Top 20 dishes to try in Lisbon

From moreish snacks to fresh seafood and mouthwatering meat dishes – our guide to the top 20 dishes to try in Lisbon

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Here it is, a countdown of Lisbon’s most coveted plates. No more need to agonise over the menu; dive straight in as we reveal dishes to die for at Lisbon’s best restaurants and cheap eats. Our top 20 list picks out sophisticated signature dishes, indulgent desserts, sweet treats and finger-licking street food. Take a look at our selection of the top 20 dishes to try in Lisbon.

Top 20 dishes to try in Lisbon

Estendal do Bairro at 100 Maneiras

4 out of 5 stars

This ‘neighbourhood washing line’ – inspired by those that are so visible in the city – is a starter that forms part of a tasting menu at the restaurant overseen by ultra-creative chef Ljubomir Stanisic. It is actually bits of bacalhau tripe, fried and pegged up on a miniature line.

Price: Tasting menu €58

Bairro Alto

The Garden of the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg - Belcanto

5 out of 5 stars

One of the signature dishes of José Avillez served at his double Michelin-starred restarant Belcanto, this is made up of an egg cooked at low temperature, nestling in edible gold leaf, on a poultry cream sauce with chestnut purée. It also features crunchy bread and mushrooms.

Price: €35


Carabineiros at Ramiro

4 out of 5 stars

At Ramiro’s, Lisbon’s temple to shellfish, they serve the finest examples of these delicious reddish crustaceans by the kilo. You could think of them as a kind of giant prawn or, alternatively, a dwarf lobster; their Portuguese name means ‘police officer’.

Price: €79,75/kg


Pica-Pau at Pinóquio

4 out of 5 stars

Pinóquio stands out from its neighbours for its juicy clams and succulent prawns, plus delicious nibbles such as pica pau (marinated meat) and steak served with the famous house sauce.

Price: €22,50

Santa Maria Maior

Traditional Meat Croquete at Croqueteria

One of locals’ favourite snacks, the breaded and fried croquete comes here with various fillings. But the meat one is really excellent. Whether hot or cold, it's worth dipping it in the house mustard.

Price: €1,50

Cais do Sodré

Meia Desfeita de Bacalhau at Taberna da Rua das Flores

5 out of 5 stars

A traditional Lisbon dish, this warm cod salad is made here to a recipe that keeps strictly to early 20th-century principles. That means it contains bacalhau, chick peas, potatoes, onion, parsley and boiled egg.

Price: €6,50

Chiado/Cais do Sodré

Tártaro Asiático at Tartar-ia

‘Asian tartare’ is a dish to destroy, that is, to look at, photograph (you will want to) and then mix up. It is composed of raw steak, a sweet and sour Asian chilli seasoning, foie gras, shitake mushrooms and wasabi peas.

Price: €12,50/100g

Cais do Sodré

Ceviche Puro at A Cevicheria

4 out of 5 stars

Served at one of the coolest restaurants in the Príncipe Real neighbourhood, this is a delicious light dish devised by chef Kiko Martins. It features seasonal white fish, sweet potato purée, onion, seaweed and tiger's milk – the citrus-based marinade that is typical of Peruvian-style ceviche.

Price: €11,80

Princípe Real

Bacalhau at Zé da Mouraria

4 out of 5 stars

The servings here are so big that you must either come very hungry or with a big group. The flaked salt cod, served with chick peas, roast potatoes and peppers is divine – there is just no other word for it.

Price: €16,50

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