Problem: Most visitors think that a “cervejaria” is a place to drink beer (derived from “cerveja”, the Portuguese word for beer). In reality, however, “cervejaria” are actually restaurants specialized in either meat (“bifes”) or seafood (also called “marisqueiras”).
Cervejaria Ramiro is THE place to eat seafood. There are better (and much more expensive!) places for sure, but few are as authentic as this one. The seafood is fantastic and always fresh.
Just observing the frantic pace of the waiters as they try to serve the waiting crowd is a spectacle on its own. Great place for a Sunday lunch. Don’t be afraid of the queue, the quick service results in a high rotation.
The only downside of this place used to be its location: very downtown but not in the best neighborhood. But lately there seems to be a big revamp of the neighborhood with lots of interesting places popping up.
It also got mentioned by Anthony Bourdain in his program on Lisbon.