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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Seafood, Mediterranean, Barbecue, European, Portuguese
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Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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All reviews fish soup lamb chops side salad potatoes bread fantastic value catch of the day friendly atmosphere last night during our stay book cataplana portugal holiday
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having visited this restzraunt on the last night of the holiday, I just wish we had visited on the first! We will be back. From inauspicious surroundings with a quite dated interior, the food that emerges is beyond description for its taste, freshness and authenticity....The starters are not free but cheap but set the scene. The fish is fresh and cooked to perfection , but the best was my cataplana which was bursting with flavour and not served in any of the other restaraunts that we had visited. We cannot wait to go back. Run by a family and all credit to them. If in Alvor and you like seafood you must visit.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 June 2022

Been here a couple of times, food delicious, service speedy and friendly. Only thing to be aware of, when you first sit down you are given a platter of small dishes; bread, cheese, olives, fish pate etc. These aren't free, but are chargeable starters. They're...not expensive, and you can refuse them, but just to be aware.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 6 May 2022

If you want to eat at real Portuguese family restaurant, this is the place. There is a grill at the front where the catch of the day was prepared perfectly, after the chef brought the fish to our table for our approval. We were served...a light tapas to start followed by a shrimp scampi dish with ample bread to dip in the garlicky oil and broth. I had the clams the were prepared with ham, sausage, tomatoes and potatoes…so good! The best part is that this place was very casual with no pretense so more comfortable for our laid back style.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 21 March 2022 via mobile

The best fish we had during our stay in Portugal. Friendly atmosphere and fantastic food. I had to come back and write this review as we still talk about this amazing fish we had there a few years ago 🙃♥️

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 24 October 2021 via mobile

Fantastic value, beautiful fresh fish and friendly service, the tuna steak was one of the best I’ve ever had and the gold bream was a delight, a must visit fish restaurant.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 17 September 2021 via mobile

Unfortunately the grandfather has passed away but family members have taken over this little gem. Service is excellent from all the family Food is basic but so tasty. Most is cooked on the grill fish is brought in daily. My wife had the salmon with...potatoes which said as always was superb. I had lamb chops and chips. We sat and mopped up every last bit. No fancy expensive wines. A great meal which you must book a table for. Can’t wait to go back.More

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

Very good food. The fish was fresh and with an amazing flavor. We had the fish soup, ✅👍🏻👍🏻 the waiter was very nice and explained everything about the dishes. Hope we can come back. The price was the same as other places around, ✅

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 8 July 2021 via mobile

Delicious, classic Portuguese food. Reasonably priced and lovely service. Fish was absolutely beautiful. We will be back post covid

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 29 April 2021 via mobile

We have had several home delivery meals and they have all been lovely . Delivered to your door and always service with a smile. This week we had the daily special , Chicken legs, chips and side salad , very good and most reasonless priced.... We highly recommend.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 8 September 2020

My husband had the fish soup which was lovely and I had the cover starters,it doesn't pretend to be a fancy restaurant The mains of swordfish and sole with oranges couldn't be faulted together with rice and a delicious salad The wine was fine and...very reasonableMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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M4730JDanne
24 April 2017|
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Response from Andrea S | Reviewed this property |
Not sure the address but if you know Alvor it is in the main centre, virtually opposite the restaurant with the lobster on the roof 😀
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Response from Q7045OZpaulam | Reviewed this property |
To book a table call in bot you probably won't get one for that evening. Alternatively phone them on 282 457 077 Susanna usually takes the bookings. No e-mail address for the restuarant. Good luck.
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