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“Best View on Santa Maria”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Farolin

Farolin
Ranked #9 of 68 Restaurants in Santa Maria
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Good for: Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Belper, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Best View on Santa Maria”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

The view is stupendous. We were staying at the hotel, but we'd have come here anyway...it's worth a walk through town. Also excellent food, and a few things for vegetarians, which is rare in Cape Verde.

Visited November 2013
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hampshire
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Beautiful location good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

Was able to get a table without a reservation may have been lucky !
Location great looking out to sea and food was excellent service a little slow but we were in no rush
A bit pricier by Santa Maria standards but on a par with with a uk restaurant

  • Visited November 2013
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Cirencester
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115 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“First meal out in Santa Maria”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

I highly recommend this restaurant. Great service, great food, fantastic setting, good value for money (in line with UK prices) but well worth a visit.

We returned again one late afternoon for drinks which was equally as good and recommend this restaurant for both a meal or just drinks.

If you're going to Santa Maria, you must visit this restaurant - best location in the town, right on the beach.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Mike D
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madeira
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62 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“lovely setting and food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

went there one night with a group, with the setting i was thinking fresh fish would be the best choice but as we arrived there was such a delicious faint smell of curry, so tuna curry it was and most of the table had curry of chicken or tuna. as a starter i was introduced to caraca (i think) little strange barnacles, which the waitress kindly did a demonstration of, and which were a delicious mixture of fresh seafood and rubics cube.

loved the setting, outdoor beside the sea, loved the music as they had a really good band, and the food was very good too.

  • Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Restaurant lets it down”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

I couldn't add much to what has been said about this hotel's location and the fact that the whole thing is of extraordinary attractiveness. The rooms are a little old fashioned but they are not unattractive and the services to them are excellent. One couple on our plane had a problem with cockroaches in their room which the hotel didn't deal with very well but I can't vouch for this personally so I haven't let it influence me.

The breakfast buffet is great. But the restaurant - given that it is held out to be the best place for fish - isn't. Indeed, almost everywhere else in Santa Maria is better for fish. On our first night, my wife had a pork dish that she said was the single worst dish she had ever been presented with. Slimy pork, vile sauce and vegetables that were so overdone they were black. My dorado fillet was lukewarm and greasy. On the basis of this experience, we went again a week later just to see if it had been a blip. The dorado was again mediocre and my cod, the most expensive fish dish on the menu, was hopelessly overcooked. When I told the Head Waiter, he smirked and walked off with the plate. When I asked him later whether he had informed the chef, he came out with a string of platitudes, the import of which was clearly 'no.'

I might stay there again but would never use the restaurant for lunch or dinner.

  • Visited October 2013
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