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Dec 12, 2010 06:03 AM

4 nights in Lisbon in April

Vinhotinto75, I am fascinated at how much you contribute to this board. You must really love Lisbon. I couldn't resist asking for some of your insights. We would love some recommendations for dinner.

We enjoy seafood, duck and pork. We like historic and traditional restauraunts, but prefer a little bit of space around us. We love walking so location is not an issue. We would prefer no-smoking resaturaunts.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Sorry I jump on this personal question to vinhotinto who certainly knows Lisboa much better that I do... Historic and traditional and some space, 2 restaurants jump to my mind: Tavares and Gambrinus. All (most?) restaurants in Portugal are non smoking, so don't worry about this.
    Enjoy "April in Portugal"!

    1. @ Chezpj

      Thank you for your kind words and I do enjoy sharing with the board about the city where I reside for most of the year.

      Pork? Seafood? Duck? These are all staples at most restaurants in Lisboa, so you should never be in a bind. Do you know where you will be staying in April? While that should not limit you, it is always useful and handy to have some close by places.

      Nonetheless, here are some recommendations, yet with hundreds more in the archives. Most places are non-smoking or have a designated area for non-smoking.

      Solar dos Presuntos (Baixa/Restauradores) Fantastic Seafood and other hearty dishes, particularly the Arroz de Pato (Duck Risotto) which is a personal favorite of mine. Highly recommended and good ambience.

      A newer place that I really enjoy is Clara Chiado. Food, ambience, and service is excellent.

      Another new place that is spacious and delicious is Quinta dos Frades. The food and ambience is innovative and laid back

      A more traditional vibe can also be found at Solar dos Nunes in Alcântara. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is rustic, yet refined.

      For more "traditional" places, the following are usually quite reliable and very good. You can find the websites in the archives or through google.

      O Caracol - very traditional - Reservations generally needed
      Tágide - Very chic, Franco-Luso food; amazing views and service
      Café São Bento - Fantastic Portuguese Steak and Fries
      Sinal Vermelho - Very good tasca in the Bairro Alto
      Assinatura - New and Upscale; Very good
      Alma - Star Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa's new place
      Largo Restaurante - New and trendy; solid cuisine
      Restaurante 560 - Another new and trendy
      Restaurante Tavares - See Monchique's recommendation
      Gambrinus - Very traditional among mostly tourist traps

      Please feel free to write or let me know if I can assist with your visit.

      Boa Sorte!

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      1. re: vinhotinto75

        Hello Vinhotinto
        It seems that you know plenty about lisbon. Was wondering if you could help us out. We are coming from nyc (gf is from spain). We have been to lisbon 2 years ago in december also. But i think we went to all the wrong places. Loved the city but were not impressed with many restaurants. I am sure its becuase of our choices. Would ove your recommendation. Only interested in portugese food. Also more importantly what areas do you recommend we stay. We stayed in barrio alto and it was ok. What about alfama. Or anythinbg you recommend. We dont have a car and bring from nyc dont mind walking 20-30 minutes.

        1. re: mati777

          @ Mati777

          If you search the archives as well as the post above you will find tons of my recommendations throughout Lisbon for all type of cuisine and price ranges. In any case, here are some threads you could consult to get started. One thread does mention where to get good suckling pig in Lisboa.

          Please let me know if you have any questions.

          Boa Sorte!

          Regarding lodging, I personally wouldn't stay in Alfama because you limit yourself in regards to public transport. While it is charming and taxis are cheap in Lisbon, staying somewhere on the metro line (Chiado, Pombal, Baixa, Chiado, or "Uptown") has some advantages. Of course, there are some drawbacks to all of those areas as well.

        2. re: vinhotinto75

          Vinhotinto75 and Monchique,

          Thank you ever so much. I promise we will drink a toast to each of you while we are in Lisbon!

          1. re: vinhotinto75

            Vinhotinto75 and Monchique,

            Thank you ever so much. I promise we will drink a toast to each of you while we are in Lisbon!

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            1. Also a place for suckling pig please.