When it comes to eating well, Viseu is the ideal destination for the most demanding tastes. There are endless possibilities for foodies: Michelin star, fine dining, regional and traditional cuisine, placed at beautiful locations, at the heart of Dão wine producing region. Bon appétit!
1-star Michelin Mesa de Lemos is located in Quinta de Lemos, 5 minutes away from the picturesque village of Santar, known for its wine production, and 20 minutes away from the city of Viseu.
The renowned Chef Diogo Rocha, in charge of Mesa de Lemos, shows with each menu a cuisine based on the best flavors, and is always searching for local products that have almost disappeared, such as the hazelnuts from Viseu, which he expertly incorporates into his menus. To gain full knowledge of his creativity, we suggest the Chef’s Menu, that includes seven moments. There is also the Lemos Menu, with five moments- all include compliments from the chef, featuring unique local flavors and elegance.
The menu also serves as a stage that exhibits the wines produced at Quinta de Lemos. It is a cuisine based on the authenticity of regional products and the concern about keeping them in their purest, most natural state, by deeply respecting nature and the annual cycle of the seasons. This matter is perfectly combined with modern cooking techniques, in a sophisticated, modern and welcoming place of excellence.
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The historical centre of Viseu has a truly creative soul. Located in front of 4-star Hotel Palácio dos Melos, Maria Xica is an elegant restaurant and bar you can taste delicious treats, titbits or more elaborate courses, as well as an excellent wine selection. Its cosy ambiance is very seductive and we are quite sure that Maria Xica aka Maria Francisca do Vale will welcome you with an open smile!
Housed in a beautiful granite building at the heart of the historical centre of Viseu facing the imposing 12th century Cathedral, restaurant Muralha da Sé is a delightful place, where you can taste the most delicious regional gastronomic specialities. The wine selection is exquisite and very diversified.
The restaurant of the Pousada of Viseu stands out for its outstanding traditional gastronomy, along with an elegant exquisite décor. This restaurant has an own entrance through the street.
Taberna da Milinha is a must-go stop if you are a fan of the absolutely irresistible Portuguese "petiscos". The outstanding Chef Diogo Pereira is responsible for the most creative specialities, such as: mushrooms filled with the almighty cheese Queijo da Serra; fried codfish "pataniscas"; mini-burgers; bean rice; typical "alheira" sausage puff pastry, octopus salad, along with divine desserts. Tradition and modernity hand-in-hand!LocationGoogle MapsSocial mediaFacebookInstagram
Located at the city centre of Viseu, restaurant Aromático 54 seduces its visitors right at the entry! It has two magical terraces full of flowers and fruit trees, surrounded by a beautiful biological garden, where aromatic herbs are planted. Hence, the name of this restaurant.
The cuisine, led by the young Chef Paulo Gonçalves, is based on the principle of reinventing flavours. The excellence of the products as well as the care placed in presenting the dishes plays the main role. The mixture of flavours is absolutely unexpected. A great challenge for the most demanding tastes. Because tradition must be turned into a true revolution!
On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, Aromático 54 serves a mouth-watering brunch with all sorts of eggs, pancakes or irresistible French toasts!LocationGoogle MapsSocial mediaFacebookInstagram
The restaurant of Pensão Rossio Parque in Viseu is one of those great insider’s tips for budget travelers. Housed in a century-old house overlooking Rossio square and to a very beautiful garden, the restaurant of this guest-house is simply amazing! Famous for its mouthwatering specialities, it offers its guests a familiar-like ambiance with an irresistible retro flair!
Beautifully located in the surroundings of the charming Mothers' Garden and Almeida Moreira Museum, at the heart of Viseu, the restaurant 100 Papas is "the" place to taste the most mouth-watering dry aged meat in the city. Innovative Chef Hugo Marques is responsible for amazing gastronomic creations, superb desserts and challenging dishes. A place for eat-lovers by all means !LocationGoogle MapsSocial mediaFacebookInstagram
This restaurant’s main speciality is Arouquesa meat with Protected Designation of Origin. Set in a modern and cosy location, in Viseu, Casa Arouquesa restaurant offers its customers a unique gastronomic experience, along with an excellent wine selection.
Its wine list was considered the third best in the country by the prestigious Portuguese wine magazine “Revista de Vinhos”.
This outstanding restaurant with modern décor has only 2 main courses in its menu. That's right. 2 main courses: Arouquesa veal roasted in the oven and grilled Arouquesa steak. And the quality of the meat served in Casa Arouquesa is absolutely exquisite!
But there are other mouth-watering specialities, such as: cheese and ham, typical sausage "alheira", codfish and pasta, as well as incredibly delicious desserts. The red fruits cheesecake is really a must! Or the irresistible chocolate petit gâteau with vanilla ice-cream.LocationGoogle MapsSocial mediaFacebookInstagram
In the words of the Portuguese ambassador, Francisco Seixas da Costa, who recently had a memorable meal at DeRaiz, in the surroundings ofViseu, the world should know that you will eat heavenly in this restaurant at very affordable prices. In fact, a challenging gastronomic experience that you will never forget. This is truly an "impossible" restaurant. Too good to be true!
The couple of young Chefs Inês Beja and Nuno Fonte decided to open a charming restaurant in a cosy village near Viseu called De Raiz. A unique family-like place that pays homage to traditional granny recipes that passed from generation to generation.
The name of the restaurant reveals its very essence. "Raiz" means root and it's all about recovering old recipes with that special touch of author cuisine. Traditional flavours along with high-quality regional products. The Chefs are driven everyday by the dream of awakening the past through their gastronomic creations, combining them with an exquisite wine selection of Dão wine region.
As we enter restaurant De Raiz, we see an ancient recipe book that belonged to a wise granny. A journey across cooking memories and unforgettable specialities. This is the soul of De Raiz. A tribute to the past with eyes on the future.
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Set in a beautiful 17th century building, Paço dos Cunhas, located in the wine-producing village of Santar - 16km away from Viseu - was restored by Global Wines, becoming one of the most prestigious wine tourism locations in Portugal. The renovation project is signed by renowned Portuguese architect Pedro Mateus.The cuisine is a happy match between traditional Portuguese gastronomy and author cuisine. Traditional flavours are creatively reinvented in a quite surprising way. A fine-dining spot where guests can taste the most innovative dishes, along with the best regional seasonal products.
Paço dos Cunhas de Santar organises regular wine workshops, show-cooking activities and visits to Casa de Santar wine cellars. Here you will find the perfect balance between tradition and modernity in an environment full of comfort.