We had lunch here and were among the few as there were not many tourists and most of the locals were involved in the market day along the street. The restaurant is right on the beachfront so you dan view the ocean and sunbathers while you eat. There is a terrace but it was so windy that day we chose to go inside. We had a shrimp omelette and a ham omelette which were both quite good and inexpensive.
It was a nice cafe on a street filled with locals. They spoke english, but it was minimal (which is always comforting in a tourist town). We decided to eat outside and watch the townsfolk on their motorbikes. They were just watching some football and news inside so it was a very casual place..
Favorite Dish: We both got omelets. The shrimp omelet is typical Nazare fare, but the ham omelet is soooo tasty. We also enjoyed a roasted green pepper salad.
This is a place for MUSSEL lovers.
The O Santo opened its doors in 1964. It was named after The Saint, the popular TV show starring Roger Moore that Mr Anibal Portugal, owner & founder, then at the age of 25, loved so much.
All those years later, O Santo remains one of the most popular eating places in Nazaré.
The restaurant specialized in Seafood being Mussels its flagship dish. There's no use to order anything behind seafood since neither meat or fish dishes are available. Nevertheless, the place is so popular that during Summer season there's always customers waiting for a table to clear.
There are lots of restaurants in Nazaré. I would say 90% of them are good, but I want to give a couple of suggestions.
The first important difference is that you won't find an overwhelming percentage of foreigners. The most important fact is that they are very good at traditional cooking and I strongly suggest you taste the local basic preparation "caldeirada".
Generally speaking, I think the best area to look for an appropriate restaurant is the area where the "funicular" starts, it's close to the cliff, on the upper part of the small town. There you may have less food-for-tourist and more genuine local foods (if this is what you're looking for).
Favorite Dish: Caldeirada is a prepared with several kind of fishes, tomatoes, potatoes, coriander and onions: all of them are put in a casserole and boiled in their own water. The best taste of fresh fish is extracted and transferred to your mouth. It is advisable to ask them in advance to prepare the "caldeirada" for a group of people, you may have a walk and come back after 30 minutes.
The lunch stop was part of the trip we took from Lisbon. Was a reasonable meal - fish & chips and a green salad, with some table wine.
I enjoed the "Caldeirada", a kind of B"bouillabase", a mixture of several fresh fish with onions, piments, potatos, coriander, etc.
It has a wonderful wiew to the sea, also,
Favorite Dish: Caldeirada