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Nov 24, 2010 12:29 AM

In search of two Portuguese dishes in Lisbon - Arroz de Marisco and Ameijoas a Bulhao Pato

I'm currently in Lisbon, based near the Rossio/Avenida da Liberdade with family until early Saturday morning. I normally eat vegetarian/vegan at home Stateside but want to make several exceptions for the wonderful seafood here. Does anyone have any recommendations for restaurants with tasty versions of the above two dishes? Lunch or dinner, cheap to moderate suggestions are all welcome. I've scoured Vinho Tinto's recs and have some great options for our other open meal times, but didn't notice anything specific on these dishes.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. @ apayne

    Bem-vindo(a) to Lisboa. These are both rather common dishes, yet you will want to go to a place that has the freshest fish possible.

    One place that has a fantastic arroz de mariscos or a feijoada de mariscos that is near Rossio and Avenida da Liberdade is Solar dos Presuntos. It is a bit pricey, but the quality is fantastic!

    Another place that has both of these dishes and is VERY fresh and moderately priced is on the other side of the Tejo in Caçilhas (10 minute boat ride at 80 cents from Cais do Sodré) called Restaurante O Farol. Click on the pdf files on this link for mariscos and you will see your options!

    Two other places that are worth considering would be right next to each other:

    Cervejaria Ramiro - best shellfish in Lisboa; yet is all they serve.

    Cervejaria Barcabela - great shellfish, seafood, and meat dishes at excellent prices.

    Both Ramiro and Barcabela can be reached by foot from where you are staying, however if you are going at night, you probably should take a cab since it can get a bit dark and odd near the Praça Martim Moniz and environs.

    Please let me know if I can assist in any way.

    Boa Viagem!

    3 Replies
    1. re: vinhotinto75

      All of these recommendations look wonderful! We've booked @ Solar dos Presuntos for tonight, and hope to eat lunch in Cacilhas tomorrow, pending the now 70% chance of rain. Will reply with our feedback soon!

      1. re: vinhotinto75

        Have to say that you should really try to hit Barcabela for the arroz. We went there at vinhotinto's suggestion and had an excellent rice with lobster that was also a very good deal.

        1. re: vinhotinto75

          I am sorry that the reply is so late, but we had internet issues both in Lisbon for 2 days prior to our departure, and again Stateside upon our return.

          Since the weather was quite windy and cold Friday, we decided not to go to Cacilhas. Something we'll have to do when we return to Lisbon in the future!

          We did, however, dine at Solar dos Presuntos - funnily enough, it was a restaurant in our neighborhood that we had passed by several times in our trips to/from the funicular up "our" hill. We adored the decor inside - reminded me a bit of Carnegie Deli in New York City - but the food really blew us away. I believe it was the favorite meal not only for myself and my husband (who shared the paella-like dish) but my sister in-law (who is still raving about the tomatoey-stewey-rice that accompanied her fish) and my mother-in-law who had garlic prawns.

          Your recommendation was spot-on, vinhotinto75. Thank you!