“By nature we are nonconformists. Every day we hope to learn and find answers to the questions that crop up and allow us to develop and move forward.”

- José Avillez

The Belcanto restaurant opened in 1958 in Chiado, in the trendy São Carlos square next to the São Carlos National Theatre and the house where Fernando Pessoa was born. Its singular location at the historic centre of Lisbon, its sober, sophisticated atmosphere, the discrete and attentive service, and the delights at its cuisine, soon won over Lisbon’s elite who turned the Belcanto into the place to be seen.

In the summer of 2011, Chef José Avillez took an interest in Belcanto and began an extensive refurbishment of the kitchens and dining areas. José Avillez’s Belcanto restaurant, re-opened at the beginning of 2012, totally renewed. At his Belcanto, awarded a Michelin star within a year of opening, one can enjoy new Portuguese cuisine in a sophisticated atmosphere that still provides some of the former romance of the Chiado district.

José Avillez looks at haute cuisine as a form of expression. At the Belcanto he shares his inspirations, emotions and concerns through his culinary representations and illusions. Each dish tells a story and sets out to stir the emotions of those willing to try it.

+ 351 21 342 06 07
Largo de São Carlos, 10
1200-410 Lisboa

Opening Hours:
Lunch: 12.30 am - 03.00 pm
Dinner: 07.30 pm - 11.00 pm
From Tuesday to Saturday.
Closed Sunday and Monday.
Closed for staff holidays: 19 January to 3 February (inclusive); 3 to 18 August (inclusive)
Closed on public holidays: 24 and 25 December and 1 January

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