Sunset at Ponto Final

9 Best Seafood Restaurants in Lisbon, Portugal

Greetings, fellow food lovers! Lisbon, Portugal, is a city known for its sunshine, historic charm, and delightful culinary scene that will make any foodie’s heart flutter. It’s particularly famed for its seafood, thanks to the city’s prime location right by the Atlantic Ocean.

If you’re on the hunt for the best seafood restaurants in Lisbon, Portugal, then you’re in the right place. Allow me to guide you through the city’s best seafood restaurants in Lisbon, and an extra special one, just a stone’s throw away.

How We Picked the Best of the Best

Having lived in Lisbon and being a huge fan of seafood, I’ve tasted my way through the city’s vibrant culinary landscape. I’ve personally picked these favourite restaurants based on the quality of the food, ambiance, service, and overall dining experience they provide.

Also, as a local, I’ve made sure to take into account accessibility and value for money, so no one misses out on these fantastic dining experiences.

The 9 Best Seafood Restaurants in Lisbon, Portugal

Cervejaria Ramiro: A Seafood Institution

Embarking on our seafood adventure, the first stop has to be none other than Cervejaria Ramiro, one of Lisbon’s oldest seafood restaurants and a place that even culinary explorer Anthony Bourdain couldn’t resist.

Established in 1956, this iconic establishment on the famed Avenida Almirante Reis is considered one of the best restaurants in the city and has been captivating the hearts (and stomachs) of locals and tourists alike.

Ramiro is perpetually buzzing with activity, a lively symphony of animated chatter, clattering dishes, and the alluring scent of garlic, butter, and ocean-fresh seafood.

The menu here reads like the ultimate seafood lover’s wishlist, flaunting a delectable array of choices from tender razor clams and giant tiger prawns to meaty crab and succulent lobster.

Yet, amidst this oceanic treasure trove, the real standout dish is the garlic prawns. These are not your average prawns; they’re delightfully juicy, satisfyingly meaty, and loaded with an irresistible garlic sauce. One bite of these, and you’ll understand why this place is considered a food lover’s haven.

Giant prawns at Ramiro, Lisbon - The Best Seafood Restaurants in Lisbon?
Tiger Shrimp at Ramiro, Lisbon

If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, the gooseneck barnacles are a good option. This lesser-known seafood delicacy is cherished in Portuguese cuisine, and Ramiro does a splendid job preparing them.

Rounding off the feast at Ramiro’s, arguably Lisbon’s best seafood restaurant, is a surprise to your taste buds – the Prego, a traditional Portuguese steak sandwich.

But at Ramiro’s, this hearty dish takes an unconventional turn to become a dessert. As your meal progresses, you will find this savory delight a fitting endnote that perfectly contrasts the preceding seafood fare.

The Prego at Ramiro’s, much like its seafood, is famous for its flawless preparation and authentic flavor. The succulent steak nestled between warm, crusty bread, laced with tantalizing garlic sauce, provides a gustatory experience that is as satisfying as it is unexpected.

It’s an ingenious culinary move that adds another layer to your dining experience and ensures it ends on a high note.

In a city teeming with great dining spots, Cervejaria Ramiro stands out as one of the best places to eat. It’s more than just a restaurant; it’s a culinary institution, a tourist attraction, and a seafood pilgrimage that you’d not want to miss when in Lisbon. 

Almirante Reis 1 (Anjos), (Location Map): €60 for two, closed on Mondays. Website: www.cervejariaramiro.com. For reservations: +351 218 851 024

Mar Ao Carmo: A Seafood Haven in the Heart of Lisbon

Mar Ao Carmo’s elegant setting in the picturesque Carmo Square complements its menu, which is a tribute to Portuguese seafood cuisine. It’s a perfect blend of serene ambiance and delightful cuisine.

Their seafood platter is an epicurean journey, taking you through a range of local marine produce, from oysters and prawns to clams and mussels. Pair it with a bottle of Portuguese white wine for a complete dining experience.

Don’t miss their octopus salad, a refreshing mix of tender octopus, sweet peppers, onions, and zesty lemon – it’s a dish that perfectly captures the spirit of Portuguese summer.

The famed Octopus salad at Mao Ao Carmo
The famed Octopus salad at Mar Ao Carmo

Largo do Carmo 21, 1200-092 Lisboa, Portugal (Location Map): €70 for two, open every day from noon to midnight. Follow on Instagram. For reservations: +351 213 421 305

Ponto Final: Delicious Seafood with a View

Across the Tagus River (take a ferry from Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas) in the charming neighborhood of Almada, Ponto Final is an idyllic spot offering stunning views of the Lisbon skyline along with your meal.

The ferry ride across the river is a pleasant prelude to what awaits at the restaurant. Ponto Final is famed for its simple, yet perfectly executed seafood dishes.

The grilled fish here, fresh from the day’s catch, is an absolute must-try. Enjoy your meal on their sunny terrace, with the panoramic views of Lisbon as the backdrop. The food, the view, the ambiance – it’s a complete sensory delight.

The incredible Ponto Final at sunset
The incredible Ponto Final at sunset

R. do Ginjal 72, 2800-285 Almada, Portugal (Location Map): €70 for two, closed on Tuesdays. To reserve a table, email: pontofinalrest@gmail.com or call: +351 212 760 743

Sea Me – Peixaria Moderna: A Contemporary Twist to Seafood

The market at Sea Me
The market at Sea Me

Sea Me – Peixaria Moderna is where tradition meets innovation. At its core, it’s a traditional ‘marisqueira’ or seafood restaurant. But that’s just one part of it. The restaurant also operates as a fish market, where you can select your fish, and a bar offering an extensive selection of drinks.

Their sushi and sashimi offerings bring a delightful twist to the local seafood, combining the best of Portuguese and Japanese culinary traditions. It’s a unique concept that breathes a fresh air of modernity into Lisbon’s seafood scene.

Rua do Loreto 21, 1200-241 Lisboa, Portugal (Location Map): €60 for two.

Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12:30–3:30pm, 7pm–12am. Saturday, Sunday: 12:30pm–12am

To reserve a table, visit their Reservation Page or call: +351 21 346 1564

A Cevicheria: Peruvian-Portuguese Fusion

Under the culinary mastery of Head Chef Kiko Martins, A Cevicheria is more than just a Peruvian restaurant or a ceviche hub. Since opening in late 2014, it has showcased an inspired blend of world cuisines, with dishes echoing the flavors of Asia, South America, and Portugal.

The menu, while anchored in Peru and ceviche, offers a diverse range of dishes. Four types of ceviche, three versions of South American ‘causa’ dishes, two ‘quinotos’ (quinoa risottos), a meat taco, an empanada, a duck croquette, and a mini-sandwich are some of the tantalizing options.

Chef Kiko’s skill lies in reimagining traditional dishes. His ‘pure’ ceviche – grouper or permit marinated in lime juice, served with purple onion, malagueta pepper, and sweet potato puree – mirrors the original Peruvian version.

Yet, there’s a codfish ceviche where the Portuguese influence shines through, replacing lime with rosemary vinegar and paired with olives and chickpea puree.

He does similar wonders with the ‘causas’ – reinterpreting a dish traditionally made with potato puree, tuna, and eggs.

Here, we find versions with codfish, salmon, and a standout version with European lobster, black potato puree (made with cuttlefish ink), and avocado puree.

The ‘quinotos’ are another highlight. The ‘sea quinoto’ is especially noteworthy, comprising quinoa cooked in risotto style, brimming with mussels, shrimp, fish, and topped with oyster and algae foam.

Even though the dishes stand out individually, the true pleasure of dining at A Cevicheria lies in sharing, letting you sample half the menu in one sitting.

The culinary journey doesn’t end without dessert. The star here is the dulce de leche torta, a mouthwatering blend of coconut cream and caramelized pineapple with rum, served with a generous smear of dulce de leche on the plate. It’s a sweet conclusion that you’ll want to savor all on your own.

The beautiful interior of A Cevicheria
The beautiful interior of A Cevicheria

R. Dom Pedro V 129, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal (Location Map): €70 for two.

Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12pm–11pm

To reserve a table, visit their Website or call: +351 21 803 8815

Five Oceans Restaurant: Seafood Bliss by the Marina

This contemporary dining spot, located by the marina, is truly a great place providing a perfect blend of comfort, quality, and a breathtaking view of the Tagus River.

Five Oceans, one of my favourite restaurants, is renowned for its commitment to quality and freshness of the fish, something that’s made evident by its unique display of fresh fish at the entrance.

Here, diners have the singular opportunity to personally select the star of their meal, adding a distinct layer of authenticity to the entire dining experience.

Their expertly crafted dishes, including traditional dishes like the beloved seafood rice, preserve the original flavor of the seafood, making each single dish an experience in itself.

Simple yet rich, these meals here promise authenticity in every bite, making it a fabulous choice for special occasions.

After a hiatus of four years, my revisit to Five Oceans was nothing short of exceptional. The grilled octopus was the star of the show, standing as a testament to the freshness of the fish.

It was tender, meaty, seasoned perfectly, and accompanied by steamed greens and grilled potatoes. This hearty main course was followed by a refreshing mango sorbet that served as a perfect conclusion to the seafood feast.

So, if you find yourself in Lisbon with a craving for seafood, don’t overlook Five Oceans. With its commitment to quality, freshness, and a memorable dining experience, it’s a spot you’ll surely want to visit more than once.

Outdoor seating at 5 Oceanos
Outdoor seating at 5 Oceanos

Doca de Santo Amaro, Armazém 12, 1350-353 Lisboa, Portugal (Location Map): €65 for two.

Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 12:30pm–11pm. Sunday: 12:30pm–4pm.

To reserve a table, visit their Reservation Page or call: +351 213 978 015

Frade dos Mares: Fresh, Friendly, and Flavorful

This seafood destination impresses with its modern take on traditional Portuguese dishes, served in a relaxed and contemporary setting.

Frade dos Mares stands out for more than just its menu. The friendly staff here provides exceptional service, making you feel welcome from the moment you step through the door.

On my visit, I sampled the fish of the day – sea bream with potatoes and sautéed vegetables, prawn risotto, and octopus rice. The freshness of the seafood was striking, and the balance of flavors in the risotto was fantastic. The sea bream, perfectly cooked and seasoned, was a standout.

On a different occasion, I indulged in tuna tartare, sea bream, shrimp rice, and a variety of vegetables and salads. Each dish was excellently prepared with fresh ingredients and generous portions, leaving no room for dessert. I concluded the meal with a rich, smooth double espresso.

What truly sets Frade dos Mares apart is the value for money. Enjoying a gourmet meal at this modern seafood restaurant comes at an incredibly affordable price.

To sum up, Frade dos Mares delivers a memorable dining experience with its top-notch seafood, outstanding service, and fair pricing. When in Lisbon, it’s definitely a spot you won’t want to miss.

Octopus at Frade dos Mares
Octopus at Frade dos Mares

Av. Dom Carlos i 55A, 1200-647 Lisboa, Portugal (Location Map): €60 for two.

Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12:30pm–3pm, 6:30pm–10:30pm. Saturday, Sunday: 1pm–3:30pm, 6:30pm–10:30pm.

To reserve a table, call: +351 213 909 418

Solar 31 da Calçada: An Understated Seafood Haven in the Heart of Lisbon

Solar 31 da Calçada, a family-run establishment, is tucked away on a side street in Lisbon’s bustling Baixa area. Despite its somewhat hidden location, this place is a treasure trove for seafood lovers, with a reputation that continues to grow.

This cosy spot is known for its mouth-watering seafood selection. Think lobsters, oysters, mussels, and a variety of fresh fish. It has even earned the accolade of serving what’s often described as the world’s best octopus.

The restaurant, despite its central location, maintains a warm and intimate feel. However, it’s relatively small, which only adds to its charm. Due to its size and popularity, it’s wise to reserve a table for lunch or dinner.

Solar 31 da Calçada is a true testament to Lisbon’s rich seafood tradition. Its blend of excellent seafood offerings, a cosy setting, and friendly, personalised service make it a must-visit spot in Lisbon for any seafood aficionado.

Fresh Monkfish at Solar 31
Fresh Monkfish at Solar 31

Calçada Garcia 31, 1150-169 Lisboa, Portugal (Location Map): €60 for two.

Opening Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11am–11pm. Sunday, Monday: Closed.

To reserve a table, visit their website Solar31.com or call: +351 218 863 374

Farol de Santa Luzia: A Slice of History with Your Meal

Farol de Santa Luzia offers more than just great seafood – it offers a slice of Lisbon’s history.

Set in an old palace, the restaurant has a charming, old-world vibe that takes you back in time. Their menu features a variety of Portuguese seafood specialties, but the standout dish is their cod cakes.

These bite-sized delights, made from salted cod and potatoes, are a staple of Portuguese cuisine. Paired with a glass of refreshing vinho verde, it’s a meal that embodies the simple pleasures of Portuguese dining.

Bacalhau à Brás at Farol de Santa Luzia
Bacalhau à Brás at Farol de Santa Luzia

Largo Santa Luzia 5, 1100-487 Lisboa, Portugal (Location Map): €55 for two.

Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 6pm–11pm. Sunday: Closed.

To reserve a table, call: +351 218 863 884.

‘O Farol’: A Family-Run Gem in Ericeira

To wrap up this seafood delicacies guide, I must mention a hidden gem that, while not within the city of Lisbon, belongs to the wider Lisbon District and is well worth the short trip.

Head to the charming seaside town of Ericeira to discover ‘O Farol’, a wonderful seafood rodízio and family-operated eatery known for its exceptional seafood, breathtaking coastal views, and laid-back atmosphere.

‘O Farol’ is a place where you’ll taste true Portuguese maritime heritage at its best. The catch of the day, fresh from the boat, is expertly barbecued and served with a crisp salad and boiled potatoes.

The offering is a streamlined traditional dish but exquisitely done, providing the freshest seafood and an authentic taste of Portugal.

I cannot recommend enough the ‘dourada’ (Sea bass), accompanied by potatoes and a side salad with olive oil and vinegar. It’s a dish that not only captivates your taste buds but also comes with an incredibly affordable price tag of just €12. 

Remember, ‘O Farol’ only opens its doors for lunch and late lunch. The language barrier might be a challenge since English is not commonly spoken here, but with basic Portuguese phrases or even gestures, you’ll navigate easily.

Also, note that it’s a cash-only spot, so make sure you have enough on hand before you go. 

Given its popularity with the locals and limited outdoor seating area, it’s wise to consider reserving a spot to ensure you don’t miss out on this seafood haven. Experiencing ‘O Farol’ is like stepping into a love letter to Portugal’s rich seafood tradition.

The journey to Ericeira is a small price to pay for this unique experience. And if you’re not feeling Dourada, then try their grilled sardines (if the season permits) – they are an excellent choice.

Cooking fish on the open fire at O Farol
Cooking fish on the open fire at O Farol

R. do Ericeira 14, 2655-271 Ericeira, Portugal (Location Map):

Opening Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12pm–4pm. Monday & Tuesday: Closed.

To reserve a table, call: +351 261 862 355.

Pro Tips for Your Seafood Journey

Portuguese food is hearty, and portions are often generous, so come with an appetite! Also, remember, that good food takes time, so sit back, order a glass of local wine, and soak in the ambiance.

When it comes to pairing your seafood, Portugal’s crisp white wines like Vinho Verde or Alvarinho make a great match. For something different, try a glass of ‘green wine’ or ‘vinho verde’, a Portuguese specialty.

Wrapping Up Your Gastronomic Voyage

And there you have it, a comprehensive guide to the best seafood restaurants in Lisbon, Portugal! I hope this insider’s guide helps you find your own favorite restaurant and dish.

Don’t forget to share your experiences and recommendations. Have you visited any of these restaurants? Which is your best restaurant or most memorable meal? Do you have a tip or a favorite place you’d like to share that wasn’t mentioned in this article? Let me know in the comments below! Happy eating!

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