Without a doubt, the Portuguese love their fresh fish. You can find it boiled, broiled, baked, grilled and fried. However, it’s another challenge altogether to find fresh fish in its raw form….sushi! Portugal Confidential makes an effort to provide a list of the best sushi restaurants across the country.
Shis (Porto) Shis Restaurante Website
Don’t know which is better here…the sushi and amazing Japanese cuisine, or the spectacular view over the Praia do Ourigo. Chef António Vieira creates a fusion of Japanese and international cuisine to make this dining experience one you won’t forget.
Praia do Ourigo
Esplanada do Castelo
Foz do Douro
Phone: +351 226 189 593
Hours: 10:00am to 3:00am
Yakuza by Olivier Sushi (Lisbon) Yakuza Website
One of Lisbon’s most beloved chefs, Olivier da Costa, now works his magic with Japanese fusion in this new restaurant in the Tivoli Forum Hotel. Managing the kitchen is chef Alexandre Maia de Carvalho. Superb sushi bar, but you might also be enticed to try the black cod, prawns, foie gras and gunk kobe. Also see Portugal Confidential post for Olivier’s newest restaurant in the Algarve.)
Edificio Tivoli Forum
Avenida da Liberdade, 180, Loja F
Phone: +351 213 571 502 (reservations recommended)
Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00 to 15:00, and 20:00 to 23:00.
Estado Liquido (Lisbon) Estado Liquido Website
Very cool spot for everything you need in a sushi meal…and a sushi social life! Extra points here for sushi creativity. Everything is fresh and original. New sushi items invented on a regular basis. Stick around to hang out at the very hot sushi lounge. The bar stays open late. Or, sign up for a sushi workshop. A lot to like here.
Largo de Santos, 5A
Phone: +351 213 972 022
Hours: 12:30 to 15:00, and 20:00 to 2:00 am
Aya (Lisbon) Aya Restaurants Website
Aya opened in 1992, introducing Japanese gastronomy to Portugal. Aya is now very popular with Lisboetas and has expanded to three locations: a formal restaurant is in the Twin Towers with small Japanese garden; a rapid “kaiten” service also in the Twin Towers; and in Nova Carnaxide with views of Monsanto Park.
Aya Twin Towers
Twin Towers, Ground Floor
Phone: +351 217 271 155 (reservations required)
Hours: 12:30 to 15:00, and 19:30 to23:00
Twin Towers, Floor 1
Hours: 12:00 to 15:00 and 19:00 to 23:00
Rua Aníbal Bettencourt, nº 71
Phone: +351 214 181 684 (reservations required)
Hours: 12:30 to 15:00 and 19:30 to 23:00
Sushi Yama (Almancil) Sushi Yama Website
Perfect central Algarve location for a grabbing a wide variety of sushi after a round of golf or long day at the beach. Freshest ingredients keep the tourists and locals coming back. Beautiful restaurant is now complimented by a modern lounge to sip sake and nosh on sashimi.
Estrada da Pereiras
Phone: +351 289 351 517
Hours: 12:30 to 22:00
Takô Sushi (Vilamoura) Tako Sushi Website
This contemporary Japanese restaurant in the popular Vilamoura Marina is a breath of fresh air. Sushi and sashimi aplenty! Order individual pieces, rolls or share a large combination plate with your friends.
Edificio Marina Garden, Loja D
Phone: +351 289 312 885
Hours: 12:00 to 15:00 and 18:00 to 00:00
Umai (Lisbon) Umai Website
Umai hasn’t yet been open a year, yet chefs Paulo Morais and Anna Lins already have a loyal following. Their innovative sushi, such as the Swing Maki is very popular. The restaurant is small, so be sure to reserve a table. Sushi workshops in the kitchen on Saturday mornings too.
Rua da Cruz of Poiais, No. 89
Phone: +351 213 958 057
Lunch: Monday to Friday – 12:30 to 15:00
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday – 19.00 to 23.00
We are convinced that more good sushi restaurants exist in Portugal. If you have a favorite place to recommend, please leave a comment and we will be happy to add it to the list!