See what it’s like to eat at Prado, a modern farm-to-table restaurant in Baixa. The restaurant provides a fresh take on locally sourced Portuguese food in a sleek urban setting.
Prado, which means meadow in Portuguese, hit our radar soon after we moved to Lisbon in 2019.
Open since 2017 and located at the foot of Alfama just off Rua da Madelena, the restaurant has a lively vibe in a chic vaulted space. Its dining room buzzes at night and glows with sunlight during the day.
Food at Prado
Chef António Galapito has crafted an eclectic menu filled with seasonal products sourced throughout Portugal. This is not typical tasca food. Prado was one of Lisbon’s first upscale restaurants to serve shareable farm to table plates as well as shareable sea to table plates which it still does today.
Galapito has reworked and rethought classics like Portuguese octopus – daring to top the cooked cephalopod with a thin layer of fatty sliced pigs head. In all honesty, the dish looks like something out of an interstellar horror movie. However, the extra layer of fat somehow works here, enriching and propelling every bite of the already tender octo to a level of luxury.
Desserts are as eclectic as the savory fare. This is a restaurant that serves moscatel grape sorbet and mushroom ice cream instead of typical chocolate and vanilla flavors.
Beyond food, Prado offers a diverse wine menu filled with organic, biodynamic and natural bottles from all over Portugal with a focus on wines produced near Lisbon. The restaurant also serves non-alcoholic beverages including hot coffee drinks crafted with locally roasted beans.
Prado is located at Travessa Pedras Negras 2, 1100-404 Lisboa, Portugal.
Making an online reservation is the easiest option and can be done via the restaurant’s website for groups up to six people. You need to email the restaurant at firstname.lastname@example.org for larger reservations. Also, note that Prado requires a credit card number and charges a no-show fee.
Prado’s plates currently range in price from 3.5€ to 26€. Bread service is 4.50€ and desserts range from 6.50€ to 9€. As always, prices are subject to change.
No. Tipping is optional in Portugal.
Prado doesn’t have a dress code. We recommend smart casual attire.
Despite what your map may advise, give yourself 10 to 15 minutes to walk from either the Rossio or Baixa-Chiado metro stations. Other options include walking, buses, taxis and car services.
Hungry for More in Lisbon?
Eating in Portugal is fun! Check out our picks for Lisbon’s best restaurants, brunch spots, pizzerias, pastel de nata bakeries, specialty coffee cafes and ice cream shops. Then check our our restaurant reviews of Belcanto, Café de São Bento, Cervejaria Ramiro, Petisco Saloio, Ponto Final, Tasca Baldracca, Ze dos Cornos and Zunzum Gastrobar. If you’re limited in time, consider sampling a range of Lisbon food favorites at the Time Out Market.
About the Authors
Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.
Original Publication Date: April 8, 2023