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My Top 3 Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants in Lisbon

While some articles may wax lyrical about twenty plus different vegetarian or vegan restaurant options, I personally do not find that helpful so in this article, I’m going to cut to the chase and list my top three. 

Having lived in Lisbon for the past four years and frequently visiting many vegetarian restaurants due to my militant vegetarian girlfriend, I believe that as a veggie-meat-eater, I offer a unique and insightful perspective on what constitutes a good vegetarian restaurant – especially for those in a similar predicament.  

So, are you ready to learn more about my top three vegan and vegetarian restaurants?

Top Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants

Arkhe | A Special Occasion 

My girlfriend and I recently had the pleasure of dining at Arkhe, a gem of a restaurant nestled in the charming neighborhood of Chiado. 

This wasn’t just another dinner out; it was a culinary journey led by the talented Chef João Ricardo Alves and Alejandro Chávarro, both masters in their respective fields.

The moment we stepped into Arkhe, we were enveloped in an ambiance that blended elegance with a welcoming warmth. The decor, with its earth tones and lush plants, created the perfect setting for our date night. 

We chose a cozy window seat, arguably the best in the house, offering us a view of the vibrant streets of Lisbon.

Our culinary adventure began with an array of starters that hinted at Chef João’s expertise in classical French cuisine, yet each dish carried a unique twist, blending Italian and Asian influences. 

His experience in Michelin-star vegetarian kitchens was evident in every bite. 

Alejandro, alongside his role as the restaurant director, shone as a sommelier. 

His carefully curated wine list, boasting impressive national-only and organic options, complemented our meal beautifully.

The highlight of our evening was the tasting menu. Opting for the Discovery Menu with wine pairing, we were taken aback by the sheer creativity and flavors that unfolded with each course. 

The cherry gazpacho was hearty, rich yet refreshing, and the bread served with black garlic, smoked butter, and tapenade was nothing short of a masterpiece. A must try!

The bread and butter at Arkhe - insane! My Top 3 Vegetarian or Vegan Restaurants in Lisbon
The bread and butter at Arkhe – insane!

Every dish was a celebration of the best produce available. We regretted not choosing the 8-course Carta Blanca Menu – every plate was, quite literally, lick-your-plate delicious.

Our servers, especially Diogo, elevated our experience with their knowledge and attentiveness. They were not just servers but storytellers, each explaining the intricacies of the dishes with enthusiasm. 

Contrary to any assumptions about vegetarian cuisine being bland or unfulfilling, Arkhe completely shattered these stereotypes. 

As a meat eater, I was skeptical but left pleasantly surprised and utterly satisfied, with no need for a post-dinner meat chaser. My partner, a devoted vegetarian, was thrilled with the variety and quality of options. 

The staff’s dedication to their craft was evident, not just in their attentive service, but in their willingness to engage with us on a more personal level. They captured a perfect film photo of us, assisted us in getting just the right shots for our memories, and even shared their extensive knowledge of local wines.

In summary, our lunch at Arkhe wasn’t just a meal; it was an unforgettable experience that ticked every box for fine dining. 

The exquisite food, the perfect wine pairings, the beautiful setting, and the exceptional service – everything was flawless. This restaurant is a must-visit for anyone looking for a unique, high-quality dining experience in Lisbon. 

It’s a place that not only caters to vegetarians but also impressively satisfies the palates of meat-eaters like myself. We’re already planning our next visit, eager to see what Chef João and his team will create next!

Menu Variety & Creativity: ★★★★★

Ambiance & Decor: ★★★★☆

Flavor & Quality of Food: ★★★★★

Staff Knowledge & Service: ★★★★★ 

Value for Money: ★★★☆☆

Vegetarian/Vegan Options Availability: Yes

Discovery Menu: 5 courses for €75, wine pairing €65; Lunch Menu (weekday lunches only): 3 courses for €55, wine pairing €45; Carta Blanca Menu: 7 courses for €95, wine pairing €85.

📍Rua de São Filipe Néri 14, 1250-227 Lisboa, Portugal | www.arkhe.pt | +351 21 139 5258

O Gambuzino | Arguably THE Best

Stumbling upon O Gambuzino was a delightful surprise, especially considering it’s just around the corner from my place on Almirante Reis. 

This culinary treasure, nestled within walking distance from my home, has always caught my eye with its constant buzz of activity. 

As a local resident, I’ve observed its popularity, which only heightened my curiosity. 

Finally experiencing it firsthand, I can confidently say that this hidden gem in Lisbon offers an extraordinary dining experience that brilliantly caters to vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters alike. 

Its inviting ambiance, both indoors and outdoors, is always welcoming, yet bustling with energy. 

⭐️ Insider Tip: This place gets busy, a reservation is advised. 

The culinary journey at O Gambuzino began with an array of starters that set the stage for an extraordinary meal. 

The fermented gazpacho was a refreshing opener, blending traditional flavors with a modern twist. 

This is the bibimbap which had an incredible fake soft yolk!
This is the bibimbap which had an incredible fake soft yolk!

Following this, the Algarvian carrots and mushroom ‘vieiras’ captivated my taste buds, each bite a nod to the chef’s creativity and attention to detail. 

The crispy cauliflower with gochujang sauce and mushroom tacos, bursting with flavor and texture, were not just appetizers but a celebration of plant-based cooking.

Moving on to the main course, each dish was a marvel. The bibimbap, a harmonious blend of ingredients, was a delightful surprise, showcasing the versatility of vegan cuisine. 

The KFC-style mushroom burger, draped in a ‘cheese’ sauce that defied its vegan identity, was a standout, offering comfort food without compromise. For those seeking a sea-inspired flavor, the tempeh dish was an excellent choice, rich in taste and perfectly prepared.

The crescendo of the meal was the dessert. 

The vegan and gluten-free cheesecake at O Gambuzino was, without exaggeration, the best I’ve ever experienced. 

O Gambuzino Cheesecake
O Gambuzino Cheesecake

Complementing these sweet finales, the homemade kombucha, including a unique orange and carrot variant, added a refreshing touch to the end of the meal.

The team at O Gambuzino truly makes the place shine. Their warmth and expertise transformed what was an excellent meal into an extraordinary experience. 

It felt as if they weren’t just serving food, but sharing stories and passions. Each recommendation and explanation they offered came with a genuine smile and an eagerness to enhance our dining experience.

Menu Variety & Creativity: ★★★★★

Ambiance & Decor: ★★★★☆

Flavor & Quality of Food: ★★★★★

Staff Knowledge & Service: ★★★★★ 

Value for Money: ★★★★☆

Vegetarian/Vegan Options Availability: Yes

📍Rua dos Anjos 5A, 1150-032 Lisboa | www.ogambuzino.com | +351 218 208 406

Honest Greens: Quick Bites, Guilt-Free Enjoyment

With seven Lisbon locations at the time of writing, each offers its unique charm, but the Cais do Sodré spot stands out as my personal favorite. 

This location, with its open-plan design, creates an inviting atmosphere perfect for working remotely, made even more appealing by its extended hours until midnight.

My top vegan choices from their 2024 menu included the Blueberry Chia Pudding, Protein Power Overnight Oats, and the Overnight French Toast, which surprisingly is plant-based. 

Experience the delightful French Toast paired with exceptional coffee at Honest Greens.
Experience the delightful French Toast paired with exceptional coffee at Honest Greens.

Each dish was a delightful blend of flavors and textures, like the chia pudding with coconut milk, topped with banana, berries, and homemade granola.

Another standout was the customizable Garden Bowls, particularly Latin lover, a riot of flavors with ingredients like brown rice, warm beans, kale, coriander, red cabbage, corn, onion, avocado, cucumber, homemade pickled jalapeños and pico de gallo. Plant-based sour cream sauce and roasted jalapeño. Delicious!

latin lover honest greens
Latin Lover @ Honest Greens

Despite the seemingly modest portions, the nutrient-packed real food was satisfyingly filling.

The restaurant also offers refreshing flavored waters, perfect for hot days. 

Price-wise, Honest Greens presents great value, considering the quality and freshness of its house-made, unprocessed meals. 

A typical lunch costs around €13, while breakfast dishes range from €5.90 to €7.90, not including add-ons.

The staff’s friendliness and the quick service add to the appeal of Honest Greens, making it an ideal spot for those seeking a healthy yet swift dining option. 

Though I found the protein portions slightly modest and some juices lacking in flavor, the overall experience was highly positive, particularly with the spicy and crunchy Latin Lover bowl. 

Menu Variety & Creativity: ★★★★★

Ambiance & Decor: ★★★★★

Flavor & Quality of Food: ★★★★★

Staff Knowledge & Service: ★★★☆☆ 

Value for Money: ★★★★★

Vegetarian/Vegan Options Availability: Yes

📍Multiple Locations throughout Lisbon | www.honestgreens.com

So there you have it, that’s my roundup of the Top 3 Vegetarian or Vegan Restaurants in Lisbon. 

Each one offers a unique and delightful culinary experience for those who love plant-based cuisine. But Lisbon’s vibrant food scene is always evolving, and I’m sure there are other incredible spots I’ve yet to discover. 

If you have any favorites or hidden gems that I might have missed, please share them in the comments. 

Your suggestions not only help me but also fellow readers in search of the best vegetarian and vegan delights Lisbon has to offer!

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