Portugal’s Latest Michelin Stars

Lisbon's Eleven Restaurant

The influential Michelin Restaurants Guide has just announced its star awards for Portugal. Two new entries this year are for restaurants in Amarante (“Casa da Calçada”) and Madeira (“Il Gallo d’Oro” in the Cliff Bay Hotel), while a previously awarded restaurant, Porto de Santa Maria in Cascais has had its star taken away after 25 years. But that seaside town of Cascais just outside Lisbon still has a Michelin star shining at Fortaleza do Guincho.

Lisbon’s Eleven kept its star, while Portugal’s best restaurant according to that guide is Villa Joya in Algarve with two stars. In fact, Michelin’s favorite Portuguese restaurants are mostly found in that southern tip of the country, with other winners São Gabriel, Henrique Leis e Amadeus all located in Almacil. Also recognized was Coimbra’s “Arcadas da Capela” inside Quinta das Lagrimas Hotel with one star.

Trying hard to make it to this exclusive list next year: Lisbon’s Tavares.

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