Where to find Portuguese food and drinks in the USA
An estimated quarter million Portuguese nationals are currently living in the United States of America. This may mean several things but, from our hungry perspective, this statistic makes us think that good Portuguese food in the US can’t be that hard to come by!
While Portuguese and Portuguese descent folks, also known as Luso-Americans, can be found a little all over the country, the Portuguese community has historically concentrated around certain areas, just like it tends to happen with many immigrant communities. In the case of the Portuguese, this has happened mostly around San Jose (California), Fall River (Massachusetts) and The Ironbound in Newark (New Jersey).
While there are many, many places specializing in Portuguese food and ingredients scattered across the United States, today we explore the very best ones in the areas above and more!
Best Portuguese restaurants in The USA
Taste Portugal while in Atlanta, paying a delicious visit to Emidio’s! Chef Jose Sapeta has come from the Portuguese island of Madeira, and brought with him a diverse menu that highlights Portuguese specialities but also includes dishes from Spain and Italy.
📍8610 Roswell Rd #950, Atlanta, GA 30350
Adega and Petiscos by Adega
Little Portugal is a historic neighborhood in San Jose, California, where Adega opened up its doors back in 2015. This is the first restaurant to ever earn a Michelin star in San Jose, so there’s no question about its brilliant quality! Also check out Petiscos, a casual restaurant by Adega focusing on small plates for the table to share.
📍1614 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116
Chef Manuel Azevedo brings new Portuguese cuisine to Sonoma Valley. He uses fresh local and seasonal Californian produce to recreate the complex flavors of his homeland. In his own words “it’s a winning combination for lovers of traditional Portuguese fare and adventurous gourmets alike”.
📍452 First Street East, Suite H, Sonoma, CA 95476
The concept of tasca is a very Portuguese thing and, generally speaking, synonymous with good down-to-earth food! Unlike the no-frills establishments that have historically been called tascas in Portugal, Tasca Portuguesa in Sonoma is more upscale and refined, but it still delivers when it comes to flavor. We definitely recommend asking for a Tasca Tasting Plate with a variety of items so that you can try several dishes during your meal!
📍122 W Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476
The Port of Peri-Peri
Welcome to the port of grilled food! Their speciality is — yes, you guessed it right — grilled chicken Portuguese style. That means succulent meat grilled over charcoal, with a kick of peri-peri spice and the freshness of a zesty marinade. When you order chicken at The Port of Peri Peri you can choose from a range of 8 flavors, starting with plain and ending with extra hot – we wonder what level you’d be up for?
📍Locations in California, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Texas. Check the website for further details:
Chef Telmo is the creative mind behind Uma Casa’s Portuguese inspired menu. This restaurant located in San Francisco’s Noe Valley is Portuguese focused, yet embracing some elements of the local Californian cuisine. We recommend the prix fixe menu with an option of either 3 or 4 dishes, so that you get to try several Portuguese iconic recipes!
📍1550 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131
A down-to-earth establishment with restaurant and bar areas. Try traditional dishes like cataplana, steamed seafood casserole, or come for a drink at the end of the day and see if you can resist ordering at the very least a petisco or a little something to share!
📍1841 Park St Hartford, CT 06106
This restaurant opened its doors more than 30 years ago and is still proudly serving the community of Bridgeport with the very best traditional Portuguese cuisine. Their menu is extensive and still manages to include daily specials. Open for both lunch and dinner seven days a week, there’s no excuse not to come here and start exploring all the dishes, slowly but steadily!
📍1909 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Braga serves what they claim to be “the best cod in Miami”. For a Portuguese restaurant stating that they do Portugal’s favorite food the best is indeed a big deal! The fact that when you open their website the default language is Portuguese, makes us feel that they are into authenticity, and their menu is indeed a proof of that!
📍1401 SW 22nd St, Miami, FL 33145
Jardim de Portugal
Authentic Portuguese restaurant in Miami, serving as a tasty setting for celebrations with friends and family for the past decade. Their slogan is “Florida’s most Portuguese restaurant” and their menu, featuring super traditional appetizers and main dishes, certainly backs up the claim!
📍2750 SW 26th Ave STE C, Miami, FL 33133
Old Lisbon Restaurants
Since the first location opened in Coral Way back in 1991, Old Lisbon has been serving Florida residents with an appetite for Portuguese food authentic recipes in a classical ambiance with old world charm. Old Lisbon is a Portuguese gourmet experience with an open kitchen concept, sumptuous seafood dishes and authentic Portuguese cuisine.
📍Locations in Miami, South Miami and Sunny Isles
Portugal Wine Bar & Grill
This Palm Coast restaurant delights customers’ palates with Portuguese dishes inspired by fresh and traditional, The atmosphere is inviting, comfortable and fun. Don’t miss the mariscada, a bountiful platter of assorted seafood, just like we love to eat in Portugal when the budget allows.
📍15 Palm Harbor Village Way West, Palm Coast, FL 32137
Antonio’s Restaurant – Uma Casa Portuguesa
The Afonso and Martinho families have joined forces to open Antonio’s Restaurant, whose goal is to “serve authentic Portuguese food in a friendly and comfortable family atmosphere.” We love that. Apart from serving delectable food, their focus also goes towards working with local fishermen, farmers and producers, thus being an active player in the local economy.
📍267 Coggeshall St. New Bedford, MA
Caravela Family Restaurant
It’s Sunday and you’d like to take your family out for Sunday lunch, just like you’d traditionally do in Portugal. Where do you go in the Portuguese heavy area of Fall River? Caravela Family Restaurant is a great option! The menu is not very extensive, but still features some of Portugal’s favorites, like grilled chicken, typical sandwiches like bifana, and Portuguese desserts not always easy to come by abroad, like pastel de feijão, that is, sweet bean tart.
📍637 S Main St, Fall River, MA 02721
This restaurant’s management describes Sagres as delivering “exquisite food, elegant atmosphere and top-notch service.” One thing is for sure: browsing their menu, you could really think that you are in Portugal! From uber traditional caldo verde soup as appetizer, to pork specialities from the Alentejo and Azores regions of Portugal, and also including several salted cod dishes, Sagres certainly brings the spirit and taste of Portugal to Fall River, an area where the Portuguese community is so large, that they probably won’t accept anything but the true, authentic best!
📍177 Columbia St, Fall River, MA 02721
At O Lavrador the food is authentically Portuguese, but so is the ambiance. The decoration takes advantage of quintessential Portuguese elements such as mosaics to help transport diners to the old continent. Open since 1981, this Queens-based restaurant serves not only authentic Portuguese cuisine, but also Spanish fare. It’s all about Iberian flavors at O Lavrador!
📍138-40 101st Ave, Queens, NY 11435
New York City’s East Village is lucky to have a place where you can come, chill, order a drink, and a variety of small plates to share – this is what us Portuguese often like to do for fun! We suggest ordering a Super Bock Portuguese beer and snacks to go along with it. The grilled chicken peri peri skewer, the meat croquetes and the fried calamari sound particularly nice!
📍97 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
At Portugal Express you can eat in the dining room or take things slowly at the chef’s counter. No matter what your view of how the dishes are being prepared is like, the food here is always top-notch! Hearty portions of traditional Portuguese cooking is what this family-owned restaurant is all about!
📍460 S Broad St, Elizabeth, NJ 07202
The Ironbound in Newark has an abundance of Portuguese restaurants, representative of the big Portuguese community that has settled here. In fact, many would argue that the best Portuguese food in the USA is to be found right here! If fresh, mouthwatering seafood is what you’re craving, Seabra’s Marisqueira is a safe bet. Eating at Seabra’s truly is like taking a trip to Portugal. So no wonder this restaurant tends to get really busy with homesick people and curious folks alike, who love traveling with their palate!
📍87 Madison St, Newark, NJ 07105
Solar do Minho
The north of Portugal, and in specific the Minho region, has a long tradition of food lovers and restaurateurs. Even when you visit a traditional restaurant in Lisbon, chances are the owners are from Minho. And so the exact same thing happens in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where this family-owned restaurant has been going strong for the past 19 years!
📍15 Cleveland Street | Belleville, NJ 07109
Martinho and Teresa Pereira bring to New Jersey not only traditional Portuguese delicacies, but also the trademark Portuguese hospitality. This restaurant is one of the few places across the USA where you can have the typical Portuguese spit-roasted suckling pig.
📍665 Monroe Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
This restaurant prepares both Portuguese and American cuisines, and thus serves as a testament to husband and wife Humberto and Lucy, who are the owners. This is a charming neighborhood restaurant where you come to eat straightforward comfort food that includes Portuguese-style grilled meats and several codfish dishes.
📍218 Warren Ave, East Providence, RI 02914
This New England restaurant focuses on classics of Portuguese cuisine, such as hearty codfish dishes, but particularly traditional island recipes from Madeira. Since 1987, Madeira has been sharing with its customers’ beautiful seafood platters, lots of grilled fish, shells and, of course, being a Madeira-inspired restaurant, espetadas, that is, grilled meats and fish on skewers.
📍288 Warren Ave, East Providence, RI 02914
This informal family-style eatery brings traditional Portuguese cuisine to East Providence. Apart from their running menu all year long, they include extra items on the list to celebrate special occasions that normally are meaningful to the Portuguese community, such as Easter.
📍579 Warren Ave, East Providence, RI 02914
Riviera markets itself as “Rhode Island’s best Portuguese dining”. Apart from traditional Portuguese cuisine, Riviera’s menu also features American and Italian dishes. We commend trying the grilled octopus, Francesinha sandwich or the steak Portuguese style.
📍580 N Broadway, East Providence, RI 02914
Oporto Fooding House & Wine
Houston… we do NOT have a problem! Because Oporto is here to serve beautiful Portuguese cuisine in the heart of Texas. Flavors are typically Portuguese, but Oporto’s dishes are more contemporary and refined than in your usual traditional Portuguese eatery.
📍125 W Gray St #500, Houston, TX 77019
Best Portuguese cafés and pastry shops in The USA
Cafe do Canto
When you visit the Little Portugal neighborhood and visit Cafe do Canto you are transported to Portugal. Not just the coffee and pastries are just like those you’d get in our country, even the decor and ambiance are as authentic as it can get across the pond. No matter what you choose when it comes to food, don’t forget to try the European espresso coffee they are famous for!
📍7 N 33rd St, San Jose, CA 95116
Jeremiah Duarte Bills is a Sacramento-based baker specializing in Portuguese pastries and cakes. Even though he does not have a permanent physical store, he sometimes does pop-ups where you can enjoy his baked goods. As Jeremiah says himself, he is “an ambassador for all things Portuguese”. He is so proud of his Portuguese ancestry that not only he bakes Portuguese sweet specialties for sale, he also runs cooking classes to share the traditional recipes he so loves after growing up in a dessert-obsessed family, like he mentions he did!
📍Find out more at: www.jeremiahbakes.com
This café and bakery serves authentic Portuguese dishes and desserts. You can visit Natas for either a full meal or simply a reenergizing cup of coffee and a pastry. Chef and owner Fátima Marques brings the tantalizing flavors of her homeland to California. Browse their pastries’ menu and start considering what you’ll order when you visit – it’s not easy to decide among so many tempting options, from classical pastel de nata to Portuguese desserts like flan, or even savory fritters with cod, and more!
📍13317 Ventura Blvd # D, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Popular Portuguese Bakery of San Jose
This little bakery in East San Jose provides the most famous cakes and bread from Portugal, with particular emphasis on baked goods from the Azores. While the lemon-flavored custard tarts are a favorite, they also sell queijadas, a Portuguese version of baked cheesecake, which can take on several flavors such as orange, coconut, almonds or beans.
📍1636 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116
Porto’s Bakery was born out of Rosa’s love for sharing her wonderful cakes and pastries with friends and family. Rosa, unfortunately, passed away in 2019, but her family has kept the business and her love for delicious bites alive and well, while they continue to serve the community of Southern California with pastries baked only with the finest ingredients.
📍Several locations in Southern California:
Portuguese baked goods and artisanal bread are Silva’s focus. Alvaro and Bruno Silva are the team behind this family-owned bakery which uses natural ingredients only. Come to Silva Bakery for traditional baked goods such as suspiros (Portuguese meringues), broa (cornbread), massa (sweet bread), bolo do pico (typical cake from the Azorean island of Pico) and many more!
📍18563 Mission Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541
Majestic Portuguese Bakehouse
We love the menu item names of Majestic, featuring freshly squeezed juices named after Portuguese cities as well as breakfast combos that keep exploring Portugal’s geography. It’s fun, authentic, tasty and they serve Portuguese Delta coffee – Portuguese people will agree that this is a good sign, a very good sign!
📍3340 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145
This Fall River based business has been baking delicious Portuguese bread for over 60 years! People from all over New England can enjoy their authentic Portuguese products, easily ordering from Amaral’s Bakery online store. They also provide a wholesale service for professionals.
📍241 Globe St, Fall River, MA 02724
This local bakery in Fall River is famous for its pastries and Portuguese-style espresso coffee. Customers claim that their custard tarts are divine, but their offerings do not stop at sweet things. They also serve typical Portuguese sandwiches like prego and cacoila (Portuguese pulled pork) as well as smaller savory bites.
📍695-699 Bedford St, Fall River, MA 02720
Provincetown Portuguese Bakery
In a town that has been dominated by Portuguese immigrants for generations, this business has been going on for almost 120 years! Here you can find classic Portuguese sweet bread, iconic pastel de nata, malassadas (deep-fried dough sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar) and so much more! If you’re hungry to embrace the spirit of Portugal when you are in Provincetown, don’t forget to visit this legendary Portuguese bakery!
📍299 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657
Joey Bats Café
For those who don’t know Portugal’s most celebrated sweet treat, Joey introduces pastel de nata suggesting “imagine a warm crème brûlée wrapped in a flaky croissant”. We’re not sure if the description is all that accurate, but the truth is that Joey bakes really delicious custard tarts and is definitely contributing to spreading the natas craze around New York City and beyond as they deliver locally in NYC and ship nationwide across the US!
📍129 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
Pao Quente D’Avenida
This store is the embodiment of a true hidden gem. Their coffee shop is tiny and their online presence is almost non-existent. But they serve beautiful breakfasts with freshly baked Portuguese pastries and loaves of bread that the locals who are lucky enough to know about this place rave about enthusiastically.
📍244 Kearny Ave Kearny, NJ 07032
With 3 locations scattered around the very Portuguese neighborhood of The Ironbound in Newark, Teixeira’s is like most Portuguese pastelarias in the old continent: no-frills, homey, affordable and serving the standard traditional cakes, pastries and coffee we all love so much.
📍Main location at: 184 Ferry St Newark, NJ 07105
Sweet Portugal Bakery
This bakery is pure temptation. You can visit to eat-in or order to enjoy at home. Their menu features not only typical Portuguese pastries, but also the kind of drinks you’d get in Portugal (like Compal juices and Sumol soft drinks), as well as gift baskets and platters perfect to entertain your friends at home. The charcuterie boards will make meat lovers drool, while the assorted mini pastries baskets are a sure way to make your parties and celebrations sweeter!
📍27 Fleming Ave, Newark, NJ 07105
This café and store pays tribute to the Portuguese islands of Azores, in the form of edible items. The family who runs Azorean Café is originally from the island of São Miguel and brings the spirit of Azorean cuisine to Pittsburgh. This translates into a focus on fresh and rustic foods. From lighter bites such as soups and sandwiches to hearty stews and oven-roasted dishes, you can visit Azorean Café for a week lunch or even hire their catering services for private parties.
📍4715 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Irresistible Portuguese desserts and bread of very high quality, yet at affordable prices. Matos is a bakery, pastry shop and also includes a small grocery with Portuguese staples such as charcuterie and cheeses.
1236 Main Street – West Warwick, RI 02893
569 Broadway – Pawtucket, RI 02860
Where to buy Portuguese foods and wine in The USA
This is a family-owned business that blends Portuguese bakery and market. No matter if you’d like to buy egg tarts or authentic sausages imported from Portugal, Portugal Imports can deliver. They have been making sure that the tens of thousands of Portuguese immigrants and their descendants in this area of California are able to stay connected with their culture and heritage, at least when it comes to the gastronomic side of things!
📍11655 Artesia Blvd #3849, Artesia, CA 90701
Portuguese Foods Tracy, CA: Fernandes São Jorge Linguiça
This Portuguese gourmet grocery store in the Tracy area of California has been serving the Portuguese community and lovers of Portuguese ingredients since 1990. The variety of foodstuffs they sell make them a one-stop shop for all your Portuguese needs, and they even sell some Portuguese pottery too!
📍Visit the store at: 4220 Commercial Dr STE 1, Tracy, CA 95304
O Prego – A Taste of Portugal
João moved from the island of Madeira, Portugal, to San Diego, California. He is proud of bringing a little bit of his Portuguese heritage to what he considers to be the finest city in the USA! While some of their freshly prepared Portuguese foodfare, like the prego sandwiches that have inspired the name of the business, have been for now discontinued due to Covid related limitations, they still deliver the items that can travel well, such as Portugal’s most famous pastry, pastel de nata!
📦 Order online: www.opregosd.com/s/shop
Portugalia offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience! This is a market that gathers several sellers offering traditional Portuguese products, such as fresh fruit and produce, specialty groceries and various meats, cheese and seafood. Apart from ingredients, you can also visit Portugalia Marketplace to enjoy typical Portuguese bites, such as freshly baked pastries. Culinary publication Saveur has named Portugalia “America’s Best Portuguese Market”.
📍Visit the market at: 489 Bedford Street Fall River, MA 02720
📦 Or order online: https://portugaliamarketplace.com
Valentinas Portuguese Market
Valentinas specializes in Brazilian and Portuguese products, imported from Portugal’s mainland but also with a specific focus on goods from the Azores islands. This Lowell based family-run business has been tightly related with the Portuguese community of this area, proudly serving them for over 35 years.
📍Visit the store at: 886 Central St, Lowell, MA 01852
📦 Or shop online: https://valentinasmarket.com/shop-live
This liquor store is run by a mother and her two daughters, and specializes in Portuguese wine and craft beers. If you’d like to try Portuguese drinks for the first time but don’t know what to choose, don’t be shy to ask! The ladies will help you navigate the world of typical Portuguese drinks.
📍174 Ives St Providence, RI 02906
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