Algarve maintains 8 Michelin-starred restaurants and wins a Bib Gourmant

Michelin Guide list was announced last night in the Spanish city of Toledo

Eight restaurants in the Algarve maintain their Michelin stars, two of them with 2 stars, the rest with just one. But there is also a new award-winning restaurant, with the Bib Gourmand symbol.

The restaurants that remain starry, in the Algarve region, are: Ocean (by chef Hans Neuner, at Vila Vita, in Alporchinhos, Lagoa) and Vila Joya (Dieter Koshina, Albufeira), both with two stars, and even To See Tavira (Luis Brito, Tavira), Al South (Louis Anjos, Palmares, Lagos), Views (Rui Silvestre, Sesmarias, Vila Nova de Cacela, Vila Real de Santo António), Good Good (José Lopes, Carvoeiro, Lagoa), Taste (Heinz Beck, at Conrad Algarve, in Almancil, Loulé) and even Vista (João Oliveira, at the Hotel Bela Vista, in Praia da Rocha, Portimão), all with one star.

The municipality of Lagoa has the most Michelin star restaurants (two), with the rest spread across Lagos, Portimão, Albufeira, Loulé, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António.

The restaurant The table, by chef João Dias, in Tavira, was awarded the Bib Gourmand symbol, which, in the Michelin Guide symbology, means a good relationship between quality and price, but which, behind the scenes, according to the Público newspaper, are already known as « the true choices of the inspectors". It thus joins the restaurants Avenida (Lagos), O Marinheiro (Albufeira) and Check-in (Faro), who already held this award.

Chef Louis Anjos, from Al Sud, located on the Palmares golf course, in Lagos, has already reacted to the maintenance of the Michelin star: “I am extremely satisfied and fulfilled by yet another achievement for Al Sud Palmares. We follow one philosophy that reflects the appreciation of Portuguese gastronomy and local products, in a search for authenticity and the memory of typical Algarve cuisine recipes. Thus, a Michelin star for Al Sud Palmares is a certification for the quality of regional products in this part of the country”.

At the Iberian gala for the presentation of the new edition of the Michelin Guide, which took place yesterday, Tuesday, in Toledo (Spain), it was learned that Portugal now has five new starred restaurants.

As of the next edition, the presentation of new guides will no longer be joint for the Iberian Peninsula and there will be a gala in each of the countries.
The objective, according to those responsible for the French publication, is “to celebrate and value the growing excellence of the Portuguese gastronomic scene”.

At the gala, Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides, said that “we want to contribute to the promotion of Portugal as an unavoidable European gastronomic destination”.

Poullennec considered that this 2023 edition of the Guide for Portugal and Spain “perfectly illustrates the excellence, creativity and audacity of the culinary scene in both countries, and their growing and remarkable commitment to a more sustainable gastronomic approach”.


Michelin Guide Portugal 2023
(alphabetical order)

7 Restaurants with 2 stars (2 in the Algarve)
31 1 star restaurants (5 new) (6 in the Algarve)
7 New restaurants with Bib Gourmand (1 in the Algarve)

1. Alma (Lisbon)
2. Belcanto (Lisbon)
3. Boa Nova Tea House (Liça da Palmeira)
4. Il Gallo d'Oro (Funchal)
5. Ocean (Alporchinhos, Lagoa)
6. The Yeatman (Vila Nova de Gaia)
7. Vila Joya (Albufeira)

1. 100 Maneiras (Lisbon)
2. The Kitchen (Guimarães)
3. Seeing Tavira (Tavira)
4. Al Sud (Lagos)
5. Antiqvvm (Port)
6. Bon Bon (Carvoeiro, Lagoa)
7. Casa da Calçada (Amarante)
8. Healing (Lisbon)
9. Eleven (Lisbon)
10. Encanto (Lisbon) – new in the guide
11. Eneko Lisbon
12. Epur (Lisbon)
13. Spur (Reguengos de Monsaraz)
14. Euskalduna Studio (Porto) – new in guide
15. Trading Post (Lisbon)
16. Fifty Seconds by Martin Berasategui (Lisbon)
17. Fortress of Guincho (Cascais)
18. G Pousada (Bragança)
19. Taste (Almancil)
20. Lab by Sergi Arola (Sintra)
21. Kabuki Lisbon – new in the guide
22. Kanazawa (Lisbon) – new in the guide
23. Le Monument (Porto) – new in the guide
24. Loco (Lisbon)
25. Mesa de Lemos (Silgueiros, Viseu) – awarded the Green Star (Novelty)
26. Midori (Sintra)
27. Pedro Lemos (Port)
28. Vila Foz (Porto)
29. View (Praia da Rocha, Portimão)
30. Views (Vila Nova de Cacela)
31. William (Funchal)

(quality/price ratio up to €35)
1. At the Table – Tavira
2. Carnal – Lisbon
3. Cave – Porto
4. Office – Lisbon
5. Rio by Paulo André – Vila do Conde
6. Semea by Euskalduna – Porto
7. Zunzum Gastrobar – Lisbon


MICHELIN Spain & Portugal Guide Gala 2023