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Grill, Healthy, Seafood, Mediterranean, Portuguese
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After trying to book over a month ago for a 50th birthday celebration, for 10 people, no confirmation received even though an automated response said they would be in touch. We tried to contact the restaurant by phone, Instagram, email and Instagram with no reply....We headed down to the restaurant anyway hoping to be accommodated but we were met with rude staff with no apology for the lack of communication only saying they had trouble with their phone lines. No excuse given for the lack of communication on social media. She offered us 2 tables at the back of the restaurant which at best would seat 8!! The restaurant was overrun with flies on the food and in the whole restaurant. Would not recommend mostly because of the staff attitude when we had clearly tried everything to get in touch. Luckily we were recommended, by our hotel to go Casa do Rio further into Alvor which had lovely staff and lovely foodMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was fresh and the mushroom sauce the steak comes with was incredible. Staff were very polite. Food was a little pricey but you pay for the view!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stunning location, the restaurant would be closed if that wasn’t the case. Service was terrible, no cutlery given, signaled to a waiter that we needed something and he walked away so we never got any. Food was low quality. Go for the view and a...drink, eat elsewhere.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 17 October 2023

Well I debated whether to put in 3 or 4 stars in this review ..... because the food WAS good and the staff were attentive and friendly, they checked on us frequently to see if we needed anything. Also the fish was so elegantly and...eloquently presented to us on a big platter with explanations on how they'd be cooked. The desserts were equally well presented... BUT.... we wanted "still" water with dinner, as well as the wine and beer, and they charged us €2.50 for each small 250ml glass bottle! They said they had no large bottles. We had 7 small bottles water . I have never come across that in Portugal. Plus the fish was priced in kgs . I really think they should have said to us "ok that fish you chose is gonna be €48/50 per person"! We would've probably ordered straight off the menu instead as there were 6 of us from one family so my bill was almost €300 ! Think we had one bottle wine and a few beers but not that much alcohol. The water was probably more expensive than the beer anyway. Would I recommend it? Well we couldn't leave the area without trying the place as it's unique and in a stunning location. But do ask for an estimate of how much your fish will be!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 11 October 2023

Called in for drinks after visiting beach. Asked before this could we reserve seats for us as there were 9 but told no for drinks and snacks just turn up . We arrived in ,were told it was waiter service. Waitress on duty was rude...and ignored us for about 20 minutes. At which point I suggested we just leave as we had thirsty children too with us . The whole setting looks amazing but that's as far as it goes,trust me. Spend your money elsewhere. Would definitely not reccomend this place .More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 6 October 2023

A restaurant in a delightful location so long as you can find it, Superb food but be prepared to pay as it is very expensive

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 26 September 2023

Stunning location, friendly, attentive service, fresh fish, however standard of cooking was poor, fish not seasoned or grilled well, tasted steamed rather than grilled although done on the barbecue in front of guests. Side order of garlic rice was not edible as still hard (...not even al dente), was taken off the bill, however the bill was still enormous at €115 for two people, the fish accounting for €84!!!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 26 September 2023

What a different a few years and a lot of greed makes... My husband and I loved this restaurant, so much so we wanted to get married there however when we visited in September this year with our family it could not of disappointed more....On a busy friday night, they took more covers then they could manage, with only one english speaking waiter. 5 of our meals did not arrive or arrived incomplete. The food was average at best. The bill came in Portuguese and when I asked the team to read through it to ensure we were not paying for the meals that didn't arrive, they refused. It's a beautiful location and worth visiting for a drink but a terrible shame to see this beautiful spot living off old Michelin stars!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 3 September 2023

Terrible experience from start to finish, the only positive point being the view which is stunning! We booked the meal to work around our 7 month old baby’s nap time, when we arrived we were informed you cannot bring your buggy to the table, this...resulted in us having to hold our crying daughter whilst trying to eat our food. The food wasn’t great, my mother had the sole which was full of bones. She received 3 small pieces of fish which cost €32, our wine that we ordered never arrived. The steak was chewy and over cooked. At one point we asked to move table only to be informed that all the tables were booked which was fair enough, only to discover that ten mins later, the Portuguese family sat next to us asked to be moved and it wasn’t a problem, they were relocated to a different table with no questions asked. I will not hesitate in the slightest to tell people to avoid this overpriced establishment! The view wasn’t worth almost €200 at the end of the day!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 2 September 2023

This restaurant had a lovely relaxed feel to it. And the settling was incredible. The food was good and the catch of the day was shown before we ate, which was a lovely touch. I think there could have been more options of sides dishes...with the fish. Staff were very friendly and would definitely recommend pre booking before going. Also get your camera ready the setting is breathtaking.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 1 September 2023 via mobile

Breath taking location on a gorgeous beach. Service warm and accurate, a bit of slow, quite typical in Algarve. Food quality super, very well presented. Cooking good. Value for money reasonable.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 26 August 2023 via mobile

This is the place to avoid in Alvor. It’s the kind of restaurant that can jeopardize a tourism destination. The beautiful ambiance with a stunning view to the beach and sea is the only positive aspect in this place. Customers are all mixed in a...small place, with the tables next to each other, it’s almost impossible to seat without disturbing others people chairs. We count 45 clients just in the first floor, where should be only half of the clients. The food isn’t great and is very expensive comparing with other restaurants in the city (80€ for 2kg (they didn’t weigh the fish in front of us) of “pargo”… please) And the service… gosh, definitely they didn’t have a minimum education (besides the foreign guy who serves the wine and is very polite). Too many red flags in this restaurant and definitely a terrible experience.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 24 August 2023

staff were v inconsiderate of the time and on the first day my family and i went to eat lunch but we were told we’d have to wait twenty mins to sit upstairs. we stood around waiting, then we were told we needed a reservation...when the first staff member did not mention this at all!! on the second day we went back after making a dinner reservation for 6:30pm got there on time, we asked why no one was sitting there we were told to wait downstairs as staff were still cleaning. we waited fifteen minutes got no apologies and just kept being told to move away from stairs. food seems good but staff aren’t very considerate and have bad attitude.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 23 August 2023

ESTE RESTAURANTE É UM AUTÊNTICO INFERNO!!!... Não obstante aceitarem reservas e terem sempre em todos os websites o telefone, num outro website um link para reservas e num outro um email, nunca atendem, não respondem e quando respondem à reserva através de um link já...passaram muitos dias... um pedido efetuado no dia 19 só responderam no dia 23 quando já tínhamos efetuado uma reserva num outro restaurante. Para além de não estar cotado entre os melhores de Alvor e arredores, os valores cobrados são exagerados e só recomendados para turistas que querem uma boa vista de mar mas que não percebem nada de gastronomia e comem tudo o que lhe metem à frente!!! Existe muito melhor em Alvor; A Lota, Sereia, A Ribeira, etc... THIS RESTAURANT IS AN AUTHENTIC HELL!!!... Despite accepting reservations and always having the telephone on all websites, on another website a link for reservations and on another an email, they never answer, do not respond and when they respond to the reservation sent through the link many days have passed... a request made on the 19th was only answered on the 23rd when we had already made a reservation at another restaurant. In addition to not being ranked among the best in Alvor and surroundings, the amounts charged are exaggerated and only recommended for tourists who want a good view of the sea but who know nothing about gastronomy and eat everything they put in front of them!!! There is much better in Alvor; A Lota, Sereia, A Ribeira, etc...More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 21 August 2023

Amazing location, great food and service. The fish expert talked us through all the fresh varieties available on the day, how they would be cooked and what accompanied the fish. Wine selection was fantastic. Service staff were very accommodating and friendly, would highly recommend.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Up but it is a bad restaurant
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It's in Prainha village, a cab would be pretty cheap. Enjoy
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  • Food: 3.5
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