Since most restaurants in Bairro Alto are small and the demand for a table is high in the weekends, you can normally spot a good restaurant by the line in front of it.
Judging by this measure o Cantinho de Bem-Estar (“Little corner of well-being”, more or less) is one of the top dogs. And it is!
I have to admit that in my 8 years in Lisbon I finally managed to go there last November! Like I said, they are always full and they don’t take reservations.
The place is really small and you would walk by it in a sec. But please turn around and wait in line, it’s worth your while!
The food is typical Portuguese, served in generous portions. One portion is enough for 2, but I normally can’t resist and order one just for me!
Don’t expect fancy service, tables or menus! They have a basic menu, friendly (but busy) service and great food. Try to go during weekdays, in order to get a table.
The last 2 times I ordered the veal (Lombinhos de Vitela), great!