Restaurants: The 8 most trendy in Lisbon
Lisbon is under constant innovation. Every day there is a new exhibition, a new restaurant, a new bar, or a new store. In every corner of the city a new concept flourishes with décor never seen before. Lisbon is increasingly focused on design and modernisation and restaurants are an excellent example of this. Increasingly experimental, original and creative, the cuisine is still faithful to the flavours of the highest quality ingredients. We present here a list of the trendiest restaurants in Lisbon.
And what makes a restaurant trendy? It is a combination of several factors: the decoration, the food and the people who represent it or those who are clients. They are trendy because we never feel the same anywhere else, and at the end of the meal, we want to linger at the table for hours. Above all else, it’s because the space is modern and original and the food pleases contemporary tastes. But also because it is a place we go to see and be seen.
The Bosnian chef and owner of 100 Maneiras in Bairro Alto focuses on everything a good cook should have: product quality, creative cuisine, talent, imagination and kindness. The chef visits the Ribeira Food Market every day and makes his daily menu depending on the fresh products he encounters there. Specialising in molecular cuisine, the imaginative tasting menu changes every season and wine pairings are also offered. 100 Maneiras is a small restaurant with an intimate ambiance – almost like eating at a dear friend’s house, who just happens to be one of the most interesting chefs with one of the tastiest cuisines in Lisbon. The 100 Maneiras Bistro is also located a few minutes away in Chiado, with an exceptional a la carte menu.
||R do Teixeira, 35|
||+351 210 990 475|
The speciality at Brasserie Flo at the Tivoli Lisboa Hotel are the fish and seafood dishes. Since April 2008, this sophisticated French corner restaurant has satisfied the palates of its multitude of diners and visitors. Faithful to the French tradition, the Brasserie Flo has an écailler with oysters, mussels and giant clams preserved in the best conditions. Of course, one cannot forget the champagne to accompany these dishes. This elegantly designed space is a reminder of the days when Paris and its brasseries were in fashion; nothing is lacking in the charming, classy atmosphere and sophisticated service.
||Avenida da Liberdade,185|
||+351 213 198 977|
This project created by 11 friends, including the restaurant's chef, has established itself as one of the best restaurants in Lisbon since opening in November 2003. Mediterranean and Portuguese-inspired cuisine is prepared with great care in this restaurant to preserve the true flavours of the ingredients. The menu varies according to season, remaining faithful to the quality of the national ingredients. Visitors become the audience of Lisbon as they watch the city on stage through large windows, and see the Eduardo VII Park, the river Tagus and the Castle as the main actors. At night, when the lights fade, the focus turns inward, creating an intimate atmosphere within a minimalist space.
||Rua Marques da Fronteira Jardim Amália Rodrigues|
||+351 213 862 211|
This is a pizzeria with white marble walls and dark tables under candlelight. Formerly a grocery store and refurbished tavern Esperança has retained its old-fashioned charm with a modern twist and enjoys a relaxed atmosphere for dinner with friends. The food is great, although that is not the main reason why this is such a popular restaurant. Esperança stands out for its decoration and welcoming and friendly service. The choice of pizzas is huge, but the pasta dishes are also a safe bet. And to top it off, it’s in the heart of Bairro Alto.
||Rua do Norte, 95, Bairro Alto|
||+351 213 432 027|
For steak lovers, it is inevitable to pass by this Steak Lounge in Estoril. All dishes are grilled, to preserve the quality and nature of each steak and the use of olive oil is paramount to keep the flavours in this kind of Portuguese cuisine. The only dish that is fried is the “Bife frito à Portuguesa” that is a delight too. This modern restaurant is located across the street from the sea breezes of the Estoril Coast and is definitely one of the most central and beautiful restaurants in Estoril.
||+351 96 20 50 500|
Meninos do Rio
This is the perfect terrace for a sunny day and one of the best places in Lisbon by the river to spend the afternoon. As you arrive, you will see a wide, spacious terrace with colourful canvas awnings, a few wooden tables, irresistible deck chairs, palm trees in the surroundings and a bar with chill-out music. This is the perfect environment to relax with the waterfront breeze. Meninos do Rio is ideal for a light lunch and the menu offers some excellent salads, burgers and a delectable selection of sushi and sashimi.
||Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa Armazém 255|
||213 220 071|
Olivier - Restaurant
The Olivier Restaurant in Chiado offers one of the best modern dining experiences in Lisbon. Treat yourself to the excellent degustation menu or enjoy one of the fine fish or meat dishes, with a twist on traditional Portuguese cuisine. Highlights include black risotto with cod and foie gras with caramelised apple. The decoration is inspired by the luxurious French courts of the 18th Century, with large blue and pink velvet chairs, satin ribbons and elaborate furnishings. Excellent staff offer attentive service to ensure diners have a memorable dining experience.
||Rua do Alecrim, 23|
||+351 213 422 916|
||Olivier – Restaurant|
Peixe na Linha
Located on the cliffs above Bafureira Beach in S. Pedro do Estoril, Peixe na Linha offers a fine dining experience specialising in one of Portugal’s greatest assets – fish and seafood. A fine selection of your favourite Portuguese dishes are offered, from freshly grilled fish to traditional cataplana and mouth-watering seafood platters. Decorated in a fresh, modern style with a nautical theme, the restaurant also offers spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean. Enjoy a cocktail on the patio and head directly down to the beach for a relaxing stroll after your meal.
||Avenida Marginal, Praia da Bafureira, S. Pedro do Estoril.|
||+351 214 685 388|
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