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 carte menu. The restaurant is beautifully decorated, and has live music every Thursday; Fridays Tasty Tapas, when diners can enjoy all-you-can-eat tapas for €17; and steak night on Saturday. Their cocktail menu is fantastic and you can enjoy their creations on the large terrace.
Open daily for dinner, except Tuesday from 5pm until late. Closed between November 17 and December 12, and from January 12 to February 12 | 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 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. Reopens in February | 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

The brand new wine bar in town is a very welcome addition to the restaurant scene in Carvoeiro. Elegant and contemporary tones contrast with the dark accents and amazing glass wine cellar. A young and very knowledgable team is on hand to guide you through the extensive collection of wines on offer. The menu is small and full of surprises: try the tapas-style bento box for something out of the ordinary. There’s also a selection of main dishes for those who prefer a full plate.
Open from 4pm to midnight. Closed Sundays.

Enjoying its second year in Carvoeiro, this lovely restaurant has become a favourite amongst 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. Closed from December 10. Check in for reopening dates | Tel: 282 357 330

A fresh new name for the old Casa do Bife, meaning Bay leaves, in honour of a fundamental ingredient in Portuguese cuisine. Run by Carla and João from A Galé, across the street, the restaurant serves local fresh produce, great selections of fresh fish dishes as well as the famous stone steaks along with pastas, salads and dishes such as Beef Wellington. The fish kebabs are massive and delicious.
Open daily for dinner from 6pm Call ahead during winter | 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 & dinner. Call ahead during winter | Tel: 962 708 596

Earth Shop & Café has been serving breakfast, all-day brunch, snacks and homemade dishes for a few years now and has a loyal customer base who enjoy their chilled out dining style. With a great selection of breakfast items, quiches, burritos and more, they serve food in a relaxed atmosphere with great smoothies, teas and illy coffee. Communal central tables run down the middle and are surrounded by the shop that sells fabulous Portuguese food, wine and gifts.
Open from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Closed Tuesday | Tel: 282 071 766

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 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 from 12.30pm to 11pm. Closed Tuesday. Call ahead during winter | Tel: 282 077 857

At the top of the restaurant hill, A Rede is a 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 & dinner. Closed Mondays. Call ahead during winter | 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 all day, closed Sunday. Reopens in mid-March | Tel: 282 358 391

Formally Tia Ilda for many years, owners Paula and Beat love to reinvent their restaurant on the privileged cliff side location. The menu, however, has stayed the same for several years and reflects the big flavours of the chef’s Swiss heritage. From chicken piri-piri or a sizzling fine cut of steak smothered in butter and herbs to pizzas and fish, there’s more to this restaurant than the view.
Open all day, every day during the season. Call ahead during winter | Tel: 282 357 830

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. Reopens in February | 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 until 11pm. Call ahead during winter | Tel: 282 185 525

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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 Wilson Costa. Chef Costa’s menu is fully based on local and fresh ingredients, some of which come from the existing organic garden.
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 12pm until late. Reopens in February | Tel: 282 358 047

You’ll find this cute little terrace styled Italian restaurant just set back from the main restaurant hill. With a bright and airy décor with splashes of Italian film royalty adorning the walls and all pasta and pizza dough is made fresh onsite. Owner Paula prides herself on serving everything fresh and you’ll find a good selection of Portuguese and Italian wines on the list.
Open every day from 6.30pm. Reopens in mid-February | Tel: 282 356 736

Under new management from the minds behind the popular Central Café in Alvor and Gum Tree, this is a great new addition to central Carvoeiro. In the old Columbos Restaurant beside the taxi rank, you’ll find Silvio and his team there from breakfast until after dinner. Serving eggs Benedict, a great English breakfast and some healthy options too, the menu includes Portuguese specialities, juicy homemade burgers, salads, steaks and fresh fish that are available all day long.
Open from 9am until late, every day. Reopens in February | Tel: 282 357 157

Outside Carvoeiro

SEMI XO €€€/€€€€
This beautifully kitted out lounge/bar/restaurant can be found in between Carvoeiro and Lagoa, near Intermarché. Stylish and welcoming, serving French and Asian-inspired cuisine, this is a grown-up place with a food lovers’ menu. Chef José Abreu and Michelle Opstelten take care of the kitchen and front of house respectively. The wine list features carefully selected bottles that have been chosen to compliment the menu and light bites are available throughout service. You can stop off for a drink and enjoy a G&T or maybe even the family’s own Edd’s wine, from the neighbouring wine estate.
Open from 5.30pm until late. Closed Sunday and Monday. Closed from January 13 to February 10 | Tel: 915 555 977

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. Closed between December 9-25 and January 13-27 | 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 daily for lunch and dinner. Call ahead during winter | 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. Reopens in February | 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 4pm. Reopens in February | 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 cataplanas are 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. Call ahead during winter | 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. Briefly open from December 20 to January 5. Closed from January 6 to 30 | Tel: 282 381 384

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At Vila Vita Parc, the two-Michelin-star Ocean restaurant enjoys a prime location set just back from the cliff-top 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 airconditioned interior.
Open every day for lunch and dinner. Closed from February 10 to March 10 | 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 except Sunday when the special is roast lamb.
Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Wednesdays. Call ahead during winter | 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 Tuesday and Wednesday. Reopens in February | 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. Call ahead during winter | 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. Closed until December 20 | 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.

Open from 10am until 9pm. Closed on Tuesdays in winter | 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 from 6pm to 10.30pm. Closed on Monday. Closed from December 23 to January 7 | 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 Closed Monday and Tuesday in winter. Closed from December 16-26. | Tel: 282 461 006

O Canto, in Ferragudo, serves rustic Mediterranean and South-American specialities, 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 for dinner, closed on Monday. Reopens in February | 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 are not accepted so arrive early.
Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Mondays. Call ahead during winter | Tel: 282 310 100

This modern Portuguese eatery is based around small plates that allow you to try many different dishes. A great spot to enjoy some local food and wines with friends, it’s informal and comfortable. You’ll find popular dishes like Surf & Turf and garlic prawns too, so there’s something for everyone.
Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday. Call ahead during winter | Tel: 965 743 583

Portimão Area

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 every day. Closed from January 1 to February 12 | Tel: 919 115 512

TOKYO €/€€
This is one of the most popular all-you-can-eat spots around. Following a recent major renovation, the interior is now a stylish and modern Asian restaurant. The sushi is very good for the price and they have a large outdoor seating area too.
Open for lunch and dinner | Tel: 282 485 205

Author: Inside Carvoeiro

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