Small but mighty, Portugal was once the most powerful country in Europe thanks to its expansive ocean exploration and colonization efforts. While the world has certainly changed in the 400+ years since Portugal literally led the way in “discovering” new parts of our planet, Portugal remains a small but mighty cultural and culinary destination in Europe.
It’s one of the many places that Anthony Bourdain visited in Europe, and well worth a trip if you’re a Bourdain fan who loves food and wants to eat at the places he did.
This is the first post of its kind here on Eat Like Bourdain, where I round-up all of the places Tony visited from other posts I’ve already written. This post serves as a helpful guide if you’re planning a trip to multiple parts of Portugal and want to know if Anthony Bourdain ate there – and if so, where.
So whether you’re just curious or working on your own culinary itinerary across Portugal, read on to discover all the places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Portugal
Destinations Bourdain Visited in Portugal
During his many travels, Anthony Bourdain visited three places in Portugal and filmed episodes there:
- Lisbon (visited once, one episode) – Bourdain visited Lisbon before it was cool to do so, back in Season 8 of No Reservations – and was perhaps part of the reason it became so.
- Porto (visited twice, three(ish) episodes) – His two trips serve as bookends in his career, first in Season 1 of A Cook’s Tour and again in Season 9 of Parts Unknown.
- The Azores (visited once, one episode) – One unusual trip, filled with less enthusiasm than some, in Season 5 of No Reservations.
You can click each of the links above to dive deep into every place Anthony Bourdain visited in each Portuguese destination.
Highlights from Bourdain’s Lisbon Visit
On his trip to Lisbon, Tony ate his way across the Portuguese capital, sampling the best of what the city’s culinary scene has to offer. That included Portuguese staples like Portuguese sardines, Bacalao/Bacalhau (salt cod, which helped the Portuguese become such successful ocean explorers), and bifana, the casual marinated pork sandwich with mustard and piri piri (chili) oil.
Briefly, here are the restaurants Anthony Bourdain visited in Lisbon, all of which are still open as of 2022:
- 100 Maneiras (Rua do Teixeira 39, 1200-459 Lisboa, Portugal)
- A Ginjinha (Largo São Domingos 8, 1100-201 Lisboa, Portugal)
- A Tasca do Chico (Rua do Diário de Notícias 39, 1200-141 Lisboa, Portugal)
- Alma (Rua Anchieta 15, 1200-224 Lisboa, Portugal)
- Cantinho do Avillez (Rua Duques de Bragança 7, 1200-162 Lisboa, Portugal)
- Cervejaria Ramiro (Avenida Almirante Reis 1 H, 1150-007 Lisboa, Portugal)
- O Trevo (Praça Luís de Camões 48, 1200-208 Lisboa, Portugal)
- Sol E Pesca (Rua Nova do Carvalho 44, 1200-019 Lisboa, Portugal)
For a more complete detailing of each restaurant and what Tony ate there, be sure to check out my guide for following in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain in Lisbon.
Porto Highlights from Bourdain’s Two Trips
Bourdain made two trips to Porto, which appeared in three episodes: Episode 7 and Episode 10 of Season 1 A Cook’s Tour, and Episode 8 of Season 9 of Parts Unknown. Both times, he was mostly guided by his boss/former boss from Les Halles in NYC, José De Meirelles.
Together they eat their way across the city, sampling Bacalhau in many forms, loads of fresh seafood, local sandwiches like Cachorrinhos and Francesinha, and drinks loads of Port to wash it all down. Bourdain also attends two pig slaughters and roasts with Meirelles’ family, cementing his signature style of blending restaurant meals, casual dining, and home meals with locals.
Here are all of the restaurants visited by Anthony Bourdain in Porto that are still open today (one other – Casa Aleixo – is permanently closed):
- A Cozinha do Martinho (Rua de Costa Cabral 2598, 4350 Porto, Portugal)
- Cervejaria Gazela (Rua de Entreparedes 8 10, 4000-434 Porto, Portugal)
- Confeitaria de Bolhão (Rua Formosa 339, 4000-252 Porto, Portugal)
- Esplanada Marisqueira Antiga (Rua Roberto Ivens 628, 4450-149 Matosinhos, Portugal)
- O Afonso (4050 610, Rua da Torrinha 219, 4050-612 Porto, Portugal)
- Quinta da Llama Restaurant (Also called “Restaurante da Llama” / 4605 Vila Meã, Portugal)
- Real Companhia Velha (4431-952, Rua Azevedo Magalhães 314, 4431-952 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal)
- Rogério do Redondo Restaurant (Rua Joaquim António de Aguiar 19, 4000-311 Porto, Portugal)
- Royal Oporto Vineyards (Douro Valley / I found a local shop in town at 4430-999 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal)
Personally, Tony’s trips to Porto sold me on visiting someday; if you’re feeling the same way, don’t miss my guide to all the places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Porto – with way more detail than this list!
Highlights from Island Hopping the Azores
Finally, Bourdain goes off the beaten path, by Portugal standards, with a trip to the Azores. These remote volcanic islands were unsettled until the Portuguese arrived in the 15th century; it was the Portuguese excellence at seafaring that helped them discover and settle the islands to build the unique community and culture that persists to this day.
On his trip, Tony does a bit of island-hopping, visiting São Miguel, Faial, Pico, and São Jorge. He tries a number of unique foods and enjoys several home-cooked meals. He also highlights a few must-visit places if you find yourself drawn to exploring this otherworldly destination.
Here are the restaurants and bars visited by Anthony Bourdain in the Azores; I didn’t include any of the home-cooked meal locations since those aren’t available to the public.
- Furnas (São Miguel)
- Casa de Pasto, Flor (São Miguel)
- Peter Café Sport, Horta (Faial)
Obviously, Tony’s time in the Azores was a bit different: the islands lack a lot of traditional tourism infrastructure (or they did when he visited in 2008) so there are fewer places you can follow in his footsteps today. That said, it’s still worth checking out my guide to Anthony Bourdain in the Azores if you’re planning a trip.
With that, you know all of the places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Portugal, and can enjoy many of the same meals that he did. Have any questions about where Anthony Bourdain went in Portugal, or how to visit yourself? Let me know in the comments.