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“Incredible value and honest local food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurante Chefe Joao

Restaurante Chefe Joao
Ranked #9 of 147 Restaurants in Alvor
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Portsmouth, UK
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117 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Incredible value and honest local food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2013

We had been to Chefe Joao on a previous visit but I simply forgot to report how good it was. (sorry Suzanna)
During previous visits I had seen many people get the lamb chops and they have often run out. This time we went early to make sure!

Like other small restaurants in Alvor you're obliged to sit cheek by jowl with other patrons and this can make for an interesting evening as it forces interaction.

The place is run by three people, Chef Joao who mans the grill at the front ensuring perfect meats and fish are fed to the kitchen at the back run by Mama, who is unbelievably adept in what she does. We have watched her perform amazing feats in producing dishes such as Portuguese Steak and Stroganoff. Finally manning the tables is Suzanna who is like a whirling dervish as she handles all the orders, drinks and service and still has time for banter.
It runs like a well oiled machine!

We both chose prawns in avocado which were large prawns in a perfectly ripened avocado (if they're not ripe enough Mama won't serve them)
For mains I got the lamb cutlets I desired which I managed to get nearly every ounce of meat from. My wife had the Stroganoff yet again and that too was excellent. Washed down with a very nice Borba Tinto we couldn't possibly go for a desert.
Excellent food at very reasonable prices, and done so with repeatability. What more do you want!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great, simple, honest food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

If it's salubrious surroundings you're after, this is not for you, however, if you like your fish cooked perfectly and served by good natured, helpful staff, you'll love it. A little gem.

Visited August 2013
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Galway, Ireland
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Eating simply, with delicious fish, salads y mais......”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

Small family owned and run restauraunt in Alvor, near the square. Have been going to this rest. for years. Fresh ingredients; fish is best. Portuguese food, mostly but some international dishes.
Friendly owners and a warm welcome always......

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“As Usual, Cannot be Faulted”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

Just back from Alvor what a joy to see that this FANTASTIC restaurant is still in business,. I eat in Chefe Joao every night except Sunday and Monday (went to Lagos, for a couple of days) The fish is out of this World and for p[rice is far superior to that offered by the two large restaurants by the 'harbour' as you walk up the steep street toward the cross roads and Chefe Joao.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bury Lancashire
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“small but realy good food and service very good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

they wasn't anything we didn't like food all fresh and staff friendly food really good portugese food and lively veg. Steak excellent

Visited August 2012
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