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“A very odd dining experience”

Faro e Benfica Restaurante Marisqueira
Ranked #42 of 307 Restaurants in Faro
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London
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“A very odd dining experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

First night in Faro towards the end of November, and we decided to try this restaurant. We were the only people in there until a party of four local people arrived – and that was it for the evening. Such an empty place does, in my opinion, feel rather awkward, but we were ushered in and seated so quickly, and bread put on the table (not asked for, but does appear on the bill) that we decided to just go with it. This restaurant has a large menu, although the first item I requested, sardines, is apparently not good in November and, therefore, not available. We ordered, and then unexpected ‘house’ dishes were placed on our table. A plate of carrots in oil, a plate of tuna in mayonnaise and a beetroot dish. I happily tucked in until I realised I was actually getting quite full before our ordered food had even begun to arrive.

The starters arrived. Both would actually have been ample main courses for someone with a massive appetite. A huge bowl of prawns in chilli and garlic, floating in oil, and a huge plate of deep fried squid. Both tasted ok, but there were issues. The prawns were only roughly peeled, and the black intestinal tracts had not been removed. The squid was cut into very different sizes, so some of it was nicely cooked, but some was distinctly overcooked and chewy. We could not finish either and were left wondering how on earth we were even going to start the mains.

The mains arrived (grilled salt cod and vegetables, and a prawn curry) and these portions were just as large as the starters had been. Although we both made valiant efforts, an awful lot of wasted food was left. Further, for a dish that is described as ‘grilled’ the salt cod arrived sitting in a lot of oil, and, was almost completely without taste.

We requested the bill (very reasonable prices) and left.

I don’t think that we experienced this restaurant at the right time. It is in a great location, overlooking the marina. Faro is extraordinarily quiet at this time of year, and I am sure that had more people been dining then the ambience and experience would have been different.

Having said that, the portions were ridiculous and I can’t be the only person who is actually put off by having such an enormous plate of food put in front of them. Added to that the fiddling around that had to be done to get the prawns to a state where they were edible was also quite off putting.

This was an odd experience all round. I would not recommend going to this restaurant when it is quiet, but would be prepared to try it again should I ever be in Faro at a different time of year.

  • Visited November 2013
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Lisbon, Portugal
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9 reviews
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“Excelent Fish”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013 via mobile

Very good and very fresh fish. I recommend the typical Marinheira fish stew. Excelent flavour and the freshness of the ingredients is a must.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“seafood delight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

best restaurant in Faro..Great prawn cocktail and lobsters..Friendly and helpful waiters with good English Relaxed atmosphere overlooking the marina for watching people n boats!.House white great valiue.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Tony S
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Sligo, Ireland
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“Wonderful Seafood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

Enjoyed a lovely dinner here we had the Cataplana for 2, it was so big it would have done four people, it was great and a wide range of seafood, Spent a while over a bottle of wine before ordering dessert, great evening with great food.

  • Visited September 2013
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Nice view but bland food and very poor service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

Was at the restaurant for dinner. Ordered lobster rice and it was very tasteless. It took very long time to order and at least 45 min to get the check after asking for it repeatedly. I would not recommend this unless other places nearby are closed and you are very hungry.

  • Visited July 2013
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