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5 must-try restaurants in Figueira da Foz

Restaurants in Figueira da Foz, Portugal
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If you’re reading this article, you’re probably looking for the best restaurants in Figueira da Foz to try the local delicacies. I did the same when I was returning from my surf trip to Galicia, and I was amazed to realize there’s no shortage of options in this Portuguese coastal town.

Here, I’ve compiled the five restaurants I visited during my stay in Figueira da Foz. Although they’re numbered, I had a hard time choosing the best one.

Choose your restaurants in Figueira da Foz

1. Tasca Maria

Tasca Maria, Figueira da Foz

Tasca Maria is all about the details. The paintings hanging on the walls add an artistic touch to the space, while the old books and radios on the shelves create a cozy atmosphere. This establishment’s delicacies are served on beautiful plates, adding to the overall experience.

For this experience, I ordered the fried prawns with ginger (delicious!), but what surprised me was the grouper soup with clams and coriander. It was amazing!

2. Zagallo Kitchen

Zagallo Kitchen restaurant Figueira da Foz

Zagallo Kitchen provides an intimate atmosphere perfect for a romantic dinner for two. The restaurant’s decor, with its wallpaper and intricate tableware details, draws on the exoticism of the Brazilian jungle. Also, a wide selection of wine will capture your attention as soon as you enter.

Although it offers other dishes, such as crispy cuttlefish strips or crunchy shrimp, which are good if you want to have a tapas dinner with a good wine, the real specialty of this restaurant in Figueira da Foz is the meat. In my case, I ordered a matured Black Angus t-bone, which the chef brought and sliced on the table.

It’s not a restaurant for every wallet, but if you’re a carnivore, this restaurant is a must.

T-bone at Zagallo Kitchen

3. Olaias

Olaias restaurant

Leave the city center and go to Figueira da Foz’s Centro de Artes e Espetáculos to find Olaias, a restaurant run by Chef Mónica Gomes, who has found her specialty in Mondego’s rice.

Several dishes use this ingredient, but I chose the octopus rice, which was divine!

Although you’ll want to keep the taste of this rice in your mouth, leave room for dessert and order the sponge cake, which is in direct competition with the famous one from Alfeizerão.

To make the most of the space, I suggest going at lunchtime and taking advantage of the brightness from the large windows overlooking the park.

4. Pé na Areia

Pé na Areia mais room

I visited Pé na Areia at night but want to return during the day. This restaurant is planted on the sand south of Buarcos Beach in Figueira da Foz and is a great place to be during a summer lunch or sunset.

Seafood and fish from the coast are part of the menu, but when I was there, the Sardine Rice Festival was taking place, and as this restaurant was one of the participants, I decided to try something different.

Special rice with sardines dish in Figueira da Foz, Portugal

5. Bijou

Bijou Figueira da Foz

They say antiquity is a post, and Bijou is a good example. Established in 1912, it has passed from hand to hand, leaving its mark. They say it was here that the well-known regional sweet “Brisa da Figueira” was created.

Today, Bijou has modernized the interior but continues to recall Figueira da Foz’s past in the old wall pictures.

The food is typically Portuguese and includes seafood açorda or squid and prawn kebabs.

Pepper stake at Bijou, Figueira da Foz, Portugal

The restaurants in Figueira da Foz I didn’t get to try

Contrary to what I expected, Figueira da Foz has several restaurants that made me curious, but I needed more time. These were two that remain on my list for a future visit:

  • Volta & Meia: Next to Tasca Maria, this restaurant reminds me of a tapas restaurant in Central America.
  • Palheiro do Avô: I like typical Portuguese restaurants, and this seems to be one of them. I called ahead, but it was their day off.

These are my suggestions for restaurants in Figueira da Foz, and I hope they are helpful for your next visit to the city. If you have any other suggestions or experiences to share, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments box.

Best Restaurants in Figueira da Foz, Portugal
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About this food article…

Dining experiences featured in this blog may or may not include invitations from restaurants, but my opinions are solely based on genuine encounters, ensuring an impartial and authentic exploration of each culinary journey. While I strive to provide accurate insights, please note that individual experiences may vary, and I cannot be held responsible if a reader’s experience differs from my own.


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