From humble eateries to gourmet enclaves, Lisbon has a plethora of excellent restaurants dishing local and global flavors. And many of them are of the Michelin-starred variety, run by renowned chefs who uphold culinary traditions as they innovate. Here, our favorite local restaurants that have received the internationally known accolade.

Alma

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Housed in a former bookshop on rua da Anchieta, Alma is a fine-dining restaurant helmed by chef Henrique Sá Pessoa. The dishes are innovative and creative, with Asian-influenced Portuguese flavors. Featuring tasting menus and à la carte options, the menu is rich and varied and allows you to taste Pessoa's passion for food in every bite. The atmosphere is warm, with hardwood accents. Don't pass up the wine list.
 
Where: Rua da Anchieta, 15, 1200-023 Lisbon
When: Tues.-Sun., 12:30-3:30 & 7-11 p.m.
More info: +351 213 470 650; almalisboa.pt

 

 

Loco

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Headed by chef Alexandre Silva, Top Chef Portugal winner, Loco epitomizes haute cuisine. There are no à la carte options; instead, choose from one of two organic tasting menus. Make sure to pair your experience with wine from the 100 percent Portuguese wine list.
 
Where: Rua dos Navegantes, 53-B, 1200-730, Lisbon
When: Tues.-Sat., 7-11 p.m.
More info: +351 213 951 861; loco.pt

 

 

LAB By Sergi Arola

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This restaurant at Penha Longa was awarded its first Michelin star in 2016, but Sergi Arola had already proven his kitchen skills at Arola in the same resort. You'll arrive ready for a gastronomic experience, but even then you won't truly be prepared. LAB's cuisine will actually transport you thousands of kilometers across the globe and awaken all your senses. You can't miss the stunning "glass block" wine cellar storing more than 550 bottles. With just 22 seats, LAB is a cozy destination for a romantic dinner.
 
Where: Estrada da Lagoa Azul Sintra, Linhó 2714-511
When: 
Weds.-Sat., 7:30-10:30 p.m.
More info: +351 21 924 9011; penhalonga.com

 

 

Feitoria

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Part of the Altis Belém Hotel & Spa, Feitoria is headed by chef João Rodrigues, who transforms local produce into globally infused dishes honoring the Age of Discovery. In the 15th century, it was at the feitoria, or trading posts, that Portuguese sailors acquired exotic goods to bring home and introduce to their countrymen. Much like our ancestors in the 1400s, you'll be surprised and delighted by what you taste.
 
Where: Doca do Bom Sucesso, 1400-038 Lisbon 
When: Mon.-Sat., 7:30-11 p.m.
More info: +351 21 400 200 or +351 21 400 208; restaurantefeitoria.com

 

 

Eleven 

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Eleven is a gourmet sanctuary set in the Jardim Amália Rodrigues and offering breathtaking views of the city. Chef Joachim Koerper prepares seasonal Mediterranean cuisine, including an affordable lunch service that makes haute cuisine accessible. For the full experience, though, make a dinner reservation. 
 
Where: Rua Marquês de Fronteira, Jardim Amália Rodrigues, 1070 Lisbon
When: Mon.-Sat., noon-11 p.m.
More info: +351 21 386 22 11; restauranteleven.com

 

 

Fortaleza do Guincho Restaurant

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Perched at the westernmost point in Europe, Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho is a stunning 17th-century property overlooking the beach of Crismina. It's home to the Michelin-starred Fortaleza do Guincho restaurant, headed by chef Miguel Rocha Vieira. Sample a harmonious blend of French and Portuguese cuisine and attempt to choose a bottle from the list of 800 local and international wines. Make the most of the experience by staying overnight in the historic hotel for a luxurious getaway weekend.
 
Where: Estrada do Guincho, 2750-642 Cascais
When: Daily, 12:30-3 & 7:30-10:30 p.m.
More info: +351 214 870 491; fortalezadoguincho.com

 


Belcanto

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One of Portugal's most prolific chefs, José Avillez, is the man behind Belcanto, a two-starred Michelin restaurant. A true standout in the capital's culinary scene, Belcanto's menu is both sophisticated and lively, the result of 23 "commandments" that guide the kitchen. An intimate and elegant space in the heart of Lisbon's historic center, Belcanto is definitely a favorite among foodies the world over.
 
Where: Largo de São Carlos, 10, 1200-410 Lisbon 
When: Tues.-Sat., 12:30-3 & 7-11 p.m.
More info: +351 213 420 607; belcanto.pt

By Patricia Cintra

Patricia, a journalist, believes that life is full of secrets. She travels around the world (and Portugal) to discover and share them with the Savoteur team. She grew up in Algarve but has lived in Lisbon for what feels like her whole life.