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Contemporary, Fusion, Healthy
After-hours, Drinks, Dinner
Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 18 September 2020

After the waitress misunderstood our first booking and repurposed our table without warning us, we had to come the next day at 7pm and were expecting the food to be amazing. In the end there is a lot of fancy title for basic food, parrot...fish tempura is just a greasy fish and chips, pâté of pork cheek is not even pâté but a weird creamy sauce. To be fair Octopus was really good. In the end it doesnt deserve the hype, they are juste lucky restaurant offering on the island is very low. Visit but make sure the waitress understood your Booking ;)More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 27 August 2020

Excellent food and service. We had fish soup, which was divine and also tuna and octopus as main. The tuna was spectacular. Very good, cooked to perfection with a very nice crunch on the surface. The octopus was exquisite, with crispy tips. We were surprised...to also be told of inhouse nonalcoholic drinks they serve. I tried the cold infusion of tea, so thirst-quenching. The restaurant is quaint. The lovely lady who handled all the front of house was clearly busy but gave her time to every table that needed it always serving with a beautiful smile that could be seen and sensed even if she wore a face mask (as required by law). We will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 20 August 2020 via mobile

The best tuna fish, in a very pleasant place. Recommend for a perfect dinner, reservation needed! Top!

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 3 March 2020

Excellent food, amazing staff, a very good space with a nice decoration. Definitely a place to return.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 28 February 2020 via mobile

Great ambient, very good decoration and a wonderful cuisine. The staff is friendly and with good mood.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 4 January 2020

In my opinion the best restaurant in the island. Every plate is made with utmost dedication and design both in aspect and in taste. The atmosphere is very calm and relaxing in terms of lighting and background music. The staff has a very good mood...and is very kind. They often have small art expositions.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 18 September 2019 via mobile

We were on the island for the day and I found this restaurant on trip advisor. We showed up early and they allowed us to sit. It was by far the best restaurant we have eaten at. Appetizers were simple and tasty. The main courses...were amazing. I had pork ribs with couscous and veggies. My boyfriend had the cuttlefish, octopus, shrimp. It was so good. And the final dish was the steak with chips. The curry yogurt sauce for the steak was amazing. Such a great meal! Great atmosphere! 10 out of 10.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 11 September 2019 via mobile

The best restaurant of the island, beautiful space and the food has the perfect balance, a must! Enjoy it

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 31 August 2019

We visited the restaurant on our last day and did not regret it. All the dishes and wines were amazing, I would go again any time. Need to book 3-4 days ahead in high season.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 16 August 2019

During our trip to Santa Maria the restaurant 'Espacoem Cena' was recommended to us. We are really glad the we followed up on the recommendation because it was the best restaurant that we visited on the Island. There is no typical menu, the waitress tells...you the today available dishes. There were several choices for appetizers and main dishes with beef, lamb, chicken, vegetarian and fish, also a choice of different desserts. The service was super nice, you could really see the passion about the dishes that are served. Everything was fresh and local ingredients were used. I had the steak and it was one of the best I have ever eaten.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Espaco Em Cena is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5