Restaurant Guide

Carvoeiro Area

Taste is located at the end of Rua do Barranco (the out road). A laid-back, bright and thoughtfully designed venue, serving a selection of tapas alongside a number of Mediterranean/ international dishes on the à la cartemenu. The restaurant is beautifully decorated, and has live music every Thursday and steak night on Saturday. Their new cocktail menu is fantastic and you can enjoy their creations on the large terrace.
Open from 5pm until late. Closed Tuesdays until summer | Tel: 282 358 092

An attractive trattoria-style restaurant at the top of Estrada do Farol, Primavera serves Italian/Mediterranean cuisine, including pizza, pasta dishes, fresh fish and great steaks. The restaurant has a lovely ambience and features a stylish interior décor, as well as a large, partially glazed outdoor area ideal for al fresco dining.
Open from 12pm for lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 358 017

A cosy restaurant with a relaxing ambience, L’Orange specialises in international and French-inspired cuisine created by Belgian chef patron Jan Mortier, complemented by the delicious homemade desserts made by wife Karin. The interior is pleasantly decorated, whilst outside, a pretty terrace is perfect for al fresco dining. L’Orange is located just outside Carvoeiro, near the Carvoeiro Hotel.
Open daily for dinner except Sunday | Tel: 282 357 297

Delightfully bright and tastefully decorated, Pashmina serves a fabulous range of Indian dishes. All made from scratch on site by Indian chefs and to the company’s popular recipes. Boasting a big menu with lots of vegetarian and Tandoori dishes, they have a comprehensive wine list with the group’s own label house wine offering an easy drinking, very reasonably priced option.
Open for lunch & dinner | Tel: 282 182 383 / 960 453 376

Located just 150m from the beach, Oásis offers a selection of international cuisine served all day in a cosy atmosphere with a large outdoor terrace. A wide range of starters, fish and meat dishes are on offer, and house specialities include rack of spare ribs and roasted duck. There is a good range of desserts, coffees and liqueurs, a number of vegetarian dishes and a children’s menu.
Open every day from 12pm to 11pm | Tel: 282 357 332

Celebrating one year in Carvoeiro in May, this lovely restaurant is already becoming a favourite with locals. The menu offers a wide variety of Nepalese specialities, and lovers of spiced food will find the dishes are all very different with mild and balanced flavours. This cuisine is also great for people who are not too comfortable with the hotter Indian flavours. They also have an Indian menu, so there’s something for everyone’s palate. When you reach O Cantinho and The Wolf, on Estrada do Farol, walk up the steep hill.
Open daily for lunch and dinner | Tel. 282 185 776 / 920 169 028

A GALÉ €/€€
This traditional Algarvean restaurant has been serving its loyal customers with delicious garlic prawns, bife à portuguesa(Portuguese-style steak), fresh fish and lots of local favourites for over a decade. The restaurant is cosy and fills up quickly, so be sure to book in advance.
Open daily for dinner from 6pm | Tel: 282 357 330

Following the huge success of A Galé, across the street, Carla and João have taken over Casa do Bife and are injecting their winning formula of good, local fresh produce, cooked to perfection and served with a smile to their new venture. Portions are very generous and although you’ll still find stone steaks on the menu, there’s a great selection of fresh fish, pasta and much more to choose from.
Open daily for dinner from 6pm | Tel: 282 356 567

Delicious, quality steaks, rack of lamb and daily fish and seafood specials are served in this upscale bar and grill with smart interiors and outdoor dining on the ground floor, and the new addition of the elegant upstairs lounge on the terrace. Located on Estrada do Farol, the restaurant’s star attraction is the US Black Angus beef, including an excellent T-bone cooked on the charcoal grill/oven. Lunch and dinner served indoors or on the bottom terrace. Reservations recommended.
Open for lunch and dinner | Tel: 962 708 596

A new, modern and exciting menu has arrived at O Rafaiol under the new management of chef Raquel Marques. A fan of the classics with a contemporary twist, the dishes are pretty as a picture and taste delicious. A new and well-priced wine list compliments the fresh yet traditional setting. Check out the wonderful kids’ menu. Sit on the pretty terrace and enjoy a cocktail from 3pm.
Open for lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner from Wednesday to Monday | Tel: 282 077 857

At the top of restaurant hill, A Rede is the brightly lit and colourful restaurant run by husband and wife team Fernanda and Carlos. The portions are very generous with a good selection of both meat and fish. Lobsters and crabs can be selected from the tank. A great place for larger groups.
Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Mondays | Tel: 282 358 513

Located in one of the best locations in Carvoeiro, Boneca Bar is the perfect place to sit back and while away the time. Set within the cliffs of Algar Seco, this restaurant and bar serves fresh fish and a selection of meat, complemented by a carefully put-together wine list. A family-run establishment, there is also a range of cocktails and sangria if you simply want a drink whilst you enjoy the surroundings.
Open every day all day | Tel: 282 358 391

One of Carvoeiro’s best-known restaurants is run by Frank and Cristina. Enjoy a freshly prepared meal in this traditionally inspired setting. The menu features Portuguese favourites, from fresh fish to enticing meat options, as well as specialities such as fish cataplanaand pork cataplanawith clams.
Open every day for lunch and dinner | Tel: 968 663 568

Run by owner Antónia on the out road in Carvoeiro, A Vela serves both Portuguese and international food, with specialities including black pig, cataplanas, stone steak and Brazilian rump steak. With a range of vegetarian dishes, the restaurant is bright and spacious with a large mezzanine level that boasts a baby grand piano, as well as an outside terrace.
Open for dinner only | Tel: 282 084 177 / 969 607 116

This lovely restaurant is perched on the right side of the cliff, overlooking Carvoeiro beach. The stunning view isn’t the only thing that’s worth writing about, with high-quality furnishings and some beautiful Indian décor that compliment the extensive menu and excellent wine list. The dishes are a good size and subtly spiced.
Open every day from 11am until 11pm | Tel: 282 185 525

AROMA €€/€€€
Located on the five-star Monte Santo Resort, this restaurant welcomes guests from outside to enjoy their à la carte menus created by chef Miguel Lourenço. Inspired by the chef’s Alentejo roots, and using handpicked herbs from their garden, the menus change twice a year and have some special wine pairing options. A family-friendly venue with great outdoor space overlooking the beautiful pool area.
Open every day for lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 321 000

Just next to Gramacho Golf, The Olive Tree is a large and spacious dining room with a wrap-around terrace that is set within the lush grounds of the Vale d’Oliveiras five-star resort. With a relaxed but professional service, the menu has been carefully created by chef Bruno Augusto. Chef Bruno likes to create complex dishes and you’ll find a few unusual combinations that get the imagination working. Great care is taken in sourcing the best ingredients.
Open every day for lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 380 560

This gem is hidden up a side street behind Brady’s bar on restaurant hill. With terraced patios, a small internal dining room and an outdoor bar and terrace area around a swimming pool, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The menu ranges from Eggs Benedict in the morning to succulent fish kebabs, big salads and steaks. They also serve the owner’s brand of Portuguese wines called Belmira Cruz, named after his grandmother.
Open every day from 10am until late | Tel: 282 358 047

Outside Carvoeiro

Very well established and loved by the locals, Chrissy’s is run by Pedro and Saul, who continue to create great two- and three-course menus including drinks that keep everyone coming back for more. The inclusive menus offer great value and they even have Lobster Weeks. The cosy restaurant also has an ample terrace on the ‘red street’ in Lagoa, next to the municipal market. Check out the weekly menus for more information. Light lunches and tapas are now available with fresh, daily suggestions on offer for lunchtime.
Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday | Tel: 282 341 062

Newly renovated, this bright and airy restaurant has a distant sea view and roadside terrace. The varied menu is well balanced, with house specialities including sea bass ceviche, fresh fish, cataplanas, Angus steaks, Surf & Turf and the famous mixed grill. The wine list offers a good selection at reasonable prices, and there is plenty of parking in front of the restaurant.
Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesdays until May | Tel: 282 359 649 / 969 116 073

A family-run restaurant tucked up on the cliff, overlooking Benagil beach, priding itself on its locally caught wild fish, seasonal selection of side dishes and homemade desserts. A firm fish lovers’ favourite for more than 25 years, the restaurant is cosy yet spacious, with a long terrace that looks out to sea plus a comprehensive wine list.
Open for dinner only. Closed on Mondays | Tel: 282 358 951 / 965 808 473

Located on the EN 125 in Porches is a traditional, Bavarian-style beer garden. Owned and operated by the five-star Vila Vita Parc resort, this authentic Biergarten serves German beer, homemade sausages from the resort’s butcher and other German specialities. The Herdade dos Grous wine label is available here and is made in their Alentejo vineyard. With lovely gardens and filled with authentic touches, it also features a great kids play area.
Open every day from 12.30pm to 10pm | Tel: 282 381 177

A vineyard, a craft-beer brewery, a stunning dining space with terraces and a fabulous courtyard just on the edge the Pestana Gramacho golf course. The menu has a variety of tapas and sharing dishes so guests can enjoy a leisurely snacking, beer or wine tasting experience or a more traditional three-course meal. All dishes are made with fresh, local ingredients and packed with great flavours. They sell their own wines and craft beers on site, so you get the full Dos Santos experience.
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 2pm to 10pm and Sunday from 1pm to 3pm | Tel: 282 343 264

The Algarve’s most famous seafood restaurant. The food is as fresh as it gets and the ambience relaxed and noisy from the sound of crab cracking. You’ll find a vast selection of seafood cooked to order, and speciality dishes such as seafood rice and cataplanasare also available. This is a very popular place with locals on the weekends, so arrive early for a table.
Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesdays | Tel: 282 442 682

Located on the old road from Lagoa to Silves, serving traditional Portuguese food with an international twist. The emphasis is on fresh, high-quality ingredients such as the superb Mirandesa certified steaks from northern Portugal and locally caught grilled fish. The house potatoes, sautéed in olive oil, garlic and oregano are to die for and the menu is complemented by an excellent wine list.
Open for dinner only. Closed Wednesdays | Tel: 282 443 308

Located in the centre of Porches, this is one of the oldest and most appealing restaurants in the Algarve. Established in the 1960s and now run by Belgian owner Bianca Salden, the restaurant serves Belgian and Mediterranean cuisine complemented by a well-balanced list of more than 80 Portuguese wines. The building still retains much of its 18th-century charm, and the creative menu perfectly complements the cosy and inviting ambience of the restaurant. Enjoy the beautiful terraced garden in the summer months.
Open for dinner only. Closed Wednesdays | Tel: 282 381 384

OCEAN €€€€€
At Vila Vita Parc, the two-Michelin-star Ocean restaurant enjoys a prime location set just back from the clifftop with stunning views both from the terrace and from the inside. The ambience is refined, with discreet service and exquisite tableware setting the scene for a special occasion. Diners are offered a choice of tasting menus alongside the à la carte menu prepared by Austrian chef Hans Neuner and his team, with optional wine or Champagne selections to accompany each dish.
Open for dinner. Closed Monday and Tuesday | Tel: 282 310 100

Located on Armação de Pêra beach, well away from the built-up part of town, this is a high-quality fish and seafood restaurant owned and operated by the Vila Vita Parc resort. Fresh produce is always in abundance and the restaurant has a large terrace with uninterrupted sea views and an air-conditioned interior.
Open every day for lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 314 875

Located opposite the water tower in Sesmarias to the west of Carvoeiro (next to Bon Bon restaurant), Oregano offers a mix of Italian and Portuguese cuisine. Complementing a selection of fish and meat dishes such as fresh cod Lagareiro-style are pasta dishes and a good selection of light meals, including tasty wraps and salads. An excellent option for lunch, with a great three-course special for €13.
Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Wednesdays | Tel: 282 353 465

BON BON €€€€
Since the early ‘90s, Bon Bon has been well known as one of the best restaurants in the Carvoeiro area for dining in an intimate ambience. Under new management since March 2013, the standard of food and service were finally rewarded with a Michelin star on the 2016 guide. A menu of modern Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on local flavours is backed up by a solid wine list of Portuguese and foreign labels. Now open for lunch on Saturday, Sunday and Monday with a special menu.
Open for dinner. Closed Wednesdays | Tel: 282 341 496

One of the best places to sample authentic Algarvean cooking in a setting that is delightfully rustic with jovial ambience, the restaurant is in the centre of Estômbar near the church. Now run by Joaquim Charneco’s daughter and her husband, it’s a real favourite among locals and visitors alike.
Open for dinner. Closed Sundays | Tel: 282 431 113

Ferragudo Area

Head down the fishermen’s pier in Ferragudo and you’ll find this lovely Portuguese restaurant with a great roof terrace. The menu features some lovely fresh fish and lots of traditional favourites. The wine list has been carefully thought out and you’ll find some unusual but lovely wines in the cellar.
Open all day. Closed Tuesdays | Tel: 916 613 001

Club Nau Beach Bar & Restaurant ticks all the boxes you can think of for an authentic beach bar, serving a wonderful selection of fabulous sushi from their extended Sushi Corner along with classic European dishes and, of course, fresh fish. A comprehensive snack menu paired with a spectacular cocktail and wine selection complete the experience. Live music every Sunday and a busy entertainment schedule along with a great Sunday Roast. Don’t miss the Saturday Aperitivo with DJ, Italian cocktails and snacks from 3pm to 7pm.
Open from 10am until late | Tel: 282 484 414

Very popular with local residents, you’ll find this lovely and authentic Vietnamese restaurant located just up the hill on the left, after Babalu in Ferragudo. Brimming with traditional décor and serving fresh, authentic Asian flavours, including the famous Nem spring rolls, Pho noodle soup, clay pot specialities, and even mixed dishes to share for those unfamiliar with this fragrant cuisine. Hostess Tracy is ever willing to help with recommendations and a big smile.
Open for dinner only. Closed on Monday | Tel: 914 482 844

Located on Caneiros beach between Carvoeiro and Ferragudo, this high-quality restaurant offers a very good selection of prime fresh fish that can be plain grilled or oven-roasted and then deboned at your table. For a special treat, ask for the fresh giant carabineiros(scarlet prawns). There is an excellent selection of fine wines and Champagnes, including Billecart-Salmon, served at the lounge-bed area on the beach. Reservations are essential.
Open daily for lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 461 844

O Canto, in Ferragudo, serves rustic Mediterranean and South-American specialties, including delicious tapas, fresh fish and Argentinean ribeye steaks. The cosy restaurant is run by chef Jimmy Cruz and boasts a spacious outside terrace. Look out for the popular theme nights.
Open from Wednesday to Monday for dinner | Tel: 915 067 587

This well-established restaurant enjoys an idyllic location overlooking the Arade estuary at the end of the fishermen’s quay in Ferragudo. It offers the ultimate in fresh fish, charcoal grilled to perfection and the sunsets with views across the river to Portimão are stunning. Reservations not accepted so arrive early.
Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Mondays | Tel: 282 461 592

Portimão Area

If you like your meals served with a side order of funky tunes, poolside and sea views, this could be the place for you. The menu is very diverse and covers a range of cuisines. Everything is fresh and tasty and served in the relaxed, beachside style. They host a series of live shows and DJ parties during July and August so call ahead to find out what’s on.
Open everyday, all day until late | Tel: 910 789 991

Located right on Portimão’s riverside, A Fábrica is a traditional seafood restaurant whose privileged location ensures the best freshly caught shellfish. Specialities at this typical Portuguese marisqueirainclude cataplanaand seafood rice, alongside various meat options. With a modern décor and professional service, this large restaurant offers both a covered terrace and extensive outdoor seating with great views over the Arade river.
Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sundays | Tel: 282 431 091

Tucked in between a couple of tourist shops there’s a stairway leading up to a terrace, when you reach the top, you’ll witness a fabulous panoramic sea view and then you’ll see Restaurant F. Ricardo Gomes and his team have been working hard to maintain their high standards and innovative menus that showcase the chef’s signature style. Complemented with a great wine list, this is a special place. Great for groups, parties and weddings.
Open from 2.30pm for late lunches and 7pm for dinner everyday | Tel: 919 115 512

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