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Fine dining in Lisbon: distinguished places to eat in the city.



Fine dining in Lisbon means eating in some of the city’s most alluring restaurants, anything from funky waterfront eateries to establishments housed in noble and historic buildings. Cuisine ranges from traditional Portuguese to contemporary international, with plenty of fusion ideas combining a world of tastes. Epur, a recent addition to the city's high-end culinary scene, is a minimalist delight both in terms of the menu and sparse decor.

Alma, in Chiado, epitomizes the classic fine dining venue, housed as it is in a historic building where a 2-star Michelin menu tempts the palate.  At Feitoria Restaurants & Wine Bar, the seasonal menu has won a nod from Michelin, and the riverside location only adds to its allure. Seafood is a restaurant menu favorite across Portugal, and at Gambrinus, the choice extends to splendid caviar options. The privilege of dining at Travessa is the setting, a former 17th-century convent building that’s as appealing as the menu. For a serious gourmet treat, book a table at 2-star Belcanto in Chiado. Meanwhile, the bonus of dining at Tágide, also located in Chiado, is that the menu is heightened by fabulous views over the river and the city below. A homely but stylish atmosphere is exuded throughout Estórias na Casa da Comida, while the ambiance at the lofty Panorama Restaurant & Bar is enhanced by the best views of the capital from any restaurant in the city. And maintaining Lisbon's Michelin-starred reputation is Eleven, the original upmarket fine-dining venue. 


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This was the first restaurant in Lisbon to receive a Michelin star and subsequently set the city's culinary bar to the highest level. Eleven has since enjoyed an almost flawless history as one of Lisbon's top gourmet hotspots, although competition at this standard is now fierce. The restaurant enjoys an elevated position at the top of the city's Parque Eduardo VII and affords diners sweeping views of the Portuguese capital. Directing the kitchen is acclaimed German chef Joachim Koerper, who has worked in some of Europe's most celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants. Koerper's great love is southern European gastronomy and his tasting menus here celebrate the fresh, subtle flavors of Portugal, Spain and Italy. A Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux, Koerper describes his cuisine as "luminous and elegant" and rooted in traditions of Mediterranean cooking. Complementing the food is an impressive wine list, with some of Portugal's finest labels sharing the cellar with a noted international selection.

Recommended for Fine Dining because: One of Lisbon's original high-end culinary destinations, Eleven has managed to reinvent itself on several occasions to maintain its Michelin-star status.

Paul's expert tip: Ty the lobster with cauliflower pannacotta and watercress sauce.

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Crowning the five-star Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa, the Panorama Restaurant commands glorious views of the Portuguese capital and River Tagus. This is top-floor dining at its cosmopolitan best, a gourmet retreat set in a fashionable urban eyrie. An imaginative a la carte menu explores the tastes and textures of Portugal and southern Europe, effortlessly melding Atlantic influences with those of the Mediterranean. Beautifully crafted and presented, the gastronomy acknowledges culinary tradition but in a colorful and contemporary manner. A note-worthy interior design feature is the remarkable glass-fronted wine cellar. Here, some of the most celebrated wines in the country lie waiting to be chosen, along with champagnes and selected international labels. The restaurant is separate from the bar, where gin and sushi work particularly well together. Both venues exude a refined, understated glamour, but it's after dark, when Lisbon sparkles below, that Panorama reaches the height of romance.

Recommended for Fine Dining because: Panorama is unique in that it offers quite simply the best view of the Portuguese capital from any restaurant in the city.

Paul's expert tip: The dress code is smart casual, and reservations are always required.

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For over 35 years this restaurant has maintained a reputation as one of the most prestigious in the city, indeed Portugal. Tucked away in a quiet residential street in one of Lisbon's leafier neighborhoods, its low-key profile belies the many gastronomy awards bestowed upon the kitchen and its patronage by an appreciative local and international clientele. Chef João Pereira consistently raises the culinary bar with his inventive take on traditional Portuguese cuisine. He'll very often leave the kitchen and greet diners during the course of the evening â€" a wonderfully personal gesture. Sommelier Ricardo Morais brings to the fore his considerable expertise in pairing the wines. The setting is romantic and quite beautiful, in a homestyle kind of way.

Recommended for Fine Dining because: Regular menu changes lend sophistication and cheer to this already noted gastronomic reference point.

Paul's expert tip: The restaurant also features a wine bar and rear courtyard â€" perfect for pre-dinner aperitifs.

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As locations go, classy Michelin-recommended Tágide is hard to beat. Set within an elegant 18th-century townhouse in Lisbon's gilt-edged Chiado quarter, the restaurant commands glorious views across the city's downtown area â€" an especially alluring site after dark, particularly if you're seated on the terrace. The menu errs towards traditional Portuguese cuisine, with chef Gonçalo Costa drawing on regional ingredients and time-honored techniques. Daily set lunch and dinner a la carte options are supplemented by an inspired menu dégustation that really does showcase Costa's talent in the kitchen. It's a seasonal selection, so dining here over several different months is perhaps the only way to truly savor the gastronomy (if you're that fortunate). Otherwise, opt for the beguiling tasting menu. As befitting such quality, the wine list perfectly complements the food.

Recommended for Fine Dining because: Tágide is coupled with the less formal but equally attractive wine and tapas bar.

Paul's expert tip: For the finest views ask for a window seat on the terrace.

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Jose Avillez, one of Portugal's most celebrated chefs, runs this two-star Michelin restaurant. Young, creative, intelligent, and a perfectionist in the kitchen, Avillez is passionate about his craft. In 2011 he took over this famous establishment, which was founded 1958, and set about refurbishing the interior, adding stylish architectural flourishes but taking care not to blemish the sober and refined atmosphere Belcanto is noted for. Another recent makeover has lent the eatery a more contemporary design signature. Two inventive tasting menus are offered, plus an a la carte list that includes sea bass with seaweed and bivalves, 'salmonete' - red mullet, liver sauce, vegetable roe and cuttlefish ink dumplings, and 'cordeiro' - lamb with marinated vegetable puree and small casserole.

Recommended for Fine Dining because: Two-star Michelin restaurant Belcanto is one of the city's fine dining reference points and its chef, José Avillez, one of Portugal's most respected chefs.

Paul's expert tip: Over 300 different wines from every region in Portugal grace the cellar, and an expert sommelier is on hand if you've difficulty choosing.

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Chef Nuno Coelho's insistence on using seasonal ingredients is one reason why the cuisine at this historic and wonderfully beguiling restaurant is so highly regarded. Another is the fact that much of it is sourced locally. But what really sets A Travessa apart is Coelho's inventiveness in the kitchen. Diners here are treated to a menu of rare quality, a list of cuisine that melds traditional Portuguese cooking with the rich textured flavors of a northern European recipe book. And of course, those opting to dine here are treated to one of the most attractive and compelling restaurants in Lisbon, set as it is in a former convent dating back to 1653, the Convento das Bernardes, which has been carefully restored to its original 17th-century splendor.

Recommended for Fine Dining because: The savoring of traditional Portuguese cooking imbued with contemporary northern European flourishes is lifted by A Travessa's beautiful location.

Paul's expert tip: The Convento das Bernardes is also the location of the Museu da Marioneta (Puppet Museum), one of Lisbon's quirkiest visitor attractions.

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The specialties of the day at this Michelin-recommended restaurant number some of the best seafood options in the city. Gambrinus is synonymous with ocean cuisine and while there are meat dishes on the menu (particularly game) it's the peixes e mariscos (fish and seafood) that continues to reel in an appreciative clientele. The kitchen prides itself on cooking to perfection a range of traditional Portuguese seafood dishes such as grilled sea bream or sea bass (served in a pot with clams). The chefs also add a dash of Gallic magic to produce signature dishes such as turbot court bouillon and a delicious soup starter, seafood bisque. And for a real splurge how about a starter of Iranian beluga caviar?

Recommended for Fine Dining because: Founded in 1936 and refurbished in 1964, Gambrinus remains one of the most respected of Lisbon's fine dining restaurants.

Paul's expert tip: Private parking is available.

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Reservations are essential at this 1 Michelin star dining venue. Housed within the fashionable five-star Altis Belem Hotel & Spa that overlooks the riverfront, Feitoria offers two tasting menus, Máteria and Terra, that feature authentic Portuguese gastronomy and spicy Oriental ingredients. Portuguese chef João Rodrigues experiments with textures and flavors to conjure surprise dishes that are unique, plates that include Mirandesa veal chop with dome potato and Terrincho cheese with sauteed garden vegetables. The extensive wine list celebrates much of Portugal and features noble reds, aromatic whites, ports, moscatels and Madeira vintages.

Recommended for Fine Dining because: One of just a handful of Lisbon restaurants acknowledged by Michelin, Feitoria Restaurante & Wine Bar also shines for its fabulous riverfront location.

Paul's expert tip: The restaurant also offers a la carte service, a more accessible menu for those who still want to sample cuisine prepared in a Michelin kitchen.

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This Lisbon fine dining venue glows under two Michelin stars thanks to its chef, Henrique Sá Pessoa, one of Portugal's most dynamic kitchen wizards. Alma, which means "soul" in Portuguese, offers diners the option of two five-course tasting menus, Costa a Costa, inspired by the sea, and Alma, a selection of the chef's favorite dishes. There are also a pair of three-course menus, Origens and Caminhos, plus an inventive al la carte list. Alma works very well as an upscale lunch venue but it's in the evening when the restaurant truly comes into its own after the lights have dimmed and a wonderfully intimate atmosphere pervades the room.

Recommended for Fine Dining because: Alma combines all the elements for a fine dining night out: Michelin cuisine, a beautiful venue, and impeccable service.

Paul's expert tip: If you're interested in seeing how the food is prepared, ask for a table near the kitchen balcony. The chef and kitchen staff work wonders right in front of your eyes.

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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. But it's the flavors that astound: fresh, immaculate, and lingering! Guests can choose anything from four to eight dishes, so-called "moments" all composed using locally sourced ingredients. The tasting experience is an exercise in measured exuberance. Bite into bluefin tuna garnished with tangy Hirado Buntan and crisp celery, or rockfish fricassee accompanied with a stirfry of chanterelles, broad beans, marrow and clams, and you begin to understand the less is more philosophy that underpins Fargas's approach to cooking. The cuisine adapts to available products, with the menu changing according to the season. The wines are all Portuguese, treats that include a Dona Louise 2005 from Quinta de Lemos and Viosinho 2016 from Adegamae.

Recommended for Fine Dining because: Epur redefines the uncluttered, minimalist dining experience, both in terms of the menu and interior design signature.

Paul's expert tip: Opt for the wine pairing, which is offered from €40.

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