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“Superb atmosphere and great food with attentive service”
Review of Restaurante Equestre - CLOSED

Restaurante Equestre
Price range: US$14 - US$29
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 20 July 2013

We wandered from our apartment, as we do quite often, to this restaurant/bar and sat outside in the patio area, which is paved with railway sleepers and has rustic tables with canvas chairs in a cool garden atmosphere. A caneca of Coral each and some peanuts as an aperitif (while we take advantage of the free wifi to Facebook).

Earlier in the day we had booked a table and ordered our food, although you do not have to of course, and after we had finished our drinks we went inside and into the restaurant.

The restaurant is atmospheric with chairs that have horse heads carved out of them and we look out over the inside training ring with a jump in the centre. All the furniture is similarly carved and adds to the ambiance.

We enjoy some delicious soft cheese with biscuits or bolo de caco (with garlic butter) or shell fish as a starter and then our Espada (black Scabbard fish) with Banana and Passion fruit sauce, boiled Porto Santo potatoes and traditional vegetables comes, which is cooked perfectly with vegetables al dente. We accompany this with good wine from the Alentejo.

We finished with a delicious dessert of ice cream with a fruit from a tree in the garden - seems like a cross between mulberry and cherry and definitely to be recommended. The owner picked some fresh to show us.

We could have asked for transport on a horse drawn vehicle but we were too close to need this attractive offering. The service is attentive and we found the whole experience without fault and left knowing we would return.

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2  Thank jkblue
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

Being frequent visitors to the Island we never miss an opportunity to have a meal or two here. Although not a vast menu on offer, what there is, is always fresh and is excellent value for money. The Espada (black scabbard fish) & banana is a must! The outside bar and terrace is rustic with good views of horses trotting by, while you sip a cold glass of local brew and take advantage of the free WIFI. Recommended.

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Thank Dee J
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

I have been there with my girlfriend, and found the best value for money. Family business runned with love and dedication. Good food, with fresh ingridients, specially I would advise you the Sworn fish with Banana, a local dish. We end up going twice more during our 10 day vacation. Strange enought our Hotel (vila Baleira), didnt mention that restaurant, which was really close to the Hotel.

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1  Thank DestinationHostels
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

Dobbin took us,family member drove us back to hotel (free).Well worth a visit.Food and wine very good.Be careful in the outside area,the wooden floor is passed its best before date.

Thank gluttonCheamSurrey
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Reviewed 25 July 2011

OK, the difference was being picked up by horse and cart. The food was good, we especially enjoyed the mixed starters. Wine available by the carafe, which is good value.
Note that our visit was in June 2010 (Tripadvisor does not go back that far), and I've only just found the restaurants section.

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Thank alexandher
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