This restaurant is integrated into a circus school, but there's no clowning around with the cooking. Chef Bertílio Gomes uses Portuguese ingredients and culinary traditions to create original updates of well-loved dishes. The menu varies with the season, but mains can include the likes of cuttlefish and bean purée, pork cheeks with clams and a potato foam, or crab pie. For those seeking more familiar ground there's always a selection of steaks, including Lisbon's cafe classic bife à marrare with cream sauce, fries, and salad. They can all be followed up by deserts like passion-fruit and white chocolate strudel or deconstructed lemon meringue pie. For ambience, Chapitô offers two choices—there's a delightfully atmospheric patio garden where you dine al fresco under low-hanging trees strewn with garlands of light, or a wood-paneled veranda that projects over the rooftops of the area, ensuring that window tables enjoy an unforgettable view of the city below. To top it all, you're supporting a good cause: the circus school has successfully helped generations of kids from tough neighborhoods by teaching Big Top skills.
Chapitô à mesa
Rua Costa do Castelo 7
Our Rating Neighborhood Castelo Hours Mon–Fri noon–midnight, Sat–Sun 7:30pm–midnight Transportation Tram: 28E, 12E; bus: 737 Phone 21/887-5077 Prices Mains around 18€ Cuisine Type Modern Portuguese Web site Chapitô à mesa
MapRua Costa do Castelo 7 Lisbon
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