6 great restaurants in Alfama

🏛 6 great restaurants in Alfama

The streets of Alfama exude a unique charm with their colorful house facades adorned with azulejos, creating a picturesque and authentic atmosphere.

One can often see clothes hanging from windows and balconies, drying in the sun and adding a touch of life to these narrow and winding streets.

Walking through the streets of Alfama is an immersive experience in Portuguese culture, where you can discover small restaurants, artisanal shops, and historic buildings that reflect Lisbon’s rich history and its inhabitants.

To uncover all the secrets of this little village within the city, book a tour with us.

In this article, we present 7 restaurant addresses in Alfama that are an absolute must-try. You’ll find options for breakfast/brunch, affordable lunch, and lively evening dining.
Our important criteria are:

  • Authenticity,
  • Hospitable service,
  • Quality of ingredients,
  • and the generosity of portions.

More than just a meal, what we present to you are culinary and human experiences.

1. Affair Restaurante & Bar

best great restaurant alfama
Squid Ink Pasta / Clam Pasta

Located in Alfama, close to Feira da Ladra (Lisbon’s oldest market on Tuesdays and Saturdays).

A small restaurant with a terrace and a fresh, balanced, healthy, and tasty menu that includes:

  • Squid ink pasta with seafood,
  • Linguine with salmon,
  • Ribeye steak served with salad and homemade fries,
  • And for dessert, apple pie with lemon cream, accompanied by excellent sangria.

Their cooking and dish preparation are perfect. All crafted in their open kitchen.

Practical informations:

  • Daily set menu available for lunch from Tuesday to Friday at €15
  • 🕐 Open Tuesday to Saturday 12 PM – 3 PM / 7:30 PM – 11 PM
  • 📍R. Mirante 45, 1100-355 Lisbon

2. Augusto Lisboa BRUNCH

best great restaurant alfama
Smoked ham tartine

A hidden gem nestled in an alley between Alfama and Graça, very charming with a blend of different furniture styles. The service is welcoming and relaxed, allowing you to take your time.

Their freshly squeezed juices and smoothies are exceptional. Likewise, the various toasts, including the avocado and spice toast, are favorites. A bowl of incredibly indulgent porridge with cardamom and chocolate! Not to mention the exquisite homemade ice cream. They have a knack for turning simple recipes into something truly excellent. The fine selection of music adds to the ambiance.

Practical informations:

3. Discreto

This restaurant, open for just a few months, has piqued our curiosity. Thoughtfully designed décor, traditional Portuguese cuisine with a touch of modernity. On the menu: rabbit, lamb, octopus, codfish… and an extensive wine list that will impress. That was enough for us to include it in our article.

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4. Lisbon Tu e Eu

Bacalhau à Brás – Photo by David Luis

A delightful restaurant, unique, tucked away in a typical city alley, with a small and friendly interior and a charming terrace. Warm and friendly atmosphere.

They offer traditional cuisine of excellent quality at a very reasonable price. On the menu, you’ll find Portuguese specialties such as:

  • Grilled sardines,
  • Octopus salad,
  • Bacalhau à Brás,
  • Grilled chorizo,
  • And delicious codfish fritters (pasteis de bacalhau).

Practical informations:

  • Cash payment only, €15-€20 per person
  • 🕐 Open every day from 12:30 PM to 10:30 PM, non-stop Perfect for a midday hunger
  • 📍R. da Adiça 58, 1100-116 Lisbon

5. O Corrido Fado Restaurant

Slow-cooked pork roast glazed in sweet and sour sauce.

There are numerous Fado restaurants in Alfama. However, O Corrido is undoubtedly one of the best addresses in terms of quality/price ratio in the neighborhood. Not only are you assured of an exceptional Fado night, but also an equally remarkable meal with a menu worthy of Sunday family gatherings. Discover more great Fado addresses in our article.

Practical informations:

  • Menu with show included: €47.
    It is advisable to make your reservations in advance, feel free to contact us via WhatsApp for a prompt response
  • 🕐 Open Tuesday to Sunday 7 PM – 2 AM
  • 📍Campo de Santa Clara 49, 1100-471 Lisbon

6. Taberna Sal Grosso

great /best restaurant alfama
Lamb with sweet potato mash and smoked pumpkin

When you see the word ‘Taberna’ or ‘Cantina’, it’s a sign of affordable Portuguese cuisine.

Here, you’ll find perfectly marinated dishes with Mediterranean flavors. Octopus, rabbit, lamb, and preserved codfish are on the menu, along with various vegetables.

The only drawback might be that portions are slightly smaller compared to what you might usually find in this type of establishment.

Practical informations:

  • It’s a great place for dinner, satisfying but not overly filling.
  • Price range: €15-€20
  • 🕐 Open every day from 12:30 PM to 3 PM | 7 PM to 11 PM
  • 📍Calçada do Forte 22, 1100-256 Lisbon


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