The Belcanto

Distinguished with two Michelin stars, 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. In the summer of 2011, Chef José Avillez took an interest in Belcanto and began an extensive refurbishment. José Avillez’s Belcanto restaurant re-opened in the beginning of 2012, totally renewed, and was awarded a Michelin star within a year of its opening. In 2014, Belcanto restaurant received a second Michelin star. Belcanto by José Avillez is the first restaurant in Lisbon to be distinguished with two Michelin stars, and José Avillez is the first Portuguese chef to obtain this honour in Portugal. In 2015, Belcanto was elected one of the best 100 restaurants in the world, achieving 91st place in the prestigious “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List”.

José Avillez

Considered one of the great Portuguese chefs, José Avillez stands out because of his enterprising spirit and his willingness to go one step further.

At the moment he has five restaurants in Lisbon and one in Oporto, which, while offering different culinary experiences, all express his enormous passion for cooking.

At Belcanto restaurant, distinguished with two Michelin stars, one can enjoy Portuguese cuisine revisited that truly defines José Avillez and expresses the course of his creativity. 


Because we want to welcome you even better, we inform that, from 19 January to early March, Belcanto will close temporarily for renovation works.

At Belcanto, we continually strive to improve the quality of our service. Accordingly, starting from March, Belcanto will have 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.

If you wish to make a reservation, please call us on (+351) 21 342 06 07.

Belcanto is closed on Sundays and Mondays.


"The light, the life, the neighborhoods, the peoples.
The history, the river, the land, the sea.
Here we live, here we grow. Here we inspire ourselves, here we walk.
The cuisine is our “Fado”, our way of expression."

José Avillez