Michelin announced yesterday the world’s best restaurants. CovetED Magazine is thrilled to show you the Michelin starred restaurants in Portugal. This distinction is very important for the chefs and restaurants awarded, since it is the most important recognition in the gastronomy industry. Every chef dreams and works very hard to get his Michelin star, one day. But after getting the star, he needs to maintain it, so the hard work and the effort to be the best of the best is a continuous work. At the same time, Michelin starred restaurants and chefs are also part of the Michelin guide 2020 Portugal and this influences the touristic sector, since they become powerful touristic attractions. So scroll down and discover where you can go for the next refined meal.
After receiving its first Michelin star in 2017, the restaurant Casa de Chá da Boa Nova wins its second star. The announcement was made yesterday at Teatro Lope de Vega in Seville, Spain, to an audience of 500 people. 4 restaurants made their debut with the first star while three places lost their star. Portugal still doesn’t have a restaurant with three stars, but with the present rhythm, next year may be the one. But let’s see the awarded restaurants.
A signature cuisine restaurant, where everything will be prepared in detail to give you the best experience.
Chef: Henrique Sá Pessoa
Address: Rua Anchieta 15, 1200-224 Lisbon
Belcanto is the first restaurant in Lisbon to be awarded 2 Michelin Stars. It was also included in “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list. Chic, wood-paneled dining room serving modern takes on Portuguese classics from chef Jose Avillez.
Chef: José Avillez
Address: Rua Serpa Pinto 10A, 1200-026 Lisbon
Casa de Chá Boa Nova, Leça da Palmeira [New with two stars]
Chef: Rui Paula
Address: Rua da Boa Nova, 4450-705 Leça da Palmeira, Porto
Il Gallo d’Oro, Funchal, Madeira
This restaurant has an attractive glass-fronted wine cellar in the entrance hall-bar, a dining room on two levels with an elegant classic-cum-contemporary ambience, and an attractive terrace.
Chef: Benoît Sinthon
Address:Estrada Monumental 147, 9004-532 Funchal, Madeira
Ocean, Armação de Pêra, Algarve
A unique restaurant where the superb sea views are complemented by a perfect balance between fine gastronomy, an attractive decor and comfort.
Chef: Hans Neuner
Address: R. Anneliese Pohl, 8400-450 Porches, Algarve (at VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa)
The Yeatman, Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto
Owned by the family that has produced Taylor’s Port since 1838, The Yeatman unsurprisingly bills itself as a wine hotel. That’s evident in some of the room design and in the Caudalie Vinotherapy Spa. Yet, it’s most clear in the two-star gastronomic Yeatman restaurant, where there are 1,300 references from a 27,000-bottle cellar.
Chef: Ricardo Costa
Address: Rua do Choupelo, 4400-088 Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto
Vila Joya, Albufeira
The House of Joy or Jewelry Box in the original translation, is a small oriental palazzo directly situated on the picturesque Atlantic coast. Vila Joya is located above the Atlantic and is surrounded by an evergreen garden with direct access to the sea.
Chef: Dieter Koschina
Address: Estrada da Galé, 8201-917 Albufeira, Algarve
# 1 STAR
A Cozinha, Guimarães
A pleasant surprise, both in terms of its discreet and hidden location in the historic centre and its cuisine.
Chef: Antonio Loureiro
Address: Largo do Serralho 4, 4800-472 Guimarães
Antiqvvm enjoys a unique location in a park in the centre of the city, next to the Museo Romántico and with fantastic views of the River Douro from its garden.
Chef: Vitor Matos
Address: Rua de Entre-Quintas 220, 4050-240 Porto
Bon Bon, Carvoeiro, Algarve
At Restaurante Bon Bon your fine-dining experience will encompass exquisite dishes from the seasonal Tasting Menu as well as giving you the opportunity to opt for wine pairing if desired. Great attention to detail and impeccable service has awarded Restaurante Bon Bon its first Michelin Star in 2015 and its tranquil and welcoming ambience ensure an ideal setting no matter the season.
Chef: Louis Anjos
Address: Urbanização, Rua do Cabeço de Pias, 8400-010 Sesmarias de Carvoeiro
Casa da Calçada, Amarante
Distinguished with a Michelin star, the restaurant Largo do Paço shares its address with Casa da Calçada and all the demanding requirements of the renowned international Relais & Chateaux.
Chef: Tiago Bonito
Address: Largo do Paço 6, 4600-017 Amarante
Eleven is a unique restaurant that is considered the top addresses for gourmet cuisine in Lisbon. The restaurant offers a concept of sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine that only uses the freshest products available.
Chef: Joachim Koerper
Address: Jardim Amália Rodrigues, Rua Marquês Fronteira, Parque Eduardo VII, 1070-051 Lisbon
Epur, Lisbon [New at the Michelin Guide]
Chef Vincent Farges directs the kitchen at this minimalist gem, where stripped-down cooking is served in deliberately understated surroundings. At first glance the menu appears deceptively simple, the food uncomplicated. But what is plated up is quite exquisite in its design, a canvas of color and texture that teases the palate.
Chef: Vincent Farges
Address: Largo da Academia Nacional de Belas Artes 14, 1200-289 Lisbon
A defining dining experience awaits at chef João Rodrigues’ slick, contemporary, Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the riverfront. Rich textures and clean, bright flavours dominate throughout three tasting menus, which showcase Portugal’s rich and vibrant bounty. Pigeon with wild mushrooms, foie gras and truffles, Algarve scarlet shrimp and Iberian pork neck exhilarate with every bite.
Chef: João Rodrigues
Address: Altis Belem Hotel & Spa, Doca do Bom Sucesso, 1400-038 Lisbon
Fifty Seconds by Martin Berasategui, Lisbon [New at the Michelin Guide]
This hot newcomer is named for the time it takes the lift to whisk foodies up the long-unused, 120m-high Vasco de Gama Tower at the Myriad by Sana Hotel. Superstar chef Martín Berasategui masterfully marries Basque-grounded fusion with Portuguese ingredients – cod brandade with camomile and yuzu mayo, pork cannelloni with smoked aubergine tortellini – at Lisbon’s most exciting new gastronomic experience.
Chef: Martín Berasategui
Address: Rua Cais das Naus Lote 2.21.01, 1990-173 Lisbon
Fortaleza do Guincho, Cascais
Acclaimed Chef Antoine Westermann introduced in 1998 a French fine dining restaurant concept, which quickly became a reference in Portugal. Originally with a classic French concept, since the summer 2015, the Portuguese products and traditions have been gaining prominence at Fortaleza do Guincho.
Chef: Antoine Westermann
Address: Praia do Guincho, 2750-642 Cascais
A particularly interesting restaurant overseen by award-winning chef Heinz Beck where the Mediterranean and international dishes meticulously prepared here will delight the most demanding of palates.
Chef: Heinz Beck
Address: Estrada da Quinta do Lago, 8135-162 Almancil
G Pousada, Bragança
Located on a hilly country road and at a chic hotel in a 1950s building, this is a restaurant where creativity merges with the harmony of the typical flavours of the products from Trás-os-Montes. These flavours challenge the palace of the local residents and of tourists.
Chef: Óscar Gonçalves
Address: Rua Estrada do Turismo, 5300-271 Bragança
Lab by Sergi Arola, Sintra
A unique, authentic and intimate restaurant with a difference, where the inspiration is provided by the personality of its celebrity Spanish chef.
Chef: Sergi Arola
Address: Quinta da Lagoa Azul, 2714-511 Sintra
Located next to the Basílica da Estrela, Loco has just the one dining room with a surprising design and views of the kitchen. Alexandre Silva, famous for winning the first Top Chef de Portugal competition, showcases his cuisine via two enticing and creative tasting menus, which make full use of locally sourced ingredients.
Chef: Alexandre Silva
Address: Rua Navegantes 53, 1200-830 Lisboa
Mesa de Lemos, Silgueiros, Viseu [New at the Michelin Guide]
A superb restaurant in an idyllic setting which occupies a designer-inspired building that blends in perfectly with its natural surroundings.
Chef: Diogo Rocha
Address: Quinta de Lemos – Passos de Silgueiros, 3500-541 Viseu
The reinvention and redesign of this Japanese restaurant may have changed the décor, but its core remains the same: offering diners a unique culinary adventure showcasing exquisite Japanese fine dining and the highest quality ingredients. Midori’s cuisine is not fusion, but distinct: Japanese with Portuguese touches. The restaurant proudly carries the mark of a Michelin star and features sophisticated, light-filled interior and intimate surroundings, complemented by breathtaking views of the Sintra Mountains.
Chef: Pedro Almeida
Address: Estrada da Lagoa Azul, Linhó Sintra, 2714-511 Lisbon
Pedro Lemos, Porto
One of Porto’s Michelin-starred restaurants, Pedro Lemos is sheer delight. With a love of seasonally sourced produce and robust flavours, the eponymous chef creates culinary fireworks using first-class ingredients from land and sea – be it ultra-fresh Atlantic bivalves or Alentejano black pork cooked to smoky deliciousness with wild mushrooms. Choose between the subtly lit, cosy-chic dining room or the roof terrace.
Chef: Pedro Lemos
Address: Rua do Padre Luís Cabral 974, 4150-464 Porto
São Gabriel, Almancil
Since 1990, Restaurante São Gabriel has maintained a solid reputation of serving gourmet international cuisine to the many residents and visitors in the Central Algarve. Recently, some subtle, and not-so-subtle, changes have been made to this gastronomic institution. Long time guests will be relieved to know that the superb staff lead by maître d’ Delfim João and sommelier Victor d’Avo remain in place. Yet, the kitchen and menu have received a complete make-over with the introduction of popular and respected Portuguese chef Leonel Pereira.
Chef: Leonel Pereira
Address: Avenida Almirante Mendes Cabeçadas, 8135-162 Almancil
Chef: João Oliveira
Address: Avenida Tomás Cabreira, Praia da Rocha 8500-802, Portimão, Algarve
Vistas, Vila Nova de Cacela [New at the Michelin Guide]
Chef Rui’s aim is to perfectly preserve the authentic taste of the exceptional local ingredients he uses in each dish, and sources only the finest seasonal ingredients from trusted local suppliers, thereby ensuring the most authentic experience possible for every one of our guests. Every dish celebrates and expresses the richness of each ingredient around which it was built. Using a combination of the finest local ingredients and the most innovative cooking techniques from around the world, the team at Vistas create culinary art which could only exist in Portugal.
Chef: Rui Silvestre
Address: Sitio de pocinho, 8901-907 Vila Nova de Cacela
Named after visionary founder of Belmond Reid’s Palace, Mr William Reid, William Restaurant is a destination in its own right. With a menu that celebrates the finest produce from the island, anticipate seasonal dishes of the highest quality. Savour Chef Luís Pestana’s innovative creations alongside panoramic views of the dramatic Funchal coastline.
Chef: Luis Pestana
Address: Estrada Monumental 139, 9000-098 Funchal
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