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The best vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon

Looking for the best vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon? Here are thirteen great options for those avoiding meat and fish.


By Time Out Lisbon editors

Posted: Thursday July 12 2018


Fotografia: Manuel Manso
Antigo Talho

Being vegetarian does not have to be boring anymore. There has been a tremendous boost of restaurants with meat-free menus. Cabbage and tasteless tofu are already a distant memory for Lisbon's vegetarians. From the very best restaurants in Lisbon to Lisbon's best healthy restaurants, check out the creme-de-la-creme of the city's veggie scene, where the menus are far from being an endless salad parade. Here are the best vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon. 

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Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
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Graça 77

icon-location-pin São Vicente 

António Borges, the owner of Graça 77, speaks six languages, travelled around more than 50 countries in 10 years, and was once a Krishna monk. He settled down in Graça to open this vegan restaurant at the start of the year. There’s Sunday brunch (€8.50 or €16, depending on the portion), with vegan pancakes, daily specials and desserts.

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Restaurants, Vegan

Eight – The Health Lounge

icon-location-pin Santa Maria Maior

When Ceri, the Canadian owner of Eight – The Health Lounge, was little, she liked to stay inside her house, cooking instead of going to school. Many years later, she created the menu for this vegan lounge on Praça da Figueira, with a matching shop on the first floor. “I wanted the menu to include fast-food items - smoothies, bowls, toasties - but very nutritious,” she says, so she filled the menu with smoothies, wellness shots, panini, salads, energy balls and sweet snacks without sugar or honey - only fruit.

Fotografia: Francisco Santos
Restaurants, Vegan

My Mother's Daughters

icon-location-pin São Sebastião
The name says it all: it was opened by a mother and her three daughters in Largo de São Sebastião. They don’t use products of animal origin, ingredients tend to be of biological origin, and they pay a lot of attention to their own waste. In the set menu there are bowls like Fresca (with kale, pesto, roasted vegetables, black rice and sauerkraut) and Terra, a more heavy bowl (with lentils, cauliflower rice and roasted sweet potato). You will also find energetic balls and cereal bars.
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Antigo Talho

icon-location-pin Avenida da Liberdade/Príncipe Real

Don’t feel fooled by the logo with the pig at the entrance. The new project of television host João Manzarra is housed in a former butcher shop. He "Veganized" Antigo Talho (than means Old Butcher in Portuguese), near the Marquês de Pombal area, and opened a cafeteria for lunches and snacks and a multi-brand store, all entirely vegan. Every day there is a different dish on the menu led by chef Filipa Ruas. You are  likely to find a couscous of vegetables, dried fruit and baba ganoush, or a Thai curry or a Vietnamese pho. The menu also has wraps and quiches (which change weekly), sliced cakes, energy balls, juices, kombucha and craft beers.

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Restaurants, Vegetarian

Ao 26 – Vegan Food Project

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At Catarina Gonçalves’ restaurant (who was already known for opening the vegetarian venue Nomalism in Campo de Ourique, now defunct), you will find beetroot or lentil hamburgers (€7.50), bifanas made with thyme and lemon seitan (€5) and toasties made with bolo do caco (Madeira’s famous bread) and vegan cheese (€6). Don’t leave before biting into the raw dried fruit tart, which is sugar-free and sweetened with dates and agave syrup (€4.50).

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Restaurants, Vegetarian

Foodprintz

icon-location-pin Avenida da Liberdade/Príncipe Real

It’s one of those places you start missing as soon as you walk out the door. The service is friendly, the food is good (with a menu made exclusively of non-animal products), the atmosphere is welcoming and the prices affordable. The owners are Caroline, a German cook/yoga teacher, and Lisa,a Dutch citizen who moved to Lisbon a littlemore than ayearago.On the top floor, there are avocado- pineapple toasties (€2.50), homemade vegan nut cheeses (€4.50 and €9), hearty dishes at lunch time, and banana- cinnamon ice cream for dessert (€3.50). On the ground floor, there are yoga classes.

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Restaurants, Vegetarian

Os Tibetanos

icon-location-pin Avenida da Liberdade/Príncipe Real

It’s impossible to walk past Os Tibetanos without peeking inside – either the scent or the colourful flags will draw you in. Inside, you will find a very peaceful hall that serves world-inspired cuisine, 100% vegetarian. That means Indian papadoms, Nepalese momos, Tibetan spinach and cheese pastries, curries, pastas, salads and even tofu and seitan steaks, all famous around Lisbon.

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PSI

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This is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in the city, in business for 15 years. It’svegetarian,notvegan,but alsohasavariedveganoffering signalledonthemenu.The garden, with its waterfall and pond, home of ducks, turtles and carps, was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama and also has a kids playground and a garden with plants and aromatic herbs. Yasser Saiyad, the chef, prepares Indian, Thai and Italian-influenced daily dishes. Mango ceviches, vegetable samosas, cheese, honey and nut roti, feta or chickpea falafel salads, sweet and sour aubergine, seitan “meatballs” and panna cotta with pistachio pralines for a perfect last touch.

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O Botanista

icon-location-pin Chiado/Cais do Sodré
Welcome to the wonderful world of plants: The Botanista, the new project of Catarina Gonçalves, (from Ao 26 - Vegan Food Project), with André Baptista. A restaurant with a very green ground floor, loads of plants and a vegan menu. There are breakfast, lunch and snack options, many of which no one would call vegan - that's the point. Neither Catarina, responsible for sweets, nor André, in the kitchen, want to recreate vegan version's of existing dishes that usually feature animal by-products. Rather, they want to "present good things, feed you and know you well. Nothing comes from animals but we do not even need to say it's vegan."
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Quintal de Santo Amaro

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Larissa Abbud eats meat, but she arrived from Rio de Janeiro and opened the Quintal de Santo Amaro with a daily lunchbox (8€) and other vegan delights - from floral toasts to cakes and raw pies. All the food is served in biodegradable packaging for take-away, and she tries to sell mainly organic food. All this in a cozy little corner in São Bento.

Fotografia: Ana Luzia
Restaurants, Vegetarian

Miss Saigon

icon-location-pin Parque das Nações
Since 2009, Cláudia Salú and Paulo Almeida have been feeding the “alfacinhas” (the name that Lisboners are known for) with good and healthy food. Spices and fresh herbs, they say, are the key raw materials from which they create their new dishes. They have reached more than 700 different spices and herbs, originating from of 70 different countries. They also have soups, smoothies and organic teas. The name was inspired by Puccini’s work because of the great passion that this vegetarian restaurant in Parque das Nações has with Western and Eastern food.
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Restaurants, Vegetarian

Terra

icon-location-pin Chiado/Cais do Sodré
Another vegetarian restaurant with an outside eating area, worth a special trip. Tucked away in a side street down from the Príncipe Real garden, it has an excellent lunch buffet with a range of traditional Portuguese dishes adapted for vegetarians and vegans. The ingredients are mostly organic.
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Jardim dos Sentidos

icon-location-pin Princípe Real

Vegetarian, but very vegan- friendly. In fact, the large majority of the menu is vegan. Lentil soup, tofu and pea curries, seitan tandooris, carrot stew with harissa, asparagus and banana lasagne for dessert. If you’re looking for a special experience, book a zen dinner. You’ll be welcomed with a massage, followed by a meal for two (€130).

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