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
Pigmeu - Sandes de Cachaço
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By Editores da Time Out Lisboa |
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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

100 Maneiras - Estendal do Bairro
@Fabrice Demoulin
Restaurants

Estendal do Bairro at 100 Maneiras

icon-location-pin Bairro Alto

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

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

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

icon-location-pin 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

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Restaurante Ramiro - Sala
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
Restaurants, Seafood

Carabineiros at Ramiro

icon-location-pin 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

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Pica Pau do Pinóquio
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
Restaurants

Pica-Pau at Pinóquio

icon-location-pin 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

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Croqueteria - Croquetes
Fotografia: Ana Luzia
Restaurants

Traditional Meat Croquete at Croqueteria

icon-location-pin 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
Restaurants, Portuguese

Meia Desfeita de Bacalhau at Taberna da Rua das Flores

icon-location-pin 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

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Tartar-ia - Tartaro Asiatico
Fotografia: Ana Luzia
Restaurants

Tártaro Asiático at Tartar-ia

icon-location-pin 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

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Ceviche da cevicheria
Fotografia: Ana Luzia
Restaurants, Global

Ceviche Puro at A Cevicheria

icon-location-pin 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

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Zé da Mouraria - Bacalhau com Grão
Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
Restaurants

Bacalhau at Zé da Mouraria

icon-location-pin 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

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