Restaurants in Sintra
Sintra is deservedly one of Portugal’s greatest tourist magnets, with flocks of visitors coming to see the city’s historical and architectural wonders. The city also has a booming gastronomical culture, with dozens of restaurants and cafes tucked away.
This small coastal town was formerly a fishing village and it stays true to its roots by offering a vast array of fresh and delicious seafood. But Sintra was also once a playground for Portuguese royalty and adheres to the bastions of luxurious living. Visitors should be prepared for superior culinary experiences that include the finest ingredients prepared by sophisticated and creative chefs.
Sintra is not a party town; the most intriguing soirees are private. A worthy bar in the center of town, where you might meet people from any country in Europe, is Adega das Caves, Praça da República. The establishment is a restaurant that does a busy lunch trade. After dark, it mellows into a likable bar and bodega, specializing in beer and Portuguese wine. It's open every day until around 2am.
A nearby competitor is the Taverna dos Trovadores, Largo D. Fernando II, São Pedro, which lies in the center of the tiny hamlet of São Pedro, less than 2km south from the center of Sintra. Popular and convivial, it incorporates aspects of an old-fashioned tasca (tavern) with a modern singles bar and it features recorded and (on rare occasions) live music, a long drink list, and a cross section of residents from throughout the region.
A little way outside of Sintra proper lies Azenhas do Mar, a spectacular village which gives its name to an equally spectacular beachside venue. Right on the beach-front, this is the perfect place to enjoy the freshest fish whilst gazing out on a romantic sea view. The elevated, modern building is a natural vantage-point from which to watch the sun set on a remarkably unspoiled piece of Portuguese coast-line. Prices reflect the restaurant’s privileged geographical and market position; a must for fine diners.
A somewhat better-trodden culinary path leads to Curral dos Caprinos (literally “the goat pen”), a large and spacious restaurant open since 1974, which has become a major favorite. Its location in the outskirts village of Cabriz make it a welcome break for those who are coming off a packed day’s sight-seeing in central Sintra. With a seating capacity above 200, Curral dos Caprinos is no small local hideaway, but has been offering good food for almost four decades.
The Restaurant Incomum in Sintra is for chef Luís Santos, an idea, a dream and a feeling. Incomum is the arrival at this beautiful town of Sintra, with its shrouded mountains of mystery and the scene of numerous novels! Restaurant Incomum by Luís Santos, in Sintra, accepts reservations for Group Dinners, Anniversary Dinners and Dinners for special Events. It is a charming and refined space with a varied gastronomic offer and according to all tastes.