An “On The Edge” Meal At Lisbon’s Ponto Final! Classic Portugese Food Literally ON The Tagus River!

Welcome To Lisbon Portugal!

This is a shot of Alex and I overlooking the terrific city of Lisbon, Portugal…where we spent 6 days at the end of 2022…that’s the Tagus River behind us – and do you see that land on the other side of the water?

That’s where we are headed for a wild wild lunch!

To get across the river, we headed over Lisbon’s “golden gate” bridge, called the “25 de Abril” bridge…and just on the other side is the famous “Christ The King” statue overlooking the river:

We got dropped off on a hillside street and walked down to the river, where a nice path took us to our destination:

That’s the restaurant – where that tiny pier juts out with yellow tables…here’s an idea of where it’s located when we got these shots looking at it from the other side:

We discovered the restaurant Ponto Final thanks to the great Netflix show “Somebody Feed Phil”, and Host Phil Rosenthal loved to show how you can eat literally perched over the river!

As you can see, a small pier juts out over the river and tables are perched right over the water – with no railings to keep you from falling in!

We were right at the edge of the pier, with central Lisbon directly across the river from us and the bridge over our shoulder…

OK OK…enough about the cool location and unique seating…let’s talk food!

Don’t worry, Ponto Final delivers on that score as well..first, some Portugese wine:

Next, we ordered what Phil suggested – and for a delicious reason:

Grilled Sardines!

These meaty, grilled Sardines are served with roasted potatoes and bread – and Phil showed us to put a sardine on a slice of bread, drizzle some olive oil over it, then pick away!

These were delicious! Meaty, smoky and flavorful – what a way to start our feast!

In fact, I can show you what they looked like when we finished as I shot this video with another look at the seating because why not?

Yes, it was my birthday, so we next ordered one of my favorite dishes of all time: Monkfish Stew Portugese style!

Here’s how it is delivered to the table:

I discovered Lisbon’s fondness for the incredible “tomato rice”, which is served with a delicious broth – here’s a look:

This was an absolutely delicious lunch – and with the wine, we were primed to walk a mile or so to the ferry, where we would take a boat back across the river to Lisbon!

We got one last shot and then walked east along the river toward the ferry terminal…and discovered a whole world of color!

A number of the abandoned buildings along the river have been converted into artist colonies, with graffiti the artistic expression of choice:

Yes, that is my finger at the bottom…I did a very wide shot and got myself in the picture!

After a short walk, we got the ferry and headed back to central Lisbon!

Just 15 minutes onboard and we were back!

We had such a magical time in Portugal – I shared another spectacular meal we had in Lisbon as well:

The “Scarlett Shrimp” dish at Cervejaria Ramiro is so incredibly memorable, especially the serving of the dish!

This restaurant only serves shellfish – well, except for the steak sandwich – for dessert!

Click here to see it all!

Alex and I love unique food preparations at the table – like this flaming delight in Sardinia:

It only got better from there!

Click here to see our Sardinian feast!

Alex and I also had a terrific meal on the Greek island of Santorini – after a 1,000+ step walk down a steep hill to get there!

What a walk but it was worth it!

Click here for a look at the food we had that very very hot day!

Alex and I have been lucky enough to try local food all around the world – like Hungarian Goulash – from Hungary!

The grand food hall in Budapest is a delicious treat – click here to see it up close!

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15 replies

  1. It’s always great to have nice meal by overlooking great scenery👀✨ Portugal gotta be on my list of must-visit now👍❤️

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  2. What a smashing experience, John. I am positively green with envy. I think I must make a fish stew this coming weekend.

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  3. what an amazing location find, and that stew looks amazing. cool that you found it from a show too

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  4. What a treat to be on that pier. The food seems wonderful, although I’m not sure about the grilled sardines- I think it’s the attached heads. Great post, John!

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  5. Sardines are a wonderful fish, closely associated with Portugal. I love eating them like that!
    One time when we were in Bodrum in Turkey, we ate at a beach restaurant where the sea came up under the table, and over our feet. The staff warned us that would happen, but we chose a ‘sea table’ anyway. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. Oh, wow. I am so hungry now! Loved all of the murals and vibrant colours too!

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  7. What a terrific setting and the food looked excellent. Happy belated birthday. A perfect place to celebrate.



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