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Taberna Ruel

Rua Santa Maria 119 | corner Travessa João Caetano, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
+351 291 231 720
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fresh fish” (32 reviews)
“clams” (18 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 23:00All hours
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
££ - £££
Rua Santa Maria 119 | corner Travessa João Caetano, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

And I wasn't disappointed the service was excellent as was the food, I had gathered chicken which was very tasty and was served with a side order of chips, my wife had tuna steak which she. Said was also very tasty I would recommend this...More

Thank Henth1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here based on TA reviews and was not disappointed. We sat at the back of the restaurant in their garden area. This was lovely as not got streams of people waffling pay like at the front. The food was excellent and service was friendly....More

Thank Fraggle42
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice location and nice decoration. A little bit too pushy touristic approach though. Anyhow, good food, good service and good prices. Also visited by locals, which is a good sign. It is worthy a visit or two!

1  Thank GuilhermeVaz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had seen good reviews on T.A so we decided to come and try. Good selection on menu and reasonably priced. We had the usual garlic bread starter and I had grilled squid which was superb. Embarrassed to say that can't remember what the wife had...More

Thank Phil F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found this place after a recommendation from some other travellers. Shame it was on our last night as I would have liked to have tried more things on the menu. Opted for a massive T-bone steak which was superbly cooked on the BBQ. Went nicely...More

Thank DJofReading
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We were recommended this restaurant, but sadly with only one night of the holiday left as I would have liked to try so many dishes. Offering freshly caught fish I selected the cataplana to sample more than one type on offer and wasn't disappointed -...More

Thank Q0FE
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely meal, Barbecued Scorpion fish, it was beautifully presented and tasted really nice, Excellent Rose wine went down a treat, Staff all of them really friendly, attentive and experienced, The setting is nice in the courtyard at the rear of the restaurant...More

Thank philmacklin
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Stumbled across this lovely restaurant whilst walking around Funchal old town. Down one of the lovely cobbled lanes we immediately were drawn in by the enthusiastic waiter who offered us a look at the menu. Like most Madeiran restaurants there was the standard offering of...More

Thank HanLH
Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for your kind words, is very important to have independent reviews from our customers, we are very pleased to know you enjoyed a fantastic gastronomy experience with us and enjoyed our inside atmosphere. We hope for your next visit anytime soon.

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

This place joins a lovely staff with incredible well cocked dishes and surrounding atmosphere. In my opinion one of the best in Funchal.

Thank João M
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We visited the restaurant as it was fairly full and there was a 'buzz' coming from the courtyard suggesting happy eaters. We managed to get a table outside and were impressed by the food. There should possibly have been more staff on duty as the...More

Thank massey532015
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$53
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Santa Maria 119 | corner Travessa João Caetano, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Madeira Islands  >  Madeira  >  Funchal
  • Phone Number: +351 291 231 720
  • E-mail
Located on one of the oldest streets of Funchal, the Taberna Ruel Restaurant aim to be a mark in the historic center of Funchal. This location grants a special atmosphere so you can enjoy an unforgettable experience. The widely recognized gastronomic quality is a must under Ricardo Ruel signature. Working with local ingredients of high quality, passion for what we do and innovative cooking techniques are what distinguishes us. The wine cellar with a wide selection of Portuguese wines are carefully framed in a secular cistern. The historical building where you find the Taberna Ruel Restaurant was fully renovated and prepared for a unique environment looking to offer unforgettable moments. The restaurant by its unique location in the heart of the Funchal historical center, was initially launched as Taberna da Esquina, today the restaurant is Taberna Ruel a natural evolution by the recognition of our guests to Richard Ruel great passion in the use of products from Madeira and its constant search for new flavors. The renovation of the building was awarded with the prize for "Heritage Recovery of Funchal City Historical Center - 2011" by the Municipality of Funchal.
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