Where to eat Portuguese food in Sintra: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 10, 2019 Sheron Bogner

Find out what Portuguese restaurants to try in Sintra. 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

10. Cantinho Gourmet

Rua das Padarias 17 Loja 1, Sintra 2710-603 Portugal Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Wine Bar Lunch, Brunch Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Table Service [email protected] +351 21 924 0570 http://www.cantinhogourmet.pt
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4 based on 249 reviews

Cantinho Gourmet

Reviewed By KayG_020454

We were looking for a lunch place in the bustling historic centre of Sintra, a rabbit warren of winding laneways full of cafes and restaurants, when a pictorial menu caught our eye. Not your usual Portuguese and tourist fare. A few minutes later our group of 8 was seated on the tiny outdoor terrace ordering salads of salmon tartare with quinoa, fresh tuna or salmon, goats cheese, gorgeous platters of cheeses and meats, and toasted steak or tuna steak sandwiches. Fabulous, we all agreed it was the best lunch we had had in 2 weeks in Portugal. Great value, highly recommended.

9. Sao Pedro 26

Rua 1 de Dezembro 26 Sao Pedro de Sintra, Sintra 2710-496 Portugal Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Table Service, Outdoor Seating [email protected] +351 21 923 5163 http://www.facebook.com/saopedro26.lda/
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4 based on 179 reviews

Sao Pedro 26

The food prepared at this property is referred to as National Kitchen and International Author

Reviewed By BeyondLisbon

I had passed at their door many times and finally decided to get in for lunch. It did not disapoint at all! We had traditional Portuguese pastéis de bacalhau (codfish fritters), which were fried to perfection, and chicken thigh stuffed with chestnust and grapes, with a side of creamed spinach and oven potatoes. Absolutely delicious! The portions were generous, too. For dessert we had tiramisu and red fruit pavlova, both amazing as well. The restaurant has a nice cosy atmosphere, making the whole experience a mix of traditional and modern, without letting you feeling to old to be hip! We loved it and can't wait to go back!

8. Adega Vadia

Largo das Casas Novas 1 Colares, Sintra 2705-177 Portugal Portuguese Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service [email protected] +351 21 826 5866
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4 based on 454 reviews

Adega Vadia

Everything is cooked at the moment it is order by you. Fresh and high quality ingredients makes the final offer irresistable. Tapas and octopus are our speciality. Tapa with a Gin is a must. At friday evening we have fado musicians! No credit card

Reviewed By Smile622

Wow.. totally delicious we were recommended by our host Rita to try this restaurant about a 10min walk from our AirBnB. Outstanding and truly delightful. It’s a tapas style menu which is outstanding. We had a dish called woodpecker which is fillet steak in the mist amazing sauce! Looks like a stew but it’s totally Not!! It’s amazing!!!! We also had a trilogy of the house which was nice and authentic to the area. I then had the best prawns I’ve ever had.. if I could have licked the bowl I would! Totally awesome!!! My partner had a meat dish which was like a steak sandwich and chips. We followed this with two delicious desserts. Plus lots of beer all for around 58 Euro. This place is a fantastic little gem and I wish we’d found it sooner! I highly recommend booking a table (our host booked one for us!) wow wow wow. Thank you for keeping things authentic and giving great advice on dishes! Next time we are here we will return! Muito obrigada!Gostamos de clientes Felizes.

7. Taberna Criativa

Avenida Heliodoro Salgado 26, Sintra 2710-573 Portugal Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer [email protected] +351 21 018 6147 http://www.facebook.com/Taberna-Criativa-1739964559626362/?fref=ts
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4 based on 353 reviews

Taberna Criativa

Reviewed By Anna048

We randomly came across this restaurant for lunch and were we lucky!! The starter mains and dessert were so good, so well cooked and presented. We had salads to start, fresh curd cheese,thin slices of apple and much more, perfectly dressed. We had swordfish with a tomato ragu, simply delicious and desserts of mango, chocolate with caramel crumb and two great espressos.plus two glasses of a very drinkable white wine. Cost €14 pp I'll come back to Sintra just to eat here.

6. Estefanea Cafe (Sintra)

Largo Afonso de Albuquerque 11, Sintra 2710-519 Portugal Bar, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Table Service, Reservations, Parking Available, Full Bar [email protected] +351 21 924 4787 http://www.facebook.com/estefaneacafe
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4 based on 150 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 so

Reviewed By 331gretal

Went here for breakfast for our last morning in sintra! Food was amazing and staff were really welcoming! The decor inside is really cute and has great artworks on the wall/quotes like 'no WiFi talk to each other' which was really nice and also sported the traditional yellow colours of sintra/Portugal! Would recommend

5. Sabores do Mercado

Rua Tome de Barros Queiros 15, Sintra 2710-624 Portugal Portuguese, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer [email protected] +351 21 589 6072 http://www.saboresmercado.pt/
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4 based on 191 reviews

Sabores do Mercado

Reviewed By jlschulz

What a wonderful experience! We arrived early (7ish) and found the restaurant fully booked! They had a later reservation so they fit us in (we are prompt eaters). They were celebrating their first anniversary so we were treated to sparkling wine to start we had the sheep’s cheese course to start (6 slices of pungent cheese). We followed with grilled sea bass - delicate fillets as fresh as the ocean served with spinach and potato mash. A glass of house white (minerally and dry) to top it off. They have a small menu that allows the small kitchen to work efficiently. We’re in Sintra for a week and we’ll be back - it’s a value!

4. Bacalhau na Vila

Arco do Terreirinho 3, Sintra 2710-623 Portugal Seafood, Portuguese, International, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +351 913 166 101 http://www.facebook.com/bacalhaunavila.sintra
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4 based on 1134 reviews

Bacalhau na Vila

O restaurante "Bacalhau na Vila" tem um conceito de petiscos, onde a ideia é partilhar vários pratos feito com o ingrediente principal, o bacalhau. No reservations.

Reviewed By denheinz

Absolutely Wonderful. We went for lunch after visiting Palace before Quinta da Regaleira (FUN). Bit difficult to find on phone navigation since it’s up a hill - kept telling us we’d arrived but kept walking in circles. Sweet little place with an excellent staff. While waiting a short time for a table got to see all the dishes coming out of the kitchen & knew what we wanted to order before looking at the menu. The two of us shared the spinach cream,cod soup & double mix plate (cod, octopus & shrimp over spinach & sweet potatoes) so fantastic. 40 € I think. Would go again in a second. Thanks denheinz for your comment and rating :)We are always very happy with the good comments we have received, as we feel rewarded for our work and this gives us motivation to improve so that our Customers can come back to visit us and be surprised.See you soon.Best regards.

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3. Santo Bife

Rua Consiglieri Pedroso, 19, Sintra 2710-550 Portugal Steakhouse, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Table Service [email protected] +351 21 924 2511 http://www.facebook.com/santobifesintra
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5 based on 128 reviews

Santo Bife

If you're a fan on steaks, then Santo Bife is the place to visit in Sintra's historic centre. It's very easy to make your plate unique: you choose the steak, the sauce and the garnish. Et voilà! Even if you don't eat meat, there's always fish steaks and e

Reviewed By Ken C

We had the pork dish this evening . Fantastic! Best we have had in Portugal for sure. Great house wine. The food, ambiance and service made this a terrific meal. It was like being invited to friends home for a special dinner. If you want to feel like you are appreciated as a guest come to Santo Bife. We are so sorry tomorrow is Sunday and they will be closed. Well deserving of the 5 out of 5 rating. Everyone who eats here says the same.

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2. Nau Palatina

Calcada de Sao Pedro 18, Sintra 2710-507 Portugal Mediterranean, Portuguese Late Night, Drinks Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar, Table Service [email protected] +351 21 924 0962 http://www.facebook.com/BarNauPalatina
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5 based on 548 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

Reviewed By RC30319

If you are looking for something a bit off the beaten tourist path that serves outstanding food in a great and friendly environment, look no further. This is it. It's small however so get a reservation so you won't be disappointed. Sort of reminded me of eating at your grandmothers and getting a spread. Everything was cooked to order, with care and was excellent. Staff very friendly and helpful. Would return and highly recommend.

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1. Marinha Guincho Restaurant

Rua do Cabo Aldeamento Marinha Guincho, Malveira da Serra, Cascais 2755-669 Portugal Portuguese Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Brunch Reservations, Buffet, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service [email protected] +351 21 827 9963 http://www.facebook.com/marinhaguincho
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5 based on 71 reviews

Marinha Guincho Restaurant

With amazing panoramic views over the Atlantic and Sintra mountains, Marinha Guincho restaurant offers a wide selection of delicious courses based on the European cuisines. The ocean's vastness mirrored in Marinha Guincho infinity pools. Next to the Club

Reviewed By John C

We had lunch at this peaceful and beautiful place shortly after we landed. Outstanding staff, very considerate, loved the codfish dish and the dessert. After such a pleasant experience, I will stop by here every time I visit Cascais.Dear John,Thank you very much for your time and comment.We are extremely pleased to learn that you have enjoyed your time in our restaurant.We hope you will give us the pleasure to welcome you again.One last word to thank you for sharing your time and experience with the TripAdvisor community.With our warm regards,Marinha Guincho Team

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