"Over 500 years ago there lived a people who revolutionised our knowledge of the world.
Driven by a desire to know and discover.
Aware of the risks and the hardships.
The Portuguese set out from Lisbon in search of all things new: new seas, new lands, new places, new peoples and new products.
Guided by knowledge and science, they created the first globalisation phenomenon.
Lisbon offered the world a new outlook.
At Belcanto, inspired by the feats of the past, we have built the future, while respecting customs and traditions, sharing the same lure for the new and valuing teamwork and the interchange of experience and knowledge.
Together we have discovered new techniques, new concepts and new ways of serving.
The creation of a Portuguese haute cuisine, timeless, dateless.
The union, the creativity, the desire to evolve and go one step further."

José Avillez


Distinguished with two Michelin stars and currently in the seventy-fifth place on "The World's 50 Best Restaurants List", 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's historic centre, its graceful, 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.

José Avillez' Belcanto restaurant re-opened in the beginning of 2012, totally refurbished, and was awarded a Michelin star in that same year. 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 on "The World's 50 Best Restaurants List" arranged by Restaurant magazine and came in ninety-first place.

At Belcanto, José Avillez offers a revisited Portuguese cuisine in a stylish ambience, with a maximum of 28 seats, that makes us travel from the old romantic Chiado to the future. In a place filled with details, where art and memories are present, José Avillez invites us on an incomparable gastronomic and sensory journey.

In Belcanto's kitchen, José Avillez created a special, unique and exclusive place ― the Chef's table. At this table, whether it is lunch or dinner time, one can enjoy observing the attentive and meticulous work of the team while a special surprise tasting menu is served along with a special wine menu suggested by the sommelier Rodolfo Tristão.

José Avillez and his team consider haute cuisine a form of expression. At Belcanto, he shares his inspirations, emotions and unrests through his culinary performances and illusions. Each dish tells a story and sets out to stir the emotions of those willing to try it.

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+ 351 213 420 607
Largo de São Carlos, 10
1200-410 Lisbon

Opening Hours:
At Belcanto, we continually strive to improve the quality of our service. Accordingly, Belcanto has 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.

Lunch: 12:30 - 15:00
Dinner: 19:00 - 23:00
Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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