lamb, or pork, and the restaurant will prepare it perfectly for you.

Besides the meats, you’ll also find a variety of fresh fish from the ocean. Salad is complimentary and the quality is excellent.

On our last night in Lisbon, we stopped in for dinner. Since we didn’t have reservations, we were led to a table in the middle of the already buzzing restaurant.

Claire chose to have bacalhau assado na brasa com batata a murro or roasted codfish prepared with potatoes.

This was one of the Lisbon food we had been told to have by a Portuguese friend and had missed.

The fish came in an impressive plate that could have served three people. Although beautifully presented, the cod was lacking in taste and the texture was less than tender.

Rosemary picked the pork ribs or costeletas de porco preto. This was definitely our preferred dish.

These perfectly cooked ribs were juicy, flavorful and very tender. Paired with a bold red wine from the Alentejo region, this was a wonderful culinary match.

What to have for dessert is Portuguese chocolate cake. Dense, with a gooey chocolate center, it was best savored in small bites.

For a typical Portuguese dinner at a Lisbon restaurant where locals eat, head to Carvoaria Jacto for their amazing meats.

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Where to Eat in Lisbon Penha de França Neighborhood

Carvoaria Jacto Restaurant

Address: Rua Maria Andrade 6A, 1170-217, Lisbon

Hours: Open Mon – Sat; 12 PM-3 PM and 7 PM-10 PM

Price: Main dishes start around  €10

Pro Tips: Skip the bacalhau and instead get the porco preto or other Portuguese typical meats. Reservations highly recommended. Huge portion sizes. Go hungry or plan to share.

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#2 A Grelha Masqueria e Churrasqueria in Graça Neighborhood

The first indication this was a local restaurant was the lack of a menu. There was nothing in English and only a slogan of the local beer with unrecognizable dishes written in large letters on the windows.

This was our first night in Lisbon when we discovered this no-frills restaurant local Lisbon restaurant. Intrigued by the animated crowds sharing tables and the busy waiters, we stepped in feeling a little out of place in the very local environment.

However, the warmth and delectable scents of meat sizzling was an invitation to stay. The tables were packed in the middle of the week, though we found a table right by the entrance.

This Lisbon restaurant where locals eat specializes in fish and grilled meat. Once seated, the friendly waiter brought the menu and the traditional couvert with bread, cheese, olives from the Alentejo region and homemade butter. We chose the traditional Portuguese arroz de mariscos or seafood rice stew, a hearty dish for a cold January dinner.

This Lisbon food came in a large bowl, perfect for two to share. The rice was served with a mix of shrimp and clams in their shells, covered with cilantro and a light tomato-based sauce.

Without any hesitation, we joyfully slurped up this soupy rice dish. With the fresh seafood and fragrant herbs, this was the perfect homestyle dish for a winter night.

Arroz de Mariscos A Grelha Masqueria e Churrasqueria a Lisbon restaurant where locals eat for comfort Lisbon food Authentic Food QuestA hearty seafood rice stew for a cool evening

Where to Eat Seafood in Lisbon Graça Neighborhood

Located on the top of the hill leading to the Graça neighborhood, this local restaurant in Lisbon is tucked away from the tourist attractions. Attached to the nearby Lisbon food market, Mercado de Sapadores, you’ll not miss the large glass windows with the Super Bock beer sign.

A Grelha Marisqueira E Churrasqueira

Address: Rua dos Sapadores 1, Graça, Lisbon

Hours: Open Wednesday – Monday; 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Closed on Tuesdays

Price: Main dishes start at €7,5

Pro Tip: In Portugal, you don’t have to pay the couvert if you don’t eat it. However,  this local restaurant had some of the best couvert we had in Portugal, with fresh bread and artisanal cheeses. So for this one, feel free to dig in.

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#3 Farol Restaurante Cervejaria in Alfama

Walking back from the Museu do Azulejo, the national Portuguese tile museum, we struggled to find a Lisbon local restaurant open on a Sunday afternoon. Luckily, we stumbled onto this restaurant near the Santa Apolonia train station in the Alfama neighborhood.

While restaurants near train stations are never the best choice, too tired to walk any further we decided to give Farol a chance. This restaurant had the typical Portuguese atmosphere, simple and traditional.

The bar counter occupies the main stage, with a few tables spread out in the length of the restaurant. There is additional seating outside, which we could imagine busy on sunny days.

Looking for authentic Portuguese cuisine, we were in luck as we perused the menu. From the sea, we chose two classic dishes. I ordered, polvo a la lagareiro, a Portuguese seafood dish featuring octopus cooked “a la lagareiro-style.”  

This style of cooking includes boiled or baked potatoes that are smashed, salted, and tossed with seafood in olive oil with cilantro or other herbs.

The surprisingly tender octopus and potatoes that tasted of the earth made for an enjoyable experience.

Rosemary, dreaming about grilled sardines, chose this typical Lisbon food. Simply prepared, the generous sardines were served with boiled potatoes.

Simple, tasty and filling summarizes the overall experience. Farol, a Lisbon restaurant where locals eat was a surprising find.

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Where to Eat in Lisbon Alfama Neighborhood

Farol Restaurante Cervejaria

Address: Rua Caminhos de Ferro 106, Alfama, Lisbon

Hours: Open Mon-Sun; 6:00 am – 12:00 am

Price: Main dishes start at €8,50

Pro Tip:

The service is rather slow. We went on a Sunday afternoon and were not rushed for time. If you are catching a train at the nearby station, plan for plenty of time in advance of your departure.

Prices are slightly higher than at other Lisbon local restaurants, but we found the quality to be worth it. This is also a great spot to stop for a thirst quenching local Portuguese beer, like Super Bock.

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#4 Mascote da Atalaia – Fado and Lisbon Food in Barrio Alto

Have you heard of Fado? Fado is the soul of Portugal and its symbol. Fado now on the Unesco list of cultural heritage, is a musical style originating in Alfama and Bairro Alto, Lisbon old neighborhoods.

Today, Lisbon visitors throng to listen to Fado, a music with melancholic tunes and lyrics. Ironically, it is now performed at well sought-out places, whereas originally you could only hear it at infamous bars where the city’s poor and sailors gathered.

At Mascote da Atalaia, the local and intimate atmosphere stays true to the origin of Fado. Space is limited and tables shared. You go there to listen to Fado with a serving of petiscos and wine.

The night we went to Mascote da Atalaia, a solo Fadita or Fado woman singer, was accompanied by an acoustic guitar and the pear-shaped Portuguese guitar. We decided to go beyond the petiscos and try the Fado menu.

This simple menu included a starter, main dish, dessert as well as wine and coffee.

To start, we both had the hearty caldo verde soup. To follow, Rosemary had a grilled tuna dish with peppers, while I savored a classic Portuguese stew with peas, chorizo and a fried egg on top.

To finish, Rosemary had the pudding with the  Ginja, Portuguese sweet cherry liquor, we enjoyed on our Lisbon Food Tour.  And, I was in heaven with the marbled looking chocolate salami dessert made with rich chocolate and crunchy Maria biscuits.

While simple, the dishes were tasty and full of flavor. The portions were reasonable and we were happy with the options presented.

If you want to listen to Fado, away from the tourist crowds, we recommend the local Lisbon restaurant, Mascote da Atalaia.

Portuguese Peas and Chorizo Stew at Mascote de Atalaia a lisbon restaurant where locals eat and listen to Fado Authentic Food QuestEnjoying a hearty pea & chorizo pea stew with fried egg while listening to Fado

Where to Eat in Lisbon Bairro Alto Neighborhood and Listen to Fado

Mascote da Atalaia (Closed)

Address: Rua da Atalaia 13-15, Bairro Alto, Lisbon

Hours: Open Sun-Wed; 6:00 pm – 2:00 am; Thurs – Sat; 6:00 pm – 3:00 am

Pro Tip: To guarantee a seat at this intimate local Lisbon restaurant, make reservations ahead of time. Listen to Fado all evening, while you enjoy the moderately priced menu at 25 euros (approx $29), wine and coffee included.

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#5 By The Wine – Petiscos in Chiado

The Portuguese have their own version of Spanish tapas, called petiscos. Like tapas, they are also small bites, but generally small versions of large plates. Petiscos are an important part of Portugal’s gastronomy.

Enjoyed in social settings, petiscos generally consist of sardines, codfish or bacalhau, local sausages, regional cheeses, all washed down with delicious Portuguese wines.

One of the best Lisbon restaurants where locals eat for petiscos is “By The Wine José Maria da Fonseca.” Situated in the trendy Chiado neighborhood, this is the flagship store of the famous Portuguese winemaker José Maria da Fonseca.

Wine lovers will enjoy spectacular Portuguese wines from around the country. To cure a little hunger one afternoon, we stopped in for petiscos.

Accompanying two refreshing glasses of white and rosé wines, we savored a variety of local specialties. The black pig Iberico ham and other cold meats paired perfectly with bread from Algarve. Many local kinds of cheese are available as well as delicacies from the sea like salmon ceviche and mussel salad.

By The Wine in Lisbon is the best Lisbon local restaurant to sample Portugal’s famous petiscos.

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Where to Eat in Lisbon Chiado Neighborhood

By The Wine

Address: Rua das Flores 41- 43, Chiado, Lisbon

Hours: Open Mon-Fri; 7:00 pm – 12:00 am, Sat-Sun 1:00 pm – 12:00 am

Prices: Main dishes start at €9.50

Pro Tip: Local Lisbon restaurant with an inviting atmosphere and a wide selection of Portuguese wines. Try something new and ask the knowledgeable staff for recommendations on the local wines.

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#6 Time Out Market – Mercado da Ribeira in Cais do Sodré

The Time Out Market in Lisbon has become one of the most visited and talked about culinary spots in the city. Since it’s opening in 2014, the food hall attracts hundreds of visitors and locals on a daily basis.

The canteen-like food hall has several stalls offering a variety of local Portuguese food, drinks, desserts, and products. On one end are stalls from a few Michelin-star chefs representing different regions of the country. All around are dozens of stalls selling regional specialties.

In the interior of the large open room are communal tables, perfect for those eating in groups. Wines from different regions of Portugal as well as craft beers were also available in the center.

For a sample of the national cheeses and dry cured meats, visit the Manteigaria Silva food stall, the city’s best charcuterie store.

At chef Susana Felicidade’s stall, Cozinha da Felicidade, you’ll be treated to a creative adaptation of bacalhau, Portugal’s national dish.

Bacalhau com Natas, which is divinely prepared codfish with sweet-potato chips and olives, will leave you wanting more. The name of her stall means “Kitchen of Happiness,” and that is exactly how you feel as you savor the fresh, tender and delicate flavors.

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Where to Eat in Lisbon Food Market in Cais do Sodré Neighborhood

Time Out Market /Mercado da Ribeira

Address: Av. 24 de Julho 49, Lisbon

Hours: Open every day, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Prices: Pastries start at around €2, while lunch costs €14 on average

Pro Tips:  At the peak hours at lunch and dinner, finding a space to eat at this Lisbon food market can be challenging. Go during the off hours for a more relaxed experience.

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#7 Casa CID in Cais do Sodré

Located at an inconspicuous corner at the back of the Mercado da Ribeira, Casa CID is the kind of place that you can easily walk by.

Luckily, our local guide, Patricia, a chef, who led our Lisbon food tour told us about this little gem. The restaurant, Patricia said, “is a typical Portuguese bar where locals eat traditional fried foods and other Portuguese dishes.”

Far from the hip and modern feel of the renovated Time Out Market, this corner restaurant takes you back in time.

Graffiti “decorates” the rundown entrance and you won’t find any tourist. Instead, locals sipping on a beer while eating traditional Portuguese food congregate there.

From the outside, you’ll see the food displayed from the window. Several plates of traditionally fried Portuguese food waiting to be served. Freshly grilled sardines, pasteis de bacalhau, and other traditional Lisbon foods entice passersby to stop in.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get the chance to venture inside and get the full experience of this local Lisbon restaurant. It is definitely on our list for our next visit to Cais do Sodre.

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Where the Locals Eat in Lisbon, Cais do Sodré Neighborhood 

Casa CID (Closed)

Address: Rua Ribeira Nova 32, Cais do Sodré, Lisbon

Hours: Open Mon -Thur: 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm; Fri – Sat: 12pm to 12am; Closed on Sunday

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#8 Madragoa Café – Classic Portuguese Cuisine in the Artsy Santos Neighborhood

We stumbled onto Madragoa Café while looking for another local Lisbon restaurant. We were immediately seduced by the warm and cozy environment and Cristina’s welcoming smile.

Seated next to a huge painting of Van Gogh’s “Café Terrace at Night” we perused the menu which featured Portuguese regional and homestyle cuisine.

With a focus on the local specialties, we ordered the restaurant’s signature dish, bacalhau Madragoa. As Cristina brought the dish to the table, she proudly talked about her Portuguese heritage and her unique approach to Lisbon food and Portuguese cuisine.  

The dish, she told us “puts a twist on the traditional Portuguese bacalhau or codfish.” The beautiful dish combines melt-in-your-mouth cod with sliced and breaded potato sprinkled with olive oil, and a variety of delicately scented herbs.

The end to a perfect dining experience closes on something sweet. At Madragoa Café, you’ll find a flavor for every taste. While tempted by the decadent chocolate cake, we opted for a traditional almond cake. The morgado da guia, an almond tart with a chocolate base, was the quintessential finale.

For Lisbon restaurants where locals eat, with a “feeling of home,” venture out to the Santos neighborhood for a taste of Portugal’s regional foods.

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Where to Eat in Lisbon Santos Neighborhood

Madragoa Café (Closed)

Address: Rua da Esperança 136, Santos, Lisbon

Hours: Open every day; 7:00 pm to 12:00 am

Pro Tip: For the best experience, ask Cristina for her personal recommendations. You’ll not be disappointed.

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#9 Lisbon Food Market – Mercado de Campo de Ourique

A short tram ride away from central Lisbon is the Campo de Ourique neighborhood, an area rarely visited by tourists.

This neighborhood is known to locals as a foodie haven, where new concepts are tested and launched.

In the core of the neighborhood is Mercado de Campo de Ourique, a food market with a variety of stalls, selling fresh produce, fresh fish and meats. Alongside are stalls serving Portuguese tapas or petiscarias, a variety of Portuguese dishes, drinks and more.

Petescaria – 2 à Esquina, located in the middle of the food hall offers small bites with a touch of modernity. Small dishes that can be eaten in a small frying pan, accompanied by bread, are the main focus. Expect to find mackerel, chorizo, farinheira (Portuguese sausages) and a variety of salads.

If you are willing to taste the flavors of Portugal, where most tourists don’t go, this historic market that opened in 1934 is a treat.

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Where to Eat at  Lisbon Food Market Campo de Ourique

Mercado de Campo de Ourique

Address: Rua Coelho da Rocha 104,  Campo de Ourique, Lisbon

Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu 7:00 am – 11:00 pm, Wed 10:00 am – 12:00 am, Sat-Fri 7:00 am – 1:00 am, Sun 10:00 am – 12:00 am

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Prices: Most dishes cost €4-14

Authentic Food Quest Tip: One of the best ways to explore the local Lisbon food is to take  Lisbon food tours. In our in-depth guide of 6 of the best Lisbon tours to take, you can discover different Lisbon neigborhoods with local guides. You’ll visit a number of Lisbon local restaurants while getting immersed in the local gastronomy, history and culture.

#10 Fábrica de Pastéis de Belém – Iconic Portuguese desserts in Belém

Pastéis de nata, or pastéis de Belém (Belém is the suburb of Lisbon where they were created) are egg custard tarts that were created by monks in a Belém pastry shop in 1837.

These desserts are the most iconic and famous Portuguese dessert. While you find pasteis de nata at almost every Pastelerias or pastry shop, a trip to the original Belém pastry shop is a must.

Made by Monks who were expelled during a revolution in 1820, selling the pastries was a way to make money. Shortly, the pastries became very popular with local visitors after a small store attached to a sugar refinery started selling them.

Today, the store Fábrica de Pastéis de Belém has preserved the traditional recipe. So popular, the store bakes over 10,000 tarts per day for visitors seeking to taste this unique traditional recipe.

This is the only store that can sell these pastries under the name Pastel de Belém.  

The puff pastry-like dough is made with lots of butter folded into the layers.  Small pie shells are filled with the egg custard preparation and then cooked in a very hot oven. Pastéis de natas are served warm with a strong cup of Portuguese coffee, called bica in Lisbon.

Besides pastéis de Belém, you can also find savory options. The hot ham and cheese sandwiches called tostadas are our personal favorites. You’ll also find quiche, croissants and more.

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Where to Eat in Belém

Fábrica de Pastéis de Belém

Address: Rua de Belém 84 – 92, Lisbon

Hours: Open everyday; 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Prices: Pastries prices start at €1,30

#11 – Grelha do Carmo


Address: R. da Condessa 3A, 1200-120 Lisbon

Hours: Mon 12 pm–3:30 pm, Tue-Friday 12 pm–11:30 pm, Sat 12 pm–5 pm and 7 pm–11:30 pm, Sun 12 pm–11:30 pm

Price:  Main dishes start at €9

#12- Das Flores


Address: Rua das Flores 76 78, 1200-195 Lisbon

Hours: Mon-Fri 12 pm –3 pm

Price:  Main dishes start at €6

#13- O Caldo Verde

Address: Rua da Esperança 91, 1200-109 Lisbon

Hours: Tue-Sun 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Price:  Meat dishes start at €7 and fish dishes at €12,50


#14- Ze Da Mouraria


Address: R. João do Outeiro 24, 1100-292 Lisbon

Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Price:  Main dishes start at €27

#15- Floresta Da Escadinhas

Address: R. de Santa Justa 3, 1100-483 Lisbon

Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Price:  Main dishes start at €9


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In Summary

Lisbon has established itself as one of Europe’s hippest destinations. With a thriving tourist scene comes tourist trap restaurants and trendy food concepts.

Portuguese and Lisbon food is simple, flavorful and impeccably prepared.  

Explore the city and use this Lisbon food guide to the best Lisbon restaurants where locals eat. 

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Do you have a favorite place to eat authentic Portuguese food in Lisbon?  In the comments below, please tell us your favorite place to eat Lisbon food.

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Where to Stay in Lisbon And Eat Where Locals Eat

Finding the best place to stay in Lisbon can be quite daunting in Portugal’s capital and largest city. 

To help you get the most out of your trip, we recommend the following hotels and apartments for where to stay in Lisbon for food lovers.

Budget Friendly Places to Stay in Lisbon

Bairro Alto Bronze of Art Apartments in Bairro Alto

Photographer’s house in Graca

Mid Range Places to Stay in Lisbon

Be Poet Baixa Hotel in Lisbon city center

Casa das Janelas com Vista in Bairro Alto

Luxury Places to Stay in Lisbon

Hotel do Chiado in Lisbon city center

Memmo Príncipe Real in Principe Real

CHECK REVIEWS AND SEE MORE OPTIONS HERE: The Five Best Areas Where to Stay in Lisbon 

It will help you find the perfect base for your site and food exploration in Lisbon.

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49 Comments on “10 Authentic Restaurants to Eat like a Local in Lisbon”

  1. Never been to Lisbon but I’d love to! Do really hope it isn’t that difficult to find a place to et vegan or with some vegan options in the menu.

  2. What a fantastic list of places to eat in Lisbon! I’m planning a trip around Europe next year and I think I will put Lisbon on my list! The Lisbon food market would be my pick but I’m sure I’ll have time to check out a few more.

  3. I’ve read so much about Lisbon recently that I’m geared to go. As a South African meat eater, I think I’ll head to Carvoaria Jacto first come dinner time. Wouldn’t mind listening to Fado at Mascote da Atalaia either.

  4. My sister just came back from a trip to Lisbon. She stayed in the Campo de Ourique neighborhood and, as you said, she found it a great place to explore the city and to spoil your buds with some local cuisine. I would actually love to try those pasteis de Belem 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  5. I have never been to Portugal, but a trip to Lisbon seems like it is a must for foodies. Of course I’ve heard of the Pastéis de nata, but didn’t realise they had the alternate name pastéis de Belém. I would love to try them from their suburb of origin! I’m not a huge fish fan, but couldn’t leave without trying the codfish, since it is such a signature dish!

    • You’ll find so much amazing food in Portugal. Beyond the fish, the pork is award winning. The beef is excellent as well. There is a meal for every flavor. Hope you get to Portugal soon and savor some of the delightful bites. It is indeed a country with amazing food. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I love Spanish tapas but I didn’t know Portugal had their own version in petiscos! Glad to hear that they are more like mini versions of full-on meals, more chances to try everything! The vaulted ceiling at By the Wine looks amazing, I love the effect the stacked wine bottles give the room. And it makes you want to drink more wine to get a bottle up on the ceiling! A bottle of wine, a Fado song, and a big chunk of delicious meat, Portugal sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    • We were also surprised, at first, to see some similarities between Spanish cuisine and Portuguese food. Portugal has its own unique and delicious twist to the food. We also totally loved the design at By The Wine. A truly amazing place to check out when you get to Portugal. Appreciate your comments, Stevo.

  7. Bookmarked! I’m headed to Lisbon soon and can’t wait to eat all the food. I’d hate to waste a single meal at some tourist trap. Thanks for the great research.

  8. What a comprehensive list of great restaurants to choose from in Lisbon! As a traveler, it is so hard to know where to go, especially if you need to watch your budget but still want some authentic food. The trick might be figuring out what is actually authentically Portuguese.

    • So true, finding local authentic restaurants is always a challenge. We hope this Portuguese food guide will help travelers to Lisbon skip the tourist traps and have amazing and affordable authentic Portuguese food. Thanks Tami.

    • Thanks Carol. Actually, we really enjoyed baccalau with different variations of potatoes. This one particular experience did not measure up to all the previous ones, hence the disappointment 🙂 Great local restaurant all the same. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. I’ve never been to Lisbon, but I have been to Porto and the north of Portugal. I wasn’t so impressed with the food for the most part, but it looks entirely different in Lisbon. I love octopus and it’s something I only get rarely. The pea and chorizo stew looks delicious, too, and I think I’ll even try to make something like that at home.

    • Thanks Jennifer, so glad this article gave you a new appreciation for Portuguese food 🙂 The pea and chorizo soup was surprisingly tasty. Let us know how it goes when you make it at home. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Wow… what an unique bunch of restaurants and more importantly, what unique dishes! I can’t imagine most of these dishes but the Octopus with potatoes takes the cake I think! But yes, whatever place you visit, you must eat like a local, otherwise there is no point in going that far.

    • It is quite fascinating how the Portuguese exported their food around the world. We haven’t had the egg tarts from Macau and it would be wonderful to compare and contrast them side by side. Thanks for stopping by, Nicholas.

  11. There are so many great restaurants to eat at in Lisbon and the food is amazing. We ate a few times at a place called Faco & Garfo just of Largo do Carmo square the food was divine.

  12. I’ve been to Lisbon twice and struggled to find really good local food. I hadn’t heard of petiscos before either! Great list and I’ll need to check out Carvoaria Jacto when I visit again

  13. I definitely believe that eating at locsl restaurants of any country is the best way to learn about their culture and at the same time interact with the locals.
    I am sure you enjoyed your food tour


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