We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Worst restaurant ever!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurant Luau

Restaurant Luau
Ranked #138 of 769 Restaurants in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$16 - US$38
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The long hot summer in the Algarve brings with it the pleasure of alfresco dining and there is no better place than the Luau restaurant, perched on a hillside just five minutes drive west out of Albufeira. Lucky diners can sample the exquisitely prepared dishes whilst soaking up the magnificent views of the Algarve coast. The soothing gurgling sound of water tumbling down the hillside waterfall behind the terrace, provides the perfect backdrop for this culinary experience.
Level Contributor
13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Worst restaurant ever!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

The staff were absolutely disgusting in this restaurant. We were told to try here by a good friend of ours who owns a bar around the corner, when we got there the staff were shouting at each other then turned to us and said 'what?' Then we asked if we just pick a table to which they replied 'no, there's no tables' (when there was not 1 person sitting inside) we had been dropped off by a taxi so had to walk to another restaurant which was over a mile away! I have never been treated like this before, I'd get treated better in mc Donald's!!! The person who told us to try this is disgusted by the way we were treated and is embarrassed that he suggested the place that ruined our night, so for this they will never suggest this run down restaurant to anyone again. Don't waste your time, try McDonald's instead :)

  • Visited July 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
4 Thank Nicolewilko7
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

93 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    72
    15
    2
    3
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Alcester, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A gastronomic pleasuredrome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

Welcomed with a big smile to the restaurant by Paulo the head waiter,my fellow diners numbering six and me were shown to a beautifully laid table.ready for an incredible dining experience. We were never badgered to race into eating and drinking but were gently guided through the lists of available food and drinks.
The food was all reasonably priced and choices were made starting with a couvert comprising ciicken pate, crinkle cut cooked carrot slices bathed in a tasty vinagrette, sliced fresh bread, small crispy bread squares and butter.
This could have been followed with a fine selection of starters but these were reluctantly declined because we were eager to try the main course selection from the menu.It has to be said that the selection comprised the usual Portuguese choices of beef steaks, pork and fish cooked in variety of ways.but using the Convert as a benchmark we new the whatever we chose for our main course we would not be disappointed. Our expectations were indeed fulfilled. Steaks were the leading choice but two of us had grilled sole, one with a sauce and one without. Every dish was cooked to perfection and exactly as requested and as tender as a lily. Clearly food for seven people cooked in different ways takes time and thought if it is to presented at the same time in good condition to all the recipients, so while we were waiting we were presented with a beautifully prepared salad to munch on with the compliments of the kitchen staff.
All in all the total meal was incredible. The ambience of the restaurant was joyful and a pleasure to be in. We were so overjoyed with our experience that when the Chef came to the table to check on our wellbeing, as it were , we rose as one and to his embarrassment gave him a standing ovation. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Gordon G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Food, Great View!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014 via mobile

This was my second visit to the Luau and once again I left completely satisfied, the service from the moment our group of four arrived was faultless and the food thoroughly enjoyable. Great food at a good price with some fantastic views overlooking Albufeira's Marina. We arrived in the early evening and decided to sit in the open air part of the restaurant and I'm happy to report we weren't bothered by any bugs though I'd recommend anyone arriving after dark would be better off sitting inside.
The Luau offers a set three course menu for just €15 per head which includes half a bottle of house wine, those venturing away from the set menu will find their prices are more than reasonable, definitely worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank Ryan D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Maksim_Ko, Public Relations Manager at Restaurant Luau, responded to this review, 27 June 2014
Ryan,
Thank you very much for your review. Our team appreciate for your opinion and is open to hear any comments in case you want to improve our service.
Enjoy good weather and see you soon!

regards,
Maks K.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Lovely Hidden Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

Have been visiting here for a fe years now, food is very good.
The owners are very nice.
The views from this restaurant are amazing.

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank CAC76
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing food but poor service ”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013 via mobile

We attended the restaurant on their last night of the season, no real welcome and no atmosphere as we were the only people in the place, no music playing or any thing really going on. The food was spectacular and I would recommend the goats cheese starter, but as I say not particularly friendly staff or anything else really going for the place.

Helpful?
1 Thank Charlee B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Restaurant Luau also viewed

 
Albufeira, Faro District
Albufeira, Faro District
 
Albufeira, Faro District
Albufeira, Faro District
 

Been to Restaurant Luau? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing