The city and the whole region of Leiria is a true icon of gastronomy. Absolutely perfect for foodies and the most demanding tastes. There are restaurants that were converted in unrivalled legends in Portugal, Meccas of the finest cuisine and opulent tables. A foodie's delight!
Inspired by the old-school Portuguese taverns, Mata-Bicho is the place where you can taste the most delicious "petiscos", amazing steaks or a pizza baked in a wood oven, made with the traditional Portuguese products.
Gallo Doido is the place to eat the best chicken in Leiria ! This gastro-pub is the meeting point for persons who want to live freely, with a bit craziness. Hence, the name of the restaurant: "crazy rooster".
Gallo Doido offers its guests a totally relaxed atmosphere, as well as colourful setting for a great evening hanging out with friends. Apart from the greatest gastronomical delight of this house - chicken - there are also many mouth-watering "petiscos", traditional Portuguese soups and ribs, as well as distinguished wines.
There is only one rule: no cutlery needed!
Atlas Leiria used to be a hostel of Leiria, but it was hopefully transformed in a great restaurant and bar of the city. A place with great vibes and a friendly ambience that will seduce you from the moment you walk in.
The hostel was reinvented after the pandemic and the former hotel rooms were reinvented and converted in living rooms. Others in working rooms for digital nomads.
Inspired by the world - hence the name, "Atlas" - this restaurant serves a delightful international cuisine.
If you are looking for a truly traditional restaurant, where you can taste the most delicious Portuguese "petiscos" in a friendly ambience, Tasca 7 is the place! The kitchen is led by the welcoming Estrelinha who prepares absolutely heavenly specialities with loads of love and commitment.
Tasca 7 has capacity for 22 persons and it has no menu at all. But you can be sure that you will taste the very best Portuguese dishes. The sweet Estrelinha only uses the freshest high-quality products bought to local producers.
Owned by two sisters, Ana and Estrelinha, the cook, Tasca 7 is a hymn to the authenticity of the Portuguese table, at the heart of the historical centre of Leiria!
Leiria is a city with a very special vibe, a creative energy which is in great part the result of several cultural influences. The Goa restaurant Cardamomo is a brilliant example of Leiria as an exciting melting pot of cultures.
Cardamomo, named after the Indian spice "cardamom", is the perfect spot to taste the most irresistible Indian veggie and vegan specialities, as well as the delicious nan bread or the samosas.
The excellence of Indian cuisine at the heart of the historical centre of Leiria!
Vista Bistrô Restaurante
Located by the river Lis, in Leiria, Vista Bistrô & Restaurant is a cosy place led by the gifted young Portuguese Chef João Caseiro who worked in the Marriott Hotel in Óbidos, as well as in the traditional Tromba Rija or the gourmet restaurant Luna. This surprising restaurant with a retro flair provides comfort food with that very special touch of author cuisine.
Vista Bistrô & Restaurant opened its doors to the public in 2018 and it became a major success in the city. The cuisine of Chef João Caseiro is based on international influences, especially Italian and French cuisine, but also on the best regional and seasonal products. The menu changes according to the seasons and the main flavours. Duck confit with mushroom risotto, rump steak, red fruit pavlova or apple crumble are some of the mouth-watering specialities available.
Offering a breathtaking view over the River Lis, Vista Bistrô & Restaurant is surely one of the best-kept secrets of Leiria!
Casa da Nora
Located in the village of Cortes, only 15 minutes away from Leiria, Casa da Nora is a pleasant restaurant with a family-like ambience. Among the harmony of old farm houses by the Lis River, this is the place to enjoy moments of pleasure, where the sober building, the lavish green garden and the secret corners invite us to discover.
Casa da Nora provides the outstanding tradition of Portuguese gastronomy and the refinement of laid-back service, in a discreet environment.