A visit to beautiful Portugal could not truly be complete without feasting on all the mouthwatering Lisbon seafood.
World-class museums, beautiful parks, a vibrant music scene, hip boutique shopping, and an incredibly friendly, largely English-speaking Portuguese population all make Lisbon, Portugal one of our favorites. But when you add the extraordinary bounty of delicious Lisbon seafood!? Let’s just say we might be spending a lot more time here..
“Must Eat” Lisbon Seafood Joints
With a wealth of fresh seafood from the Atlantic and Mediterranean, noted by some as the world’s best, there is no shortage of fantastic Lisbon seafood restaurants to choose from. From modern to old-school, we took full advantage during our stay:
Rua de O Século 242, Lisboa, Portugal | +351 21 342 7578
This charming old-school restaurant is THE place for a taste of traditional Lisbon seafood, especially the Lisbon specialty, charcoal-grilled sardines. The staff speaks limited English, but is incredibly warm and friendly, making us feel like long lost family members. We recommend Restaurante Tascardoso for an early dinner, as space is extremely limited and fills up quickly every night!
O Prego da Peixaria
BT, Rua da Escola Politécnica 40, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal | +351 21 347 1356
This modern casual sandwich house specializes in Lisbon’s uber-popular traditional Portuguese sandwich: The Prego. Go with the “Classic”: incredibly tender and flavorful, thinly-sliced beef loin wrapped in warm flatbread, or get adventurous with one of their modern spin-offs like the “Punk”, the “Foodie”, or the “Hippie.” O Prego da Peixaria also serves up some great fish sandwiches, including one of our favorites, the salmon and cuttlefish on squid-ink flat bread.
Mercado da Ribeira, 1750-192 Lisboa, Portugal | +351 912 293 170
Just outside the Mercado da Ribeira food market, Marisqueria AZUL serves up heaping portions of beautifully fresh Lisbon seafood at very reasonable prices. We ordered the delicious oysters, razor clams, and the prawns, added a couple of ice-cold beers, and were immediately transported to our foodie happy place.
R. da Madalena 57, 1100-016 Lisboa, Portugal | +351 21 134 0117
With the sheer wealth of tasty Lisbon seafood, an excellent sushi joint seems a pre-requisite. And just down from the old Lisbon Cathedral, Tasca Kome met AND exceeded our expectations. If you can find an empty seat in the busy, cafe-sized establishment, be prepared for some of the best sushi outside of Tokyo. Tasca Kome is especially known for their daily lunch special. Pick the meat or fish dish of the day, and get a salad, miso soup, and rice for about $10.
R. do Norte 100, Lisboa, Portugal | +351 925 411 432
Our last night in Lisbon and we were ready to spoil ourselves with an all-out Lisbon seafood dinner. So we headed over to one of Lisbon’s most popular seafood restaurants with empty stomachs and hungry eyes… Marisqueira M is serious about their seafood, and with a menu filled with shellfish offerings, there’s no wonder why plastic sheets cover the walls of the otherwise classy establishment… We chose the snow crab platter with a whole snow crab, prawns, and oysters, paired with a bottle of Portuguese Rosé wine, and dug in for a meal we’ll not soon forget.
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