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Arsenio's Restaurant

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Rua Santa Maria 169 | Madeira Restaurants, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
+351 291 224 007
12:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:30
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Stopped here for lunch. Return visit after holiday here five years ago. Good food, cooked on outside grill with lovely fresh salad and local potatoes. Hope to return one evening to enjoy the music.

1 Thank Lorraine M
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Had dinner at this amazing place. The food and service were top class. The live music added to the great atmosphere. Well worth a visit.

Thank Madazahatter
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Great food on charcoal grill, very friendly service, fresh fish was a delight. The ambience and entertainment made the evening all the more memorable!

Thank Melanie S
Sofia, Bulgaria
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Lack of authentic atmosphere, one of those typical touristic places where the food is nothing special. But you should go there to listen to the FADO singers. Even the Bolo do caco is very bad so do not offer a lot of things except from the barbecue.

Thank SilviaSilvia_11
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

Lovely food and atmosphere. I had the swordfish skewer and my partner the beef skewer, both extremely well cooked and absolutely delicious. The night we visited, fado singers were performing. We've had bad experience of fado singing before...all a bit gloomy....but this was delightful. Good service, friendly and efficient.

Thank Carol C
Langenlois, Austria
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We were able to choose our table. We located ourselves close to the outside grill (basically next to the door) so that we could watch the chef cook our food. Our food was superb. Two singers sang traditional fado music which was interesting to get to know. Staff were extremely friendly and we had a nice evening. The only downside... More 

Thank xyzLena
Jersey, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Advised by hotel to book for New Years Eve. Fantastic meal and service with the bonus of Fado included. Pleased to recommend.

Thank Jim H
Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Nice evening with a complement of nice Fado singing by various artist (and the waiters singing the chorus). Fine food and wines and a nice staff, made it at very good evening.

Thank mike_clausen
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

On the corner of a small intersection So not a bad spot to people watch At 14:00 the place was really quiet and not many dinners However at night time it has live music so should be busy The lunch menu of sardines which are grilled outside near to you, is only €8 and very tasty especially washed down with... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Visited Arsénio.'s restaurant after a recommendation from a family friend. The welcome could not have been warmer. The Portuguese music was delightful. All of the restaurant joined in with the singing including the waiters. I had a fillet mignon cooked over a charcoal grill with chips and salad. It was simply superb. I will be back. Amazing hospitality. Oh .try... More 

Thank Steve H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$17 - US$43
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Santa Maria 169 | Madeira Restaurants, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Madeira Islands  >  Madeira  >  Funchal
  • Phone Number: +351 291 224 007
Since 1981 serving and spreading typical Portuguese Cuisine in Funchal's Old town.
We are specialized in charcoal wood grills with local fish and meat.
Live Portuguese Fado Music every night from 19:30h until 23:30h

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