Iconic Portuguese restaurants are a part of the city’s fabric in the same way its monuments are. Gambrinus is one of those restaurants, and it’s been untouched since 1936. There are three distinct areas that show off traditional food in Lisbon: one counter, and two wood-paneled dining areas with immaculate white table cloths. Pop in for dinner before a concert at the Coliseu, order a draft beer and a croquette at the bar, or sit down for a full meal of their perfectly cooked roast beef, all types of seafood, and the crepe suzette that’s prepared tableside. Don’t be alarmed if you hear kissing sounds—it’s the way the waiters get each other’s attention during service.

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