Food in Portugal
The Alentejo - Festival of Food
We like to call the Alentejo the gastronomic soul of Portugal. Why? Because this little-known region produces a wonderful array of regional delicacies and rustic dishes, from sheep’s milk cheeses, acorn liqueur and organic asparagus, to Alentejo black pork, chestnut cuisine and egg-based desserts. It’s known as the breadbasket of Portugal, holds food festivals all year round and produces almost half of Portugal’s wine.
We’ve provided some information below about our favourite foodie outlets in the Alentejo. We have visited all of these restaurants, bakeries and local food producers and recommend that you do, too!
Each restaurant will produce a special three course menu accompanied by a glass of wine chosen to go with each course. The menu will include water and coffee, all at a very reasonable price. A small booklet of the restaurants' and their menus can be downloaded here
You will find a brief description and the location of each restaurant on the Google map below.
Of course it's not only food and wine. The landscape of the Alentejo is stunning and the coast like the Algarve's but 50 years ago. The region was the breadbasket of Portugal with sweeping plains interspersed with hills crowned with whitewashed medieval villages above which float romantic fortresses. The fields are awash with colour in the spring and then shimmer in the heat of the summer sun.
The Alentejo has high quality, character accommodation very little traffic and is perfect for a multi-centre fly-drive holiday.
We felt our clients might need guidance - as we certainly did - as to where to find the best of Alentejo cuisine. So, if you are the area then please do make a point of visiting these restaurants.
Luar De Janeiro
ADDRESS: Travessa do Janeiro, 13 7000-600 Évora
Tel: +351 266 749 114
Description: This is one of Évora’s most traditional restaurants, located in the oldest part of the city. It is run by the Prates family and has been serving regional dishes for over 40 years.
Address: Av. António Sardinha, torre 3, R/C 7350-091 Elvas
Tel: +351 268 623 000
Description: Marisqueira Lusitânia specialises in seafood and special shellfish cooking techniques.
Address: Rua 31 de Janeiro, 12 7490-105 Cabeção Mora
Tel: +351 266 447 543
Description: Manuel Rodrigues and his wife Patricia welcome you to this simple restaurant in the quiet village of Cabeção. The specialities include the traditional ‘Migas’, green asparagus, black pork and dogfish soup.
Address: Rua do Paço, 14 7780-341 Entradas Castro Verde
Tel: +351 286 915 491
Description: Family-run restaurant in the pretty village of Entradas. Maria João has run the kitchen since the days when it is just a simple ‘taberna’; now it’s one of the locals’ favourite restaurants serving local dishes, specialising in lamb and pork. The architecture is traditional, the interior is decorated with local crafts and the atmosphere is informal.
Address: Rua de Santa Catarina, 13-15 7000-516 Évora
Tel: +351 266 709 256
Description: Very small family-run restaurant not far from Praça do Geraldo. The focus is on traditional regional dishes; the starters and desserts are highly recommended..
Casa Do Parque
Address: Av. da Aramenha, 37, 7320-101 Castelo de Vide
Tel: +351 245 901 250
Description: Traditional restaurant serving excellent Bacalhau (dried and salted cod fish, with eggs, potatoes and parsley). The venison and (whole) sweet chestnut dish is highly recommended!
Address: Rua Alcarcova de Cima, 3, 7000-842 Évora
Tel: +351 964 091 493
Description: Mr. Pickwick is located in the centre of Évora, near the main square, Praça do Giraldo, and offers a range of authentic Alentejo dishes. The restaurant has outdoor seating for 26 people. The staff speak English, French, Spanish and there is also a Braille menu.
Address: Rua de Elvas, 96 7350-481 São Vicente Elvas
Tel: ++351 268 611 133
Description: Family-run restaurant in the small village of São Vicente, close to Elvas. It opened in 1975 as a small café and is very popular with the locals and with Spanish visitors. It boasts a lovely terrace, and offers an excellent wine list, game dishes and the famous ‘Bacalhau Dourado’, a salt cod specialty from Elvas.
Address: Travessa dos Mascarenhas, 16 7000-557 Évora
Tel: +351 266 703 079
Description: O Fialho was opened in 1948 by Manuel Fialho and is now run by his children, Amor and Manuel, and his grandchildren. From serving snacks in the early days to preparing meals for public officials later on, and more recently being recognised for its promotion of Alentejo cuisine, Fialho has consistently served traditional and regional dishes. One of the best restaurants in the Alentejo.
Address: Estrada do Rio Sever – Portagem, 7330-347 Marvão
Tel: +351 245 993 318
Description: Situated on the bank of the river Sever, and on the Spanish border, this restaurant is popular with Spanish people keen to try traditional Alentejo cuisine.
Cartuxa Wine and Flavours
Address: Rua Vasco da Gama, Évora
Tel: +351 266 700 839
Description: Mediterranean-inspired contemporary restaurant located in the former ‘Palace of the Inquisition’, adjacent to the Roman temple, in the heart of Évora. Chef Bouazza has created a regional menu with innovative twists. The restaurant belongs to Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, a renowned wine and olive oil producer.
Address: Cerro de São Luís 7750 Mértola
Tel: +351 286 612 660
Description: A great place to try anything local from Mértola, from lamprey eels to partridge. The atmosphere is informal and the interior design is contemporary, in keeping with local themes. The restaurant also sells products such as honey and jam.
Pais Das Uvas
Address: Rua General Humberto Delgado, 19 7960-446 Vila de Frades Vidigueira
Tel: +351 284 441 023
Description: A former ‘taberna’ where the wine is made in the traditional way dating from Roman times, using ‘Vinho da Talha’ amphorae – huge clay pots. Serves many seasonal ‘petiscos’ (tapas) and dishes based on seasonal delicacies such as mushrooms, cardoons (a celery-like Mediterranean vegetable) or pennyroyal. The restaurant is run by António Honrado.
Address: Rua João de Deus, 12 7250-142 Alandroal
Tel: +351 268 431 143
Description: Run by Maria Monteiro, A Maria’s the interior décor is quirky, designed to make you feel as if you are sitting outside on the street or a town square. The menu is bursting with choice.
Address: Estrada Nacional 114 7050-467 Lavre Montemor-o-Novo
Tel: +351 265 847 100
Description: O Maçã is located in the village of Lavre and is known for the high quality of products used in the kitchen, excellent local dishes and friendly staff. The restaurant has won several awards in regional gastronomy events.
Canto Dos Sabores
Address: Rua Capitão Custódio Janeiro Santana, lote c, R/C, Vendas Novas
Tel: +351 265 805 174
Description: Glória and Paula are at the heart of this welcoming restaurant known for its excellent local gastronomy and extensive wine list, including Port wine. The décor is simple and based on the warm colours of Alentejo.
O Ze Restaurante – Lounge
Address: Rua do Comércio, 10 7580-642 Comporta (NW Alentejo)
Tel: +351 924 036 661
Description: O Zé is a family restaurant owned and run by Cesário Severino, and located in the small coastal village of Comporta, close to the beach. The restaurant is a great place to sample the Alentejo’s traditional dishes of rice and seafood, as well as other delights. At the end of the meal, savour O Zé’s famous crêpes or other desserts.
Cais Da Estacao
Address: Av. General Humberto Delgado, 16, 7520-104 Sines
Tel: +351 269 636 271
Description: This restaurant is located in an old warehouse, which is part of a train station that was renovated for this purpose in 2005. The restaurant offers an extensive selection of seafood, including shellfish from Sines, and it has received several awards for its wine service. The restaurant is owned by Isménio and Inês Oliveira.
Address: Rua dos Penedos 6, 7000-531 Evora
Tel: +351 266 731 105
Description: A well-established, traditional Portuguese restaurant in Evora, serving authentic dishes. Cured hams hang from the ceiling, adding to the rustic atmosphere. The homemade chicken pies are delicious.
ADDRESS: Edifício Moinho da Cova, Centro de Lazer da Portagem, 7330-308 Portagem Marvão
Tel: +351 966 908 963
Description: The brand Terrius was created by a group of young farmers passionate about the biodiverse region of Sao Mamede. Terrius produces a range of local food products, in particular wild mushrooms, chestnuts and liqueurs.
Padaria Joana Roque
Address: Rua do Meirinho Velho, 12, 7960 Vidigueira
Tel: +351 284 085 029
Description: Joana Roque and her daughter run this traditional bakery, using olive tree branches to fire a large wood-burning oven. They welcome tourists to see how they bake the bread.
CEPAAL - Azeites do Alentejo
Address: Praça Gago Coutinho, nº 2, 7860-010 Moura
Tel: +351 285 250 990
Description: Created in 1999 to enhance the study and promotion of Alentejo olive oil. Offers olive oil tasting workshops to visitors. These must be booked in advance.
Casa Do Porco Preto
Address: Eiras Altas, 7230-999 Barrancarnes
Tel: +351 285 958 530
Description: This modern factory - with tasting restaurant - has been in business since 1988, and is dedicated exclusively to the production, preparation and curing of products from the free-range Alentejo Black Pig, which is bred outdoors and which feeds on acorns and grass. Tours available.
Casa De Cha Matesinhas
Address: Terreiro dos Valentes, Beja
Tel: +351 284 321500)
Description: This café/bakery uses traditional recipes from the convents and monasteries in the Alentejo to create a range of rich desserts made from mainly egg yolk and sugar. The baker can crack almost 3,000 eggs in a day, and she never uses the egg whites (these were traditionally used to starch the nuns’ habits).
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