The Belcanto

Distinguished with two Michelin stars, Belcanto restaurant opened in 1958, in Chiado. Its privileged location in Lisbon’s historical centre, its discrete service and its cuisine quickly won over the capital’s elites. José Avillez’s Belcanto opened in the beginning of 2012, totally renewed. In that same year, it was awarded a Michelin star, and, in 2014, it received a second one, making it the first restaurant in Lisbon to have this honour. In 2015, Belcanto was elected one of the best 100 restaurants in the world by the prestigious “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List”. At Belcanto, José Avillez invites us on an incomparable gastronomic and sensory journey. Here, he offers a revisited Portuguese cuisine to an exclusive set of ten tables in a sophisticated atmosphere that makes us travel from the old romantic Chiado to the future.

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 six 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. 


At Belcanto, José Avillez offers a revisited Portuguese cuisine to an exclusive set of ten tables. 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