Cascais has such an amazing diversity of restaurants (no wonder as it is a tourist destination that receives visitors all year round) that is always difficult to select a few. The offer ranges from Nordic food, to fast food, organic food, vegan, Indian, Thai, French, Russian, you name it. Prices also vary and you can find an option that fits into almost any budget. I will focus on restaurants/cafes I like, on the historical center as it is my favorite, some more expensive, others quite affordable.
One of the best “Pastéis de Nata” I have ever tasted. No kidding. Comparable to the world famous “Pastéis de Belém” with the advantage of not having to wait in long cues. The staff is very friendly, coffee is good, there are other options such light meals also (sandwiches, pastries, etc). Nothing beats a warm Pastel de Nata with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a strong expresso. It is located on the main road that leads to the beach (Alameda Combatentes da Grande Guerra), in front of restaurants such as Duke, Palm Tree, etc. Its small, with only a few tables, cozy and surely deserves a visit
Mercearia da Villa
Located centrally, close to the tourist information center, on R. Visc. da Luz 12, it was opened in 2010. It has a gourmet/organic store concept and offers a wide selection of high quality food products, from the traditional Portuguese sardines to granolas, teas, chocolate, olive oil, that can be consumed there or taken home. They have a cozy space where they also serve meals, fresh juices and smoothies, teas and coffees and, WAIT, unique varieties of ice cream, being my favorites Eucalyptus, Ginger and Rose Petal flavors. They are absolutely delicious. Service is good, staff is very friendly and always eager to help and prices are reasonable. They are open from Monday to Saturday, but sadly they close early (not opened for dinner)
World famous Santini, now with branches in Lisbon and quickly spreading, is still THE spot to go for an ice cream in Cascais. Santini was founded more than 60 years ago by Mr. Attilio Santini and has a nice and clean interior in red and white (sooo Italian), where you can relax and have amazing and unique options such as Açai with banana, Pinneaple with mint, Dolce di latte, berries, walnuts, pistachio, to name just a few. Its open 7 days a week and be prepared for long cues, that luckily do not imply long waiting times as staff is quite expedite.
Discretely located in a narrow street (Rua dos Navegantes, 22), among the typical houses of Cascais historical center, it is my favorite place to go for THE most amazing steak. It opens from Tuesday to Saturday.
The restaurant was established by a couple from Brazil, it has a fantastic atmosphere and the staff is extremely friendly making you really feel pampered and at home. The menu is fantastic, the quality of the meat and the various dishes is outstanding. The covert is very good and gives you a nice idea on what’s to follow. My absolute favorites are the tenderloin with foie gras in red wine sauce, salmon trout with toasted almonds, and cod with leeks, brie and toasted almonds. Sublime. End your beautiful meal with an amazing brownie or Peti Gateau and it will most definitely be an experience to repeat.
If you, like me, enjoy the flavors of India, Masala is the place to go. Centrally located close to the train station on R. Frederico Arouca 288, has a friendly staff, a cozey and indian decorated interior in warm colors. The menu is very extensive and has all known Indian dishes cooked perfectly and at a reasonable price. Masala serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. Peshwari Naan is a must, butter chicken is delicious, Chicken korma is one of the best, Jalfrezi is cooked to perfection and has a nice proportion of meat/vegetables.
Its located in Largo das Grutas 3, on a street packed with restaurants, parallel to the main road that leads to the beach/marina.
If you fancy Thai food, this place is a very good option in Cascais. Staff is friendly although not all of them speak well English, you may struggle to understand them if in need. Food is really good and has a nice variety of Thai and Indian food. My favorite are definitely chicken green curry, Chicken Satay, Beef in Red curry sauce and Massaman curry. Prices are reasonable and its definitely a good option for a different meal.
Located in Rua do Poço Novo, 130A, it is opened every day for lunch and dinner. Although a Pizzeria (all pizzas made with fresh ingredients) they have a wide range of options. The space is cozy and with a nice atmosphere and the staff is extremely friendly.
One of my favorites is Petto di Pollo alla Nicosia (Chicken breast with prawns in a curry sauce). The steaks are also good and the gorgonzola one is a must.
Located in a small and narrow street (R. Marques Leal Pancada 18, opened from Friday to Wednesday for lunch and dinner) overlooking Cascais Bay, it is a french cuisine inspired restaurant. The ambiance is very pleasant and the view from the top floor is priceless
The building maintains the original architecture and the interior is a mix of contemporary elegant and sophisticated style and modern rustic style. Having dinner at candle lights with the beautiful Cascais bay at your feet is a remarkable experience.
My favorites are the Salmon tartar and maigret de canard (duck breast) with a chilled Portuguese green wine.
Fogo de Chão (Rua Carlos Ribeiro 50 | Jardim Visconde da Luz)
When it comes to Rodízio, Brazilians are the kings of all kings. Fogo de Chão is a chain and with several restaurants in Portugal. The standards are not the same as in Brazil but they are quite good. Its not a restaurant for a romantic night out as it is quite noisy and crowded but it surely deserves a visit. The quality of the meat they offer is very good, the variety is definitely worth it. There are several options to choose from, being buffet only (great variety), Full rodízio, or noble meats. I always choose the full rodízio and I am never disappointed.