Chinese Restaurants in Lisbon

By far the best Chinese restaurant in Lisbon… er, actually isn't in Lisbon at all. But it's near enough and of sufficient excellence to be included in any list of Top 10 Chinese restaurants.

In fact, some say the Estoril Mandarin is the best Chinese restaurant in Portugal, and they may be right.

Located in the resort town of Estoril, about 32 km (20 miles) west along the coast, the Mandarin offers a menu of authentic Far East cooking that's the next best thing to eating in China. Their dim sun simply can't be beaten.

But if you're based in central Lisbon and don't fancy the journey, opt for O Norte da China instead. This definitely has the most attractive and welcoming interior of any Chinese eatery in the Portuguese capital - there's even a water feature to distract guests!

Two restaurants can be mentioned in the same breath for the quality of their food and attention to culinary detail - Nova Ásia and Hong Kong Grande Palácio. While Nova Ásia has the edge in terms of interior style and sophistication, Grand Palácio garners a loyal, native clientele - always a good sign that the kitchen is getting it right.

If you're staying somewhere mid-town, then the reliable Hong Kong is recommended. It's recently undergone a change of management and the new owners have added extra goodies to the menu.

Chinese flavour in downtown Lisbon is represented by Hua Ta Li, a well-established venue that's popular with tourists on all budgets.

West of the city is Xin Huá. Somewhat off the beaten track, this cosy establishment woos locals with its refined and flavoursome dishes. Further west is Xi Hu, situated in Belém. From here, Portuguese sailors set sail in the 15th and 16th centuries to discover distant new shores, and landed in Macau and Canton in 1543. Their legacy lingers on…

Back in the city, we've included Wok Nagasaki - a Chinese and Japanese restaurant rolled into one - because of its fantastic value buffet options.

Excluded from the list is the other Hong Kong Grande Palácio, a sister restaurant with the same name located in Rua Bernardo Lima, which offers exactly the same (quality) menu, and Xin Huang restaurant because of the karaoke sessions. Fun for some maybe, but never while you're eating.

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Estoril Mandarin

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Praca Jose Teodoro dos Santos

Renowned reputation, top quality cuisine, excellent wine list... read more

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O Norte da China

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Rua do Patricino 95A

Northern Chinese cuisine, quiet neighbourhood, traditional ambience... read more

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Nova Ásia

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Avenida da Igreja 41

Modern and stylish, sophisticated ambience, delicious cuisine... read more

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Hong Kong Grande Palácio

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Rua Pascoal de Melo 8A

Excellent dim sum, highly regarded, with take away options... read more

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Jumbon

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Avenida Conde Valbon 49

Quiet and attractive city-centre location, comprehensive menu... read more

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Hua Ta Li

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Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 109-115

Authentic menu, delicious soups, traditional atmosphere... read more

Hong Kong

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Rua Camilo Castelo Branco 23

City centre restaurant, excellent value, house specials... read more

Xi Hu

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Rua de Belém 97-99

Located near visitor attractions, lunchtime discounts, healthy menu... read more

Xin Hua

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Rua Gilberto Rola 30

Quiet location, preferred lunchtime venue, take away service... read more

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Wok Nagasaki

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Avenida Elias Garcia 147A

Buffet concept, excellent budget option, discount for kids... read more
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