The Belcanto

The Belcanto restaurant opened in 1958 in Chiado, in the São Carlos square next to the São Carlos National Theatre and the house where Fernando Pessoa was born. In the summer of 2011, Chef José Avillez took an interest in Belcanto and began an extensive refurbishment of the kitchens and dining areas. José Avillez’s Belcanto restaurant, re-opened at the beginning of 2012, totally renewed. At his Belcanto, awarded a Michelin star within a year of opening, one can enjoy new Portuguese cuisine in a sophisticated atmosphere that still provides some of the former romance of the Chiado district.

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, awarded a Michelin star within a year of opening, one can enjoy Portuguese cuisine revisited that truly defines José Avillez and expresses the course of his creativity. 

On-line reservations

Reservations made on-line are limited to 4 persons and must be made at least 48 hours in advance. All on-line reservations require confirmation by phone. If you wish to make a reservation for a greater number of guests, please call us on (+351) 21 342 06 07. 

Belcanto is closed on Sundays and Mondays.



Lunch - 12:30
Lunch - 12:30
Lunch - 13:00
Lunch - 13:30
Lunch - 14:00
Dinner - 19:30
Dinner - 20:00
Dinner - 20:30
Dinner - 21:00
Dinner - 21:30
Dinner - 22:00

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"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