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The Jolly Sailor

Quinta velha village | Quinta Velha Village, Cabanas, Tavira 8800-591, Portugal
+351 934 854 115
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (37 reviews)
“quails eggs” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
Quinta velha village | Quinta Velha Village, Cabanas, Tavira 8800-591, Portugal
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11 - 20 of 174 reviews

Reviewed 27 May 2017

We only found this restaurant on our last night and I must say this was the best .the food was 1st class we both had prawn cocktail starter followed by the jolly steak with mushroom sauce with veg and potatoes ended by crepes with chocolate...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

What to say.....service, food, atmosphere, wine.......ars all brilliant. Remember to book to avoid disappointment if wanting a table outside.

1  Thank Gingerdobby
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

We read the reviews so didn't know what to expect. We had a friendly greeting and although we had not booked a table were accommodated with little fuss. The staff were friendly and were attentive. We're not big fish eaters so we're happy at the...More

Thank Nicholas W
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Sometimes Portugese people may at times seem distant and a little unfriendly whilst UK are usually chatty and friendly. Here it was the absolute opposite.The Portugese server was friendly and friendly. Need I say more about the server with a strong UK accent!. The starter...More

Thank Eddie R
Reviewed 10 May 2017

I have had difficulty with this review as going by other reviews I thought perhaps there were two Jolly Sailors in Cabanas. We did not enjoy the experience, The two of us had different meals, One the lamb cutlets which came with some soggy crisps/chips...More

1  Thank 2DogCats
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Have a lunch that last all afternoon. Sit out in the back garden or inside. Great Lamb Roast. The food and service is excellent, complemented by great local wines.

1  Thank Ed H
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Always visit the jolly sailor when in cabanas. All food freshly prepared. Steak in the stone is to die for but don't eat anything for at least a day before. Mixed meat on the stone is chicken breast , beef steak, pork steak, lamb chop...More

1  Thank lesley2210
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We were not greeted whatsoever and when we finally snagged a server they were unconcerned we were waiting. Clientele looked at us as if we were aliens. Took awhile to tell us they were booked even with Noone in sight. We definitely will not try...More

1  Thank Stolken
Reviewed 13 March 2017

First impression was not not good service was slow, but it was due to a shortage of staff. The food was very tasty but could have been slightly warmer. We decided to go again another night, what a difference , the waitress knew our drinks...More

Thank maiziegirl2015
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Excellent food and ambience. Warm fire for the cold weather. Excellent portions of food. Never disappointed.

Thank Harold M
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23 July 2017|
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Response from Stolken | Reviewed this property |
My suggestion is to go elsewhere. I would suggest the Daboca Restaurante. This is on the walkway to the JS and on your left. It is less expensive, more accommodating (less rude) and the food is excellent. They take... More
5 May 2017|
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Response from lesley2210 | Reviewed this property |
No only cash
29 August 2016|
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Response from Frank B | Reviewed this property |
sorry you will need to contact the restaurant, I only reviewed it and am no connection to it
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$24
Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Quinta velha village | Quinta Velha Village, Cabanas, Tavira 8800-591, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Tavira  >  Cabanas
  • Phone Number: +351 934 854 115
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This is a lovely restaurant a bit off the beaten track in Cabanas, but worth seeking out. It's motto is "fun food and friendship" and that pretty well sums it up! We spend a lot of time in Cabanas and frequent the Jolly a lot. The food is,, we think, the best in Cabanas (the fish pie is to die for) and Eddie and Lily provide friendly, attentive service. There's a nice outside patio for outdoor eating in the warm weather and a very nice, atmospheric interior. It's particularly hand if you're staying in Conceicao as it is half the walk down to the seafront. Give it a try (I've no connection to this place, just don't understand why nobody else has reviewed it on this website).
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