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Lisbon’s food scene will not disappoint. Here you’ll find some of the freshest and most carefully prepared seafood in Europe from highly skilled chefs well versed in the art of keeping it simple and allowing the natural flavors of the fish to shine. Narrowing our favorite restaurants down to just five was difficult, but here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors choices for the best places to eat in Lisbon:
1. Rosa da Rua: You’ll feel like you’re eating amongst friends at this cozy family-style restaurant located atop a hill in Bairro Alto. Here you’ll enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet full of delicious Portuguese dishes, a great way to sample a variety of the country’s specialties. The staff is friendly and more than happy to explain each and every dish, yet another reason why this is a wonderful spot to settle down for a long evening of food, conversation and plenty of Portuguese wine.
2. Ramiro: This might be the best seafood restaurant in the city: Sweet clams, langoustines and giant tiger prawns are just a fraction of what’s on this mouthwatering menu. The food, along with a fun, inviting atmosphere, are two big reasons why this is a Lisbon institution.
3. Restaurante Eleven: Eleven is one of Lisbon’s swankiest restaurants. Along with sweeping views of the city you’ll be treated to a variety of succulent selections that include risotto with wasabi lobster and salsifi with truffle cream. Multi-course tasting menus are also available if you just can’t decide on one thing.
4. Café de São Bento: You’ll find a relatively limited menu here, but what is served is done to near perfection. Many feel the egg-topped steak here is the best in town.
5. Belcanto: Helmed by José Avillez, this award-winning restaurant has taken Lisbon by storm with its innovative gastronomy. The small bistro (it fits a mere 10 tables) is famed for the chef's creative takes on classic Portuguese cuisine.