Faz Frio – Restaurant Review | Condé Nast Traveler

What were your first impressions when you arrived? This recently restored gem—it originally opened some 150 years ago—is one of the establishments that has survived Lisbon’s wave of trend-chasing, tourist-oriented restaurants. The result is that arriving feels like stumbling upon a classic find. With new teal tiles made in the image of the historic ones they replaced and nostalgic antiques, the dining room here exudes history with a fresh face.
What’s the crowd like? Patrons sit at a new sleek marble bar, cram into intimate nooks, and take over the private dining rooms. Nearly everyone who books a coveted table here exudes a bit of understated Portuguese style, and the demographic tilts local, but you’ll still find plenty of visitors frequenting this restaurant, too.
What should we be drinking? Around a dozen house cocktails are the highlight of the beverage menu at Faz Frio. Affordable, well-balanced, and inspired, any one of them is a sure-bet, but the O Rapaz dos Foguetes (The Rocket Boy) is not-to-be-missed: tequila, Azulejo tinto, lemon, thyme, and egg white.
Main event: the food. Give us the lowdown—especially what not to miss. The dishes here reflect the decor: thoughtful, enticing, and classic Portuguese but with a modern spin. Codfish fritters with turnip greens and rice, pork with polenta and clams, and rice with lobster are just a few examples of dishes that keep patrons coming back. Save room for dessert, like the chocolate mousse with pumpkin, orange, and almonds or the egg yolk pudding with port.
And how did the front-of-house folks treat you? As with any classic restaurant, the staff here is part of the draw. From the inviting hosts, to the informative servers, friendly bartender, and social owner who floats in and out, it’s easy to feel that you’re dining in a friend’s home and not a restaurant.
What’s the real-real on why we’re coming here? You don’t need to have a special occasion to dine at Faz Frio, but it’s ideal for a low-key date night, intimate birthday, or just for the sake of the dishes and ambiance.