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“Great view, nice food, but too many flies”

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Ranked #48 of 327 Restaurants in Faro
Price range: US$23 - US$35
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: There are very few places where one can appreciate the freshest fish and shellfish among other genuine algarvian specialities, set in a background of a desert island and a sight of an ocean until the eye can see. The Estaminé is more than just a restaurant. It is a unique experience of the natural beauty that surrounds it.The new Estaminé, totally made of wood is the only building built on the Ilha Deserta (Desert Island). The restaurant is involved in the tranquillity of the Island, and through the panoramic windows, the view joins, the Dunes, the Coast and part of the Algarvian Mountain Range.The restaurant serves, apart from Gilt-headed Sea breams, Breams and Groupers a variety of other fresh Fish too: Clams, Prawns, Cuttlefish and traditional “Estupeta” salads of Tuna or Octopus. These are cooked using their very own recipes or refined from experiences of algarvian generations.There is a snack-bar at the Estaminé where we serve sandwiches, ice-creams, jars with sangria and other cool drinks.
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great view, nice food, but too many flies”
Reviewed 15 November 2013

If you go to this island, you don’t really have much choice but to eat at this restaurant, which by default means it will be more costly than you might want to pay. On the upside though, the food was lovely and view is great.

Being on an island, the obvious choice of food was seafood. We ordered the beach prawns, clam rice and razor clam rice. The beach prawns were really nice, full of flavour and so well cooked that you could actually eat the entire prawn, shell and all.
The clam rice was nice, but a little strong on the coriander which was a shame as that was the overpowering taste. The razor clam rice was also nice with a different flavour, but they were slightly overcooked and chewy. Overall it was a very nice meal though slightly on the pricey side.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank qu_tee
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Marcio A, Public Relations Manager at Estamine Restaurant, responded to this review, 25 July 2015
Dear customer,

Thank you very much for your feedback regarding your recent visit to Estaminé!
We are glad to hear that overall you enjoyed the lunch. But thank you also for bringing to our attention some points on where we could improve, but unfortunately we don't manipulate nature.
We can’t control the tides, number of birds, wind, rain, proliferation of invader plants, sea gulls and even insect (bees, wasps, flies), etc.
This happens rarely, but unfortunately happened on the date of your visit. Surely you got a bad impression about the island. It is a pity!
We very much hope to see you return soon.

Kind regards,
Marcio Alexandre




We hope to welcome you back to Estaminé in the future.
WIth best personal regards,
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County Kildare, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Unique location”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

We stayed in Fuzeta this year for the first time although we have been coming to the beach here for a few years and have tried going to some of the other islands like Culatra and Armona. We heard about Ilha Deserta and decided to go over and have lunch. It is a unique location and after being dropped off by the ferry (you could also get a water taxi) you have to walk across the beach to get to it. We tried the octopus salad and tuna carpaccio for starters and had one fish between us for the main course. it was very good but expensive compared to the local restaurant prices in Fuzeta. Also, there is no outdoor seating although the glass walls can be slid to make it feel more open. After lunch we were able to relax on the beach. A very good day.

  • Visited September 2013
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Marcio A, Public Relations Manager at Estamine Restaurant, responded to this review, 25 July 2015
Hi, and thanks for taking the time to write a review of your visit.
We're glad you found us, and are glad you plan to return. Keep an eye on our Facebook page feed for details of everything we have planned, or just drop by any time and we'll make you welcome again.
See you soon!
Marcio Alexandre
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Munich, Germany
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“Heaven!”
Reviewed 19 September 2013

We have been coming to this restaurant every year since 2001. The food is consistently delicious, the service is friendly and the views are just breathtaking. The owners Donna Isabel and Jose take perfect care of their guests and make everybody feel very welcome. My favourites on the menu: choco and octopus salad for starters, grilled fish for main. The deserts are also delicious, especially Keke and vanilla icecream with fig sauce. HIghly recommended!

  • Visited August 2013
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3 Thank Sophia R
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Marcio A, Public Relations Manager at Estamine Restaurant, responded to this review, 25 July 2015
Hi Sophia,

Thank you so much for sharing your recent lunching experience in our Estaminé restaurant!
We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed every aspect of your lunch. It is always very encouraging to receive such positive customer's comments and I will be sure to share your feedback with D. Isabel and Sr. José.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Estaminé in the near future!

Kind regards,
Marcio Alexandre
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London
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“Could do better”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

This is since place on a fantastic island but they do take advantage of the fact that they are the only restaurant on the island. Large chunk of the menu is crossed out, even fish dishes, and its still a lottery of what else is available.

We wanted a Razor Clam rice, which is a bit of a local speciality, and it was not available. We then managed to get some clam rice, but even that took a quite a lot of coaxing of the staff. Their "green" wine selection is small but very nice and the waiter steered us towards a very nice bottle at only EUR16.

I would not travel to the island to eat at this place but if you make it to the island, and you should, you will not be disappointed.

The island itself is very nice with beaches on both, ocean-side and land-side and I would definately recommend the land-side unless you are into surfing.

  • Visited September 2013
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Marcio A, Public Relations Manager at Estamine Restaurant, responded to this review, 25 July 2015
Dear customer,

We appreciate the comments about your experience at Desert Island. Besides serving a food that follows the Algarve cuisine at Estaminé Restaurant , the menu is constantly renewed and improved, which maintains extensive range of options and prices.
No monopoly. We are located in the island before the Natural Park been established, if no other company can build here, it is not our guilt. They can complain to the government. Even we had any other competitors their price should not be different because is not really easy to keep a company in a deserted island.
No Surprise. Our pricing list board is located outside the restaurant, so people can check it before order a meal. From snacks to special dishes, we have different price and we have available 5/6 return trip during the day, that means people can eat at any other place in Faro.
No Island Owner. Deserta Island belongs to Faro Council, then we are not responsible by the beach outside from our granted area.
I also personally hope to have the chance to restore your faith in our services on a future visit.

Best wishes,
Marcio Alexandre
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tavira
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81 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“High quality food and professional staff”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

A wonderful location with ocean views. An amazing place to find food of such exceptional quality and they sell my favourite wine - Barranco Longo oaked rosé! We were seated on the south western side of the restaurant which was hot and we were promised a change of place when one became available. This happened fairly quickly. The wine and couvert were served quickly. The wine was well chilled and the olives were excellent. We ordered two starters each and salads rather than ordering a main course. We were able then to sample a variety of flavours. My cooked prawns in garlic were excellent. Even the simple foods like goat´s cheese and muxama were served with style and my husband´s gazpacho was delicious. The two different salads we had were exquisitely dressed. Unfortunately, the mackerel was sold out so we shall have to return. The service was friendly and efficient.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank lynne b
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Marcio A, Public Relations Manager at Estamine Restaurant, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Hi Lynne,

Thanks for your review and kind words.
We're glad you found the place and like what you found.
Also, as you are an avid TripAdvisor contributor, I'd like to say how important it is for us that people take the time to say what they think, as I'm sure it is for other premises, so much respect from us to you for your wider contributions.

We hope to see you again soon.
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