Venturing farther inland from the waterfront of Lisbon you come to the Rossio, a grand square containing many of the city's administrative buildings, and the main entrance to the subway system. Here there are two, almost twin, plaza?s called Praca da Figueira and Praca Dom Pedro IV.
After the 1755 earthquake, Praca do Figueira took on the role of the city's central marketplace. In 1885 a covered market was introduced but this was pulled down in the 1950s. Today the four-story buildings are given over to hotels, shops and cafes and the square is no longer a marketplace. Multitudes of pigeons perch on the pedestal of the statue in this square today.
Praca Dom Pedro IV, shown in the picture, is one of the more ancient public squares of the city, sometimes placed as far back as the 1200s. Buildings encircle three sides of the public square providing tourists with shops, coffee houses and restaurants. On the fourth side of this square stands the National Theatre. The center of the square is of wave-patterned mosic pavement with a statue and a very nice fountain.
My wife and I ate at a restaurant in this square. The food was quite good and the service was excellent. It was here that I found out that if you eat inside the restaurant you'll pay one price for the meal and if you eat outside it'll be a different price. The seats and tables are usually very crowded on the walkways outside, but of course it's much pleasanter as well, and the restaurants want to maximize their revenue potential from them.
If you are staying in a hotel outside of the downtown area then use the subway system's green line to take you to the Rossio. Get off there and then its an easy and interesting walk through the Baixa down towards the Praca do Comercio. The Rua Augusta, for example, is a pedestrianized street, so you won't be fighting traffic while enjoying the local atmosphere.
This is a really cool restaurant - nice place, nice design. Fashion people, great ambience. Bordering the river, is across the street from LUX disco/Bar.
Favorite Dish: Hum....I like a lot of them. Impossible to name one. Check it and you'll see what I mean. You can found international food as well as a sushi bar upstairs. Outstanding river views from all over the place.
There are several good restaurants in Lisbon. The trick is to get fish. Repeat after me: Fish, fish, fish. You'll get a smiling friend from the sea with boiled potatoes, but it's all so tasty, you won't mind. Simple and delicious, much like the country itself. Figuratively.
You may fuind all kind of food in Lisbon. But as it is a seaside city, don't miss the seafood, the Bacalhau ( Codfish dry fish cooked in a 1000 ways) , the Cozido ( mix of several boiled meats with vegetables),etc
Favorite Dish: You may get Bacalhau Espiritual ( Spiritual Codfish) in the old part of the city, in Alfama for example or seafood in one of the river/sea side restaurants. The Bacalhau espiritual it's like a souflé and normally is previous ordered or a you'll have to wait about 30 minutes. Seafood it's also great and tasty.
In Lisbon you can try all the specialities of Portuguese cuisine. In this city, you will mainly find typical country dishes like grilled sardines, clams "à Bulhão Pato" style, fish soups "à fragateira" style ... and varied and tasty dishes cooked with codfish. And do not forget to try the local Belém custard pies.
If you don't speak Portuguese, make sure you've got your phrasebook handy when you go out to eat! There are a lot of delicious dishes with names that don't tell you what's inside, and a lot of food words that don't correspond to other languages you might be familiar with. I had no idea what I was getting when I ordered "joaquinzinhos" (I just wanted the stew that came along with them). Turned out to be whitebait, which was a little surprising, but yummy.
Besides reataurants Lisbon is full of coffes where ou can have nice cakes, bread, sandwich, etc... http://www.studentuniverse.com/travel_guides/europe/portugal/lisbon.jsp has nice tips how to order properly a coffee in portugal. Don't think it's easy!
Home cooking is best ofcourse (sorry. I don't have any suggestions.)
Favorite Dish: While in any country, ofcourse try some of their national dishes. In Portugal, try bacalhau (salted cod) and leite creme (custard with caramelized sugar on top)
I have not got a favorite restaurant. The cuisine is not very special in Lisbon. Lots of good fish is everywhere available. But refined dishes are only in the expensive places to find. Normal food for a nice price: Everywhere !
Nice meal for a even nicer price
Favorite Dish: Fish, all kinds.
In the Alfama district around Santa Apolonia station are some lovely restaurants and some beautiful streets to explore. The Portuguese restaurants all have great fresh food and are reasonably priced.
There are a number of cafes along rua Agusta. The food was OK, pizza and the like, but the beer was excellent, and served in proper sized mugs.
...Book your table even during week days or arrive early 7.30pm as by 8pm the place is usually fully booked and queying starts outside! Due to this fact, the service was rushed - pity!
In Lisbon any restaurant is a good place for eat its tasteful fish!
Natural and cheap!
Favorite Dish: Fish and rice! Ummm! :-D