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The best restaurants in Cascais

If you’re planning to come to Lisbon, take a day or two to visit Cascais. And do yourself a favor – book a table at one of the best restaurants in Cascais

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There are many reasons to go to Cascais: the sunny days, the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, the beautiful beaches, the golf courses, the horse-riding tours in the nature, great boat trips around the bay and its delicious and super fresh seafood. A half-hour drive from Lisbon, this small town built along the coastline has lots of great restaurants to offer besides all the things you can do and visit there. Take a look at our guide of the best restaurants in Cascais.

The best restaurants in Cascais

Fortaleza do Guincho
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Fortaleza do Guincho

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For 17 years, the Fortaleza do Guincho was a standard-bearer for French cuisine in Portugal. Some German gastronomy was also mixed in by consulting chef Antoine Westermann, who left the restaurant in 2014. The next year, executive chef Vincent Farges also departed, leaving the kitchen to Cascais-born Miguel Rocha Vieira. The current chef already had a Michelin star in his resume, earned at Costes in Hungary, and he kept it here. His cuisine is closer to Portugal and to the sea, whose waves slam the rocks right next to the restaurant.

Time Out tips:

– Sea bream, crab, john dory, scarlet shrimp: the surroundings inform the menu.

– Award-winning sommelier Inácio Loureiro is a master of his craft.

– Tasting menus range from €95 to €135.

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Furnas do Guincho
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Furnas do Guincho

It is just another seafood restaurant along the Guincho road – and it is not. Beg your pardon? Well, it is a typical specimen of the area, but it is also one of its best, gorgeous and well-staffed. Really: the restaurant is beautiful (time your visit to watch the sunset from the terrace), fish is served both roasted and grilled (the latter is a spectacular live show, as it comes out of the kitchen in flames) and shellfish (both local and bought elsewhere) is of the highest calibre. The rock lobster is a classic.

Time Out tips:

– The lobster in “açorda” bread soup is a house speciality.

– The octopus “cataplana” pan with sweet potato will bring back memories of the Algarve.

– Or go against the grain and just feast on their meat dishes.

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Mar do Inferno
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Mar do Inferno

Nobody in Cascais calls it by its official name. For locals, it's “Lourdes” or “Dona Lourdes”. Patrons say a heartfelt “obrigado” to her after each meal. That meal will be composed of seafood: Guincho “bruxas”, Roca gooseneck barnacles, Cascais crabs, a huge grilled fish or a simple monkfish risotto... everything is of high quality. If you can't choose, order the sea plate, with grilled sea bass and gilthead sea bream, and also prawns, mussels, potatoes, carrots, and broccoli drenched in good olive oil.

Time Out tips:

– You can just spend a whole day there snacking.

– The outdoors tables are lovely both in sunny days and when the sea is rough.

– It's almost obscene to order meat here, but the beef tournedo is quite good.

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Monte Mar
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Monte Mar

Guincho road, Cais do Sodré and Time Out Market: this Cascais classic grew and multiplied, expanded to Lisbon where it has a nice terrace facing the water, but we still prefer the original location for its famous hake fillets with cockle rice, its fried sole with “açorda” bread soup and its lobster crepes – or any of the fishes of the day and fresh shellfish. And then there's the panorama – the restaurant overlooks the beach rocks, and patrons can gaze at the mighty sea.

Time Out tips:

– Of all restaurants in Guincho, none has a better outdoors area.

– And if you don't love fish? Their fried liver “iscas” are delicious.

– Santini ice cream for dessert – yay!

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