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“To cook, serve and nourish. To care for those who sit at our table.
The ingredients and technique, the dedication and passion of each cook and each waiter. The search for the perfect balance between creativity, the new, the unique and the unknown, with the classic, the ingredient, the raw material in its most natural state, as it arrives at our door, with the least intervention.
The disturbing realization that there may be magic in the simplest, most obvious, ultimate detail of a creative surge. Emotional memories, reencountering the past and the transformation of unique recollections captured in a bite.
The heritage of a fascinating past discovering new seas, lands, peoples, and products. Exploring a bustling present and passionately imagining the future.
We are history, memory, knowledge, creativity, dream, emotion and action.
The chicken or the egg, traditional or vanguard, who came first, what stirs us, deepens our feelings and makes us travel. Yesterday, today or tomorrow - a dateless, timeless cuisine with all the time in the world. Apparently hermetic at times, again and again constantly evolving. A startling journey through a whirlwind of emotions?”

José Avillez


Distinguished with two Michelin stars and currently at #25 on "The World's 50 Best Restaurants List", Belcanto opened in 1958, in Chiado, in the beautiful São Carlos Square, next to the São Carlos National Theatre and to the house where the great Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa was born. The privileged location in Lisbon's historic center, the sober ambiance, the discrete service, and its cuisine soon won over Lisbon's elite, who turned Belcanto into an inescapable meeting place.

Belcanto by José Avillez opened at the beginning of 2012, totally refurbished. In that same year, Belcanto was distinguished with one Michelin star and in 2014, with a second one. Belcanto by José Avillez was the first restaurant in Lisbon to be distinguished with two Michelin stars, and José Avillez was the first Portuguese chef to receive this accolade in Portugal.

At Belcanto, José Avillez offers contemporary Portuguese cuisine in a sophisticated and comfortable setting that takes us on a journey in time, from Chiado’s old romantic feel to the future. In a place full of details, where art and memories share the space, José Avillez offers a unique sensory and gastronomic journey.

José Avillez and his team consider haute cuisine a way of expression. At Belcanto, they share their inspirations, emotions and angsts through representations and culinary illusions. Each dish tells a story, and its aim is to move those willing to try it.

Permanently evolving, in 2019, Belcanto moved to a new, wider space next to its previous address, still by São Carlos Square and in its privileged location. The restaurant’s dining room and kitchen are now closer, offering an enhanced gastronomic and sensory experience to its guests.

+ 351 213 420 607
(National landline call))
Rua Serpa Pinto, 10 A
1200-445 Lisbon

Online reservations

At Belcanto, we continually strive to improve the quality of our service. Accordingly, Belcanto has a limited number of tables and seats available once at every lunch or dinner. In order to provide an excellent experience, upon making your reservation we will ask you to confirm your interest by providing a credit card number over the phone. This information will only be used to secure the reservation. The booking may be changed or canceled by telephone or email up to 48 hours, at no cost. In the 48 hours before 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 reach us by phone or email. In case you are unable to confirm the reservation in the preceding 48 hours, the reservation will be canceled at no cost.

General inquiries and reservations

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Opening Hours
Tuesday to Saturday
for lunch 12:30 - 15:00
and dinner 
19:00 - 22:00
Closed on Sundays and Mondays