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All reviews fish shrimp skewers mixed seafood bread basket potatoes salad best restaurant in town high season nice location an amazing view sunset view pico wine limpets
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Reviewed 28 January 2024

Typical Azore restaurant vibe (albeit without football on the TV). Very good fresh fish and good wine selection. The best of the few restaurant we tried in Madalena.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 15 November 2023 via mobile

Not sure what's up with the place as it is recommended in every guide book but the food was mostly a loveless throw in the fryer and some microwave veggies. Now it wasn't horrible but it wasn't worth the time or money. Maybe no real...chefs during off season.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 31 October 2023 via mobile

Was delighted to find this restaurant for a late Sunday afternoon lunch & enjoyed the local dish of tuna steaks and potatoes. Staff were friendly & costs were reasonable.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 10 October 2023

Great meal on Pico. Gorgeous setting on the water and perfectly done fish and meat. Unhurried yet attentive service. Reservations a must.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023 via mobile

The food was acceptable and the server made no attempt at all to interact. Very noticeable as we have eaten at some great places on Pico with such friendly staff so this really stood out. We started with the shrimp in garlic butter which were...by far the best part of the meal…delicious. My husband had the Guelly Jack fish which had far too many bones. Of course it’s a fish… but this was ridiculous. My fish Veja fish fillets with almonds were dry and flavourless. Tasted like fish fingers. We came across friends from the previous evening and asked our server to put their dinner onto our bill. She looked at us with a stunned face and said “won’t they be mad”. We tried to explain that paying for someone’s meal is usually a good thing. She finally relented but looked so out of it and was completely unhelpful all evening.More

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

Great lunch and so reasonably priced. Beautiful seaside views on Faial, a table under shade but open to the air. Fish extremely well prepared, and a great selection of local wines. Super friendly and efficient service. Will definitely come here again.

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

This restaurant deserves a 3 for one reason only, the goodocatio and the excellent view from the veranda. And this was the good part of our dinner, i am sad to say. I ordered the catch of the day, broiled with 1 boiled potato and...three leaves of lettuce The fish was completely dry and over salted. My son had the fish skewr, which presented with some good and some bad Pieces of several different fish. We made reservations previously, were showed our table and i a few minutes received the menus and ordered. No one mentioned that service was backed up. After 20 minutes we received the selection of cheeses we had ordered. After one hour we were still waiting for the main dishes. When the food finally arrived, I decided to complain to the waiter. The young man then proceeded to call me a liar. As I explained, by now, somewhat angrily, that I had previous reservations and no one had mentioned the long wait, he persisted and then returned to apologize and offer the desert. It was a very unfortunate exchaged which ruined the dinner experience for the whole family. The reason quality/ price, was the same as most restaurants. For the priced we expected at least some good manners from the staff. Last year they we highly recommended by trip advisor and I cannot but wonder on what such rating was based. It is not worth the trip.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 22 July 2023 via mobile

It’s worth it a 4.5. The location is great! The food was good. Excellent lapas. The cost is average 25€ per person. Excellent wine list. Acceptable wine prices.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 3 June 2023

It was a rainy day so there was no outside seating but we were by the window and the view of the sea was amazing. Service was a little slow but the restaurant was very crowded, and we didn't mind the wait. The food was...very good, the waitress very helpful, and we had a very pleasant evening.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 14 November 2022 via mobile

I feel like they just missed the mark on several occasions. Way too many bones in the fish in the Cataplana dish. I think that some effort should be made in the kitchen to debone the fish. And 1/4 of the dish was onions. The...service was adequate. No attempt to interact. Wine selection was good and fair priced. Lastly, when a dish takes 30 to 45 minutes to prepare, as ours did, I think a restaurant should offer a small plate to tide you over. I could have ordered an appetizer but it would have been too much food. A few pieces of cheese, olives and a slice of bread would have been a thoughtful touch.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 17 October 2022 via mobile

This is a place that knows what it is doing. Nice selection of meat and fish dishes, everything we had was great. Good wine list, a bottle of Pico Arinto was just the thing with our meal. Setting is very pretty, on the waterfront.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 30 September 2022

This place does not disappoint and you do need a reservation.I choice to come early as the sunset view is spectacular overlooking Failal and where everyone sits to take pictures. My table was great (though they have a deck and they should clear that and...wash the windows for a better view. The place was full (definitely need a reservation) and half of the place is insider and half on the glass enclosed deck (try for there as the sunset is easily seen) The menu has fish and I ordered the chorizo (why not- as Im not ordering it elsewhere) and while not aflame like some it was great! the potatoes were w touch greasy though. The dinner of almond fish was unique and I loved it- crunchy and different from anywhere else. The Skewers of mixed seafood looks to be the "ten" with enough to share. Service was average, wine though was way overpriced for a glass (and it was not a generous pour) - better to get the bottle I think but it was just me! I would keep this as a must on Pico but book ahead. Family place with no tour bus!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 15 September 2022

Just finished lunch. My husband had delicious limpets in a butter and garlic saute. Bread basket had four types of bread. The fish skewer was exceptional with a local white fish, shrimp, potatoes and salad. They had a nice variety of desserts. Views are lovely...view of the sea!!! The young man who waited on us was friendly and spoke English. Would highly recommend.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 10 September 2022

Poor service my wife chocked with a fish bone that was in the fish soup and I told the owner of the restaurant and all he said was would you like another one. Never to be seen again

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 September 2022 via mobile

We were recommended to have lunch at this restaurant by friends who were here last year, so we were very sure to have a good experience. After ordering limpets and azorean style shrimps from the obviously tired out waitress (end of high season and she...was practically alone), we were at first moderately satisfied. The food wasn‘t exceptional, but not bad either. Then, 2 hours later, both of us experienced severe abdominal pain. An hour and a lot of throwing up later, we were starting to recover again. No how could we be sure it was the food from there? We hadn‘t eaten during the day and only drank bottled water. Perhaps we were just unlicky but well, that was our experience.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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