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The best restaurants with live music in Lisbon

What if your meal had a soundtrack? We ditched fado and chose five restaurants with live music in Lisbon.

A carpintaria

Here in Lisbon, we fancy a nice environment where we can just relax, hang out with friends and family, while enjoying a delicious meal. And music as well, is part of our culture. Scattered throughout Lisbon there are several restaurants where you can enjoy your meal with live music - whether it be Cape Verdean rhythms, bossa nova or the nostalgic melodies of the 80s and 90s. For music lovers who can’t eat without music or for those who like to accompany memories to a soundtrack (even more so, live), Time Out chose five places to eat and at the same time, attend a concert in Lisbon.

Restaurants with live music in Lisbon

A Carpintaria
Fotografia: Manuel Manso
Restaurants, Italian

A Carpintaria

icon-location-pin Cais do Sodré

Italian food and bossa nova or music from the 1980s and 90s. How does that sound? In Carpintaria, there are several thin and crusty pizzas, three risottos - asparagus, mushrooms or farinheira - and a collection of pastas with the most anticipated classics such as black linguini with clams and prawns, lasagna or spaghetti bolognese. If you are with a large group, book the small mezzanine, which can be closed for 25 people and overlooks the stage where the bands perform.

Associação CaboVerdeana
Ana Luzia
Restaurants, Pan-African

Associação Caboverdeana

icon-location-pin Avenida da Liberdade

It is on the top floor of a building near Marquês de Pombal and is the perfect place to taste a cachupa or any of the dishes that are part of Cape Verdean gastronomy. The menu varies every day, but the muamba, the tuna steak, the chicken curry and the cachupa are always a certainty. On Tuesdays and Thursdays there is live music to raise your spirits and head for a cheerful afternoon - yes, this is all for lunch, because dinner is only served for groups of 20 people with early booking.

David Clifford


icon-location-pin Chiado/Cais do Sodré

Here is served traditional Cape Verdean food, with special emphasis on the meat, fish or the special cachupa. There is also chicken muamba, beef cassava and a delicious coconut with cooked condensed milk dessert. All this with live music from Wednesday to Sunday.

Havana Soul

Havana Soul

icon-location-pin Alcântara

Located in the Santo Amaro Dock in Lisbon, visiting the Havana Club is like making a short trip to Cuba. But the music is Brazilian - and the one that you will hear the most is sertanejo. The concerts start around midnight and take place between Friday and Sunday. But if you want to have dinner and then stay for the live music, you have to book ahead and the group must have at least 15 people.

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icon-location-pin Beato

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