A non-descript storefront on Rua do Alameda, in the Bica neighborhood of Lisbon, is the façade of a cool new restaurant focusing on food from the sea. It’s Água pela Barba, a vintage fisherman-style restaurant, serving traditional Portuguese fish and seafood with a bit of cosmopolitan flare.



Água pela Barba (literally translated “water on the beard”) is a Portuguese expression yelled out when a situation turns frustrating. It can be traced back to nautical terminology, as the prow of a boat is called a “beard”. When water is on the “beard”, the situation is a cause for concern for the stability of the vessel.

The nautical theme is the key to the concept devised by partners João Alves (owner of Quarenta e 4 in Porto) and Gonçalo Pernas. They celebrate the sea in the whimsical décor and delightful cuisine.

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On the menu are seafood and fish delicacies like ceviche, stuffed squid, grilled octopus, marinated salmon or arroz d’ouro (pictured below), a creamy rice with shrimp. It’s not all about fish. Meat lovers will enjoy dishes of Alentejo beef. A rolled tiramisu creation is so good, it’s the only dessert on the menu.

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For more information, visit the Agua pela Barba Facebook page.

Água pela Barba
Rua do Almada, n.º 29/31
Bica District

Phone: +351 213 461 376

Tuesday to Thursday – 12:00 to 24:00
Friday & Saturday – 12:00 to 01:00

Photos courtesy of Água pela Barba

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