When you’re visiting Lisbon during the Christmas period, one of the definite dilemmas you’d encounter is where to dine during one of the year’s most important events. While there’s no lack of restaurants for the entirety of December, Christmas is another matter. Since Portugal is quite family-oriented, most people spend time with their families, rendering the city a little quieter than usual with a lot of places closed for the holidays. Generally, establishment close down at 7pm on Christmas Eve, and a only selected few are open for Christmas Day.
In this case, we want to help you plan your visit this season smoothly. So worry not, we’ve compiled some of the few establishments with doors that remain open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, offering delightful menus to awaiting guests. They are guaranteed to put you in a delicious, celebratory mood! What’s more, we’ve mixed up the selection so there’s something for everyone, from restaurants serving traditional Portuguese Christmas supper, as well as bistrôs, steakhouses and international cuisines to suit the cosmopolitan taste.
These restaurants are also all within easy reach from our Cheese & Wine Suites and Apartments‘ locations within the city, so they’re all a short taxi or Uber ride away. Even the Metro will come handy, as lines remain in operation until midnight on the 24th and 25th. So roll through the selection, and bom apetite!
A stylish Mediterranean affair along Baixa‘s Rua da Madalena, Restaurant DOM47 mixes flavours and ingredients to create beautiful, presentable, and tasty dishes. The Christmas menu offer pea cream with ham crisp and gratin mussels for starters, salmon with tartare mango or pork cheek with chestnut purée, and basil pudding with jam for dessert. Children under 10 eat for free, while 11-15 years old can avail 50% discount.
Address: Rua da Madalena 125
Food: Bistro, International Cuisine
Set Menu: €80 for Christmas menu on the 24th, drinks not included; 30% to 50% discount on à la carte menu on 25th
Open: Lunch & Dinner on 24th // Dinner from 7pm on 25th December
This wine restaurant, tucked adjacently from Avenida da Liberdade, prides itself for being “bold and innovative”. Sommelier Lisbon is a haute-cuisine restaurant meets wine bar concept. Christmas menu price is on the steep side, as what you’d expect from haute cuisine, including amuse bouche, black pork ham and sommelier shrimps for starters, pan fried salmon or fillet mignon for main course, and port wine brownie. You’re swiftly assured to have the best tasting dishes paired with the best selection of wine that’s perfect for wine lovers everywhere.
Address: Telhal Street – 59/61
Set Menu: €160, drinks included
Open: Dinner from 7pm on both 24th and 25th December
This spot in Príncipe Real combines dining and fun, bar and restaurant combined to provide a pleasant dining experience. Zazah‘s a menu that serves unexpected combinations, tuna tacos and classic alheira croquettes, “descoberta” dish that brings carabineiro prawns, grilled octopus and chorizo for main course, and três marias chocolate dessert. Of course, there are plenty of cocktails to finish you off.
Address: R. São Marçal 111
Set Menu: €90, drinks not included
Open: Lunch & Dinner, 24th December // Dinner from 7pm, 25th December
A classic in Lisbon’s restaurant scene in the elegant district of Chiado, Cervejaria Trindade brings tradition with trusted simplicity in Portugal’s oldest brewery that was also a monastery. While the restaurant don’t offer a Christmas menu as such, their à la carte menu of traditional Portuguese dishes will set you around a reasonable €20-30 per person. Arroz de Marisco is a local favourite, and there are plenty of seafood dishes and grilled steaks, topped with a selection of regional desserts. It’s open on lunchtime on both 24th and 25th, so it’s good to be grateful.
This Argentinian grill restaurant boasts some of the finest views of the city, as it’s perched at the top of São Roque hill. Which makes for a great location for a festive meal. While they don’t offer a Christmas menu, you’ll expect quality steak grill from tenderloin to rib-eye, and even a steak platter called Parrillada La Paparrucha. There’s fish option and a few linguini delicacies, then there’s the vegetarian option, too. Accompany with excellent wine or a cocktail with that view, you’re sure to be satisfied with La Paparrucha.
Address: R. Dom Pedro V 18/20
Food: Argentine steakhouse
Menu: À la carte menu
Open: Until 7pm, 24th December // Open for dinner, from 5.30pm, 25th December
With its famous tile façade and interiors, this Bairro Alto fado institution has been standing since 1937. Thankfully, it’s open on Christmas Day to serve you a menu that delectably includes an amuse bouche of mackerel, carrot and radish, a main course of either seabass or veal, and dessert choices that include salty caramel pudding, basil and gin ice-cream and peanut sponge cake. Delightful enough for the festive mood? We think so. Check out Adega Machado for more details.
Address: Rua do Norte 91
Food: Portuguese / Fado House
Menu: Meat, Seafood or Vegetarian Menu, €47 for a three-course meal
Open: Dinner from 5pm, 25th December
Slightly off-centre from Lisbon, located at Campo Pequeno‘s famous bull-ring arena with it’s incredible Neo-Mudejar structure, this steakhouse claims to have the best beef from Alentejo region. The menu has an exhaustive list of grilled meat and hamburgers, for quality meat lovers, and risottos and bacalhau for the less-meat enthused. There’s also a wide selection of desserts for the sweet tooth!
Address: Campo Pequeno
Menu: À la carte menu
Open: Lunch & Dinner on both 24th and 25th December
This place in Belém used to be a stable for royal carriages has been transformed into a restaurant while preserving many of its building’s qualities, including its distinctive arches. If you’re in the mood for Fado while having dinner, Real Fado is open for Christmas dinner, serving tartar steaks and seafood plates for starters, wild tenderloin steaks and duck breasts for main course, and a choice between hazelnut mousse and petit gateau for desserts. All of this to a night of reliably good Fado music with trusted musicians.
Address: Calçada da Ajuda 28
Menu: 30% discount on à la carte menu
Open: Dinner from 7.30pm, 25th December