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“Monkfish in White bean stew, Mmmmmmm” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Duartes Restaurant

Duartes Restaurant
Ranked #84 of 147 Restaurants in Alvor
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Good for: Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Oldham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Monkfish in White bean stew, Mmmmmmm”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

A little off the beaten track, just 20 metres up the road from the popular Buganvilia, (Buganvilla is not the correct spelling!).
The owner of the Duarte is a fisherman who has a Fishmongers in the Portimao market and actually sells fish to most of the "touristy" and consequently more expensive restaurants in the area.
Duartes is a traditional Portuguese establishment with no airs and graces, just the best, freshest fish available.
Thankfully, the honest prices and lack of tourists, (mainly Portuguese customers), tend to keep the food snobs away!
Can you believe that Monkfish in a white bean stew cost only €9!! How much would this cost near the harbour?
Four, (yes 4), grilled chicken steaks in pepper sauce with salad for €6.50, the list goes on.
I have been aware of Duartes for a number of years but only ate there for the first time this October.
We went twice during our stay and I ate the Monkfish on both occasions, delicious!!
Although the menu doesn't offer a massive choice, (apart from a good selection of fish), there is more than enough to keep most people happy.
The service is relaxed and friendly. If you want theatrical or rapid service then this place is not for you.
If you want a nice, relaxed, great quality, traditional meal in a relatively informal atmosphere then you can't go wrong here.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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belfast
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“fish and seafood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

went here one night when we couldnt get into our choice of restaurant, it turned out to be one of the best meals we have had all week- cockles for starter were amazing with bread to dip into the galric buter, swordfish for main - house wine 3 euros a litre fantastic

  • Visited October 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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1 Thank finnbelfast
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Wholesome home style Portuguese food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

We had 2 evening meals here. Both were first class. Try the white bean stew with monkfish, so tasty, as previous reviewers have said there were specials on every day we passed and on both occasions we ate in Duarte's there were lots of Portuguese eating there. The service is friendly and efficient and the atmosphere very relaxed. The food is good value between 13 and 15 euro per visit for us per person with drinks and the house pudding was scrumptious. Looking forward to our next visit when we return to Alvor in April.

Visited September 2013
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Thank LoobyLou050
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“wow....a steak to die for !!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

my only regret is that we found this place on our last day in alvor !!!!! Someone sent us there for a good steak, and we opted for the steak-on-a-stone, which sounded intriguing to me. ha ha, they all knew what it was but I didn't, so when this great slab of beef appeared before me...RAW !!!! I was a bit taken aback, till I realised it was on a hot stone and I had to cook it myself ! the lovely waitress told me how to go about it and it was such fun, I cant tell you, as well as the best steak I ever had, with tasty dips, home made chips (topped up as we went along !) and a fresh, tangy salad. The bill, with drinks, was around 15 euros each....unbelievable value, good service and truly lovely grub. Not to be missed !!!!!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank vivien39
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The most naturally prepared food giving excellent value with a smile.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013

Located off the main drag, we have found it to be the best place in Alvor to eat. The chat with April the waitress and cook Marie encouraged us to try starters that we would never dream of and now recommend 1. Deep Fried Eel. 2. Cockles. Main courses of Cuttlefish fish, Shrimp, grouper, the Golden Bream is delicious. No fancy sauces just plain food. Average price for meal to include a litre of wine, expresso, desert and a liqueur = €13,00 all in.
Great place especially when you see the locals all eating here.

  • Visited May 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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2 Thank Seacos
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