Top 10 restaurants in Sintra, Portugal

March 22, 2018 Dorsey Hagwood

Long the home of Portugal’s monarchs, Sintra is a magnificent town of marvelous historic mansions, all set against the backdrop of lush hills. Sintra’s many castles include the Palácio Nacional de Sintra (a main abode of Portuguese royalty until the early 20th century), the hilltop and storybook Palácio da Pena, Quinta de Regaleira (incorporating several architectural styles and with gorgeous surrounding gardens), the Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle), and the Palácio de Monserrate.
Things to do in Sintra

1. A Raposa

Rua Conde Ferreira n. 29 | 2710-556, Sintra 2710-556, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 934802896-219243440
Excellent
72%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 426 reviews

A Raposa

great little place & they do live music on weekends. she doesn't seem to have a web page. here all i found on line : http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=pt&u=http://videos.wittysparks.com/id/1241914055/&ei=z6xqTZygE8qr8Ab93s3hCw&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CCsQ7gEwAg&prev=/search%3Fq%3Da%2Braposa%2B%2Bcasa%2Bde%2Bchai%2Bsintra%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3DWvS%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26prmd%3Divns

Reviewed By TimothyNathan38

We were recommended here as the best restaurant in Sintra. Judging by our limited experience of the place, this is not, in itself a huge accolade (the rest seem to be just tourist shafting factories), but nonetheless, this is an extraordinary place with exquisite food, a lovely ambience and among the quirkiest service we have ever seen.
On arrival, the main door was locked. It was 7.55 and we had an 8pm reservation, so we rang the bell. We thought maybe they opened at 8.
After a few moments the waitress appeared. (I call her waitress, but she may have been the owner, the manager or someone’s friend who had been called in for the evenin for all we could tell, but she was the only face of the restaurant we saw.)
She opened the door after the manner of the elderly retainer opening the castle gates (if you saw The Windsors, think Princess Anne’s welcome to Sandringham, or Igor in The Young Frankenstein) standing blocking the entrance with a “They Shall Not Pass!!” expression on her face. We said “Reservation” and with obvious resentment she let us in.
We were therefore surprised to see that the dining room was already half full of diners.
The room is large and elegant and the tables unusually well separated. You are almost unaware that anyone else is there.
Again, the waitress’ demeanour dominated. When I asked for the vegetable tart she wagged a finger and said “No” quite forcibly. I shrank a little and she thought for a second and then said “Si”. I have no explanation for this, but it certainly added to the frivolity of the evening.
And so it went on. She was like a fierce maiden aunt all evening. But we loved it! It was so different and amended to our jaded experience of all restaurants around the world being identical.
But for every abrupt “no” there was a squeeze of the shoulder, pat on the back
The food was very good indeed. It is not Cuisine Minceur - it is good, solid Portuguese fare - but it was very tasty and way above average. The vegetable tart (which was a little stodgy) was accompanied by the most wonderful salad, with a dressing to die for. My companions were also very complimentary of their seafood risottos, their fish and their meat dishes.
So, if you are a curmudgeon, I would suggest that you stay away. If you take joy in people and their quirkiness, definitely go. But be ready to hang loose, really loose ;-)

2. Saudade

Avenida Doutor Miguel Bombarda 6, Sintra 2710-590, Portugal Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Street Parking Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks HK$47 - HK$181 +351 21 242 8804
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Saudade

Where Cafe Saudade now stands, there used to be housed the historical Queijadas da Mathilde cheesecake factory from 1888 to 1974.These queijadas de Sintra (cheesecakes) were a favorite of King Ferdinand II (who restored the Pena Palace). During the 3rd quarter of the 19th century, the king gave the factory founder a stamp marked Mathilde, to brand the cheesecakes bound for the royal family.The Cafe Saudade was restored and preserved over a year long renovation in 2008 and opened in the summer of 2009. Recycled and regional materials and resources were used to create an environment that authentic. We pride ourselves for this and and for the fact that our team offers the best service they can.The spaces of the old cheesecake factory are today a cultural reference in Sintra's recent historical background. Its preservation allows us a glimpse into the ancient manufacturing process of the typical queijada de Sintra.Wander through the "Saudade Labyrinth" and fall in love with Sintra. Visit our Art Gallery and explore the various rooms with pieces of furniture that we restored with love and care, and in which we have handcrafts for sale. We host Literary gatherings, jazz and fado Concerts and other cultural activities.

Reviewed By Simonandfamily - Indianapolis, Indiana

Breakfast was included in stay at sister hotel. A wonderful setting and delicious array of pleasant morning goodies. My wife actually made lunch sandwiches from the leftovers to carry away for an afternoon snack. By the train station, so very convenient to travelers. Coffee was good as well.

3. Restaurante da Adraga

Praia da Adraga, 143, Sintra, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +351 21 928 0028
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 612 reviews

Restaurante da Adraga

Reviewed By Bastet79 - Moscow, Russia

I have visited this restaurant a lovely small beach in 2013, I enjoy so much coming to good places and finding everything same good
We have ordered different types of octopus - I have taken boiled and my friend have asked for the grilled one. There was a problem with mine (the waiter have mixed the orders, so I waited quite a long time).
Now it is official - this place have served the best grilled octopus during our trip this year (fresh ingredients + my favorite olive oil of Portugal - Herdade do Esparao from Alantejo).
Agreed with the owner to see each other again in 5 years
If you are looking for a simple place with a view - that is Adraga.

4. Moinho Iberico

Avenida Moinhos Arneiro, No 110/112 | Magoito, Sintra 2725-000, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Barbecue, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +351 916 343 970
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 356 reviews

Moinho Iberico

Reviewed By rowS_11 - Bristol, United Kingdom

It's very difficult to describe this place but one thing for sure is the quality of the steak is excellent and each dish, though simple is done to perfection from the crisp salad to the perfectly done chips. The interior decor is like something from a Tarontino film set odd but cool; appreciated by my teenagers sons. Very quick service. Very good value.

5. Nau Palatina

Calcada de Sao Pedro 18, Sintra 2710-507, Portugal Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations Mediterranean, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Late Night, Drinks HK$78 - HK$243 +351 21 924 0962
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 394 reviews

Nau Palatina

A cosy tapas bar with ambient music, where one can taste and share portuguese traditional home made snacks and dishes. Mediterranean, also vegetarian and spice routes cuisine, not forgetting the Moorish influence in Sintra. Slow food. We only serve fresh quality products, wine, beer, natural juices or refreshments and fine loose leaf teas. Free WIFI.

Reviewed By RosemaryE - Crewkerne, United Kingdom

An enthusiastic welcome that did not wear out as the evening progressed. Lovely attention, deliciously different dishes a joy to enjoy. Our hosts could not have been more friendly and all the pasticos were wonderful. A little out of town but well worth the journey. Book!

6. Restaurante O Lavrador

Rua 25 de Abril, 41 | Cabriz, Sintra 2710, Portugal Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar Steakhouse, European, Portuguese, Grill Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$243 +351 21 924 1488
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 471 reviews

Restaurante O Lavrador

SPECIALTY: LOAF IN STONE (STEAK IN STONE)The Lavrador, stands for simplicity and comfort, a friendly atmosphere but above all welcoming. Decor with traditional motifs to fields this is a space where you can enjoy the most typical dishes of Portuguese cuisine. With a taste of home, this is the perfect place to enjoy traditional tastes.

Reviewed By howlpat

We loved our dining experience last night at Restaurante o Lavrador! The restaurant is family-run, and it really shows in the pride they take in the decoration of the dining room and the food preparation. We all had the filet steak which we grilled ourselves...MoreHello, Howlpat Thanks for your review and rating! Kind regards O Lavrador

7. Caldo Entornado

Rua Guilherme Gomes Fernandes 19, Sintra 2710-721, Portugal Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$243 +351 21 924 4149
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 515 reviews

Caldo Entornado

Integrated within the Moon Hill Hostel, this space aims to be one of co-habitation between travellers and locals, allowing a total exchange of experiences and cultures. To this end, we provide you with a space where you can breathe the good atmosphere, heated by the salamander that stands out, for the possibility of a romantic meal in one of our loveseats for two and the bustling view of the Palace of Sintra when entering or leaving. And of course, the mouth-watering flavors!

Reviewed By Equinox03 - Delaware

During our tour of Sintra, our guide recommended this restaurant for lunch. The 4 of us had an enjoyable meal. It was noon, but we had the restaurant pretty much to ourselves. Our server was young, but polite and helpful. We had a bottle of Pian, which was quite tasty. Our meals were well prepared, plated nicely and filling.

8. Incomum by Luis Santos

Rua Doutor Alfredo da Costa 22, Sintra 2710-523, Portugal Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, Fusion, Portuguese, Contemporary, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +351 21 924 3719
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Incomum by Luis Santos

Reviewed By Simonandfamily - Indianapolis, Indiana

Recommended by our hotel. Near train station. Minimalist design with noted chef. The dishes were inconsistent, and somewhat strange. I don't think I would go out of my way to visit again. But, keep in mind that there really aren't many choices for fine dining in Sintra.

9. Bar Do Fundo

Avenida Alfredo Coelho | Ultimo Restaurante Ao Fundo Da Praia Grande, Sintra 2705-329, Portugal Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$94 - HK$243 +351 21 928 2092
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 447 reviews

Bar Do Fundo

Reviewed By Lolly0908 - Oxford, United Kingdom

Having visited Sintra we looked on TA to search for a nice restaurant, this place came up so decided to give it a try. We are so glad we did! The place is a little gem set right on the beach and although it was...MoreThank you so much for the kind words! and yess!! Please do come back!! =)

10. Estefanea Cafe (Sintra)

Largo Afonso de Albuquerque 11, Sintra 2710-519, Portugal Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Highchairs Available Bar, Cafe, Portuguese, European, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$47 - HK$94 +351 21 924 4787
Excellent
82%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 79 reviews

Estefanea Cafe (Sintra)

This is a portuguese Cafe! We have breakfast, good traditional aromatic portuguese coffee, light meals, the daily special dish, based on Portuguese / mediterranean traditional cuisine in a homemade concept approach, with good and healthy food, homemade soup is a must at Estefanea. We have vegetarian and/or Vegan options that are also a must, both in terms of meals and sweet options of which the most popular are the vegan truffles. All our cakes and tarts are done under the homemade concept, and baked/produced in our premisses inviewing regular options or gluten free cakes and muffins. Ideal to enjoy a good tea and cake, and also, for a relaxing chillout, with the best portuguese wines, beers, gin specialities, rum cocktails and typical liqueures ... accompanied by tasty savory snacks, including prosciuto, local cheeses. On Saturdays and local holidays benefit of our outstanding brunch! There's good music (sometimes with live music events), a groovy and cozy environment and there's always time and a smile for our costumers... Thanks for visiting us in Sintra and hope to see you soon!

Reviewed By Mariana s

The service is excellent and the place very cosy, but we found it to be overpriced for what they offered...

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