Serves meat, vegan options available. Pan-Asian cuisine with separate vegan and vegetarian menus. Relaxed ambiance of a 1920s Saigon market. Open Mon-Thu 18:30-22:00, Fri-Sat 18:30-23:00, Sat-Sun 12:00-15:00, Sun 18:30-22:00.

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51 Reviews

First Review by JFalballa


Points +170

23 Sep 2023

Good taste, some options

You can choose most of the options with heura, which is a mediterranean plant based meat. The bao bun had that and mushrooms in it and was really good. The restaurant itself was recommended by a local.

Pros: Flavor, Atmosphere

Cons: Bit pricey, Small portions



Points +451

17 Aug 2023

Very good Asian Fusion!

Great place for both meat eaters, vegans and everything inbetween. I had the vegan japchae with tofu, and was very much satisfied!

Pros: Great food, Great alcohol free drinks

Cons: Could have more vegan options I guess


Points +1280

01 Aug 2023


Had diner at this restaurant on Sunday evening. Restaurant was fully booked.

Some orders did not come through well in the kitchen. Dishes were brought that were said to be vegan but that turned out not to be the case, after asking twice. It was a bit messy. However the food tasted very nice and the staff had offered their excuses at the end of our diner which was appreciated.

Pros: Clearly labeled vegan options , Tasty food , Nice ambiance


Points +190

03 Jul 2023

Small portions, average taste

Meals are overpriced and don’t taste like much. Quite disappointing. After a starter, main course with extra rice and desert, I am still hungry and I am a small girl…

Pros: Friendly staff, A lot of vegan options , Clearly labelled allergens

Cons: Expensive , Taste is average , Small portions


Points +28

09 Feb 2023

Lovely place!

I love the concept with the tickets and passports ! Food was super delicious!

Cons: Quite busy


Points +344

04 Feb 2023


I had the spring rolls and the vegan bao.


Points +385

28 Nov 2022

Great bao buns

Their vegan mushroom bao bun is really tasty, and the bun was perfect in texture. However, I noticed that a lot of their vegan/veggie options seem to be using the same flavour profile so the meal felt very one dimensional. It was also a shame that they only had a single vegan bao bun option


Points +27

30 Oct 2022

Great veg options

I tried their dim sum, spring rolls, bao and samosas and they’re were all delicious.


Points +308

11 Sep 2022

Would give 5⭐️

I visited Boa Boa on the last day of my holiday in 2019. It was the last place I went to in Lisbon and it was the only place I went to that wasn’t 100% vegan, but I would say it was probably the nicest food I had during the whole trip. They had an extensive vegan menu alongside their non vegan menu and I was really happy with the food I got.


Points +83

12 Aug 2022

Love the food

They have quite a lot options for vegan/vegetarian. I loved the bao bun. The dim-sums were not that amazing and some had a weird taste. Staff is very bussy, and therefore not very kind.

Ze hebben behoorlijk wat keuze qua vega en vegan. Bij de voorgerechten is de bao bun erg aan te raden en de vega loempia’s. De dim Sum valt helaas wat tegen, moet je van houden.

Updated from previous review on 2022-08-10

Pros: Veel vega en vegan, Ruime keuze , Bediening spreekt goed Engels

Cons: Voor prijzen in Portugal redelijk prijzig , Bediening kan soms wat onvriendelijk overkomen


Points +711

23 Jul 2022

Not trying very hard & way overpriced

Lunch for two was €57! Definitely not worth it.

Food isn’t terrible but not much love and care put into the flavours or the service. The dumplings were good (though you’ll find better elsewhere) - and the eggplant bao was tasty. Everything else we had was bland.

Updated from previous review on 2022-07-23


Points +504

02 Jun 2022


Everything from the appetizers to the dessert was delicious. The kind of placd I would go back to.

Updated from previous review on 2022-06-02


Points +33

29 May 2022

Wish I could give 5 stars

I had vegan bao bun and vegan pad thai and they were both incredible. Super tasty, light and so enjoyable. I was with a non vegan friend and we both thought it was one of the best meals we had in Lisbon. It was really busy and we had to wait a while for a table but it was totally worth it.


Points +81

23 Jan 2022

Quick and tasty

Second time I’ve been here and the food was delightful and the service very quick. Sadly not enough vegan options but staff are very knowledgable. That being said, the dishes they do have are great, the pad Thai is especially a favourite.


Pros: Fast service, Tasty food

Cons: Expensive, Limited low alcohol options, Small menu


Points +71

17 Oct 2021

Decent food if you're in the area and want Asian food

On a busy Friday night, we walked around Lisbon – struggling to find somewhere to eat which had a decent vegan menu. We found Boa-Bao and as my boyfriend and I love Asian food back in London, and as the menu labelled a few dishes as ‘vegan’ we decided to go.

The portion sizes are rather small – we ordered the egg-plant bao bun and only one was served. It was tasty but wasn’t amazing.

We then ordered the vegetarian dim sum selection which again was fine, some were tastier than others but only around 6 dumplings were served. The food lacked salt and spice to make it memorable.

The spring rolls arrived warm on the outside but cold on the inside. We didn’t complain as it looked rather busy but these were still tasty and came with a nice sweet chilli sauce.

We then lastly ordered their friend rice with tofu making it vegan. This was tasty and a good portion – the tofu was plain however.

Overall – an okay place to go for a meal if you are craving Asian food as it is less than common in Lisbon (we found) but not incredible food.

Good service however, friendly staff and nice atmosphere and tasty mocktails

Pros: Nice atmosphere, Vegan options labelled, Good drinks

Cons: Portion sizes, Quite costly


Points +469

11 Oct 2021

Great food, fast service

Place was packed, still super fast service. Super yummy vegan meals, I had starter and super tasty bao bun
Starter 8,75 €, Bao bun 5,50 €

Updated from previous review on 2021-10-11

Pros: Vegan options for starter, main and desert


Points +50

05 Oct 2021

Very tasy!

The dim sum and the vegan small dishes were super 👌

Cons: Not many vegan main dish options


Points +803

25 Oct 2020

Good food and nice cocktails

Good vegan selection and tasty food. Service was not great but they seemed overwhelmed by the amount of people waiting to be seated. We were seated outside next to the queue where people were smoking - not great

Pros: Good food and drinks

Cons: eating next to people who are waiting and staring , Service can be improved


Points +206

11 Oct 2020

For the second time they put egg in our Pad Thai

They definitely do not put any attention for vegan food!
For the second time that we ordered there, they put egg in our dishes! Moreover, it is very easy to make vegan curries but they don’t care enough from their vegan clients to make an option for vegan curry (very weird because I eat vegan curry in every Thai restaurant I go). They also very expensive considering to their food. I don’t recommend them.

Cons: The put egg in the dish for the second time! , They don’t have vegan curry even though it’s easy, The very expensive consider to other restaurants


Points +52

14 Sep 2020


The price is not the best but it for sure is worth it


Points +3389

08 Sep 2020

Yummy and fresh

I ordered a few items for delivery and they were exactly what I was craving. It can be tricky to get vegan dim sum so having that option at Boa-Boa was lovely. We also really liked the gua bao. It's definitely a spot I'll be checking out again.


Points +36

16 Aug 2020

Delicious vegan Pad Thai

I had the vegan Pad Thai and it was so good (however, it was my first time having pad thai). I especially enjoyed the noodles which felt freshly made. I also had the eggplant gua bao as a started and totally recommend it - slightly spicy and super delicious.

There are not a lot of vegan options, I think just three different main dish options, but there are a bit more for vegetarians.

The vegan chocolate dim sum for dessert was fantastic and definitely a must try!

The restaurant is quite busy but looks very cool and trendy, and the music was groooovy. Our waiter was extremely friendly and gave us a lot of very honest suggestions, which was much appreciated.

Pros: Everything was delicious, Friendly staff and cool atmosphere

Cons: Not so many vegan options


Points +62

21 Jun 2020

Boa-bao retour plage secrète

Tres bonne cuisine, cocktails sympas, cadre intérieur agréable mais il faut penser à réserver minimum la veille car le jour même il n'ont pas accepté de prendre notre reservation. il y avait du monde. Nous avons donc mangé en terrasse, c'était quand même bien même si ça ne vaut pas la déco intérieure. Les prix sont un peu chers mais la cuisine et la présentation.peuvent le justifier.

Pros: Choix végétarien

Cons: Acceuil un peu froid


Points +180

06 Mar 2020

Offers vegan menu

Options such as: vegan dim sum, spring rolls and samosas for starters (we had the dim sum and spring rolls which were very nice)
Mains such as noodle soup, pad thai and curry
We had the pad thai and curry and both were very tasteful
Will be back


13 Mar 2020

Well, Bryan... We can't wait to have you back?Thank you so much! See you on the next Asian Food Journey.


Points +552

26 Nov 2019

Just what we needed after a day sightseeing

Music a little loud but food great, service great. No starters without mushroom for me so opted for dessert instead.
Good choice of mains and desserts.


09 Dec 2019

pinks, thank you so much for the compliments to our food options and service! We hope this was the first of many Asian adventures with us?Hope to see you soon, the Boa-Bao team.


Points +50

08 Nov 2019

Boring and tasteless

Food has all the ingredients necessary to make it tasty, but unfortunately it is still tasteless.

Pros: Has all the necessary ingredients

Cons: Not prepared well, Tasteless


09 Dec 2019

kantord, we're sorry to see that your experience with us didn't meet your (and ours) expectations. As you can see, normally, we're praised for the flavors we provide and if something isn't quite right with the dish, our hosts are always available to help at the moment. With that said, we believe your experience was an exception and we hope you have the chance to come back to live a more positive one next time. Thank you, the Boa-Bao team.


Points +62

29 Oct 2019

Great food, great drinks

Amazing food and amazing non-alcoholic drinks.

Pros: Good ambience.

Cons: It might be a little noisy at evenings, Can became a little expensive.


09 Dec 2019

WOW, HappyCarina! Thank you so much?Please, feel free to come back anytime. It will be a pleasure to serve you and receive you anytime really soon! The Boa-Bao team.

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