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 Carvoeiro Hotel.
Open daily for dinner except Sunday | Tel: 282 357 297

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 completely 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

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.
Open every day from 12pm for lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 358 017

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

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 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. Don’t miss the very popular Sunday Brunch at €15 with free flowing mimosas.
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 from around the world, 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. Specialising in European classics and Asian cuisine.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner / Tel: 282 350 281

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 will find an interesting and varied wine list to complement the very tasty dishes.
Open for dinner only | Tel: 282 357 164

TASTE   €€

New location, new look! Ciprian and Nicola have moved their very popular restaurant Taste to the end of Rua do Barranco (the out road). A laid-back venue serving a selection of tapas alongside a number of Mediterranean/international dishes on the à la carte menu. 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

PASHMINA   €€

Delightfully bright and beautifully decorated, Pashmina serves a fabulous range of Indian dishes. All made from scratch onsite by Indian chefs and to the companies popular recipes. Boasting a big menu with lots of vegetarian and Tandoori dishes and a comprehensive wine list with the groups own label house wine offering an easy drinking, very reasonably priced option.
Open for lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 182 383 / 960453376

RESTAURANTE OÁSIS   €€

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 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

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. Takeaway also available.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 350 120

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

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OUTSIDE CARVOEIRO 

Chrissy’s   €€   Lagoa

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 now has an ample terrace on the new ‘red street’ in Lagoa, next to the municipal market. Check out the weekly menus for more information.
Open for dinner. Closed Sunday | Tel: 282 341 062

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 on the weekends so arrive early for a table.
Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesdays | Tel: 282 442 682

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 butchers.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from midday to 10pm. | Tel: 282 381 181

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

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

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

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 PESCADOR   €€€   Benagil

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 Argentinean 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 LITOTAL   €€€   Benagil

Bright and airy, with a distant sea view and roadside terrace. The varied menu is well balanced, with house specialities including seabass 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 nearby.
Open every day for lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 359 649 / 969 116 073

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. 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   €€€€   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 Thursday to Monday. Open for lunch on Satuday and Sunday | Tel: 282 341 496

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

This gourmet burger restaurant is located in the Vilamar complex, in between Carvoeiro and Ferragudo. The Belgian hosts have created a mouth-watering selection of homemade burgers, large, tasty salads, homemade Belgian specials and delicious pastas to entice you. The newly decorated restaurant is bright and modern with a pool area and spacious terraces.
Open for lunch and dinner | Tel: 926 823 650

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
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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, fabulous sushi, 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

FIM DO MUNDO   €€€   Ferragudo

Jo and Vasco opened their restaurant 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 massive portions with big flavours. 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

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 every day for lunch and dinner | Tel: 914 570 364

SEN TONKIN   € / €€   Ferragudo

Located near the Pharmacy in Ferragudo, you’ll find this lovely and authentic Vietnamese restaurant. Brimming with traditional décor and serving fresh Asian flavours, such as Nem spring rolls, Pho noodle soup, crispy beef, clay pot specialities and seabass fillets, and even mixed dishes to share. Hostess Tracy is ever willing to help with recommendations.
Open for dinner only. Closed Tuesdays | Tel: 914 482 844

O CANTO   €€€   Ferragudo

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 husband and wife team, Chef Jimmy Cruz and Lyndsey Mavin and boasts a spacious outside terrace.
Open from Monday to Saturday for dinner. Closed from December until the middle of February | Tel: 915 067 587

BORDA DO CAIS   €€€   Ferragudo

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

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

With a fabulous panoramic sea view and a great selection of fresh shell fish, the stylish 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

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. Takeaway is 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

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PORTIMÃO AREA

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, raw and vegetarian specialities. The lunch menu offers great value and changes daily offering a good variety. You’ll find a good selection of Portuguese wines and an interesting drinks menu that includes Kombucha.

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
Open all day. Closed Sundays | Tel: 282 424 144

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

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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