Lisbon is the destination city for seafood with soul
Blessed with a bountiful coastline, Lisbon is never short of freshly-caught fish. From its sensational sardines and salt cod – so emblematic of the city – to tender lobster and prawns, Lisbon’s seafood is impeccable. When you’re next in the Portuguese capital, seek out these places to sample sensational local seafood.
Famed for its iconic ‘Codfish Clothesline’ (crispy pieces of dehydrated codfish elegantly pegged to a micro clothesline) 100 Maneiras is Chef Ljubomir Stanisic’s gastronomic playground-cum-laboratory. Its nine-course tasting menu is a love letter to the sea, where you can discover playful interpretations of line-caught pomfret, red mullet and sardine pâté.
If crustaceans float your boat, the chic, minimalist Restaurant Eleven has its own six-course dedicated lobster menu. Exceptionally indulgent, it features lobster ceviche and roasted lobster with celery, coral and fermented daikon. Eleven’s other fish dishes beautifully harmonise Portuguese culinary tradition with Asian inspired flourishes.
Páteo at Bairro do Avillez
Chef Jose Avillez is everywhere in Lisbon, and our palettes are all the more blessed for it. With nine restaurants and counting, Páteo at his ultra-hip Barrio do Avillez is the place to go to for shellfish by the kilo with a cosmopolitan vibe. Go large with the Barrio Seafood Platter, loaded with prawns, crab, slipper lobster, crayfish and clams.
You’ll find fish and fish only at Piexola, a small but perfectly formed trendy spot near Chiado. Dining takes place at a long, horseshoe bar where you can feast upon daily-caught raw and cooked delights. From Central American-inspired ceviche and tacos to wasabi salmon, there’s an international contemporary flair to each dish.
Mercado do Peixe
As its name suggests, this is a fish market restaurant serving traditional Portuguese dishes, alongside gorgeous views across the São Roque channel. You can dine on almost an any type of seafood imaginable– steamed eel, monkfish, seabass, prawns – and of course, the Lisboan signature; cod.
Legendary among locals, Cervejaria Ramiro has been wowing Lisboans with sensational seafood since the 1950s. Expect the freshest fish, cooked simply to let its quality do the talking. From fresh oysters and tiger prawns to clams in butter sauce, go with an appetite and wash everything down with an ice-cold Sagres beer.
Casa do Peixe
This humble restaurant located within the Saldanha Market has a near 100-year heritage of serving up the best sardines in Lisbon. With a vast charcoal grill primed for perfect cooking, Casa do Peixe is always buzzing with locals hungry for moist, tender sardines.
Floresta Das Escadinhas
Located a few minutes’ walk from the waterfront, Floresta Das Escadinhas delivers sardines with soul; grilled to order and piled on a plate with potatoes, pickles and bread. A small, cosy eatery tucked away on a side street, seek it out and you’ll be rewarded with some of the best sardines in the city.