If there’s one thing that Lisbon is famous for above all else, it’s probably seafood, and for good reason. The fish here is incredible, sardines and cod are the national dishes, but there is a whole lot more than that to find while you’re here. First things first, check out A Different Type of Lisbon Seafood tour, for a truly unique look at the Lisbon seafood culture.
As in most places, seafood restaurants differ in quality here, but you’re unlikely to find anywhere that falls below Good.
However, you’re looking for Excellent, and I’m here to help you find it, so allow me to introduce you to a few of my favourites.
Cacilhas is a short hop over the water from Cais do Sodre, and if you’re looking for great seafood, I suggest starting there.
As soon as you get off the boat, the smell of top quality seafood will hit your nostrils and won’t leave, so even if you’re not planning on eating, you are likely to decide to!
Whether you stay close to the boat, or go searching further, you’ll find amazing options here. If you fancy some help, try our seafood tour which will introduce you to some of Cacilhas’ lesser known venues for incredible seafood.
Thanks to Anthony Bourdain, this is likely a restaurant you’ve heard of, and its fame results in the prices being higher here than in most places in Lisbon, but my, is it worth the money!
Expect to spend around €30 per person here for a few dishes, but you will leave feeling very satisfied. I suggest the shrimp personally, but nothing is anything short of great here.
You’ll come off a busy street to enter this restaurant, and then head out onto the terrace behind Pinochio and feel like you’re in an entirely different place!
A lovely chilled vibe, with prices that are still quite high for Lisbon, but rarely more than €25 per person, which is still good value for the level of quality you’ll get here.
The clams in garlic sauce are a speciality here, try them!
- Marisqueria Azul
If you’ve ever been to eat at Time Out Market, the chances are you’ve struggled to decide which of the many eateries to frequent.
Allow me to make that decision substantially easier for you. If you haven’t tried Marisqueria Azul, go there.
Shellfish is the go to here, and you’ll be charged by weight, so asking to weight your food first is advised.
This is shellfish like you’ve never known it, the area may be pretty commercial, but the food is to the highest standard.
The best way to finish a daytrip to Belem (which you should definitely do while you’re here anyway) Nune’s is another which tends to favour shellfish.
Note that this is the most expensive place on this list, one person could pay up to €40 if you eat a lot, but it’s so good that you’ll still feel like you got a good deal when you go!
Lisbon is far from short of top level seafood spots, and you may well have your favourites already (let me know if it’s not on the list already), but these are my five guarantees for places that will impress you.