Over the years, the Algarve has established itself as a place of excellence in tourism. The region is known for its natural beauty, its beaches, as well as for its food and unforgettable flavours.

For those seeking the best possible experience, fine dining stands out: a restaurant concept that combines typical ingredients and dishes, such as fresh fish and daily caught seafood, with the refinement of a meal thought to the smallest details. This gastronomic evolution of the Algarve attracts locals and foreigners, in a fusion between traditional and sophisticated.

Whether you want a direct view of the sea, a bucolic setting surrounded by trees, modern or classic surroundings, we have 5 suggestions for restaurants in the Algarve with a Michelin star.

 

1. Gusto by Heinz Beck

Located in Quinta do Lago, within the Conrad Hotel / Resort, this restaurant won its first Michelin star in 2018. Not unexpected feat, since the menu is built by Heinz Beck himself, a chef recognized for his work at La Pergola, in Rome, which holds impressive three Michelin stars.

The dishes have an Italian influence that delights every transalpine gastronomy lover. To avoid routine, the menu is constantly changing. This way no visit will be exactly the same as the previous one.

The ambiance perfectly combines a contemporary and classic style, as well as a view of the unparalleled scenery of Quinta do Lago, making the meal an unforgettable experience. The extended wine list offers the guests the option of sampling refined Portuguese wines or, if desired, venturing into the world of international labels.

"An undoubtedly interesting restaurant, guided by the award-winning chef Heinz Beck, who, by looking for Mediterranean-international dishes with great care, will dazzle the most demanding gastronomic palates. Owner of an attractive urban and contemporary aesthetic, with touches of Scandinavian design. - The inspectors of MICHELIN guide "

Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 7p.m. to 10.30p.m.

Price: €66 - €92 / pax

Address: Estrada da Quinta do Lago, Almancil, Loulé

Child-friendly environment

 

2. Vista

It received its first Michelin star in 2018. Located at the Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, it combines an environment that can be described as classic clean, in blue and white tones, with breathtaking ocean views.

The luxurious atmosphere is combined with a menu filled with dishes made with typical ingredients, doing justice to chef João Oliveira’s Mediterranean influence. The menu is seasonal, so you can always expect fresh ingredients and seasonal dishes. It has a diverse wine list that fits all tastes.

"Bright, fresh and current. Its attractive culinary proposal focuses on menus that include local seafood, treated with care and prepared with modern creative concepts. The terrace is a surprise showing a wonderful landscape of the Atlantic! - The inspectors of the  MICHELIN guide"

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, dinner only

Price: €59 - €125 / pax

Address: Avenida Tomás Cabreira, 8500-802, Portimão

Child-friendly environment

 

3. Ocean

Led by chef Hans Neuner, the restaurant Ocean was awarded with two Michelin stars since 2011. With a stunning view of the Atlantic, the space is decorated in blue tones that pay homage to the theme that gives it its name, in a modern and elegant way without losing its elegance and modern touch.

The fresh produce of the region is daily selected for the confection of the dishes, offering us new ideas and palates with each meal, due to Chief Neuner’s creativity.

"A unique restaurant, its wonderful views over the Atlantic are complemented by a perfect balance between gastronomy, aesthetics and comfort. The proposal, which evolves according to the best products of the time, reflects a vital, colorful and creative cuisine of international bases. - The inspectors of the MICHELIN guide "

Operation: Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and in January; Only dinner is served.

Price: €135 - €175/pax, tasting menu only

Address: Alporchinhos, 8400-450, Porches

Not indicated for children

 

4. São Gabriel

Endowed with a rustic atmosphere, highlighted by the huge fireplace positioned in the middle of the hall, which harmonizes with the forest scenery that surrounds it. The restaurant São Gabriel has a cozy feel that transmits a warm feeling of being at home, while being delighted with the inventive dishes that permeate the menu.

Chef Leonel Pereira imports the local ingredients, incorporating a strong Portuguese tradition to the dishes, which in no way detracts from its originality. For the most inventive, the São Gabriel has a selection of molecular cuisine.

The wine selection is exposed, to the delight of the customer, who will surely be indecisive while choosing from the extensive list of labels.

"A restaurant in constant evolution! It presents an aesthetic line of elegant classicism, with an interesting wine cellar in sight and an amazing circular fireplace in the center of the room. They practice a kitchen based on the cooking points and search, through their menus, to innovate the traditional kitchen. - The inspectors of the MICHELIN guide "

Operation: Closed on Mondays and in the months of December and February

Price: €65 - €115 / pax

Address: Vale do Lobo Road Quinta do Lago, 8126-912, Almancil, Business Center

 

5. Willie’s

It is led by Willie himself, who names the restaurant, a renowned chef who has worked in other equally renowned restaurants, such as La Reserve and São Gabriel.

The menu features an innovative mix of national products and international recipes combined with the chef's own finesse, which earned him a Michelin star in 2006.

The intimate and classical décor provides the ideal setting for a quiet dinner in the middle of the Vilamoura area. The proximity to the Vilamoura Marina invites you to take a stroll after the meal.

“Located in a holiday area that is very golf oriented! In its room, cozy, intimate and classic, you can taste international cuisine with careful presentations. The chef-owner is always attentive to the details. - The inspectors of the MICHELIN guide”

Operation: Closed on Wednesdays and between December and February 5

Price: €60 - €71 / pax

Address: Rua do Brasil 2, 8125-479 Vilamoura, Business Center