Starlit Dinners in Lagos this Summer

Gather your friends on the terrace of Mar d’Estórias this summer to watch the stars while enjoying delicious Portuguese cuisine.

WORDS Mar d’Estórias

The warm nights in the Algarve spent on the terrace of Mar d’Estórias in Lagos overlooking the historic city centre are reminiscent of the old days when families would gather on the açoteias (typical Algarve terraces) to enjoy the starry nights.

Portuguese tradition dictates that you sit at the table and enjoy the good life, which means eating, drinking and socialising! 

Portuguese gastronomy will be the brightest star!

When you step onto the terrace of Mar d’Estórias, you will embark on a taste journey where traditional Portuguese recipes are reinterpreted with seasonal ingredients, locally sourced.

This is the perfect stage to sample the unique summer dishes prepared by chef Megan Melling, who has been dedicated to Portuguese cuisine for several years. The special dinner menu features dishes that reinterpret Portuguese cuisine, such as Algarvian falafels, which combine local carito beans (from Aljezur), carrot purée and a fresh herb salad. 

The second suggested dish features an ingredient that everyone knows: codfish! Served two ways, this confit codfish with a toasted cornmeal topping served with sautéed asparagus, a traditional bread stuffing with cilantro (typical side dish from Alentejo) or stewed creamy chickpeas (as a gluten-free option). The third suggestion is the chef’s special dish that has been on the menu since 2018.

The galinha cerejada is a reinterpretation of a typical Algarvian dish (crispy fried chicken thighs) and is served with celeriac purée, Iberian pork chorizo and roasted chicken sauce, accompanied by French fries or a fresh salad. The special dinner menu is available throughout the summer season.

In addition to the special dinner menu, a regular menu pays homage to Portugal’s culinary heritage with a twist. Each dish tells a story, and everyone is welcome to hear and enjoy it starting at lunchtime. 

At the Terrace Bar, you will find a careful selection of Portuguese wines to accompany your meals. From reds to rosés, from south to north, there is always the right wine to pair every dish. To complete the experience, toast with a reinvented cocktail, like our Caipirinha Algarvia with medronho and oranges from the region, or a Madeira Mojito with wine from the island. Algarve craft beer is also served with our snacks.

Book a table at the Terrace Bar through +351 282 792 165 or


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