You already had a chance to read about the best food in Faro. Now it’s time for Lagos – one of the most charming towns along the Portuguese coast. It is gorgeously surrounded by the most amazing spots of Algarve – Ponta da Piedale, Praia do Camilo, Praia do Canavial, Praia do Barranco do Martinho (a stunning little beach with breathtaking rock formations). But Lagos should also be known as the culinary paradise of Algarve. The variety of great restaurants, bars and cafes that can be found in this great little town will make your head spin. Don’t settle for average food, but instead follow the list of the best culinary spots in Lagos that will make your stay in Portugal unforgettable!
The best Portuguese food experience in Lagos. Located 10-15 mins from the centre of town, OS LAMBERTOS serves the most genuine Portuguese food you can only think of. The place is well known among the locals that have been coming here for the last 15-20 years. The place does not look very special from the outside and it certainly does not quite bring the ‘wow’ factor at the very beginning, but that changes when the food arrives…
The dishes in the menu are very traditional: a great choice of grilled fish (salmon, tuna, sea bass, turbot, sea bream, sardine), a big variety of meat dishes and salads. What I can definitely recommend is fish and seafood. If you like tuna, go for the grilled tuna steak – the most amazingly prepared fish I have ever tried. Also, the prawns fried in butter and garlic sauce are simply to die for. All the portions that come out of the kitchen are generous and could feed not one, but two or three people! Meals are served with rice or potatoes and vegetables or a side salad. Make sure to try some of their own house wine – a bottle is only €9! The prices of food are very decent – you will pay from €10 to €12 for a giant plate of fresh and authentic Portuguese food.
OS LAMBERTOS is famous for its Sunday Seafood Rice day. Only on that day you can eat their signature dish made of the freshest seafood and rice. Amazing. But no matter whether you go there on Sunday or any other day of the week there are two things you can be certain about: you will not leave disappointed and you will not leave hungry. In fact you will be the happiest and the fullest person in town (or even in the country). A MUST!
Type of food: Portuguese, fish, seafood
Address: R. do Compromisso Marítimo LB 11
Open: 12:00-15:00 & 19:00-22:00, Closed on Monday
BARBOSA was found by accident but it made me absolutely fall in love with it. It is a modern restaurant with a twist, an unusually well thought-out restaurant. Probably the most beautiful restaurant in Lagos, although the atmosphere there is very relaxed and welcoming. The place is spacious with lots of tables and even a little patio at the back. The service is spotless – very friendly and professional. The decorations are beautiful and the music that plays in the background will make you relaxed but will not put you to sleep 😉
When it comes to food, I can definitely recommend the burgers – they can please even the most finicky gourmands. Moist and full of amazing flavors with the best quality meat. Another amazing option is a risotto – try the octopus or the mushroom ones for a unique culinary experience. Every bite is a real treat for your buds, an explosion of exquisite taste. Apart from that, BAROSA serves fabulous tapas, sandwiches and paninis.
There is one more thing definitely worth mentioning: SANGRIAS! I had a chance to try the most refreshing sangria that was a pure symphony in my mouth. There are three types of Sangria to choose from: red, white and rose. Each one is prepared with a great mixture of alcohols (red/white/rose wine, Macieira, Triple Sec, Licor Beirao/Aperol/Sparkling wine, the freshest fruit and served in giant jars. You will want to stay for more and come again the next day!
Type of food: International, Portuguese
Address: R. António Barbosa Viana 17
Open: 18:00-02:00, Closed on Tuesday
CASA DO PREGO
So modern and chic! Crowded in the evenings, open until late, spacious and nicely decorated. Perfect for long dinner and drinks with friends. The staff is very attentive and cheerful – they will make sure that you spend a wonderful evening. And their food suggestions were just spot on: the beetroot hummus and prawns in white wine to start with and a tuna steak as a main course. Everything cooked to perfection and served in a beautiful way. The rooftop terrace adds a lot of charm to the place. The atmosphere is so lovely, that you will want to stay there for hours. Even the pickiest ones will have nothing to complain about. Amazing from soup to nuts!
Type of food: Portuguese, International, Mediterranean
Address: R. Lançarote de Freitas 18
Open: 18:00-00:00, Closed on Sunday
GOJI LOUNGE CAFE
GOJI LOUNGE CAFE is a wonderful spot with healthy food that is made with love. The cafe is very cozy and it has a lovely terrace with lots of tables. Perfect for lazy breakfast, long brunch or lunch, but also good for an evening snack and a cocktail. This place is pure relaxation. GOJI serves large and healthy breakfasts (with chia seeds, goji berries, oats and fresh fruit), gorgeous salads and smoothies that taste of heaven. They also have a range of fabulous cakes. A paradise for vegetarians and vegans, but not only…
Every afternoon, there is a happy hour between 17 and 19. Perfect time to get one of GOJI’s fabulous cocktail or tapas. The choice is extensive: cheese, ham and sausage platters, many types of fish, olives, blood sausage, and the amazing Portuguese chouriço – a must when in Portugal. It’s a sausage cooked over flames. And the fun part is that you do it yourself right on your table. The sausage is cooked over a strong alcohol (usually Portuguese aguardente) which gives it a very unique flavor.
No matter what time of the day you visit GOJI LOUNGE CAFE, make sure not to be in a rush and simply enjoy the lazy atmosphere at one of the cutest terraces in Lagos! I wish I could have it somewhere close to my house ❤
Type of food: breakfast, lunch, healthy food, cocktails, milkshakes, salads
Address: R. Marreiros Netto 61
Open: Monday-Saturday: 11:00-22:00, Sunday: 12:00-22:00
NAH NAH BAH
NAH NAH BAH is a great place located near the main street of Lagos that serves truly amazing burgers! But that is not the end. If you go there, prepare yourself to spend an evening in a super cozy and fun atmosphere while having some kick-ass drinks. Some say the burgers in NAH NAH BAH are best in town, some even say they are the most delicious burgers they have ever had. I could not agree more. The choice of burgers is incredible and includes 8 amazing burgers that will make everybody happy. There is something for real meat lovers, for those on a healthier diet, for vegetarians and for spicy food fans. Established in 2005, the TOUCAN BURGER was selected one of the world’s tastiest burgers (Matador network) and was recognized by the TimeOut, JetAway and Visão magazines. A juicy grilled beef patty, bacon, pineapple (!), lettuce, tomato, onion, melted cheese & homemade sauces – seems simple, but it tastes rich and comforting. All burgers come with fabulous home-made crispy chips and the portions are more than generous. Visit for the most comforting food and a spectacular atmosphere!
Type of food: burgers
Address: Tv. do Forno 1
Open: 12:00-17:00 & 18:00-00:00
If you feel like fish and chips and you happen to be in Lagos, you could not choose better. A lot can be said about OL’ BASTARD’S restaurant, but it definitely does take an interesting take on this popular dish and elevates it to perfection. Just listen to this: vodka & beer battered hake fillets with hand-cut chips, vegetables and tartar sauce is the base. Then you can pick your own style: AUSSIE – served with beetroot salad and chicken salt, ENGLISH – served with minty mushy peas and malt vinegar, or AMERICAN – served with coleslaw and southern cajun spices. And the extras: popcorn prawns, calamari & onion rings. If you think at least the chips will be ordinary, you are wrong… spicy chili chips, Guinness gravy chips, jalapeno Mexican chips, or chips with seasoning will surprise you with flavors! One of the most special fish and chips dishes I have ever had a chance to try.
Not only the food, but the place itself has so much character! Amazingly decorated looks a bit old-fashioned and very welcoming. The staff is friendly and very laid back. What more can I say?
Type of food: fish and chips
Address: R. Cândido dos Reis 115
Open: Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 18:00-22:00, Thursday-Saturday: 12:00-16:00 & 18:00-22:00, Closed on Monday
CHURRASQUEIRA PRACA D’ARMAS
When in Algarve, you must try the Portuguese Piri-Piri Chicken. This dish is named after a special type of pepper that grows all over Portugal and Southern Africa and is also known as African bird’s eye chilli. The special marinade is made of chillis, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, grilled onions, oregano, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. After resting in this marinade for a couple of hours, the chicken should be grilled to perfection. At CHURRASQUEIRA PRACA D’ARMAS the Piri-Piri Chicken is moist and finger-licking good! Nothing fancy, just a simple shop selling genuine and quick food. Well known among the locals and the tourists, so be prepared for long lines during lunch and evening hours. Fortunately the staff is experienced and professional – they will not make you wait to long for your amazing grilled chicken!
Type of food: chicken, fast food
Address: Praça das Armas 21
Open: 9:00-23:00, Closed on Sunday
Portuguese sweets and pastries are spectacular. This little pastry shop serves the best sweets and cakes in town. Located just in the centre, it is a perfect spot to start (and finish) your day in Lagos. Not only Pasteis de Nata that are freshly made here (if you are lucky, it will still be warm), but also old-school cream cakes will take you to heaven. Busy little place filled with locals and tourists. You will not be disappointed!
Type of food: pastry, cakes, sweets
Address: R. Cândido dos Reis 56
Open: 8:00-19:00, Closed on Sunday