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    General info on eating in Lisbon: Rua das Portas de Sao Antao

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jun 27, 2005

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    Rua das Portas de Sao Antao

    Behind the Teatro Nacional and Parallel to the Praca dos Restaurdores is this pedestrian street lined with sidewalk cafes. Also running south of Praca Dom Pedro and parallel to Rua Augusta is Rua dos Correeiros, another street full of sidewalk cafes.

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    Restaurante Casa do Alentejo: Casa do Alentejo - simple but great food

    by a2lopes Updated Apr 12, 2009

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    A former palace of the Viscounts of Alverca family, Casa do Alentejo is a peculiar 17th C. building worth visit. It was build on the Rua das Portas Santo Antão – today’s most famous “restaurant street” in central Lisbon, and after serving the original family was also used as the first casino of Lisbon (1917-1928). Meanwhile also served as a high school, and in 1932 become property of the Grémio Alentejano to be the place meant for the gathering and meeting of people with connections to the Alentejo -people usually born there, now living in Lisboa, and who meet their fellow "alentejanos", discussing matters from their former home place. Alentejo translates as “beyond the Tejo” and is the next-to-Lisbon southern province in Portugal.

    It looks a very regular building from the outside, but in the inside it sill preserves the original decoration of an arab-like palace, with a Moorish courtyard, beautiful tiles (azulejos) and mosaics on the walls and the floor, horse-shoe shaped doors, charming stucco work, and great atmosphere, although nowadays it is not in perfect condition.
    On the ballroom there are many activities: on Saturdays the ‘Alentejo afternoons’ (tardes Alentejanas), with choral groups; on Sunday, the dancing begins at 3;30 pm. Mostly elderly people come here to socialize. There’s also a library and a handicraft shop of typical products of Alentejo (downstairs).
    The dining rooms are picturesque, with open fireplaces and decorated with another characteristic of the Portuguese culture - painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tile-work which we call azulejos (from Arabic word az-zulayj, meaning polished stone).

    You can visit the place even in the case you don't want to try the food, but that will be spoil part of the joy of the place.
    Enjoy your meal and the ambience.
    Yes it’s one of my favorite places to make vtmeetings in the city. We can meet there if you want.

    Favorite Dish: Besides the great atmosphere, the restaurant serves a great deal of food typical from the Alentejo region. This region is known for its simple but very taste food.

    Along with bread (always part of the Portuguese traditional table) usually you will find on the table several appetizers from the region –cheese, olives, ham, and chouriço (smoked pork meat sausage with herbs and spices). They are not a part of the meal! You won’t pay for them if you don’t eat them (just mention that to the waiter and he will take them away).
    There are many choices, and some of my preferences go to:
    -cheeses from Nisa and Serpa counties, which are particularly tasty;
    -dogfish soup with coriander (sopa de cação), or the well know cold soup gaspacho (like the Spanish gazpacho);
    -codfish with peppers and onions (bacalhau com pimentos), or just the simple grilled codfish with olive oil and garlic (bacalhau grelhado);
    -stewed lamb bread (ensopado de borrego), grilled lamb chops (costeletas de cordeiro), breadcrumbs with pork meat (migas com carne de porco), and the most famous pork meat Alentejo style (carne de porco à Alentejana) which is a combination of pork and salty clams;
    -make sure some time is given to the convent-originated sweets, namely, encharcadas, tibornas, and sericaia, almost all of them made with sugar, eggs, pig fat and almonds;
    - try one of the red wines from Borba, Redondo, Reguengos or Vidigueira.
    The average price of a 3-course meal with wine is 20 euro.

    Open 12am-3pm and 7pm-11pm
    Service is polite and friendly but can be brisk, as the place sometimes is very busy.

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    Seafood in Lisbon area

    by a2lopes Updated Apr 12, 2009

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    There are plenty of places to eat seafood in Lisbon at reasonable prices
    -downtown
    Cervejaria Ribadouro and Cervejaria Quebra Mar in Avenida da Liberdade
    and Cervejaria Concha d'Ouro in Rua Augusta

    but in my opinion the best ones are
    Cervejaria Ramiro and
    Cervejaria Trindade

    Cervejaria Trindade is a combination German beer hall and Portuguese tavern. In operation since 1836, it's the oldest tavern in Lisbon, owned by the brewers of Sagres beer. It was built on the foundations of the 13th-century Convento dos Frades Tinos, which was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. The all Cervejaria is surrounded by walls tiled with Portuguese scenes.

    Another nice spot to eat well (finger licking good seafood) and at the same time have a magnificent view of Lisbon is Cervejaria O Farol (the lighthouse) across the river in Cacilhas (take the ferry) close to the harbor.

    We've made some vtmeetings in some of these places and .... we love them

    Cheers

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    Cafe Luso: Fado

    by Luisanna Updated Jun 15, 2004

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    Being in Lisbon, of course, you want to go after the Fado tradition. Luso is a tourist spot, but a nice one. If you order the tourist menu, you will not only get a nice meal, but also a folklore show, interlaced with fado music: a very good quality/price ratio. Later on, the guests can enjoy more fado music. In Barrio Alto, the tourist will often gets illusions for a high price. There are a lot of overpriced restaurants which doesn't provided any additional entertainment. Stay in Barrio Alto with places such as cafe Luso.

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    General info on eating in Lisbon: traditional tasty and reasonable price!

    by gkosmonet Written Dec 19, 2006

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    alentejo restaurant is located in the secong floor of colombo shopping center.the location is central city.the staff speaks english and can explain the menu for you.the menu has local traditional portuguese plates anything from fish,chicken,beef and wow a big selection of amazing deserts!they have home made breads,different styles,lots of salads for starters,tasty hot soups,all served in large traditional earth made plates.ofcourse dont miss the wine!portugal is famous for it!its served by the bottle or in traditional amphora.very social place with all kinds of people,alive and vibrant,yet not noisy and disturbing.as i said,the staff is very polite and with no ironic attitude as in other countries full of tourism....its a definetelly a five star,recomended by our guide and by our selves!*****

    Favorite Dish: bacalao-for fish,with brown spicy rice.surrounded by the atlantic and famous for the portuguese explorers,fish plates couldnt be missed on a portuguese table.its a traditional plate,with fresh bacalao fish,combined with rice spices and herbs from the far east former colonies.sided by red port wine ,local green salad,soup and a big dessert made from orange custard and cake!all these,in a nice atmosphere under the sounds of fado music!!!!

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    Gastronomy and Tradition: Gastronomy and Tradition

    by pedrocas Written Jul 29, 2004

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    A moderate and healthy climate, a rich fishing coast, and smooth, protected valleys… Not surprising therefore that Portugal, wealthy in olive and wine, had already been grudgingly coveted by the Romans.
    The Portuguese will introduce coriander, pepper, ginger, curry, saffron and paprika in Europe. Thanks to the expansion of their overseas empire, they will also actually be the first European to dock in the Mollucas, in China, in Japan and in Ethiopia. They will bring back with them many other exotic products up to then unknown to Europe, such as rice and tea from the Orient, coffee and peanuts from Africa, and, of course, pineapples, peppers, tomatoes and potatoes from the New World.
    So, as you can see, there is alot of a portuguese influence in most of the food Europeans and others eat, brought by the Luso people.

    Favorite Dish: I can't realy pick one particular dish to call it my favourite.
    The portuguese cuisine is very rich and although people who have never been here think we only eat fish, they'r mistaken.
    Nontheless, I'd pick:
    Bacalhau á bráz- the popular Cod fish, dried and salted, wich we put in water one day before cook it (you didn't think we ate it with all the salt did you?). Rough explanation would be, like a tortilla with beautifull aromatic parsley, olives on top. Mix it all and eat with a mixed side salad... yuumi.
    Leitao assado- I know that if you think about it its a bit cruel but this is, "barbequed piglet". Its cooked in one piece on the flames (like Robin wood) and it can be eaten hot or cold. on the side, whatever you want, my favourite is, a good jar of red wine and a lot of tissues

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    General info on eating in Lisbon: If you don't want to spend much on food

    by porteda Updated May 21, 2004

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    If you're visiting Lisbon and don't want to spend much on food, you can always pay a visit to one of the many malls. Usually, there are a lot of places you can choose from. You can opt for fast food or you can go for a soup or a salad or even Portuguese traditional food. Malls like Colombo (by metro: station Colegio Militar/Luz - blue line), Armazens do Chiado (small but with a reasonable number of restos - downtown) or Vasco da Gama (at Parque das Nacoes - metro station: Oriente, red line) are only a few which offer cheap options.

    Favorite Dish: Whenever I go to these places, I prefer Loja das Sopas (for a filling bowl of soup), La Maison des Crepes (the name says it all) or O Kilo (Brazilian food).

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    Cervejaria Trindade: Cervejaria Trindade - more than beer and seafood

    by a2lopes Written Apr 12, 2009

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    Cervejaria Trindade, or simply Trindade, is a combination German beer hall, steak house and seafood restaurant. According to the registries it is the most ancient beerhouse in operation in Portugal but, apart from that, in my opinion it is the most beautiful beerhouse in Portugal,

    The place is famous for its drink, food and location. Situated in the Bairro Alto, it is located at the place of the ancient Santíssima Trindade Convent, founded in 1294 by the Redenção dos Cativos (“prisoners’ redemption”) Friars (with a vocation to rescue the Moorish prisoners). The Convent was partially destroyed by the 1755 earthquake and bought in 1836 after the religious orders were extinguished. The Trindade Brewery factory was built in spot of the previous refectory and the space developed and got very famous since then, transforming into the most renowned beer house in town.

    Nowadays Trindade it’s owned by the brewers of Sagres beer and has several rooms, including an Art Gallery and a pleasant outdoor terrace (summer), being classified in 1986 (on the celebration of the 150 years) as an important Cultural heritage of Lisbon.
    The all Cervejaria is surrounded by walls tiled with Portuguese scenes and ornamental tiles. These are made of wonderful glazed tile-panels or azulejos, dated from 1863 and signed by Luís Ferreira. Also quite famous are the walls decorated with small stone mosaics inspired in the fantastic calçada Portuguesa (Portuguese pavement), signed by the renowned artist Maria Keil (with works in some of the subway stations in Lisbon).
    More than the quality and originality of the food, Cervejaria Trindade is worth by its space.

    Recently they open an extension of the original Trindade in Campo Pequeno (at the place of the bullring). The service is equally good; nevertheless, the charming of the place it is not same.

    Cheers. Enjoy your meal and the ambience

    Served by Baixa-Chiado metro station and city bus (58 and 100). The Campo Pequeno place is served by the metro station with the same name and several city buses.

    Favorite Dish: I strongly recommend
    -clams Trindade style (ameijoas à Trindade); prawns with garlic (gambas al ajillo), big dressed crab (sapateira recheada);
    -shellfish cream soup (creme de marisco), shellfish rice (arroz de marisco), skewered sea bass (espetada de tamboril), skewered grilled giant prawn (espetada de camarão tigre);
    -beefsteak Trindade style (bife à Trindade) with a good sauce.
    I prefer the dark beer but the light is good as well.

    Open 10am – 2am every day except public holidays

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    Chimarrao: Eat well in a great place for a nice price

    by AlPhilip Updated May 7, 2008

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    This is a really good restaurant in Expo's 98 site, in Lisbon. There are others of this kind but this one is the best. It's a brasilian restaurant just beside the river, with a great view, live music and a superb surrounding. After all it's in the best place in Lisbon. The Expo's 98 site!
    If you want to have lunch or supper and are really hungry just come here. You pay 24 euros and you eat everything you can! Including all kinds of brasilian meats and desserts. You just have to pay for the drinks.

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    Casa Brasileira

    by keeweechic Written Aug 23, 2008

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    One of the many tempting bakeries in Lisbon is right in the Rua Augusta. Amongst all their other tempting cakes and pastries are the famous Portuguese custard tarts or Pastéis de Nata. This sweet little tart was though to have been created by the Catholic Sisters from Jeronimo’s Monastery prior to the 18th century. They are usually warm and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar.

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    General info on eating in Lisbon: Coffees and Cakes in Belém

    by J_Antunes Written Feb 24, 2008

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    Belém is a very nice district of Lisbon. But it is even sweeter and nicer with the options of coffes and esplanades where you can sit and relax.
    The most famous of all is the Pastéis de Belém. A big coffee shop specialized in delicious custard cream cakes in the street between the monastery and the presidential palace. The recipe is a secret and came from the nearby monastery and it is locked away and only known by the chef. Even the choice of the chef is carefully executed, it has to be an old employees with more than 25 years in the place and that have to sign a contract with huge penalties in case the recipe gets released. The house is quite big and normally crowded serving an average of 14.000 custard cakes/day! Service is normally poor especially at weekends. A good choice is to buy a bunch of them and go to the nearby garden. The place is open from 8a.m. to 23p.m. or 24p.m (in summer). At sundays they close one hour early.
    In the nearby coffee of the number 15 of the same street. In a small place there is the genuine factory of the beer cakes. Founded in 1943 it is one of the few places where you can eat this nice cakes. There are also some cinnamon and honey cakes.
    In the river front there are other nice places. The coffee À Margem next to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos in the Direction of Belém tower is a modern white and glass building by the river that plays jazz while you sip a nice coffee or tea. A good chill out place.
    In the CCB building, the huge cultural centre of Lisbon where it is held the Berardo Collection there are also nice coffees with great views over the river that are mostly used by students on their exams periods.
    Next to the tower of belém there are also some esplanades where you can stop and eat a nice haggen dazs ice cream. Ok, not all that typical but quite refreshing.
    In the Restelo neighborhood there is the Careca place (Rua Duarte Pacheco, 11D). Careca means bald man and this pastery has the fame of having the best plamiers in the city. The croissants are also quite good.

    Favorite Dish: Pastéis de Belém

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    General info on eating in Lisbon: A Restaurant at Praca Dom Pedro IV

    by dlytle Updated Dec 22, 2003

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    Rossio Metro Station and Praca Dom Pedro IV

    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.

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    General info on eating in Lisbon: Delicious sardines

    by woodstockties Written Feb 3, 2008

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    On invitation of my Lisbon friends i eat on the terrace of this restaurant.
    Unfortunately i can't remember the name of the restaurant, but as you might see on the picture it is in front of Casa dos Bicos.
    Very crowded, full of locals, so that's a good sign.
    Famous for their sardine-dishes and other seafood.
    Also great steaks.

    Favorite Dish: My Lisbon friends invited me for a meal with sardines.
    I never eated such a delightful fish in my life.

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    Roma: Surprisingly cheap

    by solopes Updated Mar 5, 2013

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    From the old days as student, I kept the idea that the restaurants in Roma avenue where expensive and... bad. For more than thirty years I skipped them.

    Recently, I had something to do in the area, with only twenty minutes to have lunch. This restaurant was close to our destination, and Fernanda insisted to try it.
    My first surprise was the answer when I asked it it would be possible to be served and eat in twenty minutes - YES.

    The second surprise was the quality of the quick meal - a well done octopus.
    The third one... the price - less than 10 € each.
    Twenty minutes later we were on our way, with one decision - next time I will not hesitate, and will have a deeper observation.

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    Generally in all the restaurants: Watch out tapas served looks like on the house!!

    by Birsen Updated Oct 3, 2007

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    Table tips

    When you have the table in the restaurant the staff brings tapas (starter dishes) before you order and they do not say anything. Usually like cheese, ham, chorizo (portugese peperoni) or olives kind of things. If you eat them you will pay for it, don't forget they are not a gift. (see the picture)

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