Algarve: Eating Out Guide

The Algarve ticks all the boxes for a European beach holiday: sun, sea, sand and great places to eat out. In every resort, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sample delicious local food and wine in cosy café’s, traditional tavernas and stylish restaurants. No matter your budget, your foodie adventure will be truly unforgettable! So here are some ideas to get you started, including cheap and cheerful, romantic and family/group friendly.

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Romantic | Perfect for couples and special occasions

Vila Joya upscale Mediterranean cuisine has earned them two Michelin stars and a reputation for its excellent all-day dining, cocktails and service. £££

Evaristo is a bright and breezy beachside restaurant serving fresh seafood, with chef specialities including tiger shrimp and lobster. ££

Dom Carlos is charming and relaxed with two fixed menus serving locally sourced produce. ££

Families | Perfect for the little ones and grown ups

A Beira is a cosy restaurant offering a practical space for families, friendly service and great value food. £

Rei dos Mares is right on Praia do Inatel Beach. This casual restaurant is good for families and groups. They specialise in fresh seafood and are popular with locals and tourists alike. £

Flavours has wonderful view from Fisherman’s Beach. Feast on fresh pasta, seafood, steak and salads. There’s two floors with a terrace and balcony area. ££

Groups | Perfect for hen/stag dos and larger parties

The Bank late-night steakhouse is great for groups, with plenty of outdoor seating and TV screens inside. ££

Paulu’s Pizza is a casual pizzeria with a great choice of classic Italian dishes and is located on the bustling Estrada de Sta Eulalia. £

Don Dinis serves traditional Portuguese cuisine and has a huge wine list and great choice of desserts. £

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Romantic | Perfect for couples and special occasions

Restaurante Faz Gostos pride themselves on serving traditional Portuguese and international dishes. It’s located in the Old Town and has a specious lounge, bar and terrace area. ££

Pigs and Cows has French-Portuguese roots and the menu is comprised of unique dishes and flavours. The space is ambient, modern and perfect for a date night. £££

Families | Perfect for the little ones and grown ups

The Woods healthy menu of colourful salads, open sandwiches and fruity cocktails is a great option for a leisurely lunch. Grab a table on the sunny roof terrace. £

Guaka is a popular Mexican restaurant with vegan options, plus the classic tacos, burritos and plenty of tequila. £

Groups | Perfect for hen/stag dos and larger parties

Madeirense has typical Madeiran décor, plenty of wine choices and specialty dishes native to the island of Madeira. ££

Sushi Ya has been around for 30 years, and is known to locals and tourists alike. They cater well to groups with an extensive menu of traditional Japanese and fusion dishes. £

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Armação de Pêra/Lagoa

Romantic | Perfect for couples and special occasions

Rocha da Palha overlooks Armação de Pêra Beach and has beanbags for you to soak up the views in complete comfort. Their fresh seafood is a must-try. ££

Ocean has two Michelin stars and set menus for that extra special occasion! £££

Families | Perfect for the little ones and grown ups

A Lota is ideal for any occasion with a varied menu of meats, seafood and elaborate desserts sure to be a hit with everyone. Try their locally sourced wines too. £

Villa Medici’s warm and inviting space is perfect for families and groups, with a typical Italian menu. £

Groups | Perfect for hen/stag dos and larger parties

Vila Vita Biergarten is the Algarve’s traditional Bavarian bar and restaurant. Try handmade sausages, schnitzel, pretzels and German beer served by staff dressed in costume. ££

O Pescador has a beautiful shaded terrace overlooking Benagil Beach and the cliff tops. They specialise in Argentinian steak and seafood. ££

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Alamancil/Quinta do Lago/Vilamoura

Romantic | Perfect for couples and special occasions

Paixa is eclectic and contemporary, with luxurious furnishings and ambient lighting in the evenings. ££

São Gabriel has a Michelin star and a unique layout with intimate dining rooms, peaceful gardens and a pretty terrace area. £££

Families | Perfect for the little ones and grown ups

Mayflower has postcard views of the marina and a specious outdoor terrace for post dinner drinks.They have an extensive collection of well-known and boutique producers. £

Alxama is the place for meat lovers! Try every cut of meat including Wagyu beef and their special hot skewers. £

Groups | Perfect for hen/stag dos and larger parties

Il Lamparo’s Italian menu has everything from homemade pasta and pizza, to creamy risottos and hearty salads. ££

Mr Chicken is a great value option for groups and offers a simple menu of peri peri chicken and various sides. £

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