I never dreamed I would be where I am today. I made it here because I have a dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic team that stands out because of its drive to keep learning more and doing better.

José Avillez



Portuguese and a chef, José Avillez' main focus is to promote Portuguese gastronomy and to contribute to making Portugal a top gastronomic destination. He's considered a reference in Portuguese gastronomy and has stood out because of his enterprising spirit and drive to go further.

His immense curiosity, love for travelling and constant drive to experiment and learn have contributed a great deal to his creativity and evolution, though the great source of inspiration is Portuguese cuisine. He defines himself as a chef who's passionate about cuisine and about his country and who embraces innovation and creativity without ever forgetting tradition, quality, authenticity and the worth of work.

José Avillez grew up near the ocean and a pine forest, in Cascais and this had a profound influence on his work. He studied Business Communication in college, had private study lessons with the key author on traditional Portuguese gastronomy, Maria de Lourdes Modesto, and did many professional internships in several different restaurants in Portugal and abroad, such as El Bulli by Ferran Adrià, who transformed his concept of cuisine.

In 2008 he took on the role of executive chef of the emblematic restaurant Tavares, in Lisbon, the place where, in 2009, he'd come to win his first Michelin star. In 2011 he decided to open his own restaurants and today has several in Portugal, in Lisbon and Porto, and also in Dubai, each with a different concept, but all expressing his passion for cuisine.

José Avillez has an enthusiastic team who assists him in the restaurant operation and helps him develop his different projects, including his TV shows, books, and signature wines.

Today, what is it that excites and drives him?

The moments of creativity, because it's when I feel the most pleasure and emotion in my life. My team, who helps me fulfil my dream - every day I'm thankful to the people who work with me. Then there's the emotional commitment, having the chance to give... and in the kitchen, we give. Life is a journey and the important thing is to give and leave more than we take.


BELCANTO (Lisbon - Chiado), distinguished with two Michelin stars and considered one of the world's 50 best restaurants by the prestigious “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”, José Avillez offers revisited Portuguese cuisine in a sophisticated atmosphere that evokes the old romantic feel of Chiado. This is the style that truly defines him and expresses his creative evolution. Opened in January 2012.


ENCANTO (Lisbon – Chiado) is an enchanted place of haute cuisine where vegetables are celebrated as stars. Legumes, leaves, seeds, algae, mushrooms, flowers, fruits, eggs, and cheeses are delicately prepared and served. Here, we celebrate the work of small or local Portuguese farmers and cede the spotlight to seasonal products. Opened in March 2022.


PÁTEO (Lisbon - Chiado), where seafood and fish are king, at the ample and surprising BAIRRO DO AVILLEZ, a neighbourhood that gathers different, yet complementary gastronomic concepts, inspired by the best Portuguese flavours, signed by José Avillez. Opened in August 2016.


TABERNA (Lisbon - Chiado) is Lisbon’s most atypical tavern, offers good Portuguese flavours with a touch of creativity in a very laid-back atmosphere. Open every day, noon to midnight, at BAIRRO DO AVILLEZ. By TABERNA’S entrance, you’ll find a Mercearia (gourmet deli) where you can buy irresistible delicacies. Opened in August 2016.


MINI BAR (Lisbon - Chiado) is José Avillez’ gourmet bar that offers a new entertainment concept and small, varied and flavourful gastronomic experiences, along with wonder and fun. This is not a traditional restaurant. Here, nothing is what it seems. Opened in September 2014 in Teatro São Luiz and, in June 2020, moved to BAIRRO DO AVILLEZ.


CANTINHO DO AVILLEZ (Lisbon – Chiado and Parque das Nações | Cascais | Porto) offers a good Portuguese-inspired cuisine influenced by the chef’s travels in a very comfortable atmosphere. In Chiado it opened in September 2011; in Parque das Nações it opened in May 2018; in Cascais it opened in May 2019; in Porto it opened in September 2014.


PIZZARIA LISBOA (Lisbon - Chiado) is an old dream come true. José Avillez dreamed of opening a pizzeria ever since he was a young boy... Maybe because he was fascinated by the way pizza has traveled the world, maybe because he loves the fun, family-friendly atmosphere of pizzerias, or maybe because he loves a new challenge. Or, quite probably, for all of these reasons. Opened in March 2013 at Rua Duques de Bragança and, in June 2020, moved to BAIRRO DO AVILLEZ.


TASCA CHIC is a sophisticated and contemporary restaurant of Portuguese traditional flavours, JACARÉ, a vegetarian carnivore, and BARRA CASCABEL, a place with the best Mexican flavours that’s the result of a partnership with chef Roberto Ruiz. Opened in December at the Gourmet Experience in El Corte Inglés (Lisbon - San Sebastian).


TASCA in the Cuá Cuá Club, Quinta do Lago, in Algarve, offers some good Portuguese flavours and other international delights in a fun ambiance of sophisticated relaxation. Here we mix good food with the entertainment of a nightclub, with music and dancing. Opened in June 2022.





CASCABEL, at the Gourmet Experience in El Corte Inglés (Lisbon - São Sebastião), in partnership with chef Roberto Ruiz, offers authentic Mexican flavours and original and irresistible cocktails in a festive, irreverent atmosphere. Opened in December 2017.




TASCA, distinguished with one Michelin star, at the hotel Mandarin Oriental Jumeira in Dubai, is chef José Avillez’ first international restaurant project. Tasca offers a menu of Portuguese flavours with a contemporary twist in a vibrant atmosphere. Opened in March 2019.



Together with José Bento dos Santos at the Quinta do Monte D’Oiro vineyard, in Lisbon, produced the JA wines with his signature: JA Red, produced entirely from Syrah grapes, JA White, made from the grape varieties Viognier and Arinto, and JA Rosé.

José Avillez has contributed to countless Portuguese and foreign books and authored “Um Chef em Sua Casa” (“A Chef in Your Home”), “Petiscar com Estilo” (“Snacking in Style”), “Cantinho do Avillez – As Receitas” (“Cantinho do Avillez – The Recipes”) and “COMBINAÇÕES ImPROVÁVEIS” (“Improbabilicious”).

JA AO LUME “JA at the Stove” (06/12 – 01/14) aired for three seasons on SIC Mulher channel. In a relaxed and light-hearted manner, chef José Avillez taught us how to be creative in the kitchen every day.

COMBINAÇÕES imPROVÁVEIS “Improbabilicious” (11/14 – 02/16) on SIC Mulher channel, was a weekly cooking show in which José Avillez combined flavours, textures and temperatures, suggesting a probable combination, an improbable combination and a recipe for the younger viewers −all from a single star ingredient.

FAMILY FOOD FIGHT (12/18 – 03/19), was a juror in the competitive cooking series, airing on RTP 1, in prime time, in which diverse and multi-generational families went head-to-head in high-pressure cooking challenges inspired by real home cooking.

MESTRE DO SABOR “Master of Flavour” – Season 1 (2019), was a juror on the Brazilian gastronomy TV show, produced and aired by Rede Globo. José Avillez and the chefs Leo Paixão and Kátia Barbosa mentored and assessed 24 candidates, all of whom were professional chefs from different regions of Brazil.

MESTRE DO SABOR “Master of Flavour” – Season 2 (2020), this time partially (until May 2020), he was once again a juror on Globo’s TV hit competition on gastronomy.

O CHEF SOU EU “I’m The Chef” (2014) – José Avillez shared tips, quick recipes, and suggestions on this recurring segment on Radio Comercial.

O CHEF SOU EU “I’m The Chef” (2020) – After 2014’s success, José Avillez returned to Radio Comercial with the same segment, suggesting recipes and challenging listeners to DIY them.