Life in PortugalBest Michelin Star Restaurants in Portugal

Gabriel Virata7 months ago

With 26 Michelin Star Restaurants in Portugal as of 2019, there is an impressive number of restaurants waiting to be explored in all parts of the country.

Here’s our complete guide to the unique Two Michelin Star restaurants in Portugal, in 2019.

Ready for a fine-dining Michelin star experience?

Two Michelin Star Restaurants in Portugal

Hearing the term “Michelin Star Restaurant” usually entails an unforgettable dining experience ensured to take your tastebuds on a culinary journey like no other.

As a huge foodie myself, I’ve made sure to seek out this incredible gastronomic experience whenever I can (and also whenever my wallet allows for it!)

Each of the 6 restaurants prepares traditional Portuguese cuisine with a refined and contemporary twist and the spectacular dishes reflect the creative genius of the chefs who work closely with Portuguese local produce.

Portuguese Cuisine: A New Wave of Flavour

In recent years, some of the world’s’ most renowned Portuguese chefs have been playing with traditional Portuguese recipes by incorporating experimental and fusion cooking techniques.

The result has been nothing short of spectacular, elevating Portuguese cuisine and receiving international acclaim for this new wave of chefs who’ve received the most distinguished prize: being included as part of the Michelin Star Restaurants in Portugal.

In the last year alone, there were a few chefs who proved their deserving place in the category like Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, who most recently celebrated his second Michelin Star at the Alma Restaurant in Lisbon.

New Michelin Stars in Portugal

As of 2019, 3 new chefs also joined the esteemed ranks of the Michelin Star Restaurants in Portugal.

a cozinha

Chef António Loureiro with his modern Portuguese cuisine at A Cozinha in Guimarães.

g pousada

Chef Óscar Gonçalves who puts a spin on the Trás-os-Montes cuisine at G Pousada in Bragança.

midori

Chef Pedro Almeida’s original Portuguese-inspired Japanese cuisine at the Midori Restaurant in Sintra.

Michelin Star Restaurants in Portugal with 2 stars

Best of the best!

If you’re looking for the absolute best dining experience then here are the top Michelin Star Restaurants in Portugal, with each of the following restaurants awarded 2 Michelin Stars.

Book a table now and your tastebuds can thank me later!

The Yeatman – Porto

Chef: Ricardo Costa

The Yeatman Hotel incredibly earned its first star after just 1 year of opening its doors and as recently as 2016, it gained its second all thanks to the incredible Chef Ricardo Costa, who adds his contemporary take on traditional Portuguese food.

Hotels in Porto

The Yeatman also boasts an extraordinary panoramic view over the Douro River and an impressive selection of 25.000 bottles of old and new world wine. You can find their menu here.

Address: Rua do Choupelo (Sta. Marinha), 4400-088 Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto

Reservations: +351 220 133 100 / [email protected]

Alma – Lisbon

Chef: Henrique Sá Pessoa

Alma (Portuguese for “soul”) just joined the select few restaurants with its second Michelin Star.

Created by Portuguese celebrity chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, Alma is influenced by Pessoa’s travels around the world. His passion for Asia, the knowledge of Portuguese culture and his life in Lisbon.

alma

An innovative restaurant, the mantra of Alma is “to serve much more than a meal: we serve emotions, identity, knowledge.” You can check their menu here.

Address: Rua Anchieta 15, Lisbon

Reservations: +351 213 470 650 / Make a reservation

Belcanto – Lisbon

Chef: Jose Avillez

José Avillez is a very famous chef in Portugal renowned for his books, TV appearances and several restaurants operating across the country.

belcanto

There’s nothing quite like Belcanto though, which is set in a refurbished historic building and boasts a smartly designed menu with dishes named  “Suckling Pig Revisited” or “Garden of the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg.”

After a night in Belcanto, you’ll definitely see how Avillez earned his two Michelin stars and continues to be a force on the Portuguese dining scene. The menu is here.

Address: Largo de São Carlos, 10, Lisbon

Reservations: +351 213 420 607

Ocean Restaurant at Vila Vita Parc – Porches in the Algarve

Chef: Hans Neuner

Austrian Chef Hans Neuner was destined to have his Michelin Star Restaurant in Portugal after spending his career training with Michelin Star chefs in Berlin, Hamburg and Mallorca.

Vila Vita

In 2006, he arrived at Ocean Restaurant and began using his innovative techniques on fresh and locally-sourced produce. Within five years, Neuner earned two Michelin Stars at his stunning Algarve institution. You can find their menu here.

Address: VILA VITA Parc, Alporchinos, Porches

Reservations: + 351 282 310 100 / [email protected]

Vila Joya at Hotel Vila Joya – Galé
 in the Algarve

Chef: Dieter Koschina

Vila Joya epitomises the best of the best in Michelin Star restaurants in Portugal, as it has also been featured in one of the most important restaurant lists in the world: San Pellegrino’s “World’s 50 Best Restaurants”.

Here, Austrian Chef Dieter Koschina uses only the freshest and locally grown ingredients as well as avant-garde cooking techniques to really amaze you with every plate that’s served up!

Vila Joya

Praia da Galé, Galé, Albufeira

Reservations: +351 289 591 839 / Make a reservation

Il Gallo d’Oro at the Cliff Bay Hotel – Madeira

Chef: Benoît Sinthon

Il Gallo d’Oro gained the first Michelin star on Madeira, an award that has been renewed annually until 2017 when the restaurant was distinguished with a second Michelin Star.

The Cliff Bay

Chef Benoît Sinthon takes the refinement of aromatic Iberian and the Mediterranean inspired cuisine to the table with fresh produce from Madeira playing a key role in his creations.

Il Gallo d’Oro is a formal dining room (gentlemen wear jackets) which also boasts superb ocean views. Curious about the menu? You can find it here.

Address: The Cliff Bay Hotel, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Reservations: +351 291 707 700 / [email protected]

Michelin star restaurants in Portugal

Have you been to any of the Michelin Star Restaurants in Portugal listed? Share with us your favourite Michelin Star Restaurants in Portugal and why they left a lasting impression!


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Gabriel Virata

I’m a global creative – raised in Australia, worked in London and currently based in Lisbon, Portugal. I’m passionate about storytelling and using the most engaging and effective methods possible to share our human experiences. Over the last 10 years, I’ve worked across the entire media industry from television, design, production, fashion, branding, and marketing. When I’m not working you can find me completely disconnected and travelling to a new part of the world!

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