“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
1200-410 Lisboa

Opening Hours:

Because we want to welcome you even better, we inform that, from 19 January to early March, Belcanto will close temporarily for renovation works.

At Belcanto, we continually strive to improve the quality
of our service.
Accordingly, starting from March, Belcanto will have a reduced number of tables and seats, to be occupied only once every lunch or dinner. To be able to provide an excellent experience, upon making your reservation,
we will ask you to please confirm your interest
by providing a credit card number over the phone.
This information will only be used to secure the reservation and there won't be any debits in the event
of a show.

The booking may be changed or cancelled by telephone
or email up to 48 hours in advance, at no cost.
In the 48 hours prior to the reservation, we will contact you by phone to confirm the reservation. If you are not able to answer our call, we ask you to please reach us by phone or by email. If it isn't possible to confirm the reservation in the 48 hours prior to the reservation, the reservation will be cancelled at no cost.

We hope to have the pleasure of receiving your visit
after the reopening.

Lunch: 12.30 am - 03.00 pm
Dinner: 07.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays.

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