NileGuide Expert Says:
Always a good sign when the locals queue up with tourists to get in the same restaurant.
Travessa da Queimada 31, Lisbon, Portugal
21 347 1220
Locals often outnumber tourists at this friendly and unpretentious establishment. This is the place to sample traditional Portuguese fare, especially fish and seafood dishes. The portions are wholesome and hearty – not for nothing is the restaurant named O Barrigas, which means "the bellies". Specialities include espetada de cherne
(stone bass kebab) and bacalhau à lagareiro
(grilled codfish with potatoes and olive oil). Daily specials are chalked up in a spidery hand on a blackboard. If you can't understand the menu, just ask. The waiting staff speak English. The wine list is limited in its choice of labels. The range of desserts is also sparing. But this restaurant is more about enjoying simple food in a convivial atmosphere and for that it's garnered a loyal clientele. Seating here is limited and queues for tables are not uncommon at weekends and throughout the busy summer months.