Dining in Portugal: 5 Restaurants You Need To Try

Porto Old Town, Portugal


Porto Old Town, Portugal


It’s safe to say that your trip to Portugal will be complemented by beautiful, fresh seafood dishes, delicious wines and of course the country’s famous custard tarts – known as pastel de nata – which you have to try.

If you’re heading to the country next summer for your annual get away, then here are the five restaurants you definitely need to try:


  1. Solar do Farelo, Mexilhoeira Grande

A quaint, rural style restaurant in the Mexilhoeria region, the Solar do Farelo offers delicious food at a reasonable price, plus the novelty of wine in barrels that you can pour yourself. The lunch time menu is this destination’s most popular aspect, where you can enjoy a main, dessert, coffee and wine for just €15.

Sample the restaurant’s fresh fish dinners but know that it is mostly well loved for its oxtail and beef stroganoff dishes. Most diners comment on the attentive staff manning the restaurant and the excellent service you experience no matter what time of day, and with all that wine flowing the atmosphere is a pleasant but lively one!


  1. Time Out Mercado da Ribera, Lisbon

Lisbon’s famous and biggest fresh food market had a makeover back in May 2014, courtesy of Time Out magazine, with the addition of a new food court featuring 35 kiosks selling delicious regional dishes. There are also five restaurants featuring some of the top chefs in the country, it’s the perfect place to spend a couple of hours in the afternoon, after picking up some fresh fruit from the long standing market on the other side of the building, sampling dishes from various kiosks and heading back to the hotel in a placated state.


  1. Tagide Wine and Tapas Bar, Chiado

Tapas is the perfect meal to complement your holiday in Portugal, it works as both a lunchtime or evening dish and the Tagide Wine and Tapas Bar should definitely be top of your list of dining destinations on your visit to the country. The main meals are great but it’s the custard tarts that are the winning highlight of this restaurant, served warm and with cinnamon ice cream they’re perfect to enjoy with one of Tagide’s house wines while enjoying the restaurant’s view of the stunning town hall.


  1. Alef Burger Bar, Faro

If you’re after something fast, fresh and delicious then the Alef Burger Bar is a hot destination to head to, when you need to satiate your appetite after a long day of sunbathing and swimming or exploring the local area. Don’t let the appearance of the restaurant and its location fool you, this place is so good you’ll be considering giving up your job back home and searching for properties in the Algarve to eat here every week!


  1. Arc’da Velha, Lagos

This little family owned restaurant is not one many people know of but you’ll come away with plenty to talk about. The cheese themed tapas starter is a popular choice and you must try the chorizo dish, which is cooked at the table and creates a spectacular flame as the liquor and drippings it is cooked in splash onto one another. The mother and son team running the place are welcoming, entertaining and help create the fun ambience that is enjoyed in the restaurant, offering stunning, freshly cooked food at reasonable prices.
Don’t just take our word for it though, the Tripadvisor reviews are minimal but all excellent.







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