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$55 - $100
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Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Contemporary

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Chiado & Carmo
0.2 miles from Elevador de Santa Justa
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Located in the heart of the Chiado district in an 18C building that was once a warehouse for the famous Bertrand bookshop, the oldest in the world. The...
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Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!
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Reviewed November 15, 2020

My wife and myself wanted to have a good diner out after stressful days at work and opted for Alma. Readily pleased with the welcome and the simplicity of the decor. We opted for the two degustation menus and were adequately guided through wines along...with the courses. The mix, balance and harmony of flavors for all dishes took us to different places, the journey was pleasant and this feeling of of pleasure and satisfaction never left us up to the end. The pace of dishes served, the service, the exchanges with the personnel is very well coordinated, all is is in harmony. You finish your dinner and you just want to thank them all for the nice experience! Only negative point if I may is the absence of the chef, HSP.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Diogo S., Gestor de Relações com o Cliente at ALMA Henrique Sa Pessoa, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2020

Dear D1973CHphilippem, We're the one who thank you for the visit. We're really glad you enjoyed the Alma experience so much. At Alma we seek to provide a unique moment, based on the excellence of the food and all the elements that make up a...More

Reviewed September 23, 2020

Another Michelin star restaurant in Lisbon, this makes it number 5 for me. Alma has two stars and rightly so. the cuisine is exquisite, the service was top notch, and the atmosphere warm and romantic. my wife and I enjoyed the night fully all the...way to the dessert. There was one thing that did bother me, I found the prices of the bar products a bit steep. The wines in my opinion were good but way to high in price. For the moment I thought I was back in NYC with French and Californian wine prices. First, the aperitif was a lesser house of white port. (Andressen) we needed a very dry white, like Taylor or Graham, the wine was sweet which my wife detests. Then there was the red wine which was expensive and never improved with airing and was never decanted. I thought that the sommelier was too young. Let me explain , I was a sommelier for over 30 years dealing with mostly French and Californian wines at high end restaurants in NYC. This restaurant has Two stars, it needs a veteran wine expert, if you are going to charge your patrons high prices. Our Touriga Nacional never improved. Please don't pull what American restaurants do and make most of their profits from the bar. Certain Portuguese wines are superb and deserve a high cost, but not some of the wines on your wine list. Yes, I am Portuguese and my father worked many years for a Douro wine firm.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Diogo_Se, Gestor de Relações com o Cliente at ALMA Henrique Sa Pessoa, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2020

Dear Penhadafranca Thank you for the visit and review. We try to offer a faultless, memorable gastronomic moment. We will take your feedback into account when fine-tuning the aspects mentioned, to ensure the consistency and excellence of our service and offer. Best regards, Alma Team

Reviewed August 6, 2020 via mobile

My boyfriend and I were delighted to try the classic tasting menu. Alma captured Portuguese cuisine with an international twist. Everything was super fresh and high quality, and the menu had perfect synchronicity. The dishes were simple yet creative. I would definitely agree with many...and say that this is Lisbon’s best restaurant. It is definitely worth checking out, and I suggest trying the tasting menu!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Diogo_Se, Gestor de Relações com o Cliente at ALMA Henrique Sa Pessoa, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2020

Dear Hana, Thank you for visiting and sharing your review. We're delighted with your evaluation of our gastronomical proposal and its creativity and with highest praise we could possibly have by being named Lisbon's best restaurant. Thank you for the recommendation. We hope you visit...More

Reviewed July 24, 2020 via mobile

Our quest to embark on a fine dining culinary journey led us to the restaurant, #alma in Lisbon, owned by Henrique Sá Pessoa, one of the best chefs in Lisbon. The two star Michelin restaurant is situated in the neighborhood called @Chiado, which is actually...just about five minutes walk from our hotel. The restaurant is located in a small side street and one can actually be easily overlooked when passing by. Dress code is smart casual and the style of the inside decor is understated. The menu was limited, just two, but that’s probably a good thing as well, cos then you know what you’re having is fresh. I went for @Costa a Costa, which is actually one of the restaurant’s emblematic menus, while my husband went for @Alma, which we were told is actually the chef’s signature menu. The ‘amuse-geule’ (appetizer) was very innovative and refreshing, properly preparing the palate for the main menu. We particularly liked the sourdough bread with its crusty edges, served with the amazing tasting smoked butter and their signature olive oil. The meals were very creative, savory and bursting with flavours. Henrique Sá Pessoa certainly deserves guys Michelin Stars!⭐️⭐️ We decided against accompanying wines, though, and just ordered individual glasses, which were actually quite expensive too. Service was also great and the interval between meals was also short. On the whole, we had a very positive and enjoyable experience dining there, earning them my 👍🏾 as well.😃More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Diogo_Se, Guest Relations Manager at ALMA Henrique Sa Pessoa, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2020

Dear Ainajohn, Thank you for visiting and sharing such a thoughtful opinion. We are very honored by your words of praise and will continue to work to provide a memorable experience for all who visit us. We hope you will visit us again. Best regards,...More

Reviewed July 3, 2020 via mobile

Two star Michelin, and 120€ per person if you chose a fixed 6 dishes menu set your expectation high, quite high. We arrived and strangely (compared to all the rest of the places (hotels and restaurants in Lisbon) the wooden door was closed and you...have to ring the bell. We asked why and the waitress explained it was part of the experience.? The restaurant is composed by two dining rooms, the first one large and nicely designed and with large round tables (empty when we arrived) and the second one a hallway like leading to the toilets and a back service room. We where led to the second one, and my wife asked to remain in the main dining room as part of the experience, but we where refused the change. No problem, but certainly we where disappointed. The service in Général was perfect. The menus, one only fish and the other mixed Portuguese revised dishes where sufficient in quantities, nicely presented, but honestly nothing amazing, the tastes where too mixed up with different flavors and textures, so much so that you really couldn’t understand the main ingredients. I comment the texture because the use and abuse of foams and sauces was typical of advanced kitchens at least 10 years ago in Italy and France.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Diogo_Se, Gestor de Relações com o Cliente at ALMA Henrique Sa Pessoa, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2020

Dear gilardoni, We appreciate your visit and review. It is very important for us to receive and read the opinions of our customers. We’re sorry that your experience hasn't lived up to expectations. We are guided by the highest standards of quality and seek to...More

Reviewed March 23, 2020 via mobile

You MUST go to Alma and try their tasting menu! We were there recently for my birthday lunch and had the tasting menu. I wish I could describe all of the delicious courses that were artistically presented served by a beautifully choreographed staff that aimed...to please! The wine recommended by the sommelier was also perfect! It’s worth every Euro!!!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 12, 2020

The service could not have been better - everyone was so friendly, professional, and attentive. The wine that was recommended was excellent as well. We were given many surprise courses, which was a nice touch. Some of the dishes were outstanding, but others lacked flavor...or were a little too fishy or mushroomy for me. It may just be my taste, others might enjoy it more. The service and ambiance of Alma really stood out to me.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 9, 2020

I had a dream that I ventured down a cobbled Lisbon street on a warm evening in early March; that I stumbled upon a nondescript doorway, noticed a nondescript doorbell and gently pressed it... And that the dark doors were slowly opened (with a gentle...greeting) to reveal a stone-floored portal; sparingly furnished and lightly-golden-lit, that led into a world of gastronomic perfection. Some dreams come true. ALMA is flawless in every regard: staff (friendly, attentive, not at all stuffy); food (we tried both tasting menus, and they are both superb); wine (I had the wine accompaniment - and it was stellar); ambience (a truly beautiful room). In summary: "surpreendente"!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 6, 2020 via mobile

From the moment we rang the doorbell and entered, the evening was a wonderful experience. We were celebrating my husband's 65th birthday and our last night in Lisbon. We've eaten in some lovely venues around the world bit this meal was one of the best....Servers were warm yet professional and we were treated beautifully. ... We chose the Alma dinner, and my slight allergy to bivalves was accommodated seamlessly. 12 different dishes from start to finish were beautifully presented, both verbally and visually. And a special birthday presentation capped it off!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 4, 2020

One more lunch can be so special, it is rightly considered one of Lisbon's best restaurants. Perfect service and the complex flavours of the dishes will delight you. Highly recommended! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Date of visit: December 2019
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JoeGro82
October 30, 2019|
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Response from Corkber | Reviewed this property |
The A La Carte menu is available on their website, as are the tasting menus.
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Response from Mogs1965 | Reviewed this property |
If you can’t get a Dinner reservation, go for Lunch, that’s what we did and had a great experience. We booked 2-3 months in advance.
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