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Top 9 Restaurants in Lagos

Lagos is not just about history, monuments, charming streets with their Portuguese cobbled streets and tile-covered buildings. Lagos is also a destination for foodies who wish to experience the simplicity of its dishes with their fresh flavours and local ingredients. We will introduce you to some of the numerous restaurants that are worth a visit in this article. Come with an appetite and be inspired by our suggestions for the 9 best restaurants in Lagos.

1. Fortaleza da Luz

Have you ever imagined sitting at a table in a 17th-century fortress? This restaurant, steeped in history, is located in Luz and has one of the best terraces in Lagos! The views of the beach are breathtaking, the service is friendly, and the food is always well-prepared. The menu consists of reinvented national and international dishes. If you prefer try something different, ask for a tajine - a meat stew served in a clay pot. This recipe comes from Morocco, the country of chef Ussef Bling.

Book an outdoor table every Saturday night throughout the summer and be pleasantly surprised by the live music and cocktails at "The After Beach" event.

Open from 11 am to 11 pm, closed on Mondays.

2. A Barrigada

This is one of the cosiest spots in Lagos, but you must book a table in advance. The customers outside the door tell you what to expect inside. From the characteristics of seaside home decor to the fresh fish caught in the morning, this is the best for fish lovers. In Barrigada, you must try the “all you can eat” fish menu and be surprised by the flavours of the sea. This restaurant's strong features include perfectly grilled fish and simple side dishes like boiled potatoes and a superbly seasoned salad. There are also beef meals and other traditional Algarve specialities on the menu.

Open from noon to 3 pm and 7 pm to 10 pm, closed on Mondays.

3. The Chico Zé restaurant

There are places we never thought existed, especially when they are on a busy road like the National Road 125 in the Algarve. It's a surprise when we discover a farmhouse next to the road, ten minutes from the centre of Lagos. It is one of the busiest places in Lagos, and you should get there early to secure a table, as they prefer not to accept reservations. The grill is the king of this place, which uses only charcoal to give a smoky flavour to the meat and fresh fish. The dishes are as divine as they are simple, and therein lies the secret! The outdoor area is a trip back in time, with rural objects such as old grain mill stones, equipment for harnessing donkeys and horses, or even a small chapel in the middle of the garden. This restaurant is open for lunch only.

Open Monday to Friday from 12 to 3 pm, Saturday from 12 to 4 pm. Closed on Sundays.

4. Os Artistas

This is one of the most popular restaurants in Lagos, frequented by tourists and locals alike, as the quality of the dishes and the atmosphere are exceptional in a building over 250 years old. The ingredients used in the cuisine are both local and international, so customers can enjoy gourmet international cuisine. The restaurant has been cited in the prestigious Michelin Guide and offers different menus: 'à la carte', chef's menu or the Portugal menu. There are also menus for children and vegetarians. If you visit this restaurant in Lagos in the evening, you will have even more menus to choose.

Open daily from noon to 02.00 pm and from 06.30 pm to 10.00 pm. Closed on Sundays.

5. Camilo

This restaurant in Lagos offers a magnificent view of one of the city's most beautiful beaches. The Camilo restaurant is located high up on a cliff that slopes down to the beach of the same name. For the last 40 years, the restaurant has been managed by the same family, and the quality of the traditional Algarve food has not altered. The family knows how to spoil their customers with regional flavours and local products. To improve the experience, the building was refurbished in 2011 with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide an even better view of Camilo Beach. Try the day's fresh fish or the chef's meat dishes.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm. It is closed on Mondays.

6. Real Portuguese Cuisine

A restaurant in Lagos for a romantic night or a dinner with friends. Book a table in advance because the restaurant is small and popular, especially in the summer. This is the only way you can be sure of tasting unique Portuguese dishes at this place. Algarve cuisine, such as cataplana, is prevalent, although food from other areas may also be found in this restaurant in Lagos' old centre. Explore the Portuguese wine selection first, then have a delicious dinner before succumbing to the Real Portuguese Cuisine’s desserts.

Open from 5 pm to 9 pm, closed on Sundays.

7. Mar d'Estórias

Mar d'Estórias is one of the most sought-after places in Lagos, not only for the food on offer, but also for its aim of highlighting Portuguese identity through the different spaces concentrated in a single building. Through the almost labyrinthine space, there is a shop and grocery shop, a bookshop and a gallery, and on the top floors, you will find the bistro and the terrace bar. The cuisine is a semblance of Portuguese culture, and in each dish, there is a concern to add local and seasonal products, always with a different twist. In this innovative establishment, you can dine in the bistro or enjoy a lighter meal in the terrace bar overlooking the historic centre of Lagos.

Open from 10 am to 11 pm, closed on Sundays.


8. Campimar

If you like restaurants with a sea view, Campimar is a must! It has been located on the sandy beach of Porto Mós for several years and treats its guests to the best ingredients on our coast. This restaurant provides fresh fish and seafood every day, perfect for grilling or completing traditional Algarve cuisine. Here you will find specialities from another world, with a taste of the sea. The cataplanas, the octopus rice or the simple but tasty dish of oysters from our coast ensure that this place always has a rush of customers. Always book in advance via the website or by phone.

Open daily from 12.00 to 23.00.

9. The Avenida Restaurant

Lastly, we recommend a restaurant on the Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand list. It is located in the centre of Descobrimentos Avenue in Lagos. The panoramic view of the marina and the city's busy main thoroughfare gives you an idea of what you will find on the menu. Quality is what the team aims to showcase with each seasonal tasting menu. There are six moments to navigate through the fresh and balanced flavours of the sea and the land. To complete your experience, you can choose a wine pairing to accompany this menu. In this restaurant, you can start the day with a breakfast worthy of a hotel or end the day with a dinner featuring the "house specialities".

Breakfast: open daily from 8 am to 11 am.

Dinner: Open daily from 7 pm to 11 pm.


*Also discover the restaurants with Michelin Star in the Algarve.

Now that you know our 9 best restaurants in Lagos, you can enjoy fresh gastronomy during your holiday, with special attention to local products. Book a table at one of these restaurants through our reception.