LISBON Where to eat in Lisbon: Restaurants that locals love.

As the restaurant scene in Lisbon reaches new levels of sophistication, we ask locals to share the best new and long-time favourite dining spots.


Where to eat in Lisbon: Restaurants that locals love.

As the restaurant scene in Lisbon reaches new levels of sophistication, we ask locals to share the best new and long-time favourite dining spots.

Dining in Lisbon, Portugal - Athena Journal

Save trawling through guidebooks and trip-advisor, there’s no better way to get under the skin of a destination than asking locals where they love.  So we tapped into our network of local experts, from Athena’s destination concierge Carlota Pelikan to celebrated designer Monica Penaguiao, to share their favorite secret spots for eating in Lisbon.  

100 Maneiras: Principe Real

Former fashion stylist and Athena’s Brazilian communications director Alice Autran Garcia splits her time between Rio and Lisbon, a city she sees as her second home.

“Hmmm, it’s a hard question, but I’d say that probably my favourite restaurant in Lisbon at this point is 100 Maneiras, on the border of Chiado and Príncipe Real.  I love it because it’s well located and not yet filled with tourists, but by trendy locals.  Its not hyped up, the food is amazing and they have lovely drinks…. Plus it’s lively and a great place to meet people.”

R. do Teixeira 35, 1200-459 Lisboa, Portugal

Velha Gruta: Chiado

French born Arthur Moreno is the founder of Stone Capital, one of Athena’s preferred property development partners in Lisbon, and the creative genius behind some of the city’s most dynamic residential restoration projects

“My favorite restaurant in Lisbon is Velha Gruta, set on the Camões square.  The French owners Pierre Yves and Laure are from French Brittany and are amazing, funky people, 20 years already Iiving in Lisbon. They serve very good food (with a French touch) combined with original decoration (like old school family pictures of the grand parents of the owners) and above all, a great atmosphere.  Its relaxed, fun and with an excellent mix of clients – from locals to foreigners, artists to business people, they make everybody feel at home.” 

Rua do Horta Seca 1, Chiado

Segundo Muelle: Cais do Sodré


100 Maneiras: Principe Real

Always full of joie de vivre, Indian born property developer José Salazar has an enviable black-book and always knows what’s going on in town.

“Currently I have two favorite restaurants in Lisbon, the first is Segundo Muelle, a brand new Peruvian restaurant with an extensive menu of fusion dishes. Its a true gastronomic experience.  The second is 100 Maneiras, its a very cosmopolitan spot with one of the best bartenders in Lisboa who makes amazing cocktails.”

Segundo Muelle: Praça Dom Luís i 30, 1200-152 Lisboa, Portugal

100 Manieras: R. do Teixeira 35, 1200-459 Lisboa, Portugal

Bico do Sapato: Santa Apólonia

Esperança da Sé: Alfama

Renowned for her global interiors brand Poeira and her talent for perfecting the art of elegant rustic chic, Portuguese born Monica Penaguião divides her time between Rio and Lisbon, where she runs a series of design shops and a restaurant, Poeira da Lata.

“I love sitting on the varanda at Bico do Sapato with a view over the Rio Tejo, and after eating dinner, going to the roof-top at Lux. My other secret spots are Pap’ Açorda in the Mercado da Riberia, and Esperança, which is a pizzeria in Alfama, which gives me an excuse to wander the charismatic streets in one of the oldest parts of the city.”

Bico do Sapato: Av. Infante Dom Henrique Armazém B, Cais da Pedra, Santa Apolónia, 1900-436 

Esperança da Sé: R. de São João da Praça 103

Sea Me: Chiado


Mini Bar: Chiado

Athena Adviser’s destination concierge is the beautiful lisboeta Carlota Pelikan, who guides clients on how to enjoy the best of the city, while advising them about where and how to invest wisely in the city’s buoyant property market. 

Sea Me is one of my favourite restaurants for it’s amazing fresh fish. It is probably the freshest fish I have eaten in Lisbon. The serve this wonderful bread as a starter and the service is very good. I also love the Mini Bar: a totally different concept, it is fun to go there. The restaurant used to be an old theatre, so on their menu they associated every dish with a character of the cast. Dishes are very small – like tiny starters. The aim is to write a play with the different dishes. Every meal in this restaurant is a surprise. The waiters are very kind and always smiling.”

Sea Me: Rua do Loreto 21, Chiado

Mini-Bar: Rua António Maria Cardoso 58, Chiado

Mar do Inferno: Cascais

Globetrotting journalist Eleanor Legge Bourke grew up between the beach towns of Monte Estoril and Cascais.  After recently returning to live in Lisbon, she makes the most of the short train ride to head back to Cascais for summer dinners and weekend breaks.

“For a proper seafood experience in Lisbon, my personal favorite is ‘Mar do Inferno‘ in Cascais. It’s not cheap but not stuffy either, and considered one of the top 10 restaurants of Portugal according to the press. Make sure you book on the terrace and expect to pay 40/50 euros a head for a full seafood and fish experience, everything from clams to the freshest lobster, girlled fish and a good amount of vino verde! After lunch, take a 15 min cab drive out of Cascais station for a sunset caipirosca at Praia do Guincho.  It’s got a great beach shack vibe.  The beach itself is beautiful and although its often windy, it used to be the venue for the world surf championships and windsurf championships, so its a great spot to watch some action.”

Avenida Rei Humberto II de Italia 241, Cascais