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Estamine Restaurant

#49 of 257 Restaurants in Faro
Certificate of Excellence
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Ilha Deserta | Ilha da Barreta, Faro 8005-554, Portugal
+351 917 811 856
10:00 - 19:00
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant was the only one on the island of Deserta. It was low season and not very busy. House red wine was excellent and quite an extensive menu with choice of fish of the day. Tuna salad was small but okay with onion and fresh bits of tuna in a vinaigrette dressing. Calamari was very nice and the chicken... More 

Thank Bridget S
Dublin, Ireland
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch here early this week. Being an island, we expected a more expensive meal than usual. However, the main course which was fish of the day, with house wine, a beer and olives came to €85. In hindsight, I would recommend having wine and nibbles in Estamine (so you can use the bathroom) and hold off your main... More 

Thank Catriona33
Essex, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's the only place to buy anything on Ilha Deserta, so has a captive audience, food is OK if a little overpriced, and they do provide free access to wc's which is useful! Main problem is if you want a main course fish dish you need to order it from them a couple of hours in advance... and for first... More 

Thank Katy---Essex
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

we were looking for some light lunch but are unfortunately no seafood fans. when we came in, the waiter showed us to the worst table in the restaurant in spite of empty tables right at the window. when we then asked for the other table, the waiter was very dissatisfied and neglectful. when we finally managed to order, we got... More 

Thank Madeleine S
Truro, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Take the ferry to this desert island and enjoy a pleasant meal in this peaceful oasis. We went on a quiet Monday lunch time and the place had just a few diners. We had a very short wait for our starters, which was the octopus salad and the tuna. Followed by the black linguine with razor clams and pork with... More 

Thank Martin W
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102 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

The food was good as was the selection of wine.However the prices were not good value at all.The service was poor with the restaurante staff forgetting requested/ordered items.Although a good selection of seafood and very fresh the prices were rather prohibitive.This is the only restaurante on the Island!!! so there you have it ...a total captive clientele.The restaurante owners operate... More 

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BrunoLimaAnimaris, Marketing Diretor at Estamine Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear 8richard903, We are very grateful for your comment. Hope to see you next visit. Best Regards, Bruno Lima Marketing Dep. More 

Sitges, Spain
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425 reviews
311 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Top marks for this place being self sustaining. A tribute to ecological cooking. We reserved a table for 5 a week earlier, right after booking our tour tickets. When we arrived we were presented with 5 reserved plates on a long bench in the middle of the restaurant. A pity because there were some much comfier seats on tables on... More 

Thank Steve B
BrunoLimaAnimaris, Marketing Diretor at Estamine Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Steve B, We are very grateful for your comment. Hope to see you next visit. Best Regards, Bruno Lima Marketing Dep. More 

Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely fresh seafood restaurant on a deserted island. Excellent fresh sea bass grilled over hot charcoals. Very busy but service good.

Thank Janet M
BrunoLimaAnimaris, Marketing Diretor at Estamine Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Janet M, We are very happy to have had a fantastic day, enjoying our service. Hope see you soon on Estaminé. Best Regards, Bruno Lima Marketing Dep. More 

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Deserta.....literally is sparse, never crowded and you can swim in the ocean, fish off the rocks or pier or just put your feet up with a good book. If on a budget, take a good picnic, but missing lunch at Estamine is like going to Rome and ignoring the Sistine Chapel! Book in advance I advise and if you want... More 

Thank samgraham1
BrunoLimaAnimaris, Marketing Director at Estamine Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Samgraham1, Hope this message find you well. We appreciated your comments and evaluation. It was a pleasure serve you. See you soon! Best Regards Bruno Lima Dep. Marketing More 

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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

The architecture makes me think of Charles Moore's "sea ranch", but on a flat, desert island. The food is excellent; indeed, three times the price you'd pay on the main land for equally fresh seafood, but still excellent food on a desert island. Avoid rush hours, and/or book a proper table around the perimeter, rather than being crammed in the... More 

Thank architect_viajero
BrunoLimaAnimaris, Marketing Director at Estamine Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear architect_viajero, Many thanks for your words and tips. We hope to see you soon. Best Regards, More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$32
Seafood, Mediterranean, Healthy, Portuguese
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ilha Deserta | Ilha da Barreta, Faro 8005-554, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Faro
  • Phone Number: +351 917 811 856
There are very few places where one can appreciate the freshest fish and shellfish among other genuine algarvian specialities, set in a background of a desert island and a sight of an ocean until the eye can see. The Estaminé is more than just a restaurant. It is a unique experience of the natural beauty that surrounds it.The new Estaminé, totally made of wood is the only building built on the Ilha Deserta (Desert Island). The restaurant is involved in the tranquillity of the Island, and through the panoramic windows, the view joins, the Dunes, the Coast and part of the Algarvian Mountain Range.The restaurant serves, apart from Gilt-headed Sea breams, Breams and Groupers a variety of other fresh Fish too: Clams, Prawns, Cuttlefish and traditional “Estupeta” salads of Tuna or Octopus. These are cooked using their very own recipes or refined from experiences of algarvian generations.There is a snack-bar at the Estaminé where we serve sandwiches, ice-creams, jars with sangria and other cool drinks.

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