The best sardines in Lisbon

The best sardines in Lisbon, with great sangria

Sardines with a pepper salad and a fresh sangria, in one of nicest neighborhoods in Lisbon


Looking for the best sardines in Lisbon? My favorite place to get grilled sardines in Lisbon is a very simple and typical restaurant called Europa.

Located in Campo de Ourique, one of the nicest residential neighborhoods in Lisbon, Europa has fresh sardines all Summer. And they always do it the traditional way: with a fresh pepper salad. And, even better, they have one of the best sangrias in Lisbon to go with it. Yes, these are the best sardines in Lisbon, for me.

If you are lucky, you can even find a table at the little terrace outside and just watch the everyday life of one of the coolest neighborhoods in Lisbon. So, Europa is well worth the trip from the Lisbon center to Campo de Ourique – the 28 tram will work.

Where to have the Best Sardines in Lisbon

Restaurante Europa
Rua Francisco Metrass 57, Campo de Ourique, Lisbon
Tel: 213 968 902
Closes on Sundays

Check the Google Maps link to get to Restaurante Europa.

How to get there: 28 tram, 774 bus (on weekends) from Baixa.


3 things you need to know about sardines:

1) there are no authentic grilled sardines in sophisticated restaurants. It is still a very popular dish. You will only find the best sardines in Lisbon at genuine, simple and typical restaurants;

2) in Portugal, sardines are served with head and bones. That is just the way it is and, believe me, that will offer you more taste;

3) the best months to have sardines are the ones without an “r”, so May, June, July and August. Four months of delicious and juicy sardines. After that, they get a bit dry, so the best option can be the canned versions.

The best sardines are Portuguese

Portugal has the best sardines in the world! There, I said it. I am not the only one saying this. In 1855, the Portuguese sardines won a special mention at the Paris International Fair. The famous chef Ferran Adriá recognized that “Portugal has the best fish in the world” and although not speaking specifically about the sardines, they are one of the big stars of our fish offer.

In Portugal, the sardines are big, juicy, tasty, just absolutely delicious. Peniche and Setúbal are the biggest suppliers of sardines to Lisbon and, being so near the capital, that means that we have plenty of quality and freshness to offer to the fish lovers.

Considered for a long time a fish for the poor, the sardines are now described as one of the healthiest foods in the world. They are very rich in Omega 3 – even more than salmon. They also have a lot of protein, calcium and vitamin B12.

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