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“Astonishingly Awful”
Review of Porches Velho

Porches Velho
Ranked #5 of 26 Restaurants in Porches
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Hidden away in the quaint Algarve village of Porches, Porches Velho is worth seeking out for high quality food and a secluded country setting looking out to the Monchique Mountains. Housed in a 210-year-old wine cellar, Porches Velho has retained original features in the open plan dining room, including the wooden beams criss-crossing the 5-metre-high ceiling and the latticed windows that fill the room with the beautiful sunlight of the Algarve. The terrace is a splendid place to dine in the summer, whilst the wood fire in the hearth keeps the dining room warm in the winter. Surrounded by rustic farm tools and the huge aquarium of brightly coloured fish, you can enjoy a menu rich in Portuguese specialities, all prepared with quality produce and crafted by owner Sr. Candeias, who successfully fronted the renowned A Lanterna restaurant in Parchal for 25 years. Fresh, not farmed, the fish served at Porches Velho includes Smoked Swordfish. You can also try the popular Medallions of Black Pork with chestnuts and sweet potatoes, as well as Rabbit, Fish Cataplana and succulent steaks. There is a range of traditional desserts and all dishes can be complemented by a selection from the Portuguese wine list, offering something from all areas of the country. Friday night is Fado Night at Porches Velho and this is the most entertaining time to dine, with traditional, soulful Portuguese music playing whilst you enjoy your meal. Private and spacious with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, Porches Velho is an ideal venue for groups and celebrations and has hosted several successful wedding receptions.
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Astonishingly Awful”
Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

A 2 and a half hour wait in a three quarters empty restaurant and no more than a shrug and 'it's August'. Steak would have been ok served by an airline. 170 euro for 3 adults and 2 kids (with good wine). Avoid under any circumstance.

4 Thank Jamie D
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Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“A local restuarant with fabulous food..”
Reviewed 18 July 2014 via mobile

Walking past Porches Velho we thought it was empty as there were no diners in the large dining room. We went in anyway on the back of the trip advisor reviews. Glad we did, we were led through to a busy little terrace with a lovely atmosphere and a view into the kitchen.
Chateaubriand for two was fabulous, beautifully cooked, mealt in the mouth and reasonable for the quality and amount of food at €38.
We will definitely return .

  • Visited July 2014
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Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Food,setting,service fantastic”
Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

Read reviews and drove from albuferia. Lovely old building, sat outside. We had steak and lamb which was really good! Service excellent. So nice to get away from the tourist areas!!!
Would highly recommend.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Mallardavenue
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Upmarket but perfectly friendly and local style”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

I agree with other good reviews here. This building has an interesting story. The service is great, the food is excellent, so all around, a perfect evening.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank BebedainRio
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Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“You must go to this restaurant”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

A really good experience on our return, a family fun establishment, superb fish soup, wonderful fish served with a smile Situated down a side street, but well worth the effort to find it.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank peterd28
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