Restaurant guide

CARVOEIRO Area

L´ORANGE   €€€

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 Solferias aparthotel. (Open daily for dinner except Sunda | Tel: 282 357 297)

PRIMAVERA   €€€

An attractive trattoria-style restaurant at the top of Estrada do Farol, Primavera is under the ownership of Domingos, formerly of Villa Medici. Serving Italian/Mediterranean cuisine, the restaurant has a lovely ambience and features a stylish interior décor, as well as a large outdoor area that’s ideal for the summer months. Regular live entertainment. (Open every day from 12pm for lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 358 017)

THE WOLF   €€€

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 gourmet burger 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 and burgers on the upstairs terrace. (Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended | Tel: 962 708 596)

PIMENTA PRETA   €€€

Creative cooking, excellent service, a charming ambience and value for money make Pimenta Preta one of the most appealing fine dining experiences in the Carvoeiro area. New dishes created by the chef ensure customers are always in for a surprise, whilst the quality of the food is matched by an equally impressive wine list compiled by the owner Nuno Diogo. (Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner / Tel: 282 350 281)

A VELA   €€

Run by owner Antónia on the ‘out’ road in Carvoeiro, A Vela serves both Portuguese and international food, with specialities including black pig, cataplanas and the special suckling pig served on Wednesdays and Fridays. With a range of vegetarian dishes, the restaurant is bright and spacious with a large mezzanine level, as well as an outside terrace. (Open for dinner only | Tel: 282 084 177 | 969 607 116)

CASA ALGARVIA   €€

One of Carvoeiro’s best-known restaurants is run by Frank and Cristina who have completey refurbished Casa Algarvia, with terracotta walls, a modern bar area and a brand new kitchen breathing new life into the establishment. The menu features Portuguese favourites, from fresh fish to enticing meat options, as well as specialities such as fish cataplana and pork cataplana with clams. (Open every day for lunch and dinner | Tel: 968 663 568)

TERROIR   €€

A welcome addition to Carvoeiro’s food scene, Terroir Wine Shop & Kitchen is located at the top of Estrada do Farol. This unique wine bar gives the word tapas a whole new meaning, serving dishes made for sharing using seasonal, high-quality, local produce. This bright, sophisticated setting is a haven for wine lovers, with an excellent selection of distinctive labels that can’t be found elsewhere (Available by the glass or by the bottle, to drink in or take away. Open from 5pm. Closed Sundays | Tel: 282 354 024)

O FLAMINGO   €€

Hidden behind Brady’s Bar on Estrada do Farol, just up a side street, you will find O Flamingo.  A cosy inside dining room leads out to the lovely pool area where diners can enjoy a good range of modern Portuguese cuisine including lovely large salads. During the summer months, on Wednesdays, there are weekly BBQ dinners by the pool in addition to the regular menus. (Open for dinner from 6.30pm. Closed Wednesdays except in July and August | Tel: 282 354 479)

O RAFAIOL   €€

Under the continued original ownership, and located just at the end of the “out road”, the newly re-opened O Rafaiol enjoys the Portuguese charm of an old Algarvean villa and offers a tasty and authentic menu featuring both Portuguese and International dishes. The house speciality is Alentejo lamb which also features on the Sunday special menu, you willf ind an interesting and varied wine list to complement the very tasty dishes. (Open for dinner only | Tel: 282 357 164)

TASTE   €€

Taste is a laid-back venue serving a selection of tapas alongside a number of Mediterranean/international dishes on the à la carte menu, and special homemade cakes. Located between the ‘in’ and ‘out’ road in Carvoeiro, the restaurant is beautifully decorated, and has live music every Thursday and steak night on Saturday. (Open from 6pm until late | Tel: 282 358 092)

OÁSIS   €€

Located just 150 metres 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 not to be missed are the rack of spare ribs and the roast 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)

A TASQUINHA   €€

Following the same winning formula as A Tasquinha Lagoa, A Tasquinha Carvoeiro is located at the entrance of the square in Monte Carvoeiro. With two spacious terraces, an elegant dining room, a separate bar area and children’s play area, the restaurant offers a snack menu (available from 6pm until late) and a more refined à la carte dinner menu, as well as a selection of vegetarian options and daily specials. Good for groups. (Open for dinner every night | Tel: 282 359 129)

BONECA BAR   €€

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. (Tel: 282 358 391)

TRATTORIA OLIVEIRA   

Situated in the heart of the Quinta do Paraiso resort just outside Carvoeiro, Trattoria Oliveira Restaurant offers a selection of pizza and pasta alongside some Portuguese favourites, including its signature chicken piri-piri. Mediterranean in style, the family-friendly restaurant is cosy and colourful, whilst outside, a terrace provides al fresco dining under a century-old olive tree. Take-away also available. (Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 350 120)

VIMAR   

Run by João, Vimar is a local favourite located at the top of Estrada do Farol. Serving traditional Portuguese specialities such as freshly grilled fish and Portuguese steaks along with international dishes. The spacious restaurant serves special priced three-course lunch and dinner menus including a drink and coffee. With large outdoor terraces and a children’s play are, Vimar is perfect for groups, with discounts available upon pre-booking. Acoustic guitar Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays. (Open every day from 12pm for lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 358 322)

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CARVOEIRO Outside

BON BON   €€€€   Sesmarias

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 for 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. (Open for dinner. Closed Wednesdays. Closed during winter | Tel: 282 341 496)

OCEAN | VILA VITA PARC   €€€€   Alporchinhos

The gourmet restaurant at Vila Vita Parc, the 2 Michelin-star Ocean 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 only. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays | Tel: 282 310 100)

MARISQUEIRA RUI   €€€€   Silves

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. Vast selection of seafood cooked to order. Speciality dishes such as seafood rice and cataplanas. Very popular with locals at the weekends so arrive early for a table. (Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesdays | Tel: 282 442 682)

O LEÃO DE PORCHES   €€€   Porches

Located in the centre of the small town 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. (Open for dinner only. Closed Wednesdays | Tel: 282 381 384)

VILA VITA BIERGARTEN   €€€   Porches

Located on the EN-125 in Porches, the former Casa Rodízio is now home to a traditional German beer garden. Owned and operated by the 5-star Vila Vita Parc, this authentic Biergarten serves German beer, homemade sausages from the resort’s own butcher and other German specialities. With lovely gardens and filled with authentic touches, it also features Thomas Weber’s new butchers. (Open Tuesday to Sunday from mid-day to 10pm. | Tel: 282 381 181)

ARTE NAUTICA   €€€   Armação de Pêra

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 hotel. 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)

O LITOTAL   €€€   Benagil

O Litoral has undergone a sympathetic renovation and is under new management. Bright and airy with a distant sea view and roadside terrace. The varied menu is well-balanced with house specialities including ceviche of seabass, fresh fish, cataplanas, Angus steaks, Surf & Turf and the famous mixed grill. The wine list offers a good selection at reasonable prices. (Open every day for lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 359 649 / 969 116 073)

O PESCADOR   €€€   Benagil

Completely refurbished and under new management, O Pescador is a cosy restaurant in Benagil whose philosophy stays true to local fishing traditions. With a bright and airy décor and rustic yet elegant touches throughout, the restaurant seats 50 people and enjoys a delightful sea view. Serving fresh sea-caught fish and Argentinian meat, the menu is complemented by an excellent wine list. There is also regular live music and special events. (Open for lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 354 017)

O Barradas   €€€   Lagoa / Silves

Located on the old road from Lagoa to Silves, this is one of the best restaurants in the area for 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 fish grilled. 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)

OREGANO   €€€   Sesmarias

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. (Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Wednesdays | Tel: 282 353 465)

HEXAGONE   €€€   Sesmarias

Formerly the Island Café, Hexagone is the latest venture of chef Gilberto Gato, who moved from his successful Búzio Restaurant in Prainha, Alvor, after 20 years. Maintaining his modern Mediterranean cuisine, the menu is backed up by an extensive wine cellar featuring some of Portugal’s finest labels. Lunching options include large variety of gourmet burgers and salads, whilst for dinner there is the choice of à la carte, tasting menus or the chef’s suggestion. With an elegant dining room, lounge bar and outdoor terrace, the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. (Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sundays | Tel: 282 342 485)

LUX   €€€   Sesmarias

The newly opened gourmet burger restaurant LUX is located in the lovely Boa Nova complex, in between Carveorio & Ferragudo. The Belgian hosts have created a mouth watering selection of homemade burgers, large, tasty salads & speciality pastas to entice you. The location and venue are pretty special and have impressive views out to Monchique and the sea. (Open for lunch & dinner | Tel: 962 016 477 / 926 823 650)

BOMBORDO   €€/€€€   Armação de Pêra

Specialising in freshly caught seafood, Bombordo is the venture of sisters-in-law Bertília and Susana, whose husbands work at the local fish market and have privileged access to the freshest fish and shellfish every day. With a selection of tapas available alongside the full à la carte menu, which features the freshest catches from the sea as well as some meat dishes, the restaurant also offers a comprehensive selection of Portuguese wines. Spacious yet welcoming, there is both indoor and outdoor seating. (Open from 10am to 3pm and 6pm to 10.30pm. Closed Mondays / Tel: 282 347 477)

O ALGAR   €€   Benagil

A family-run restaurant tucked up on the cliff, overlooking Benagil beach. Priding themselves on their locally caught wild fish, seasonal selection of side dishes and homemade desserts. A firm fish lovers favourite for nearly 25 years, the restaurant is cosy yet spacious with a long terrace plus a comprehensive wine list. (Open for dinner only. Closed on Mondays | Tel: 282 358 951 / 965 808 473)

O CHARNECO   €   Estombar

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 Estombar near the church. Now run by Joaquim Charneco’s daughter and her husband, the restaurant is a real favourite among locals and visitors alike. (Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sundays / Tel: 282 431 113)

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FERRAGUDO Area

REI DAS PRAIAS   €€€   Caneiros

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 de-boned at your table. For a special treat, ask for the fresh giant carabineiros (red prawns). There is an excellent selection of fine wines and champagnes including Billecart-Salmon served at the lounge bed area on the beach. (Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations are essential | Tel: 282 461 006)

FIM DO MUNDO   €€€   Ferragudo

Jo and Vasco opened their restaurant a in 2010 hoping that their knowledge and passion for food would pay off. Now one of the trickiest places to get a table in the area, they serve big portions with big flavours and the quality is second to none. Portuguese prime products and great English hospitality, a winning combination! Advance reservations are strongly recommended. (Open for dinner only.  Closed Wednesdays | Tel: 964 172 058)

BORDA DO CAIS   €€€   Ferragudo

Head down the fishermans 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. The terrace will be open until 2am during the summer months. (Open all day. Closed Tuesdays | Tel: 916 613 001)

O SUESTE   €€€   Ferragudo

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)

O MOLHE   €€   Ferragudo

Newly renovated, with a fabulous panoramic sea view and a great selection of fresh shell fish, the stylish new look O Molhe serves excellent Cataplanas and specialises in fresh fish dishes. Meat lovers will also find something on the menu and you can even stop by for a cocktail and some oysters. (Open every day from 10am until late | Tel: 282 461 519)

CLUB NAU   €€   Ferragudo

Club Nau Beach Bar & Restaurant ticks all the boxes you can think of for an authentic beach bar, a place like no other by the ocean. Serving a wonderful selection of Thai inspired specialties, classic European dishes and of course the fresh fish along with a comprehensive snack menu together with a spectacular cocktail and wine selection to complete the experience. (Open from 10am until late | Tel: 282 484 414)

TASCA DAVID   €€   Ferragudo

Tasca David’s Indian Restaurant re-opened in March with a warm, Indian-inspired facelift. Serving freshly home cooked, authentic Indian food without artificial colouring or flavouring used to enhance the taste. You can enjoy a cocktail or two in the lounge. Owner Dipti is always around to offer advice on dishes which include new Tandoori dishes and sizzlers. Party bookings (including golf) are given special consideration. Take aways also available. (Open for dinner. Closed Wednesdays | Tel: 924 079 669)

SALUKI   €/€€   Caneiros

Serving a fusion of Mediterranean and Moorish cuisine, the Moroccan-inspired restaurant conjures up a great atmosphere of a more relaxed dining experience. The menu features harissa, couscous, Persian masala chicken, picanha tagine, feta pastry cigaras along with more classic caprese salad and piri piri garlic prawns. The flavour combinations are delicious. (Open for lunch and dinner | Tel: 910 414 155)

CHICKEN & FRIENDS   €   Ferragudo

Chicken & Friends is located on the road from Praia Grande to the centre of Ferragudo. Both Portuguese and international dishes are available with a common theme, the main ingredient is replaced with chicken. Along with classic chicken dishes, you will find Bife a Portuguesa where the beef has been replaced with, you’ve guessed it, chicken. Buffet lunch is €6.95 and has a varied selection. There is also a small shop selling local produce and lounge area for pre- or post-dinner drinks. (Open everyday for lunch and dinner | Tel: 914 570 364)

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PORTIMÃO Area

RESTAURANTE F   €€€   Praia da Rocha

A stylish and modern restaurant with one of the best views in Praia da Rocha. Go up the steps opposite the taxi rank and you’ll be blow away with the view, 180 degrees of uninterrupted Atlantic. The menu doesn’t let it down either with creative and inspired, beautifully presented dishes and a walk in wine cellar (available for private dining). Ricardo and his team are always professional and friendly. (Open every day for dinner only Tel: 282 483 014 / 919 115 512)

NOSOLO ÁGUA   €€€   Praia da Rocha

Pool side or beach front dining are options at NoSoloAgua on the corner of Portimao Marina. Vietnamese rolls, sushi, salads, burgers, main meals, breakfast, snacks, they’ve got it all covered. The decor, view and ambiance are stunning. Enjoy lounge music, cocktails and sunbathing during the day and a full on party zone by night. Varied menu with something for everyone. (Open all day every day | Tel: 910 789 991 / 282 498 180)

MARISQUEIRA A FÁBRICA   €€/€€€   Portimão

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 ‘marisqueira’ include cataplana and 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)

CASA DA TOCHA   €/€€   Portimão

In the heart of downtown Portimao, this retro Portuguese eatery is very popular with locals who enjoy a great selection of tapas and dishes including vegan and vegetarian specialities. The lunch menu offers great value and changes daily offering a good variety.  You’ll find a great selection of Portuguese wines and an interesting drinks menu that includes Kombuch. (Open all day. Closed Sundays | Tel: 282 424 144)

TOKYO / ASIA   €   Praia da Rocha

Japanese restaurant Tokyo in Praia da Rocha is well-known amongst sushi lovers. With a sushi bar and teppanyaki, customers can choose any dish from its ‘all-you-can-eat’ sushi menu for lunch or dinner. Either watch your food being cooked or order it to take away – its 18-piece sushi box costs just. Next door, the open kitchen Chinese restaurant Asia offers special menus and serves Cantonese, Peking, Szechuan dishes. Dine inside or on the large outdoor terrace. (Open daily for lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 485 205)

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