Michelin Star Restaurants in Lisbon: To Go or Not to Go

Our answer is, yes, go for it! Fine dining at one of Lisbon’s Michelin-starred restaurants is a great way to experience a different side of the city’s food scene.

Grazing or feasting on street food will always be a great way to get to know a city. But in Lisbon, the high-end restaurants that have won the food world’s highest honor are also a window onto the Portuguese soul. The country wasn’t included in the Michelin guide until recently. As a result, the eight young chefs who currently hold stars are all passionate about showcasing Portuguese ingredients and gastronomy. Granted, prices can be out of line with Portuguese salaries. So this kind of dining is generally reserved for special occasions, not part of the fabric of daily life. Here are eight excellent Michelin star restaurants in Lisbon for when the occasion calls for a truly unforgettable meal.

If you're craving the ultimate dining experience, look no further than these eight fabulous Michelin star restaurants in Lisbon.

Photo Credit: Paulo Barato for LOCO, Text Overlay: Devour Lisbon Food Tours

1. Alma

When the 2019 Michelin stars were announced, the biggest news was that chef Henrique Sá Pessoa had gained his second. At Alma, his hushed ode to fine dining in the posh Chiado neighborhood, he displays a deft mastery. Portuguese fish, suckling pig, octopus and foie gras all sing with flavor. Even a beautifully roasted carrot turns out to make the carnivores at the table jealous.

One of our favorite Michelin star restaurants in Lisbon is Alma, iconic chef Henrique Sá Pessoa's prized restaurant in the Chiado district.
Two-time Michelin star winner Henrique Sá Pessoa runs the show at Alma. Photo credit: Nuno Correia for Alma

2. Belcanto

Portugal’s biggest star chef is José Avillez, a regular on the international gourmet circuit, television personality, cookbook author and proprietor of more than a dozen restaurants. While that sounds like a recipe for phoned-in cooking, his Belcanto proves exactly the opposite. It entered the list with two stars and has deservedly held onto them ever sense. Sometimes you can tell he worked with Ferran Adrià at El Bulli—exploding olive, anyone?—but many of the dishes on the tasting menus are entirely his own.

Belcanto is one of the most famous Michelin star restaurants in Lisbon, run by one of the city's most iconic chefs.
“Porthole: My Bottom of the Ocean” is just one of the many colorful, otherworldly dishes on the menu at Belcanto. Photo credit: Paulo Barata for Belcanto

3. LOCO

Before the full onslaught of “moments” (courses), expect to be asked to select a key from an intricate box. That’s how deep the commitment to theatricality runs at this 22-seat establishment near the gorgeous Basilica da Estrela. The open, impressively silent kitchen, helmed by chef Alexandre Silva, turns out a series of surprising bites, followed by a few more substantial morsels, all of which brim with freshness and creativity. The microseasonal tasting menus are as visually stunning are they are delicious.

LOCO is one of the best Michelin star restaurants in Lisbon, and certainly one of the most unique.
LOCO’s sleek, contemporary dining area provides an intimate setting for a dramatic dining experience. Photo credit: Paulo Barato for LOCO

4. Feitoria

It is easy to fall in love with Feitoria, at the Altis hotel in Belém, when the servers roll out the duck press. It’s not for Portuguese pato but for red carabineiro prawns from the Algarve, one of the high points of Iberian seafood. This is clearly a place that is all-in. Traditional, 100% Portuguese ingredients inform a high-wire cuisine that’s set to compete on bigger stages.

If you're interested in checking out one of the Michelin star restaurants in Lisbon where traditional Portuguese cuisine is still the star of the show, consider Feitoria.
Chef João Rodrigues and his team beautifully elevate traditional Portuguese dishes to the level of haute cuisine at Feitoria. Photo credit: Paulo Barata for Feitoria

5. Eleven

Chef Joachim Koerper long ago fell in love with the culture and cuisine of southern Europe. His menu at Eleven celebrates Mediterranean cooking and seasonal ingredients. Expect lots of luxurious tastes: duck foie gras with orange, rum and soy; codfish with saffron broth; and lobster with pumpkin polenta, caviar, blinis and lemongrass. The city views are some of the best in town, making this an all-around excellent option when it comes to Michelin star restaurants in Lisbon.

6. Midori

“Japanese with a Portuguese soul” is the tag line for this intimate kaiseki-style Japanese restaurant at the Penha Longa Resort near Sintra. It opened as such in 2017, and less than two years later was awarded its first Michelin star.

Midori had its origins 25 years earlier, when chef Pedro Almeida opened it as the first Japanese restaurant in Portugal. Originally, it was classically Japanese, but lately Almeida has found a new pride in his home country. This iteration of Midori isn’t fusion but a thoughtful blend that manages to be a bit of both. Think caldo verde miso shiro (with cabbage, potatoes and chorizo oil in a base of white miso) and sakamushi clams (steamed in sake) in typical bulhão pato style (with garlic and lemon).

Japanese and Portuguese flavors come together elegantly at Midori, one of our absolute favorite Michelin star restaurants in Lisbon.
A selection of “snacks” at Midori, where Japanese and Portuguese flavors create an unbelievable experience. Photo credit: Midori

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7. Fortaleza do Guincho

This seaside dining room in a 17th-century fort is a bastion of old-school fine dining. Tables are clad in starched white cloths, and food is served by waiters wearing suits. But in a restaurant that has held its Michelin star for years, chef Miguel Rocha Vieira brings a creative, confident hand to Portuguese ingredients. The frequently changing degustation menus emphasize fish and seafood. A beautiful dessert called “The Dunes of Guincho” pays homage to the dramatic landscape outside. Pineapple, pinions, and resin are plated to look like a shell and sea grass atop a small pile of sand.

When it comes to Michelin star restaurants in Lisbon, you can't get much better than Fortaleza do Guincho and its stunning coastal views (and even better cuisine!).
Is it any surprise that one of our favorite Michelin star restaurants in Lisbon also happens to have stunning seaside views? Photo credit: Fortaleza do Guincho

8. LAB by Sergi Arola

Catalan chef Arola came through the ranks in the kitchens of Ferran Adrià and Pierre Gagnaire. Now the self-styled “rebel with a cause” has achieved international fame with his restaurants in Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Verbier, Santiago de Chile, Barcelona and Madrid. Despite having a broad empire, he doesn’t appear to be spread too thin. His experimental cuisine at the Penha Longa Resort near Sintra emphasizes local ingredients and Portuguese flavors. With only 22 seats, the dining room is intimate and memorable.

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