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Ruina A Restaurant

Largo Cais Herculano | Cais Herculano, Albufeira 8200-061, Portugal
+351 289 512 094
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good29%
  • Average17%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“sea bass” (62 reviews)
“seafood” (47 reviews)
“fresh fish” (38 reviews)
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12:30 - 23:00All hours
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Largo Cais Herculano | Cais Herculano, Albufeira 8200-061, Portugal
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beautiful setting! I had the shrimp cocktail and then the salmon and it was perfect. Quite expensive. Lovely local white wine.

Thank Emily K
Reviewed 1 week ago

great location overlooking the beach even though area is quite touristy. we had sea bream and it was delish, appetizer of cod croquettes were quite good. wine was good, service was good, if you have to eat in this area you will get a good...More

Thank trishyb258
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Clearly a cut above the rest in Albufeira old town!! Seafood is the specialty and the thing to go for. You pick from the counter, so be ready for a bit of pressure as the line of customers builds behind you. Service was very attentive...More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived 20 mins early for our 7pm reservation to be rudely told they do not open until 7. Fair enough we thought, go back downstairs for a drink while we wait. We go to the downstairs area, explain our situation we just want a...More

Thank Steffan M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are not a fish or seefood lover, this place probably isn't for you. There are no menus. You line up in front of the chef's counter watching sea creatures on ice. Great location (although usually very windy) The place/tables were dirty...

Thank 176csabam
Reviewed 1 week ago

With respect to other reviews published, No, there aren't any menus. You choose your fish with the chef and select your starters from the prepared choices at the same time. For me this is better than a menu. If fish isn't your preference, this probably...More

Thank John B
Sandra L, Gerente at Ruina A Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your experience with us and with other guests like you, that appreciate quality and understand why we want to continue to do diferent. Obrigada ;-)

Reviewed 1 week ago

As you walk down the street in Albufeira, staff accost you to their restaurants. At the end of the street we went in the Ruina where there was no such hawking. We weren't in the mood for another repeat of same menu as the night...More

Thank hmw666
Sandra L, Gerente at Ruina A Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you fro giving your opinion! :-)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The view at the top is fantastic, however get there before about half seven in the evening to get the best seats. There is no menu as such you go upstairs and decide on your choice of various meats, starters and fish. They are all...More

Thank Scott C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Magical place to eat ! Built into and on top of old walls ( hence the name), we love to eat on the top terraces with stunning views of the beach. There are lots of tables inside, too, and a well-appointed beach-level area with parasols...More

Thank Rachel B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely make a stop here for one of your late night dinners. Try to time it so you are there for the sunset. Before going figure out what kind of fish youd like to eat as there is no menu, just a black board with...More

Thank Patrycja N
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10 November 2016|
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Response from Sandra L | Property representative |
We inform that we dont have a set menu, is à lá carte!
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5 November 2016|
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Response from Sandra L | Property representative |
We dont have Barnacles all days it will depend on the sea and if our supplier have... Its better if you pass by. Obrigada
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21 September 2016|
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Response from Sueradcliff | Reviewed this property |
It's not too bad as seems to be based on weights of the fish. I'd recommend sharing some portions - e.g., mussels as they are huge x
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
18:30 - 22:30
12:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Largo Cais Herculano | Cais Herculano, Albufeira 8200-061, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Albufeira
  • Phone Number: +351 289 512 094
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Welcome to the website of Restaurant A Ruina, located in Albufeira, in the charismatic Praia dos Pescadores. To meet us is like tasting the best in the Typical Algarvian Gastronomy. • Using the wall structure from the Tower wich defended Sant'Ana's Door, the restaurant A Ruina is open since 1971 - with Joao and Salome Lazaro: the art of good hospitality, always - associated with the development of Albufeira. With four interior rooms, being one of them an ancient well room, in the Summer you can enjoy the terrace and the esplanada at the beach.
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