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We have dined at Dona Barca Restaurant yearly for over 30 years, I’m sad to say this will be the last time.
We previously always had the sardines which are delicious, my husband decided to stay with the sardines I however had the chicken. Big...mistake, it wasn’t cooked and raw in some places, I informed the waiter, he was very apologetic, scooped the chicken from the platter and returned it to the grill. I was left to eat chips and salad while the chicken was re-cooked, it was served blackened and inedible. Not sure of food hygiene rules in Portugal, I would have ditched this and cooked a fresh batch. The Algarvian salad which we always have was not as usual as it was drenched like a swamp in a watery liquid, not oil or vinegar.
We were also accompanied by intrusive guests, hoards of flies, electronic fly zappers would be a good investment.
We were not offered the extensive menu but the tourist menu which does not include other regional food that we would have maybe liked to have tried. Over the years we have seen a decline in the food and service.
Meanwhile Don Corleone the owner was sat at his desk reckoning the till receipts when he should have been attending his diners and checking if everything was good.
We were also charged for coffee which we did not have.
It’s a big fat NO from me in future.More
Amazing dinner!! Everything was perfect. Starting by the kindness of the team, the quick service, the DELICIOUS and generous dishes, the freshness, and the location.
We were 4 adults and we had the sea bass (by weight at 42euro a kilogram, our fish was about...half a kilo which was huge for 2). We also had the seq food rice (12euro) and one of the daily specials: razor clam rice (12euro). Everything was perfect!! So tasty and so good!
We also had two desserts to share.
Two different people had recommended this place and I am so happy we listened.
Truly one of the highlights of our trip.More
We looked on trip advisor for their recommendations for dinner in Portimao and based on this booked “Squash” restaurant. On making our way there and looking at the entrance and location of the restaurant we changed our minds and headed for a taxi. We asked...the taxi driver if she could recommend a restaurant which specialised in serving Portuguese food. She recommended Dona Barca an old established restaurant. On arrival we were fortunate to find a table free and proceeded to have a splendid Portuguese meal of courses. We chose the fresh fish which whilst it appeared expensive we shared it between 2 persons and there was ample fish for both persons.
The suggested wine was lovely,the service excellent and the overall quality of food could not be faulted.
It would probably be difficult for a tourist to find but with the help of a taxi driver it proved no problem.More
Good food, but you have to be done eating in half an hour. They are already waiting with their new placemats next to your table when you are nearly finished eating. NOT a place to eat at your own pace.
Dona Barca is a very cosy tipical sea food restaurante with a very high reputation. 1 of 3 in the square and the other two always half empty, where there are continuous queues for this one. Often having to share tables, so cosy but you...need to go open minded. Food quality is excelente. Me and my family have been visiting Dona Barca for the past 40 years. If you are in Portimao/ Praia da Rocha, you must visit.More
The freshest seafood in an authentic setting.
Hands down, the best value for money in the Algarve. We've been coming here for years and it has always been an absolute pleasure. Prepare to wait in line during the summer months
We called in early evening to book a table which was just as well as it was packed when we returned to eat. A no frills restaurant serving really fresh food in a friendly way, lots of locals eating there with their children which made...for a great atmosphere. Although the place was full service wasn’t rushed and prices very reasonableMore
Family dinner, grilled fish, place, sardines, ray. Fried squids á Algarvia. Perfectly grilled, very good salada á Algarvia. Sangria was good but not exceptional.
For dessert Morgado Algarvio, delícia de alfarroba, Dom Rodrigo and Abacaxi for a perfect finish. Staff was quite good.