We are two nights post-cruise (Crystal Serenity) in Lisbon. One night we are planning dinner at the Varanda Restaurant (#1 for food in Zagat) at our hotel, the Four Seasons Ritz Hotel. We are looking for a restaurant the other night. We want great food, nice ambience, and good service. I have been considering between 3 restaurants: 1) Casa da Comida, 2) Gambrinus, and 3) A Travessa. Does anyone have experience with these restaurants? I have read numerous reviews but there is always someone who raves about the restaurant and someone who hated it. Therefore, I can't decide between the 3, or are there other restaurants that I should consider instead? This will be the last night of a wonderful vacation, and we want to make it special. There will be 4 of us dining. Price is not so much a factor if the experience is fabulous, although we would like to be able to afford another cruise soon! All advice is appreciated. Thanks.
I have also posted a reply on cruise critic. However, we would highly recommend Eleven (www.restauranteleven.com) which is expensive and worth every penny or Olivier Restaurant (www.restaurante-olivier.com) (also not inexpensive). Food and service is wonderful at both restaurants.
When are you going to be there? I just got back from Lisbon and literally half the restaurants and shops were closed.
The big deal in Lisbon is going from place to place listening to Fado. Rather than booking all your nights at a name restaurant, I'd suggest taking one night and wander around Baixia or Barria Alta, checking out places and trying one that looks good. That's what we did and never had a bad meal.
Be sure to stop at Pasteis de Belem in Belem and get the pasteis at the source. It has a blue awning and there'll be a huge line of people outside.