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The 10 Hottest New Restaurants in Lisbon

Where to find everything from classic Portuguese petiscos to modern Asian fusion

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For the first time ever, Eater heads to Lisbon, Portugal, to explore 10 new bars and restaurants that have been garnering some serious buzz. For the inaugural Lisbon heatmap, Eater asked local food writer Miguel Pires for his picks of the hottest openings of the past 12 months or so.

Among his selections are an Instagram-worthy coffee shop (Hello, Kristof), a culinary cabaret from one of the city’s most prolific chefs (Beco), and restaurants offering fresh takes on classic Portuguese petiscos (Tapisco, Nova). And the city has a serious sweet tooth right now, which it can indulge via pastéis de nata (Alcôa) or brigadeiros (Brigadeirando).

Here now, and in geographical order, the Eater Heatmap for Lisbon:

Looking for a more comprehensive take on Lisbon, from the essential dining recommendations to a primer on egg tarts? Consult the Eater Guide to Lisbon.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Brigadeirando at LX Factory

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R. Rodrigues Faria 103
Lisbon, Lisbon
(+35) 121-3143399
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Brigadeiro, a spherical condensed milk- and chocolate-based sweet, is one of the best-loved delicacies in Brazil. And in this small joint, at LX Factory (in the Alcântara neighborhood), Brazilian Carol Henke takes the treat to another level, using her skills, high-quality ingredients, and imagination to produce several different ones, in varying sizes — mini, regular, or as a topping for an indulgent tart. Dark chocolate and sea-salt chocolate are among the favorites.

2. Hello, Kristof

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Rua do Poço dos Negros, 103
Lisbon, Lisbon

First things first: Kristof doesn't exist. It's just a name made up by Ricardo Galésio, a freelance graphic designer who wanted to open a cafe inspired by the ones he saw in New York. And he did it in the restored area of Rua Poço dos Negros, where other cool small businesses are popping up. The decor is clean and Nordic-style, and the food is simple and tasty, right for a snack or a light lunch. Sip a fruit juice or proper coffee; go for a granola with Greek yogurt, an avocado toast, or a homemade cake; and enjoy the quiet atmosphere.

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3. Tapisco

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Rua D. Pedro V, 81
Lisbon, Lisbon
(+35) 121-3420681

The Portuguese chef Henrique Sá Pessoa (of Michelin-starred Alma) wanted to open a restaurant in Lisbon where he could offer the Spanish tapas he always enjoys in his frequent travels to Catalonia, along with some of his favorite Portuguese petiscos — all with a chef’s twist. So, at the beginning of 2017, he opened this informal place with a sophisticated atmosphere. Order a few dishes to share, like the croquetas de jamon or the bacalhau à brás, the country's favorite cod dish (made with scrambled eggs, onion, and fries).

Nuno Correia, Courtesy of Tapisco

4. O Asiático

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Rua da Rosa, 317
Lisbon, Lisbon
(+35) 121-1319369
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Currently one of the buzziest Lisbon restaurants, O Asiático is the latest from chef Kiko Martins, who also has O Talho and A Cevicheria. This pan-Asian restaurant is his most ambitious — and most beautiful — venue, with a sleek, modern dining room and terrace. The chef offers dishes (often meant to share) that are colorful, flavorful, and reveal influences from his travels across the Asian continent, finding inspiration in locales from India to Indonesia to the Philippines to Japan.

5. Café Colonial Restaurant & Bar

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Rua D. Pedro V, 56 J
Lisbon, Lisbon
(+35) 121-9016800
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This is more than a place to eat or drink with a view: It’s a restaurant with tasty dishes and a cocktail bar located in a boutique hotel, in the trendy neighborhood of Principe Real. For the restaurant, chef Vasco Lello designed a menu with contemporary national dishes (mainly to share) with influences from the places where Portuguese sailors traveled in the past, from former colonies like Brazil, Mozambique, Goa (India), or Macao to Japan. Seasonal vegetable tempura; chicken wings with mild piri-piri sauce; and duck with hoisin sauce, noodles, and vegetables are some of the dishes to expect here. During summer, small portions of the menu can be appreciated from midday till night on the terrace.

6. JNcQUOI

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Avenida da Liberdade, 182-184
Lisbon, Lisbon
(+35) 121-9369900
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This project — designed by Lázaro Rosa-Violán (the architect of El Nacional, Barcelona) and owned by the group of cork mogul Américo Amorim — is one of the most ambitious luxury complexes ever built in Lisbon. Located in an old theater at the sophisticated Avenida da Liberdade, it comprises, over three floors, a fashion boutique; a bookstore; a deli counter with pasta, seafood, cheeses, cured meats, and casual dishes; a gourmet shop; and an upscale, stunningly decorated restaurant. Here, chef António Bóia serves classic Portuguese and international dishes with a contemporary touch. Try the shrimp in olive oil, the cod soup with coriander and poached egg, or the chef’s specialty: creamy rice with bogavante (lobster) and grouper. For sweets, go for a macaron at the Ladurée counter.

7. Beco

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Rua Nova da Trindade, Nº 18
Lisbon, Lisbon

Michelin-starred chef-restaurateur José Avillez insists on surprising everyone. After opening seven restaurants in less than six years — six of them in the charming area of Chiado — he now has this "gourmet cabaret." Located within his Bairro do Avillez, which combines a musical show (inspired by the nightclubs of the 1920s to 1950s) with a fine dining experience (a 12-course tasting menu) and impressive cocktails. (Note: You must buy a ticket.)

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8. Alcôa

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Rua Garret, 37
Lisbon, Lisbon

It is impossible to pass by this corner pastry shop in Chiado without stopping to marvel at all the mouthwatering sweet treats and pastéis de nata that fill the window. The tarts are made with lots of sugar and eggs, while pastries have suggestive names like mimos de freira (nun’s nipples), queijinhos do céu (heaven’s small cheeses), ovos do paraíso (paradise’s eggs), castanhas de ovos (eggs’ chestnuts), and toucinho-do-céu (bacon from heaven) — all made according to the traditional recipes left by the monks of Cister who lived, many centuries ago, in the Monastery of Alcobaça, a city in the center of Portugal, where Alcôa was founded in 1957.

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9. Nova

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R. Nova do Almada 20
1100-365 Lisboa, Portugal
+351 21 346 0956
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Before opening this wine bar in Chiado, Pedro Caixado and Miguel Branco, the owners, used to do pop-up dinners in their advertising agency, where they still work, on the first floor of the same building. When the ground floor became vacant they rented it and opened Nova, where they sell wines from lesser-known producers and petiscos (Portuguese snacks) like cod with chickpea puree, tinned sardines with roasted bell pepper, and blood sausage with cherry jam.

10. Leopold

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Pátio de Dom Fradique 12
1100 Lisboa, Portugal
+351 21 886 1697
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Ana and Tiago Feio became the talk of the city when, a few years ago, they opened a restaurant with just four tables and no stove in an old bakery in the historic Alfama neighborhood. Recently, they moved the restaurant to the small boutique hotel Palácio Belmonte (by the São Jorge Castle) where, despite finally having the proper cooking conditions, chef Tiago still creates his thoughtful minimalist cuisine. There's a good selection of wines from small producers, including some natural bottles.

1. Brigadeirando at LX Factory

R. Rodrigues Faria 103, Lisbon, Lisbon

Brigadeiro, a spherical condensed milk- and chocolate-based sweet, is one of the best-loved delicacies in Brazil. And in this small joint, at LX Factory (in the Alcântara neighborhood), Brazilian Carol Henke takes the treat to another level, using her skills, high-quality ingredients, and imagination to produce several different ones, in varying sizes — mini, regular, or as a topping for an indulgent tart. Dark chocolate and sea-salt chocolate are among the favorites.

R. Rodrigues Faria 103
Lisbon, Lisbon

2. Hello, Kristof

Rua do Poço dos Negros, 103, Lisbon, Lisbon

First things first: Kristof doesn't exist. It's just a name made up by Ricardo Galésio, a freelance graphic designer who wanted to open a cafe inspired by the ones he saw in New York. And he did it in the restored area of Rua Poço dos Negros, where other cool small businesses are popping up. The decor is clean and Nordic-style, and the food is simple and tasty, right for a snack or a light lunch. Sip a fruit juice or proper coffee; go for a granola with Greek yogurt, an avocado toast, or a homemade cake; and enjoy the quiet atmosphere.

Rua do Poço dos Negros, 103
Lisbon, Lisbon

3. Tapisco

Rua D. Pedro V, 81, Lisbon, Lisbon
Nuno Correia, Courtesy of Tapisco

The Portuguese chef Henrique Sá Pessoa (of Michelin-starred Alma) wanted to open a restaurant in Lisbon where he could offer the Spanish tapas he always enjoys in his frequent travels to Catalonia, along with some of his favorite Portuguese petiscos — all with a chef’s twist. So, at the beginning of 2017, he opened this informal place with a sophisticated atmosphere. Order a few dishes to share, like the croquetas de jamon or the bacalhau à brás, the country's favorite cod dish (made with scrambled eggs, onion, and fries).

Rua D. Pedro V, 81
Lisbon, Lisbon

4. O Asiático

Rua da Rosa, 317, Lisbon, Lisbon

Currently one of the buzziest Lisbon restaurants, O Asiático is the latest from chef Kiko Martins, who also has O Talho and A Cevicheria. This pan-Asian restaurant is his most ambitious — and most beautiful — venue, with a sleek, modern dining room and terrace. The chef offers dishes (often meant to share) that are colorful, flavorful, and reveal influences from his travels across the Asian continent, finding inspiration in locales from India to Indonesia to the Philippines to Japan.

Rua da Rosa, 317
Lisbon, Lisbon

5. Café Colonial Restaurant & Bar

Rua D. Pedro V, 56 J, Lisbon, Lisbon

This is more than a place to eat or drink with a view: It’s a restaurant with tasty dishes and a cocktail bar located in a boutique hotel, in the trendy neighborhood of Principe Real. For the restaurant, chef Vasco Lello designed a menu with contemporary national dishes (mainly to share) with influences from the places where Portuguese sailors traveled in the past, from former colonies like Brazil, Mozambique, Goa (India), or Macao to Japan. Seasonal vegetable tempura; chicken wings with mild piri-piri sauce; and duck with hoisin sauce, noodles, and vegetables are some of the dishes to expect here. During summer, small portions of the menu can be appreciated from midday till night on the terrace.

Rua D. Pedro V, 56 J
Lisbon, Lisbon

6. JNcQUOI

Avenida da Liberdade, 182-184, Lisbon, Lisbon

This project — designed by Lázaro Rosa-Violán (the architect of El Nacional, Barcelona) and owned by the group of cork mogul Américo Amorim — is one of the most ambitious luxury complexes ever built in Lisbon. Located in an old theater at the sophisticated Avenida da Liberdade, it comprises, over three floors, a fashion boutique; a bookstore; a deli counter with pasta, seafood, cheeses, cured meats, and casual dishes; a gourmet shop; and an upscale, stunningly decorated restaurant. Here, chef António Bóia serves classic Portuguese and international dishes with a contemporary touch. Try the shrimp in olive oil, the cod soup with coriander and poached egg, or the chef’s specialty: creamy rice with bogavante (lobster) and grouper. For sweets, go for a macaron at the Ladurée counter.

Avenida da Liberdade, 182-184
Lisbon, Lisbon

7. Beco

Rua Nova da Trindade, Nº 18, Lisbon, Lisbon
José Avillez official site/Bruno Calada

Michelin-starred chef-restaurateur José Avillez insists on surprising everyone. After opening seven restaurants in less than six years — six of them in the charming area of Chiado — he now has this "gourmet cabaret." Located within his Bairro do Avillez, which combines a musical show (inspired by the nightclubs of the 1920s to 1950s) with a fine dining experience (a 12-course tasting menu) and impressive cocktails. (Note: You must buy a ticket.)

Rua Nova da Trindade, Nº 18
Lisbon, Lisbon

8. Alcôa

Rua Garret, 37, Lisbon, Lisbon
Joana Freitas

It is impossible to pass by this corner pastry shop in Chiado without stopping to marvel at all the mouthwatering sweet treats and pastéis de nata that fill the window. The tarts are made with lots of sugar and eggs, while pastries have suggestive names like mimos de freira (nun’s nipples), queijinhos do céu (heaven’s small cheeses), ovos do paraíso (paradise’s eggs), castanhas de ovos (eggs’ chestnuts), and toucinho-do-céu (bacon from heaven) — all made according to the traditional recipes left by the monks of Cister who lived, many centuries ago, in the Monastery of Alcobaça, a city in the center of Portugal, where Alcôa was founded in 1957.

Rua Garret, 37
Lisbon, Lisbon

9. Nova

R. Nova do Almada 20, 1100-365 Lisboa, Portugal

Before opening this wine bar in Chiado, Pedro Caixado and Miguel Branco, the owners, used to do pop-up dinners in their advertising agency, where they still work, on the first floor of the same building. When the ground floor became vacant they rented it and opened Nova, where they sell wines from lesser-known producers and petiscos (Portuguese snacks) like cod with chickpea puree, tinned sardines with roasted bell pepper, and blood sausage with cherry jam.

R. Nova do Almada 20
1100-365 Lisboa, Portugal

10. Leopold

Pátio de Dom Fradique 12, 1100 Lisboa, Portugal

Ana and Tiago Feio became the talk of the city when, a few years ago, they opened a restaurant with just four tables and no stove in an old bakery in the historic Alfama neighborhood. Recently, they moved the restaurant to the small boutique hotel Palácio Belmonte (by the São Jorge Castle) where, despite finally having the proper cooking conditions, chef Tiago still creates his thoughtful minimalist cuisine. There's a good selection of wines from small producers, including some natural bottles.

Pátio de Dom Fradique 12
1100 Lisboa, Portugal

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