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Restaurante, Cascais, Beira Mar
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The best fish restaurants in Cascais

It’s the land of fishermen, and it has the best fish in the world. Seize the opportunity to fill your belly in the best fish restaurants in Cascais

By Editores da Time Out Lisboa
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The most important thing when it comes to eating fish is its freshness. But the art of behind its preparation, to ensure the ingredients are not damaged, is also important to the true connoisseur. And, finally, good service also helps a good meal taste even better. Cascais, home of seafarers, combines all three conditions in its many restaurants. In a town in which fish is king and master, with species such as sole, stone bass, octopus and white seabream caught offshore - and don't even get us started on the shellfish - it is important to know the best places in Cascais to dine on fish. Here we offer you seven good options – one for each day of the week.

The best fish restaurants in Cascais

Restaurante, Cascais, Monte Mar, Filetes
Restaurante, Cascais, Monte Mar, Filetes
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Monte Mar

Restaurants Seafood

The Monte Mar brand has been in the ascendency in recent years, like the miracle of the fish (and loaves). But our favourite is the one on the Guincho road. With its impeccable old-fashioned service, it has the best terrace in Cascais, where the waves break right next to the tables. The menu is enormous, as are the suggestions of the day, but these are just good reasons to keep going back and trying something new. That is if you can resist the house specials: filetes de pescada com arroz de berbigão (hake fillets with cockle rice), creme de marisco (cream of seafood) or linguado frito com açorda (fried sole with açorda).

Restaurante, Beira Mar, Cascais
Restaurante, Beira Mar, Cascais
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Beira Mar

Restaurants Portuguese

The Beira Mar stands out from the restaurants around it in the centre of Cascais. It is a true temple to good Portuguese food and has been under the same management for more than 40 years. Here, the fish specialities reign supreme, whether they be grilled or oven roasted, and they are always accompanied by good açorda and rice. What to order? Linguado à delícia mar (surimi sole), pregado frito com açorda (fried turbot with açorda) or filetes de cherne ao caril (curried fillets of stone bass). Carnivores also have a fine selection of steaks to choose from.

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Restaurante, Cascais, Mar do Inferno
Restaurante, Cascais, Mar do Inferno
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Mar do Inferno

Restaurants Seafood

This is a favourite with many locals, including chef José Avillez, and for many reasons, including the friendly host, the quality and freshness of the fish and seafood and its location facing the sea. A trip to “Lourdes”, as this family-run restaurant is known, is a must, whether it’s to try some bruxas (the local seafood stew) or to taste one of the house’s fish specialties.

Restaurante, Peixes, Mariscos, Porto de Santa Maria
Restaurante, Peixes, Mariscos, Porto de Santa Maria
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Porto de Santa Maria

Restaurants Seafood

Yet another restaurant on the “Guincho road” that is worth a visit. And no, it’s not a lack of imagination when it comes to suggesting places to eat, it is because we want to recommend the best the town has to offer. With its incredible wine list, perhaps one of the best in the Greater Lisbon area, it is a safe choice for fresh fish and seafood while enjoying beautiful sea views. The restaurant also has its own aquariums that you can visit.

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Furnas do Guincho - Bacalhau à Lagareiro
Furnas do Guincho - Bacalhau à Lagareiro
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Furnas do Guincho

Restaurants Seafood

Foreigners may be dazzled the moment the flambé fish enters the room (the recipe is for fish on salt), but it still turns the heads of even those who do not eat fish - and it always will. At Furnas do Guincho, it is customary to see one of these fantastic displays emerge from the kitchen every day. However, you can order the same dish cooked in the oven, or you can choose açorda de lagosta (lobster açorda), cataplana de polvo (octopus cataplana) or simply the mariscos (seafood). Indoors or on the magnificent terrace.

O Cantinho da Belinha

Restaurants Seafood

Some people know this restaurant as the House of Fishermen, which says a lot about it: the fish come directly from the boats, so they cannot be fresher. It is a good place to eat sardines during the summer months, and every other kind of local fish throughout the year. It has a nice sheltered courtyard for windy evenings.

Fun fact: it is located just a few metres from the home of the current President of the Republic.

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Restaurante, Cascais, Vela Azul, Filetes
Restaurante, Cascais, Vela Azul, Filetes
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Vela Azul

Restaurants Seafood

Every town has its canteens. Places where the food is above average, but which are not always on the tourist itineraries. Vela Azul, which has for years been a leader in the art of preparing fish, is one such place. It is tucked away in a residential area, but your satnav will help you find it. And it is worth the effort, especially if you are looking for fresh fish, prepared on the grill by hands that have worked with these ingredients for 30 years. The specialities are its famed filetes de garoupa com arroz de tomate (stone bass fillets with tomato rice), but it also offers grilled fish, cold salads and homemade desserts that will have you crying for more.

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