Eats in Lisbon: Cervejaria Ramiro

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You know how some restaurants are always super-hyped up, and everyone is always talking about them? Cervejaria Ramiro of No Reservations fame (at least in America), shows up on almost every blog that talks about things to eat in Lisbon. We went, obviously, because how could you resist food that looks this beautiful?!

Grilled Tiger Prawns

Cervejaria Ramiro (March 2017)

Address: Av. Almirante Reis, nº1 – H, Lisbon
Hours: 12pm – 12:30am everyday, closed Mondays
Price range: Depends what food you order! We paid 50 euros a person including 2 bottles of wine, an epic lobster, two plates of prawns, 2 orders of garlic bread, crab and clams
Reservations: They don’t take reservations, just get there before 7pm or go at off-hours, otherwise the wait could be over an hour!

Crab and crab roe made from the egg of the crab, the roe is served chilled

Having read everywhere about the disastrously long waits one can experience during proper meal times, we went at 2pm on a weekday. Only the first floor of the three storied restaurant was in use at that hour, but it was decently full. After sitting down, the waiter quickly presented us with menus. But frankly, the menus were not really all that necessary. We were beyond content to point at food from neighboring tables instead :).

Broiled Shrimp / crab, yum!

Everything was delicious. The garlic bread was perfect for dipping in that wine / butter sauce from the clams. The seafood was exceptionally fresh, and for most of the dishes, they are simply made with salt and pepper. Compared to many other places, the chef does not drown food in spices.

Garlic bread

Frankly, I don’t have much else to say about the restaurant. The pictures of food can do all the speaking for itself! I will say, though, that I really appreciated the garlic / oil dip for the lobster. In the US, they typically provide melted butter instead – which I think tends to cover up the sweetness of the lobster meat.

Clams cooked in white wine, butter, and garlic sauce. Yum!

Although the restaurant is a bit out of the way (i.e. not near many tourist spots), I definitely recommend adding it to the list! The restaurant itself has been open since 1956, and focuses on shellfish.

A sizzling platter of garlic shrimp

Must orders: garlic shrimp, garlic clams, tiger prawns, crab roe.

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