The Name Bérrio
Here you may have a meal with the freshest and highest quality fish from the Portuguese coast in a privileged place over the sea with a splendid view from Lisbon to Cascais. We offer an exquisite and charming room over the sea decorated with details from Portuguese discovery. Here you can taste the best fresh fish from the Portuguese coast and the best that the sea brings to us with the refinement and sophistication that our chef can offer. During the summer you may have entertainment all day long, enjoying activities on our terrace or you can just take a sunbathe in our natural solarium or if you prefer, take a rest at the beach, recognized by the best national orthopedists and dermatologists. Bérrio was the name of one of the ships from Vasco da Gama expedition that discovered the maritime route to India. It was named after being sold to King D. Manuel I, to be part of the fleet of India, by its owner, D. Manuel de Bérrio. Bérrio was the only Latin caravel of the fleet with triangular sails that allowed to sail against the wind. Robust and fast, 30 meters long, three masts and 50 tons. Bérrio departed from Lisbon on July 8th, 1497, along with the ships (with round sails) Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael, as well as a rattle of groceries. Being the lightest and fastest of the fleet, it was the first vessel to return and reach the bay of Cascais on July 10th, 1499 under the command of Nicolau Coelho and having as pilot Pêro Escobar, who would later accompany the fleet of Pedro Álvares Cabral in his Voyage of discovery of Brazil in 1500. In memory of this historic feat and in honor of the Portuguese people and the municipality of Cascais, we gave the name Bérrio to our restaurant. We intend not only to feed the body of those who visit us, but also to feed the soul of Portuguese pride.