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“Paella not authentic very bland”

Restaurante O Marisco
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Ranked #11 of 210 Restaurants in Vilamoura
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$17 - US$52
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Closed 15 November to 10 February . This restaurant has excellent views over looking the Marina Vilamoura.Its Cuisine offer the best Algarve Gastronomy has to offer.Fresh fish and excellent meats are daily presences in this one of the busiest restaurant in Vilamoura.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We searched all over the Marina looking for a restaurant that served Paella on our last afternoon before we departed to the airport.
We were quite pleased when we found this restaurant and other people’s lunches appeared nice.
I think we made the wrong choice with the Paella as it was shockingly poor.
At €45 for two I expected better but immediately upon arriving at the table with no enticing aromas leaving the dish and a very quick service (paella takes time) we were instantly concerned.
We were right to be, the dish didn’t even have paella rice but long grain more like packet bachelors instant golden rice with a handful of frozen mixed seafood that was over cooked and shrivelled thrown in with just two king prawns for decoration.
This dish had never seen any form of authentic fresh paella ingredients or method of cooking. Instead of rabbit or chicken thigh chunks of tiny bland what appeared to be frozen pre cooked dry chicken breast were used. There was no taste of being cooked in wine, saffron, paprika, chorizo or garlic very very bland and truly disappointing.
We did complain twice and gave the chef the opportunity to correct but it came back worse with just an addition of some hot sauce in a separate pot ( I don’t think she understood when I said it contained no flavour or spice) .
As we had run out of time we couldn’t wait again for another and was hungry so reluctantly ate some.
However they did in the end succumb to not charging for this dish, but this had spoilt our last day meal experience in the marina ... we won’t be returning to this restaurant and I’m absolutely amazed at the other positive reviews Re the paella unless they use different chefs at different times and we got the lunchtime poor one.

Thank muddie
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Service amazing, quick, and attentive. Fresh and tasty sardines. Good value for fresh seafood. Recommended.

Thank gardenkatyshow
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are here tonight and we really enjoyed our meal! We had the sharing paella and both agreed that it was better than the paella we had in Spain during the summer! It was full of delicious seafood and some chicken as well! We shared the piri piri prawns for starters and they were also delicious! Even the couvert was top class! Really recommend this restaurant on the Marina!!

Thank MaryKDublinIreland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to this restaurant many times when in Vilamoura and it always serves great Paella and the service is very good.
If we went to the Algarve and didn’t visit O Marisco, the whole family would be disappointed!
Give it a go!

Thank Eyesri
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Busy restaurant and after reading reviews expected a lot more. Very extensive menu so went for one of the recommended dishes of the day “surf and turf skewers”. Prawns over cooked and steak lacked seasoning. For this price expected a lot more hence average review.

Thank Noel H
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