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Top 19 dishes to try in Lisbon

From moreish snacks to fresh seafood and mouthwatering meat dishes – our guide to the top 19 dishes to try in Lisbon

By Time Out Lisbon editors

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 19 list picks out sophisticated signature dishes, indulgent desserts, sweet treats and finger-licking street food. Take a look at our selection of the top 19 dishes to try in Lisbon.


Top 19 dishes to try in Lisbon

Belcanto - Horta da Galinha dos Ovos de Ouro
©Paulo Correia

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

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Portuguese Chiado

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

Restaurante Ramiro - Sala
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho

Carabineiros at Ramiro

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Seafood Intendente

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

Restaurante, Pinóquio, Pica Pau
©Arlindo Camacho

Pica-Pau at Pinóquio

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Santa Maria Maior

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

Croqueteria - Croquetes
©Ana Luzia

Traditional Meat Croquete at Croqueteria

Restaurants Cais do Sodré

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

Meia desfeita da Taberna da Rua das Flores
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho

Meia Desfeita de Bacalhau at Taberna da Rua das Flores

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Portuguese Chiado/Cais do Sodré

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

Tartar-ia - Tartaro Asiatico
Fotografia: Ana Luzia

Tártaro Asiático at Tartar-ia

Restaurants Cais do Sodré

‘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

Ceviche da cevicheria
Fotografia: Ana Luzia

Ceviche Puro at A Cevicheria

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Global Princípe Real

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

Zé da Mouraria - Bacalhau com Grão
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho

Bacalhau at Zé da Mouraria

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Martim Moniz

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

Fotografia: Ana Luzia

Prego de Lombo at Gambrinus

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Portuguese Santa Maria Maior

No doubt about it: this is Lisbon’s best prego (steak sandwich). It should be ordered mal passado (rare) and eaten at the counter – our favourite seven metres of wood in the city – and accompanied by a tulipa Gambrinus, that is a mixture of dark and light beer.

Price: €8

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