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Porches Velho

Rua da Praca, Porches 8400-481, Portugal
+351 282 381 692
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
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Rua da Praca, Porches 8400-481, Portugal
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very Niveau evening, perfect dining experience, extremely nice and caring service! We will be Back !

Thank LagunaBeachCple
Reviewed yesterday

Staying in the Porches area of the Algarve can be trying to find reasonable food that will satisfy the needs of a young family, without breaking the bank.. Porches Velho is by far the best the area has to offer. The restaurant itself is beautiful...More

Thank Dparody
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great find this restaurant was. A recommendation from our hotel. We went here twice as we enjoyed it so much. On our first visit we had booked a table on the terrace. On arrival the owner suggested we sit inside as it was...More

Thank David_PaulaCH
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our best dinner so far in Portugal. We wanted to get away from the touristic restaurants and desired a taste of some authentic portuguese food and Porches Velho delivered. The food was very tasty, the service was kind and the view from the...More

Thank alexanderloft
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another week in the Algarve, we ate dinner here twice - both excellent Food, service and wine are all superb Giant piri piri Prawns very good, as was the grilled Sole Prawn and Avocado cocktails good(but Prawns need de-veining!) We will return

1  Thank famile5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, attentive service, and pandered to two veggies in our party. Sat out on the terrace which was lovely. Highly recommended.

1  Thank peelywally62
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the fish stew for starters and the blackened pork and the rabbit in mint and coriander, all dishes were excellent and the service was first class too. Well worth a visit if you want to get away from everything served with chips

Thank gill h
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

We got a €6 each way taxi ride to this restaurant from our hotel in Porches, but it was well worth it. The restaurant is quite big and looks very authentic and smart, the owner and waiter treated us very well and were very friendly....More

1  Thank stevo1878
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

All the Algarve is full of hotels & restaurants - since we were looking for something special & not too touristy we decided to go to this place. Already when we asked our guest service agent for a driver his answer was "you made a...More

Thank Anna T
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic!! Wonderful food, wine and service. Needs to be number one on the search here!! Was very quiet as it's in a hidden part of the town but needs to be discovered by more! Best meal of the holiday for sure 👌🏼Will be revisiting!...More

Thank etobin99
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7 July 2017|
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Response from cardiffcwtch | Reviewed this property |
The fare is perfectly traditional Portuguese - so the emphasis is very much on meat and fish. My son did have a great omelette and frites and there are certainly salads but I think it's true to say that there won't be the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
18:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua da Praca, Porches 8400-481, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Porches
  • Phone Number: +351 282 381 692
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Hidden away in the quaint Algarve village of Porches, Porches Velho is worth seeking out for high quality food and a secluded country setting looking out to the Monchique Mountains. Housed in a 210-year-old wine cellar, Porches Velho has retained original features in the open plan dining room, including the wooden beams criss-crossing the 5-metre-high ceiling and the latticed windows that fill the room with the beautiful sunlight of the Algarve. The terrace is a splendid place to dine in the summer, whilst the wood fire in the hearth keeps the dining room warm in the winter. Surrounded by rustic farm tools and the huge aquarium of brightly coloured fish, you can enjoy a menu rich in Portuguese specialities, all prepared with quality produce and crafted by owner Sr. Candeias, who successfully fronted the renowned A Lanterna restaurant in Parchal for 25 years. Fresh, not farmed, the fish served at Porches Velho includes Smoked Swordfish. You can also try the popular Medallions of Black Pork with chestnuts and sweet potatoes, as well as Rabbit, Fish Cataplana and succulent steaks. There is a range of traditional desserts and all dishes can be complemented by a selection from the Portuguese wine list, offering something from all areas of the country. Friday night is Fado Night at Porches Velho and this is the most entertaining time to dine, with traditional, soulful Portuguese music playing whilst you enjoy your meal. Private and spacious with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, Porches Velho is an ideal venue for groups and celebrations and has hosted several successful wedding receptions.
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