Lisbon : what are the 8 starred restaurants in the Michelin guide ?
Lisbon and Portugal are particularly appreciated for their gastronomy, as you already know. During your stay in the Portuguese capital, you will certainly enjoy Portuguese dishes and be seduced by the restaurants you will frequent, thanks to their generous and rich cuisine. Thus, Lisbon is a capital known for its good dishes but not for its fine cuisine and starred restaurants. However, in recent years, the Portuguese capital has been trying to gain its place on the starred restaurant menu. Currently, the latest Michelin guide (2019) lists 8 starred restaurants in Lisbon and its region : two restaurants with 2 stars and six restaurants with 1 star (listed below). Discover them and do not hesitate to book a lunch or dinner during your weekend or holiday in Lisbon !
- Alma, 2 Michelin stars in Lisbon
- Belcanto, 2 Michelin stars in Lisbon
- Eleven, 1 Michelin star in Lisbon
- Feitoria, 1 Michelin star in Lisbon
- Loco, 1 Michelin star in Lisbon
- The Lab by Sergi Arola, 1 Michelin star in Sintra
- Midori, 1 Michelin star in Sintra
- Fortaleza do Guincho, 1 Michelin star in Cascais
ALMA – 2 stars for Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa
Alma obtained its first star in the Michelin Guide 2017 and its second star in 2019. This place was born from the ambition of a restaurant entrepreneur, Rui Sanches, who wanted to create an establishment of high gastronomy. Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa was already working for the Sanches restaurants and we can say that as soon as it opened, the restaurant’s menu was aimed at obtaining a star. Henrique’s cuisine perfectly combines ingredients and the flavour of the dishes is described as “amazing” by many critics. The Michelin Guide also indicates that Alma’s dishes are very fine thanks to first-class products and strong flavours.
The Chef : Henrique Sá Pessoa
The cooking style : creative cuisine inspired by Portuguese, Mediterranean and international cuisine
Michelin inspectors’ opinion : “This charming restaurant located in the heart of the Chiado district occupies an 18th century building that was once used as a warehouse by the famous Bertrand bookstore (the oldest in the world). The interior offers attractive contrasts and, on the culinary side, there is a seasonal menu and interesting menus that invite you on a subtle journey through traditional, Mediterranean and international cuisine.”
The price : dishes from 32€, a tasting menu at 110€ in 5 courses with the chef’s classics, another tasting menu in 5 courses in tribute to the fish and shellfish of the Portuguese coast at 120€.
The menu is accessible here >>> http://www.almalisboa.pt/tree/static/pdf/11_jul2018_alma_ementa_pt.pdf
Address : Rua Anchieta 15, Lisboa
Opening hours : Tuesday to Sunday from 12:30 to 15:30 and from 19:00 to 23:00
BELCANTO – 2 Michelin stars for José Avillez in Lisbon
Chef José Avillez received his first Michelin star when he was the chef of a historic Lisbon restaurant, the Tavares. His career then began to take off with the publication of books, television appearances and the opening of many restaurants throughout Portugal. But his personal pride remains the Belcanto restaurant. This restaurant opened its doors for the first time in 1958, in the chic and historic district of Chiado. In 2012, taken over by Chef Avillez, who had had the building completely restored, the establishment obtained its first star. Followed by a second star in 2014. Belcanto then became the first restaurant in Lisbon to receive this distinction and José Avillez, the first Portuguese chef with 2 stars. In 2015, the establishment was considered one of the 100 best restaurants in the world by the prestigious publication “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List”. Belcanto has a sophisticated atmosphere in the heart of Lisbon’s most romantic district : Chiado.
The Chef : José Avillez
The cooking style : revisited Portuguese cuisine
Michelin inspectors’ opinion : “This classic restaurant is located in the tourist district of Chiado. Knock on the door and enjoy one of the best gastronomic experiences in the country. A talented chef develops a well thought-out and creative cuisine and its magnificent menus reveal remarkable technical know-how.“
The price : dishes at 50€, tasting menu from 165€ per person
The menu is available here >>> http://belcanto.pt/backoffice/files/Menu/2.pdf
Address : Largo de São Carlos 10, Lisboa
Opening hours : from 12:30 to 15:00 for lunch, from 19:00 to 23:00 for dinner, closed on Sundays and Mondays
The website : http://belcanto.pt/EN/
To book >>> 00 351 21 342 06 07
ELEVEN – 1 Michelin star for Joachim Koerper
Located on the highest hill in Edward VII Park (Parque Eduardo VII), this sophisticated and contemporary restaurant offers a beautiful view of Lisbon. In the kitchen, chef Joachim Koerper prepares a Mediterranean cuisine described as “bright, elegant, modern and innovative”. Koerper is a German-born chef who fell in love with Southern European cuisine and ingredients at an early age and is recognized as one of the most important experts of Mediterranean cuisine. During his career, he has worked in prestigious restaurants in France such as Le Moulin de Mougins (3 stars), Guy Savoy (2 stars) and L’Ambroisie (3 stars). His first restaurant in Spain, Girasol, also won an award (2 stars) and illustrated his philosophy of cooking, which he continues with the Eleven : to make it simple and use local, fresh and natural ingredients.
The Chef : Joachim Koerper
The cooking style : Mediterranean cuisine based on local, fresh and natural ingredients
Michelin inspectors’ opinion : “Housed in a designer building overlooking the Amália Rodrigues garden, this restaurant invites you to taste a high-flying creative cuisine in a modern and bright room, offering a splendid view of Edward VII Park and the city”.
The price : dishes from 39€, tasting menu from 94€ per person
The dessert menu >>> http://www.restauranteleven.com/media/pdfs/carta-sobremesas-2018-19-ing.pdf
The Atlantic Menu and Tasting Menu >>> http://www.restauranteleven.com/media/pdfs/atla-ntico-e-degustac-a-o-2018-19-ing.pdf
The vegetarian menu >>> http://www.restauranteleven.com/media/pdfs/menu-vegetariano-2018-19-ing.pdf
The special lobster menu >>> http://www.restauranteleven.com/media/pdfs/menu-lavagante-2018-19-ing.pdf
The menu around the white truffle >>> http://www.restauranteleven.com/media/pdfs/menu-trufa-branca-de-alba-eng-2018.pdf
Opening hours : Monday to Saturday, from 12pm to 11pm
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/Restaurante-Eleven-419169371493607/
FEITORIA – 1 Michelin star for Hotel Altis Belém and chef João Rodrigues
The Feitoria is the starred table of the Hotel Altis Belém. This modern, spacious and beautifully decorated establishment has as its theme the Great Portuguese Discoveries. And its view of the Tagus is amazing. The hotel’s Discovery concept is also reflected in the cuisine of chef João Rodrigues. Its unique style transcends Portuguese cuisine with exotic flavours and textures inspired by former Portuguese colonies in South America, Asia and Africa. The chef is passionate about quality Portuguese products.
The Chef : João Rodrigues
The cooking style : Portuguese cuisine with oriental and exotic flavours and inspirations
Michelin inspectors’ opinion : “A modern two-storey room with a pleasant hall, a waiting bar and a terrace, where you can enjoy an inventive cuisine that emphasizes product quality, careful presentation and respect for flavours“.
The price : dishes from 35€, tasting menu from 85€ per person
Opening hours : Monday to Saturday, from 7:30 pm to 11 pm
The website : http://www.restaurantefeitoria.com/en/
To book a stay at the Altis Belém Hotel & Spa >>> http://bit.ly/book_altisbelemhotelspa
LOCO – 1 long-awaited star for chef Alexandre Silva, winner of a Top Chef edition
Alexandre Silva is the winner of a Top Chef edition in Portugal. Many specialists claim that this restaurant was created from the very beginning to propel the chef towards his first Michelin star. The proposed cuisine (14 or 18 courses) is avant-garde, the atmosphere of the place is refined but not formal. The service is impeccable, the restaurant does not serve any à la carte dishes. It is the chef who decides the menu every day through these dishes, also called “moments”.
The Chef : Alexandre Silva
The cooking style : avant-garde cuisine
Michelin inspectors’ opinion : “Located very close to the Basilica of Estrela, the restaurant, which stands out for its design setting, has a unique dining room that opens onto the kitchen. Alexandre Silva, first winner of Top Chef Portugal, offers two attractive and creative tasting menus that highlight local products.”
The price : 18-course menu (moments) at 96€, the same menu with cheese service at 126€
Address : Rua dos Navegantes 53-B, Lisboa
Opening hours : Tuesday to Saturday, 7pm to 11pm
The website : http://www.loco.pt/en/
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/locorestaurant/
To book >>> send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
LAB – 1 Michelin star in Sintra for the renowned Spanish chef Sergi Arola
This star was expected by the Penha Longa Resort hotel complex in Sintra (near Lisbon) and arrived in 2016 with the publication of the 2017 Michelin Guide. For 8 years, the restaurant Arola had been run by the Spanish chef with two stars in Madrid : the Catalan Sergi Arola. In June 2015, the chef opened a second restaurant in the hotel complex: the Lab by Sergi Arola. This new place was designed to promote gourmet cuisine and obtain a Michelin star. From the restaurant room, with a capacity of only 30 seats, you will have a superb view of the luxury hotel’s golf course and the surrounding mountains. The atmosphere is simple and intimate. Chef Arola says he has a particular weakness for Lisbon, although his restaurants are spread over Madrid, Barcelona, Istanbul, Sao Paulo and the Portuguese capital. He recently stated in the Portuguese press: “No other of my restaurants is like this one“. The menu changes 4 to 6 times a year and highlights Spanish cuisine : Galician enpanadas and wild potatoes revisited in particular.
The Chef : Sergi Arola
The cooking style : creative cuisine with a variety of inspirations
The Michelin inspectors’ opinion : “An intimate, unique, authentic, different place… that perfectly reflects the personality of this famous Spanish chef ! It is distinguished both by the beauty of its dining room with a magnificent view of the golf course, and by its creative culinary offer with Mediterranean roots, which does not forget the wonderful local products.”
The price : dishes from 36€, tasting menu from 95€ per person
The menu is accessible here >>> https://labbysergiarola.com/assets/pdfs/NewMenu2018.pdf
Opening hours : Wednesday to Saturday from 7pm to 11pm
The website : http://www.penhalonga.com/en/Dining/LAB-by-Sergi-Arola
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/PenhaLongaHotel
To book a stay at the Penha Longa Resort >>> http://bit.ly/book_penhalongaresort
MIDORI – 1 Michelin star in Sintra for the Japanese cuisine of chef Pedro Almeida
With this restaurant, we stay in the same complex as the previous one : Penha Longa Resort. Exceptionally, this 5-star hotel in Sintra managed to obtain a Michelin star for a second restaurant. Midori has long been one of the leading Japanese restaurants in Portugal. In 2012, it was completely renovated and its atmosphere became even more elegant. The proposed kitchen has been modernised, always maintaining a very high level of quality and exigency. It is logical that in the Michelin 2019 Guide, chef Pedro Almeida obtains a star for this establishment specializing in sushi and teppanyaki.
The Chef : Pedro Almeida
The cooking style : Japanese cuisine with Portuguese inspiration
Michelin inspectors’ opinion : “An exclusive restaurant with a current décor that is the benchmark for Japanese cuisine in Portugal. He relies on Portuguese cuisine with a Japanese soul, and uses oriental techniques and customs to produce the best local products, especially fish. Open only in the evening !“
The price : tasting menu in 7 moments at 95€ per person, and in 9 moments at 130€ per person
The menu is accessible here >>> http://bit.ly/menu_midori
Opening hours : Tuesday to Saturday from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
The website : http://www.penhalonga.com/en/gastronomy/midori/
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/PenhaLongaHotel
To book a stay at the Penha Longa Resort >>> http://bit.ly/book_penhalongaresort
FORTALEZA DO GUINCHO – 1 Michelin star in Cascais for a wonderful Relais & Châteaux
For this table, you will have to leave Lisbon and go to Cascais, a few kilometres from the Portuguese capital. Since the beginning of 2019, chef Gil Fernandes has been running his one-star restaurant in a wonderful setting : an incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Sintra mountains from a 17th century fortress transformed into a boutique hotel (Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho). The chef already has a long career in top-of-the-range or starred restaurants. For example, it passed through the kitchens of the Tivoli Hotel in Lisbon and the Vila Joya and the Ocean, two tables with 2 stars at Michelin in the Algarve. Abroad, he attended the De Librije, 3 Michelin stars in Holland; and the Geranium, 2 Michelin stars in Denmark. Since 2016, he had been the deputy chief of Fortleza do Guincho. It is only logical that he succeeded the previous starred chef : Miguel Rocha Vieira. Gil is the youngest Portuguese chef to run a starred table in Portugal, having taken the helm at the age of 28. It offers a cuisine that honours the fish and shellfish of the Portuguese coast. Two tasting menus are available and it is also possible to eat à la carte. For desserts, it is the pastry chef Filipe Manhita who is in charge.
The Chef : Gil Fernandes
The cooking style : traditional French cuisine with touches of tradition and local Portuguese flavours
Michelin inspectors’ opinion : “In this magnificent restaurant, an elegant small lounge precedes a bar and a glass dining room that stands out above all for its splendid view of the ocean. It offers a modern cuisine featuring national and Atlantic products, and several menus, with always the possibility of mixing.“
The price :
- 4-course tasting menu at 95€ per person or 140€ with food and wine pairing
- 8-course tasting menu at 145€ per person or 230€ with food and wine pairing
Address : Estrada do Guincho, Cascais
Openinh hours : every day from 12:30 to 15:00 and from 19:30 to 22:30
To book a stay at the Fortaleza do Guincho >>> http://bit.ly/book_hotelfortalezadoguincho