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£13 - £34
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Seafood, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 15 December 2023

Over priced, you're paying for the atmosphere. The food is of normal quality, portions are minimal if you're hungry, staff is somewhat rude.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 18 September 2023

A bit disappointed. The steak was really chewey and the fish full of small bones. When the waitress asked and itold her very politely the thruth she lookex at us okok, Quality price hein hein. The place is beautiful and service very fair!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023 via mobile

We thought we could walk to this place!! If you take the ferry from Pico you MUST take a taxi. It is at the top of the hill. Felt like a mountain. Nice family restaurant with good view. Staff did not welcome us nicely. We...just stood there and had to introduce ourselves. Food was acceptable nothing special. The best part of the meal was the starter….homemade bread baked with sausage. The bread is baked with small bits of sausage inside. Order a couple as your starter. Our main course was the fish and shrimp in the tangine. Needed more seasoning. Perhaps even some salt but I hated to ask. Our server had very little personality but was polite. We always enjoy more friendly staff at restaurants but she was quite disinterested. A change from most restaurants we had been to on Pico. It was fun to have so many children and families in the place. My husband tried the “encharcada” specialty dessert and did not like it. Very sweet and odd texture. Others adore it so just a preference. My crème brûlée was good not great. Good atmosphere but just acceptable food. Some staff looked friendly. Our server was not.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 23 August 2023

absolutely nothing great about the place. Food undercooked. Service really not welcoming. Had much much better meals and service at the simple snack bar at Calheta port.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 4 July 2023 via mobile

Nice place at about 2 km drive outside Vetas. Rounded Resteraunt with fresh food. meat or fish + vegetables. Is not cheap but the yeast is nice. Also gluten-free. Friendly people.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 3 July 2023

This is probably the only very good restaurant in Velas. After the bad experiences in town we ended up coming here twice for dinner and we were extremely happy with the food, the service and the atmosphere. It's out of the town therefore you need...a car (or taxi) but it is really worth the trip. It's a slow food place, if you are in a hurry or you are a nervous person this is not the place, you need to wait 20-40 minutes for your meals but who's in a hurry visiting Azores? While waiting for your meal the warm bread is great and you can have an excellent bottle of Azorean wine for 12€ (Faria's vineyards). We had excellent grilled fish once and another evening a fantastic fish cataplana. Surprise, there was even an excellent dessert from Alentejo region ("encharcada") which was simply delicious. The service is attentive and friendly. The room is nicely decorated, warm and welcoming. Excellent ratio quality-price. If we would have stayed more nights at Velas we would definitely come here more times. Forget the basic restaurants in town.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 26 June 2023 via mobile

Very nice place! Local products, very nicely prepared and friendly service! Smooth service throughout the evening. Even though it was busy, the organisation was good!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 23 June 2023

Wonderfull food, we had Filet Mignon with garlic, very soft and tasty. The Cataplana of fish and clams was great as well. Nice and fast service. I recommend

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 29 May 2023 via mobile

Undoubtedly the best restaurant we visited in the Azores. The food was deliciously prepared. We loved it so much that we came back a second night. The first visit we had their cataplana seafood dinner for two which included fish, shrimp, and clams in a...delicious broth. The second evening we tried their steak. The filet mignon was mouth watering. The service was delightful. Laura, our waitress was attentive and charming. Please give it a try. You won't be disappointed.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 4 May 2023 via mobile

The best meal we’ve had in the Azores, and the best I’ve had in the US as well for a long time. Shrimp and fish cataplana was absolutely delicious, seasoned perfectly and friends loved the filet mignon as well. Beautiful location and stellar service, we...will return here for sure!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 20 September 2022 via mobile

Very, very poor experience. Excessive waiting time between plates, more than one hour. When the main dish arrived, it was a minimal quantity. They treat customers like fools. A plate of fish was 80% vegetables and 20% fish. Combined with the price, it makes it...not worthy of being considered.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 9 August 2022

Very friendly waitstaff in a lovely room. Lots of cats to play with on the property, if that's your thing. The food is pretty good, not amazing.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 1 August 2022

Good food. Good wine, Good people. Good view. Good time. Our appetizer consisted of the lapas, and they were expertly cooked. The wine suggested by the team there was spot on and worked just fine with our meal. The Gin & Tonic for my wife...seemed to have been great. Our main was the seafood stew over rice. It as great. We cannot remember the desserts name.........but that was great also..........picture attached. When visiting Sao Jorge again, we will visit here again!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 August 2021

The place is very cousy and the food is very tasty. We ordered some Lapas and then fresh fish (Pargo) and a nice beef stake with Sao jorge cheese. Everything was delicious and the sidings are local and super tasty (green beens, sweet potatos). A...bit pricy but worth going!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 24 July 2021 via mobile

Incredible food, service and location (stunning panoramic Pico view). Everything we tried was just perfect, the fish and lapas cataplana, grilled fish or the grilled rib steak.

Date of visit: July 2021
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