The Best Michelin Star Restaurants in Lisbon
It’s no secret that Lisbon is a foodie destination like no other, and in recent years, a number restaurants within the Portuguese capital have been gathering their own seals of approval: Michelin stars.
At present, there are currently 9 Michelin star restaurants in and around Lisbon, with two of them boasting a double star rating, and the rest a single nod.
In short, they’re all fantastic, but the following five spots are ones that I hold near and dear to my own foodie heart. Enjoy!
Loco in Lisbon
Loco is the most intimate Michelin restaurant that Lisbon has to offer. The small dining room boasts only 12 tables, so it goes without saying that bookings to dine here are pretty much essential.
Loco is the brainchild of chef Alexandre Silva, who prepares your food in an open plan kitchen that is right next to the tables. It’s more quiet than you think, and being able to watch Silva’s every move really adds to the understanding of why this spot is as renowned as it is.
Rest assured that boundaries will be pushed, as the chef is dedicated to only using micro seasonal products, and the establishment is rooted in zero waste. The menu is comprised of a 16 course tasting experience.
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday TO Saturday — 7pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: R. Navegantes nº53-B, 1200-731 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Santos
Feitoria in Lisbon
Situated right on the water’s edge in historic Belem, its hard to believe that Feitroia boasts just a single star and not more. The food is traditional Portuguese fare, served fine and prime.
Seasonal produce is also embraced by chef João Rodrigues, who produces flawless dishes on a nightly basis. The quality is unmatched, and I’ve not known a single person to leave this restaurant without remarking how memorable their experience will be.
I recommend the ‘7 moments’ course, as this will give you a chance to dive nicely into the full spectrum of Chef Rodrigues’ abilities. Don’t miss the Portuguese wine options — your waiter will help you pair them!
OPENING HOURS: Contact for hours
ADDRESS: Altis Belem Hotel & Spa, Doca do Bom Sucesso, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Belem
Remember I mentioned two restaurants have two stars under their belt? Well Alma is one of them, and it’s not hard to understand why.
Alma is famed for its interior which provides an ambient dining space like no other. The space sets the stage for an even more impressive menu, featuring some of the most innovative dishes curated around only the freshest of fresh ingredients.
Alma’s two tasting menus are a force to be reckoned with. One is a standard option, and the other is seafood based, which is great if you want to make two visits to this restaurant whilst in Lisbon! Of course, there is always the a la carte menu for individual plates and sweet treats!
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday TO Sunday — 12:30pm to 3:30pm // 7pm to 12am
ADDRESS: R. Anchieta 15, 1200-224 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Cais do Sodré
In 2019, chef Pedro Almeida made some necessary and revolutionary changes to Midori, his signature restaurant for over 25 years. These changes finally landed him a well deserved Michelin star, putting Midori on the list for fine dining in Lisbon.
The Japanese fare has taken Lisbon by storm, with a garden dining area nestled in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. It’s quite the journey outside of Lisbon, but making time to eat here is a memorable experience all round.
Many describe the menu as theatrical. A perforative take on Japanese cuisine that is centered around different types of fresh fish.
OPENING HOURS: Contact for hours
ADDRESS: Quinta da Lagoa Azul, 2714-511 Sintra, Portugal
METRO STATION: NA
Belcanto in Lisbon
One can’t conclude this roundup without a mention of Belcanto; the second spot in Lisbon boasting that double star rating.
Belcanto is conveniently situated in the city center, a short walk from both Bairro Alto and Chiado. The retardant itself is actually embedded inside of a former convent where Christian nuns once called the Portuguese capital home.
The vault-like setting and chandeliers make for ambiance like no other. The head chef José Avillez works his magic in brining Portuguese cuisine into never-been-done-before territory. Being “nonconformist by nature” is how they like to do things at Belcanto.
There are two tasting menus on offer, as well as an a la carte menu. The Belcanto menu is traditional Portuguese cuisine, while the Evolution menu is chef Avillez’ modern take on fresh ingredients. Both are worth the visit!