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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"!