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If you’re keen to experience contemporary cuisine, Alma offers a treat for all the senses.Behind its stone façade, this restaurant is teeming with pers...
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Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!
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In the heart of Chiado, Henrique Sá Pessoa’s Alma restaurant is one of the greatest gastronomic references in Lisboa. The chef and his team were awarded by the most known gastronomy guide. A chef’s cusine, a wide room, elegant and comfortable, perfect for all. With two tasting menus – Costa a Costa, with 5 moments, with a sea inspiration, and Alma, with the chef’s favorite dishes – and a a la carte menu, where the client chooses his own menu. Henrique Sá Pessoa is already well known and during his career, he has been working with the biggest worldwide chefs. In Alma, is not only the cusine that amazes you. The building from the XVIII century, the sharp but easy going service and the feeling
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$55 - $100
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Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed December 21, 2022

Competent cooking and some of the dishes in the degustation menu is really delicious. Service is kind and a lovely experience. The front dining room is more spacious than the back dining room. A solid 2 star Michelin restuarant but needs inspiration to gain the...third star.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Customer Care, Marketing at ALMA Henrique Sa Pessoa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Explorer770670, we really appreciate your visit and your feedback. We are very grateful for your appreciation of our restaurant and our gastronomic proposal. We work to provide everyone who visits us with a complete and attractive gastronomic experience, so it is very gratifying to...More

Reviewed December 16, 2022 via mobile

I’ll start my review, almost with a conclusion: my wife who is not quick to give out praise, said that this was without doubt the best meal that she’d ever had in a restaurant! I think I probably agree, and we’ve been lucky enough to...eat in some of the finest Michelin restaurants in Europe. I managed to get a booking about three weeks in advance and we attended for lunch on a scorchingly hot day in Lisbon. It was almost 40 Celsius. We went through a closed door. It’s almost like going into someone’s private home.. the multi lingual staff are superbly attentive. We had a early lunch sitting, but soon the restaurant was full. We went for the tasting menus. I had the meat option and my wife had the fish option.. I lost count of the number of courses an amuse bouches, but it was at least 10! Every course was absolutely superb. We both love wine as well and so the matched wines from the sommelier team were superb and we had some very interesting conversations and analysis of the wine with the relaxed staff. All in all, I would say overall this was a superb deal. This is gourmet cuisine at its peak.. it’s about the most expensive I’ve ever pay for lunch in a top restaurant, but the best things in life don’t come cheap! Highly recommended if you’re feeling flush, and you can book a long wait in advance.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Customer Care, Marketing at ALMA Henrique Sa Pessoa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Gary W, we really appreciate your visit and your feedback. We are very grateful for your appreciation of our restaurant and our gastronomic proposal. We work to provide everyone who visits us with a complete and attractive gastronomic experience, so it is very gratifying...More

Reviewed October 18, 2022 via mobile

The best restaurant ever. We made the reservation about 4 months in advance and had contemplated canceling for fear that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. We are so glad we didn’t cancel. When you arrive, you have to ring the bell/knock and someone...will come greet you at the door and take you right to your table. When you’re sat, you’re immediately greeted by the waitstaff. If you want to drink, they have someone there who will help you pick a drink depending on your wants/likes. At other restaurants when waitstaff provide drink recommendations, it’s usually the most expensive, however, the waiters recommendations at Alma were brutally honest and, surprisingly, not the most expensive. After getting drinks, they explain the menu to you — you can either da a la carte or you can do the tasting menu, but they that everyone at the table orders from the same menu (for example, if you get the a la carte menu, everyone at the table should get the a la carte menu, not the tasting menu). There are two tasting menus. We chose to do the tasting menu and we each got a different tasting menu. It was the best decision. They bring the food out to you dish by dish — once you finish a dish, they bring another, and so on. When they bring you a dish, they explain what the dish is and how to eat it. Each dish is about 2-4 bites. We initially thought at the beginning that we wouldn’t be full after, but, about 15 dishes later and we were stuffed. The tasting menu consisted of things that I would have never ordered on my own but they were all so good. There was not a single bad dish. You could also see the chef cooking which was very cool and the waitstaff are incredible and very attentive. It’s pretty quiet and relatively small and intimate and a perfect date spot. It’s worth the splurge — you’ll never find anything else like it.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Customer Care, Marketing at ALMA Henrique Sa Pessoa, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2022

Dear Journey28760205587, we really appreciate your visit and your feedback. We are very grateful for your appreciation of our restaurant and our gastronomic proposal. We work to provide everyone who visits us with a complete and attractive gastronomic experience, so it is very gratifying to...More

Reviewed October 18, 2022 via mobile

Got my name on the waiting list. Call me back to confirm while away from my phone. Call back in 15 minutes to learn that they gave my place to another customer. Talked about their claim of an good experience My first and last experience...to a greedy 2 stars Michelin. Thanks Evo…More

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Customer Care, Marketing at ALMA Henrique Sa Pessoa, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2022

Dear oiram58, we really appreciate your feedback. We are very sorry for the situation you report us, we have a procedure to contact customers when they are on a waiting list, in the situation where they do not answer, we check the waiting list again...More

Reviewed October 8, 2022

We just finished two tasting menus, the coastal and Almas favorite. Both were excellent . Each menu lists 5 courses but there are many little surprises added to the menu. All were beautifully presented and delicious. The menus are designed to stretch your culinary taste...buds and give you a dining experience. Alma more than exceeded on both counts. Service is everything you would expect from a Michelin star restaurant (2 stars). Everyone is professional and friendly , a combination difficult to achieve. Although expensive at 175 euros for each tasting menu, we felt it was a good value for the quality of product and service.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Customer Care, Marketing at ALMA Henrique Sa Pessoa, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2022

Dear 983randyp, we really appreciate your visit and your feedback. We are very grateful for your appreciation of our restaurant and our gastronomic proposal. We work to provide everyone who visits us with a complete and attractive gastronomic experience, so it is very gratifying to...More

Reviewed August 9, 2022

My fiancée and I visited to celebrate our engagement. We are not "newbies" at gourmet restaurants, and we have visited quite a few, and Alma ticked all boxes. The space is beautifully balanced and the style is modern, yet not forgetful of the traditional Portuguese...architecture. The welcome was warm, and every single dish of the menu was beautiful, tasty and well balanced: when, at the end of our experience, we were asked which one we liked the most, we seriously struggled to find our favorite. And I am that annoying guy who takes photos and notes of what he is eating, and discuss them directly with people who are eating with me. Thus, it's difficult I do not end up with something I liked the most (or the least). Price is line with restaurants of this category. What brought the culinary experience to the next level, though, was the service. They were present and attentive, yet never invading our privacy. They were able to "read their audience" tuning how formal they were supposed to be, depending on the person they were talking to. Descriptions were accurate and to the point. I dare say that the overall experience was not far from Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana... and I guess this shall be taken as a compliment? :-)More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 4, 2022 via mobile

My partner and I celebrated 27 years together this week and at dined yesterday evening. The moment we were greeted and sat at our table, we were taken on a magical journey from experiencing their signature cocktail to the amazing fine wine, the tantalising canapés,...the amazing mains to the mouth watering desserts complete with a Madeira, after all you are in Portugal. Obrigado to Daniel and the entire team for making the evening a truly memorable experience. Thank you 🙏🏾 Henrique - for allowing to experience Alma. Much love. Sonny T and Pete N Sydney, Australia.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 18, 2022

From the booking to the meal itself everything was faultless. We had the taster menu with accompanying wine and it was excellent, with each course seemingly better than the one that preceded it. The service was friendly, unpretentious and quietly efficient. Highly recommended - a...very happy memory to look back upon. Thank you .More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 8, 2022

Alma is a truly great restaurant. Each part of the meal, from the bread to dessert was spectacular. The "surprises" from the chef were wonderful. Each dish was a blend of interesting and tasty ingredients that combined to make a unique and perfect dish. The...staff at Alma are equally wonderful. They are knowledgeable about the food, but not stuffy or pretentious. They made us feel most welcome and well taken care of, and added greatly to the enjoyment of the evening. One of the best meals we've ever had.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 3, 2022

It was an amazing experience. If you want to eat the best bacalhau in town "Alma" its the place just Loved the food and the team was very kind and friendly. Thank you for everything. Will be back Soon.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed July 3, 2022 via mobile

Pedro (lead sommelier), Ivo (the bearded & handsome one), Joanna (perfect presence) & crew provided exemplary service during our unforgettable evening at Alma. Between the tasting experience and entree offerings we opted for entrees which, when ordered together, were complimented by seemingly endless surprises. The...cod, lamb and *exquisite desserts* were edible works of art. The atmosphere is lively and not the least bit stuffy or overly serious. But we must say, the level of service is the star of the show at Alma. The food is great, of course, our compliments to the chef, yet their people make it a fun and worthwhile effort if you plan to be in Lisbon. Make sure you reserve Alma well ahead of your trip (and expect great communication in return).More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 26, 2022 via mobile

Like art and music, some of it might not be to your taste, some of it might challenge your views and your outlook on life and some of it might generate an emotional reaction. This is the same for dining at this level and my...wife and I had a roller coaster of a meal. We had the Coast to Coast and Alma tasting menus. As we were some of the first diners, the dishes came out fast and furious and we had very little time to absorb and rationalise what we had just eaten before the next amuse bouche arrived at our table. That is probably the only critique I could offer. Many of the dishes were simply fantastic and some we found really challenging. For me it was the intensity of the tomato in Henrique’s take on Gaspacho, for my wife it was the Fois Gras which we both have ethical views about. Some of the dishes were a great combination of flavours and textures and some, really stopped me in my tracks, such as the salty chocolate bonbon, which when I first put it in my mouth, I very nearly spat it out again as I was not expecting the savoury explosion followed by a transition into smooth chocolate. Other delights were the 36 hour pork, the tiny mushrooms, the onion broth, the smell of the sea alongside lemon and of course the wonderful smokey butter to go with the sourdough rolls that I swear I could still taste the next day. This whole experience was a demonstration of a chef at the top of his game, with a team around him that was like watching ballet, with their composed, synchronised service both at the pass and on the floor. For us this was a once in a lifetime experience. I will probably be shopping at Aldi for the rest of the year to pay the bill but we would not have missed it for the world. The final touch was a glass of 1997 Port at the end when I explained it was our Silver Wedding Anniversary. I hope that Henrique and his team welcome these comments as the last thing a Michelin Chef would wish to be is boring and predictable and you certainly got a reaction out of me. Muito obrigado e muito bem feito a todos vocês.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 18, 2022

This restaurant is a gem. Super service (attentive and helpful - but not unpleasantly artificial). It starts with a simple, empty wooden table and builds up to fireworks. We each had a different menu and both were fantastic! Certain courses were combinations that took a...risk out of the comfort zone - and won hands down! Brilliant! Extraordinary! World class! Our favourite dishes: Starters (like gazpacho) Suckling Pig Turbot, ceps, parsley root, black truffle Sea flavors and citrus 2.O, yuzu sorbet, crystallized algae, citrus curd (this was absolutely world class) We are looking forward to the next time!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 10, 2022 via mobile

My wife and I showed up at time we had a reservation that was done by the concierge of the hotel about 10 days before and confirmed to me. We were told that the reservation was canceled because they could not reconfirm. We were coming...from the USA and they told us that the hotel didn't have a guest with my name. How they could get the hotel to go over the guest list is strange! In any case I was never told of a reconfirmation policy with such a short time from the reservation. They were not apologetic and no effort to give us a table that night. If they bumped me they certainly could bump anybody. Sometimes that is what success brings: Arrogance.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 2, 2022

You arrive at this restaurant …. a large door …. and it is locked, you can’t get in. So you have to ring the bell in order to gain access. Later it was explained to us that the reason for this is (paraphrasing) ‘we view...this as our home and we want to welcome you as we would a friend to our home’. I’ve never had to pay more than 400€ for visiting the home of a friend. We were shown to an area at the back of the building. The building itself is very old and beautiful. However, there are no soft furnishings ….wooden floors, stone walls, no tablecloths, etc. so it is very noisy. We were a couple sitting next to a group of four who were clearly having a good time, but as a result it was difficult for us to have a conversation. The concept is to give you an ‘experience’, something that is referred to throughout the meal. Water is topped up constantly and fresh bottles opened (and added to the bill) without the customer/friend being asked. It’s hard to complain about being given too much food, but when you order a multi-course tasting menu, the addition of several additional courses becomes a bit too much. The food was good, but not faultless.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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The A La Carte menu is available on their website, as are the tasting menus.
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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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