Michelin Guide 2022: Restaurants in Portugal

The Michelin Guide recognizes the excellence of gastronomy.

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This year, the Michelin Guide distinguished six more restaurants in Portugal. One from Lisbon, one in Porto, one in Alentejo and two in the Algarve.

Well, but there’s one missing...

As part of a commitment of gastronomy towards sustainability, two Portuguese establishments were awarded a green star for the first time, a recent but relevant distinction.

One of them located in Madeira and the other in Alentejo which, in addition to the Michelin Star, was also awarded this distinction. In total, there are already 33 restaurants which are on the gold list of this guide.

Get to know the ones which were awarded in 2022 and are already starting to prepare the next expeditions through Portugal.

Vila Foz, Porto | Michelin Star

Open for dinner only, the restaurant is housed in a 19th-century mansion overlooking the Atlantic and occupies the main hall of the Vila Foz hotel. Here, by the talented and creative hand of chef Arnaldo Azevedo, evoking contemporary cuisine on various menus, including vegetarian, you are invited to embark on a surprising adventure of textures and flavours.

In the tasting proposals, the sea is the protagonist and the freshness and flavour characteristic of fish and seafood from the Portuguese coast are highlighted, with elegance, technique and boldness.

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Source - Guia MICHELIN - Vila Foz

CURA, Lisboa | Michelin Star

In the renovated Four Seasons Hotel Lisboa, but with independent access to the hotel, an ingenious curatorship in its essence, CURA was born. A current, elegant space with an open kitchen, which is coordinated by chef Pedro Pena Bastos.

In seemingly simple dishes, extolling the local produce of the season, the chef, who puts personal doses of joy and personality into what he makes, created three interesting tasting menus: Meia Cura, Origens e Raízes (Half Cure, Origins and Roots).

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Source - Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Esporão, Reguengos de Monsaraz | Michelin Star and Green Star

Among the award-winning vineyards of Herdade do Esporão, olive groves and even a dam, Esporão restaurant features a du terroir cuisine, essentially focused on the inclusion of quality indigenous products. The space is decorated with details of Nordic inspiration and is commanded by chef Carlos Teixeira. The Carta Branca menu, in which you can choose between five or seven dishes, is recommended so that the harmonisation of flavours and definition of different textures are experienced.

Deserving of a Michelin star, this restaurant has its own cattle breeding and a vegetable garden that provides you with the mostly organic vegetables. Additionally, it is a self-sufficient space, which contributed to it becoming one of the first Portuguese restaurants to  also be awarded a green star, a distinction attributed to establishments with sustainable proposals.

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Source - Tripadvisor - Esporão

Al Sud, Lagos | Michelin Star

Led by chef Louis Anjos, at Palmares Ocean Living & Golf resort, and just six months after its opening, Al Sud won its first Michelin star.

Among tasting menus consisting of eight, ten or twelve options, the creative and delicate cuisine has regional products as reference, giving prominence to the fish and seafood of the Algarve coast.

This restaurant in Odiáxere, is characterised by its explosion of flavours and offers a wonderful view of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Source - Palmares Ocean Living & Golf Resort

A Ver Tavira, Tavira | Estrela Michelin

In full-detailed dishes, careful presentations and well-defined flavours, chef Luís Brito concentrates his roots, without forgetting flavours from other latitudes.

The restaurant is  stunning and especially its balcony, where you can enjoy a unique setting by the panoramic view over the city of Tavira and the Gilão River.

With a differentiating approach and an appeal to the senses, A Ver Tavira promises a unique gastronomic experience.

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Source - A Ver Tavira

Il Gallo D’Oro, Funchal | Green Star

Il Gallo D'Oro is located at The Cliff Bay, a five-star hotel in Funchal, and at the helm is French chef Benoît Sinthon. The space, decorated with modern touches and windows which run across the front of the restaurant, underwent a renovation process and reopened in 2021.

Here, there is a combination of the refinement of aromatic and Iberian cuisine. The ingredients produced on Madeira Island are a frequent presence in all the served dishes. Most of them come from the PortoBay vegetable garden and are then combined with others from different European regions. After representing the first award of a Michelin star in Madeira, it has now also been awarded a Green star, for not neglecting the value of sustainability in gastronomy.

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Source - Tripadvisor - Il Gallo D’Oro

Restaurants with one Michelin Star:

Source - Guia MICHELIN - Pedro Lemos
Source - Guia MICHELIN - A Ver Tavira

Restaurants with two Michelin Stars:

Source - Guia MICHELIN - Ocean
Source - Guia MICHELIN - Alma

The Michelin Guide recognizes the excellence of gastronomy, based on five categories, which are anonymously evaluated by the inspectors: quality of products, mastery of cooking points and textures, balance and harmony of flavours, personality of the cuisine and regularity. It's no easy task to integrate this coveted list, but it's the best recognition any restaurant can receive!

Michelin Guide 2022: Restaurants in Portugal
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Michelin Guide 2022: Restaurants in Portugal