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Seafood, Mediterranean, Barbecue, European, Portuguese
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Throughout our travels; my wife and I always search to find what restaurants the local populace frequently dines at; for it is our belief that if the locals love the place; it must be great! So is the case for Dona Barca. During the past...decade, my wife and I have dined at Dona Barca on about 10 separate occasions. We are often amazed that although there are seafood restaurants located in the same area, there is always a queue outside Dona Barca waiting for a table. Each of the times we visited, my wife also order the same items; couvert of bread, butter, carrots and olives; six wonderfully grilled sardines (€8.00); accompanied by boiled potatoes and Algarvian salad (€3.50) which is absolutely delicious. We also had three small beers between us and our total bill was only €32.00; a great value for a wonderfully delicious meal. The service at the beginning was great; the waiter was very attentive and our drinks and food were ordered and prepared quickly. However, once we had completed our meal, we probably waited a total of 30 minutes to get the bill; mostly due to the rapid increase of customers and attending to their needs.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Without going too much in detail, there are few reasons why you should not consider this restaurant: - same person that traps you to dine there is rushing you for the end, for next falling rabbits, not even a good night -extremely overpriced fish.. never...I ate so expensive fish and I’m Portuguese. just 1 single grilled fish cost us €60 - the sides for the fish was a laugh, 1 small portion of small potatoes and 1 small tomato pepper salad. My husband could eat all that alone. - too overcrowded, a restaurant that works to steal your wallet not to offer you a good experience - and for last, there’s a gentleman that looks like the leader of the mafia, seated on a huge desk , all times, presume is manager or owner, instead of greeting his customers. Literally looks like is just there to receive the big bucks. Shame because this behaviour doesn’t reflect real hospitality in Portugal.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 19 June 2022 via mobile

Fresh and tasty fish , the sardines was delicious ( a must ) we ordered the golden bream and it was the catch of the day , perfectly cooked.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 4 April 2022 via mobile

Dona Barca Restaurant was recommended to us by our hotel staff. If we hadn’t asked, we wouldn’t have found this local gem of a fish restaurant. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. He helped us to choose our fish. It was prepared in the outside...cooking station, before he deboned and served it to us at our table. The meal was fresh and tasty. Good selection of drinks and relaxed environment.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 30 March 2022

Delicious, fresh seafood cooked to perfection. They show you the fish before it is cooked to make sure how much you want. A real highlight of any trip to this area.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 22 February 2022

That's extremely disappointing to find out that they have a laminated menu in several languages for tourist, an another handwritten and photocopied for the local... And guess what, the latter one has authentic Portuguese family cuisine daily suggestions which full of the local taste and...definitely cheaper than the basic grilled or fried fish.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 2 November 2021

Really friendly and quick service. The sardines were some of the best I’ve ever eaten grilled to perfection. The house white was great too, We would like to go back and try the other dishes but sadly we were just in Potimao for a day...trip.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 27 October 2021 via mobile

Not been for a few years here, though we often eat at their restaurant in Alvor. It is is still excellent, I was always going to have the sardines and they're only €6.50. Food is amazing, service is even better. The menu is extensive and...they offer a lot of fresh fish, but I didn't look passed the sardines.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 7 October 2021 via mobile

Great food, very simple and extremely budget friendly, good recommendation From our Uber :) Not really vegetarian friendly but essentially get fish from the boat and put it on your plate 👍

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 4 October 2021 via mobile

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

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 30 September 2021 via mobile

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

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 5 September 2021 via mobile

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

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 18 August 2021 via mobile

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.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 10 May 2021 via mobile

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

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 3 November 2020 via mobile

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

Date of visit: November 2020
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Dona Barca is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4