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Porches Velho

Rua da Praca 777, Porches 8400-481, Portugal
+351 282 381 692
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
18:30 - 23:00 Hours
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Rua da Praca 777, Porches 8400-481, Portugal
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Staying in Galé near the beach we were getting fed up with the same old beach restaurant menu. Decided to go into Porches and chose Porches Velho . Beautiful building dating back to around 1800 when it was a wine cellar . We booked over...More

Thank davedog62
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This beautiful place! ♡ (My 21-year-old son describes it as "the best place on Earth" :) ) For ten years now we have been enjoying visits to this gorgeous restaurant. The owner is a charming man and runs the restaurant immaculately. The welcome is always...More

1  Thank MillymollyAC
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a really supper here! Staff is more than friendly, the food is really good. We got the clams and then the octopus with sweet potatoes! And nice location in an old building! I can only recommend the place!

1  Thank Verrouille
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived to Porches Velho on the back of a recommendation from a Irish friend. We arrived on a quiet Monday evening to the tiny streets of Porches. The setting was beautiful. A little restaurant set off a cobble Street. We were greeted by a...More

3  Thank JohnConroyIre
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate at this gem on a recent trip to the Algarve region. The restaurant is family owned and we were greeted and seated by the family. The food is delicious. From the shrimp appetizers to the lamb stew served in a pot this place...More

2  Thank okosub
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

10 of us visited with kids early evening, amazing welcome from the owner who could not have done more for us. Food was good but not great, but honest with good local knowledge. Owners wine advice superb. Good place for families.

1  Thank Dogbrain30
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely place. The owners and staff were so welcoming and provided great service and passionate advice on their food and wine. The menu was really interesting and authentic and all our meals were fabulous, will definitely recommend and return

1  Thank Expedition294473
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

We went as a group of 4 for dinner in this wonderful place tucked away but in a lovely setting. The restaurant is rustic and gorgeous with high ceilings and ornaments of days gone by adorning the walls. Great choice on the menu something for...More

1  Thank Emma H
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Tucked away on a random street in Porches is this great restaurant. Everything we had was very good. Big portions. Great service. Will come back here anytime I am in the area.

1  Thank Robert N
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Run by the loveliest man and his wife. Incredible service, delicious covert and would definitely recommend the melon with ham and the codfish a bras. We’ve been coming here for years. Incredible building.

2  Thank Holly G
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4 August 2018|
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Response from Robert N | Reviewed this property |
I agree. Staff will probably do whatever they can to accommodate. I'd say it is a pretty safe bet.
1 January 2018|
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Response from Sonnydniro | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don’t know. Best to contact the restaurant
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
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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 777, Porches 8400-481, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Porches
  • Phone Number: +351 282 381 692
  • E-mail
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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