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£16 - £50
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Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great little restaurant, staff were very welcoming and friendly. Fantastic menu, food beautifully presented, the bottle of Portuguese wine most enjoyable. Really relaxed atmosphere, great play list. Great restaurant for family celebration or an intimate meal for two . My second visit in...the last year, my dinner partners first visit and I am sure won’t be her last . Great food always made better by the company you share it withMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I hadn't visited this restaurant for years but had fond memories. Even these were surpassed by an absolutely delicious meal. Beautiful food, beautifully cooked and attentive service. Looking forward to my next visit, which I hope will be soon!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 1 September 2023

Sunday lunch. Not much atmosphere. Food quite good but extras make it very expensive for what is served - charged for bread we didn't ask for and £20 for vegetables. Friend served a coke which was flat. Very grudgingly replaced. Used to go quite a...lot under old management but won't go back now.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 9 July 2023

What a great place to eat, fantastic food, waiter and waitress welcoming and friendly, really comfortable place to relax and enjoy a lovingly prepared meal. You are not rushed and therefore can enjoy your meal

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 23 May 2023

This restaurant is a complete let down. They find every way possible to charge over the odds. The bread on the table when you arrive - you're charged for this. Vegetables are charged separately from your meal. For drinks order a spirit with a juice...mixer and they'll use the syrupy mini bottled juice from the 70s that tastes as fresh as unwashed socks, then charge separately for each making it around £8 per horrid drink. There was 2 of us, we had an alcoholic drink and a water each, a starter and a main and our bill came to just over £130! I nearly fell off my chair! If the service and food was exceptional it'd be ok, but it's not. It's super old fashioned and not in a good way. I have no idea what the 5 star reviews are about - die-hard regulars maybe? Overall this restaurant is out of touch with the restaurant scene and we left feeling totally ripped off.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 19 April 2023

Alvaros yet again you didn’t disappoint ,we visited on Friday evening for my wife’s Birthday. I’m sure over the years the food & service gets better. Have been going to this restaurant since the seventies and can honestly say you would be hard pressed to...find better.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 26 February 2023 via mobile

This restaurant hasn’t changed, still excellent food for a special occasion. We were there for our anniversary and although pricey the presentation and quality of the food was superb. Definitely worth a revisit when the next special occasion arrives.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 15 January 2023

Well i cant praise this restaurant enough, we last visited 9 years ago, why did we leave it so long ! We were made to feeel welcome from the minute we walked through the door, all of our party of seven were full of praise...for the food. Well done chef and kitchen team. Front of house team were excellent, giving great advice on food and providing a level of service that a lot of others could learn from. If you have never visited you are missing out. Thank you all for a great eveningMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 4 November 2022

A Thursday evening dinner with two very good friends. Sam, mine host and his colleague always extend such a warm welcome and tonight was no different. Service excellent, food delicious, company wonderful. What more is there to say. Already looking forward to our next visit.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 30 July 2022

Honestly , There's nothing typical portuguese about these dishes, taste wise lacking in seasoning! Extremely disappointed to see mussels instead of clams in bifes de porco a alentejana! For desserts ... once again couldn't spot anything typical portuguese, there's only custard tarts and they looked...awful. Clearly in anyones eye, mainly elderly people with plenty of money would go there thinking it's ever so posh and tasty because they don't really know what portuguese food should taste like. It looks more like there's no chef in the kitchen and the poor guy heats up the food in front of you just for show off and extra tips in the end of your bill 😅 and in the end you leave the restaurant smelling of fried onions. Extremely over priced, 6 medium prawns for starters £10 ??? 🙄 a box of tiger prawns at the cash and carry would cost £7 !!!! Very small portions and a main doesn't even include a side or veg . Everything is an extra. As a portuguese I must say... I won't be back here again.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 19 June 2022 via mobile

As usual, this place has the best steak in town. Gorious food and wine. Great portuguese pudding yoo

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 18 June 2022

I was brought here with the promise of a great meal from a restaurant that has a long legacy around these parts. There was nothing Portuguese about this place. I could have literally taken canned sauce and poured it over various meats and made a...better meal. Even the folks who brought me here knew this place was different now. Save your money and use it for the many other restaurants around here.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 4 April 2022 via mobile

From the moment we walked in we were blown away by the restaurant and the service. It felt like we’d walked in to an old friends house for dinner. Service was relaxed; and the food was amazing! The best meal I have had in years;...with such wonderful hosts… 10/10; thank you.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 27 March 2022

I have visited this restursnt and every single time it has been my favourite resturant in the whole of UK. Joint favourite with o camilo resturant for worldwide favourite. Absolutely 5 star food every single time. The service is second to none. Highly recommended!!!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 2 October 2021 via mobile

We visited last night for a birthday, and the staff at Alvaros went to so much trouble to make sure the evening was perfect, including arranging balloons to be on the table before we arrived. The service was warm and friendly throughout the evening, and...the food was as good as it always is. The menu is slightly smaller than it used to be, but the main dishes are still there - and they were able to sort out anything we wanted that wasn’t on the menu! The whole evening was such an amazing experience thanks to the excellent staff they have at Alvaros. We can’t wait to come back again very soon! Thank you!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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St Helens Road or Hamlet Court Road There is also a car par in the junction between Hamlet Court Road and London Road which is free after 6:00 pm
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Is very relaxing very helpful staff very friendly you must try you won’t be disappointed
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Yes there are plenty Portuguese dishes Espetada (A Madeiran Speciality) Bife sirloin steak.... Espetada.scampi,scallops and prawns wrapped in bacon skewered .bacalhau Gomes..cataplana Portimao ..Calderada fish casserole... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5