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Lisbon Summer Holiday Restaurant Guide

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Introduction to Lisbon 

Lisbon, Portugal's hilly, coastal capital city, is a treasure trove of vibrant nightlife and culinary culture. As the sun warms its picturesque cobbled streets, visitors can explore an array of historical sites like the Belem Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, showcasing Portugal’s maritime adventures and architectural grandeur. The sights, smells and flavours on offer make it a perfect destination for a summer holiday. 

Summer in Lisbon invites long, lazy afternoons at sidewalk cafés. As night falls, the city transforms into a bustling hub of activity, with rooftop bars, restaurants and nightclubs coming alive. The city's charming and unique streets can be explored via its famous trams, which wind their way through old neighborhoods like Alfama and Bairro Alto. The Alfama district, with its stunning views over the Tagus River, invites leisurely walks through its maze of narrow streets, opening up to quaint squares, sea vistas and eateries to please every palate. 

The culinary scene in Lisbon is as diverse as its culture. From traditional Portuguese fare to innovative contemporary cuisine, there's something to satisfy every palate. Using TheFork, visitors can easily discover and book the best dining spots to enhance their summer holiday experience in Lisbon. Here’s our guide to some top choices: 

Cura at The Ritz Four Seasons 

Cura at The Ritz Four Seasons stands out as one of the Michelin star restaurants in Lisbon. It offers an exquisite menu that showcases the finesse of fine dining with a Portuguese twist. FOr a luxurious culinary experience, try the full dinner with Chef Marlene Vieira, a journey through the fantastic tasting menu.

Taberna Tosca 

Taberna Tosca is a vibrant tapas restaurant in Lisbon, Portugal. This eatery captures the essence of Spanish small plates with a Portuguese flair - like Jose Velasquez, rotos eggs with spicy chouriço and sweet potato. A favorite for both locals and tourists seeking a lively and flavorful dining experience. 

Nunes Real Marisqueira 

Known as the best seafood restaurant in Lisbon, Nunes Real Marisqueira offers fresh, high-quality seafood in a traditional Portuguese setting. It's a must-visit for anyone wanting to taste the true flavors of the Atlantic, as tasted in Seafood bisǫue with mass folhada, a signature of Chef Paul Bocuse. 

Copo de Mar 

Copo de Mar is renowned as a top fish restaurant in Lisbon. Here, diners can enjoy a variety of expertly prepared and diverse fish dishes that highlight the local catch, making it a perfect choice for seafood lovers. The range on their menu is highlighted by the Bao tofu teriyaki - a steamed dish with teriyaki marinated tofu and chuchu pickles. 

Rooftop at The Art Inn 

The Rooftop at The Art Inn is a picturesque rooftop restaurant in Lisbon that offers panoramic views of the cityscape along with a menu of delicious dishes and cocktails, ideal for a summer evening. Chef Giuseppe Paban weaves flavours together with flair, as tasted in the Crispy taco with bacalhau mousse and mayonnaise and nduja. 

The Green Affair - Parque das Nações 

For a plant-based dining option, The Green Affair - Parque das Nações stands out as a leading vegan restaurant in Lisbon. It offers a creative and sustainable menu that caters to health-conscious diners, featuring seasonal dishes like Summer bowl - made from quinoa, edamame, beterraba, “atum”, abacate, cebolinho, sesame seeds and molho poke. 

Laurentina - O Rei do Bacalhau 

Laurentina - O Rei do Bacalhau is a celebrated seafood restaurant in Lisbon, Portugal, specializing in Bacalhau cod, a staple of Portuguese cuisine. It's the perfect spot to enjoy traditional dishes, such as Rabos de Bacalhau, in an authentic and intimate setting. 

Chapitô à Mesa - Restaurante 

Chapitô à Mesa, led by Head Chef José Maria Gomes offers not only excellent cuisine, but also stunning views over the city. A unique dining destination that combines great food with cultural entertainment, here you can enjoy dishes like the Posta de Acém Redondo, a Batata Frita Caseira with Molho da Casa. 

Cervejaria Liberdade 

Cervejaria Liberdade excels in serving up a wide variety of seafood in a chic, contemporary environment. With tasty dishes from Chef Adelaide Fonseca, like Carpaccio de Novilh, this is a great place to experience Lisbon’s modern culinary scene. 

Café de São Bento 

Café de São Bento is known for serving some of the best steaks in Lisbon. This classic Portuguese restaurant offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere ideal for dining out in the city, and dishes to set the mood perfectly. Taste the local flavours in Mediterranean Tarte, with cooked legumes, greens and tofu with tomatoes and azeitonas, rúcula and lime vinaigrette. 

For more fantastic picks from TheFork community to guide you along your Lisbon summer holiday, be sure to check our Community Top 100. With a whole list chosen by our customers, you are sure to find some hidden gems in the winding streets of Lisbon, that are top spots voted by our users! 

Check out our Lisbon Top 100 here!

Ritz Four Seasons Hotel, Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca 88, 1099-051
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