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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is an excellent restaurant if steak is your choice. They are amazing, so tender and perfectly cooked to your choice. The staff are very friendly and helpful and we would highly recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Outstanding food and service. Steaks are to die for and staff are wonderful. Will be returning on our next visit ti Madeira. Cannot rate highly enough!!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Incredible as always. The steak here s just sooooo good, however everything else on the menu was also wonderful. Great food and service, what more could you want.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I followed the waiter's recommendation and it was a big disappointment. They don't know how to cook the tomahawk steak.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to La Vaca Negra because we wanted a steak and according to Tripadvisor this is the best steakhouse in Funchal. An extremely bad decision ! Our waiter recommended us to take either the tomahawk or the mega T-bone, because both are superb and...it will be enough for the two of us. We asked for a medium-cooked tomahawk which came almost raw and so chewy we couldn't eat it. We asked the waiter to put it back on the grill a little bit more. It was useless, still very chewy, practically inedible. When the waiter saw what we left on our plates, he didn't even bother to say a word. To be honest, I don't know how this restaurant is rated so high, I don't remember eating a steak so bad in the last 10 years. Avoid it!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

La Vaca Negra offers casual dinning with big flavours. The steaks were seasoned to perfection and cooked on a wood fire. The big portions come with ensemble of seriously good sauces and the wine was to die for. Friendly staff and eccentric owner all made...the experience wonderful. Would definitely visit again.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the other reviewers said this is the best restaurant for steaks in Funchal. I don’t know if that is correct but, based on the meal I and my companions enjoyed , it may well be the case. Huge portions cooked perfectly as directed...at what seemed fair prices.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 16 September 2021 via mobile

Marco & his wife Andrea run a top quality steak restaurant with care, charm and courtesy. This is the BEST place in Funchal if you want to eat carefully sourced well hung steaks cooked on the open fire grill. These range from sirloin, ribeye, fillet,...tomahawk etc. and are served with potato wedges sprinkled with herbs and three sauces. Portions are HUGE and flavour is superb. There is a good wine list at very fair prices and the option to dine inside or on the outdoor terrace. Marco has a good sense of humour and is always concerned to make sure that his customers old and new have a first class experience. This is a restaurant which does everything with INTEGRITY and is strongly recommended. You will certainly never leave hungry !!!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 10 September 2021

Yes, the meat is great, the service the same but the prices are inflated to the end. Gold that is surrounded by cutlery is not worth that much. All in all, fish and seafood are eaten in Madeira and not meat, at least that's what...I think. You don’t get anything special for that money.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 September 2021 via mobile

An absolutely lovely meal with great service and atmosphere. We went on the recommendation of a friend and were not disappointed! A small restaurant with big flavours. For starters we had the Chorizo and the Tomato and Mozzarella salad - tasted great and good portions....For the main we both had ribeye steak. Was soo tasty and such a large steak - especially for the price. All the staff were welcoming and attentive and we had a lovely evening. Will return next time we are in Funchal. Booking advisable as it was full and a lot of people turning up couldn’t get a table.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Yes, there are chicken dishes on the menu.
26 November 2019|
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Response from IAINY825 | Reviewed this property |
Approx 2.6km (10 mins by car)
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15 minutes gentle walk with an uphill finish Downhill on way back You can take a taxi
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Yes, La Vaca Negra offers takeaway services.

Yes, La Vaca Negra is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

La Vaca Negra is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5