Boi Cavallo, Rua de Vigario, 70B Alfama
Our host in the apartment recommended this cool restaurant for our first night, It was an excellent food, very creative and inspiring in a friendly atmosphere. The space is minimal with a small kitchen. The enthusiastic chef and the staff were very friendly. We were lucky to find a place due to the low season, but definitely should book a table before going.
Cantinho Do Avillez, R. Duques de Bragança 7
One of Portugal's best and definitely the most famous chef Jose Avillez’s relatively casual restaurant is an alternative to Belcanto, his other restaurant in town. Cantinho is a trendy place with a very welcoming atmosphere. I had one the best tuna dishes I had ever had. Other things I would recommend to taste are scallops, fried string beans with a tartar sauce and seasalt as well as the hazelnut desert.
Gambrinus, Rua das Portas Santo Antao
If you want to experience a traditional, feel-good food try this place. Locals say that it is a classic and is very old school. Located right in the heart of Lisbon. Got to taste an amazing tiger crab cooked in Madeira wine and a very good seafood pasta with local seafood. An ideal place for lunch or for a Sunday afternoon early dinner, just like we did. The staff and service is excellent, very professional but the prices are high according to Lisbon standards.
Bistro 100 Maneiras, Largoda Trindade 9
Located in the trendy Chiado district, this place offers a modern Portuguese cuisine with an Eastern European twist. Chef Ljubomir Stanisic is fantastic at combining Portuguese, French and Yugoslavian tastes all together for remarkable dishes. (Not too far from this bistro is their fine dining counterpart, 100 Maneiras, which we did not get to try but if it is anything like Bistro 100 Maneiras, it must be good if not better.) 100 Maniras –Rua do Teixeria 35
Mercado de Riberia, Av. 24 de Julho 50
This closed market place is a heaven for a foodie. You can taste all the great chefs in the city under one roof with their good quality food with affordable prices. Despite it is a closed market, it is very spacious and nicely decorated. Definitely go there hungry and be prepared to spend there half a day.
Sea Me Peixaria Moderna, Chiado Rua do Loreto 21
Fresh sea food, a good place to eat scallops and oysters with a glass of champagne.
Este Oeste, Centro Cultural de Belém, Praça do Império
Sushi and pizza together in this very chic and family friendly museum bistro. Need reservations on Sundays.
*Our host also recommended some other restaurants:
-Insolito,Restaurante Leopold, Belcanto, Eleven, Feitoria, Ramiro