“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
Distinguished with two Michelin stars, Belcanto restaurant opened in 1958 in Chiado, at the São Carlos square, next to the São Carlos National Theatre and to the house where the great Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa was born. Its singular location in Lisbon historic centre, its sober, sophisticated atmosphere, the discrete and attentive service, and the pleasures of its cuisine, soon won over Lisbon’s elite who turned 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. José Avillez’s Belcanto restaurant re-opened in the beginning of 2012, totally renewed, and was awarded a Michelin star within a year of its opening. In 2014, Belcanto restaurant received a second Michelin star, making Belcanto the first restaurant in Lisbon to be distinguished with two Michelin stars, and José Avillez the first Portuguese chef to obtain this honour in Portugal. In 2015, Belcanto was included in the prestigious "The World's 50 Best Restaurants" list, organized by Restaurant magazine, achieving 91st place. Here, one can enjoy Portuguese cuisine revisited 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.
Offer one of our Belcanto vouchers.
+ 351 21 342 06 07
Largo de São Carlos, 10
Lunch: 12.30 am - 03.00 pm
Dinner: 07.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays.
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