Best Indian restaraunt in town, just won best curry house on the Algarve award (or so they say)
If you like Indian food why not try this one (or it's sister restaraunt called convienently, Indian Hut II on Rua Dr Frederico Mendes.)
This is near the front but a little up the hill away from the other restaurants and has a few tables outside on decking. It is a little bit smaller and better for it as the staff are friendly, quick and efficient-we only went in because the food on the outside grill smelled so good so we were being nosy and despite being busy the chef explained what they all were without the hard sell. The pork ribs are excellent as was the fillet kebab. The tiger prawns starter has 6 as a portion but they are BIG and need to be shared, and i would recommend the peri-peri spicy butter with them it is delicious!
The Captain's Table is owned by the Paddy of Paddy's Bar fame! It is a great restaurant, where one of the waiters could even speak Gaelic!! (I nearly fell off my chair) Again, very friendly staff. The prices are decent and the food is fantastic.
Favorite Dish: I had the Portugeuse style steak and it was delicious. It was cooked exactly as I like it and the sauce was beautiful. Very well presented!
We called in here for the first time for breakfast, It's a lovely little Portuguese Cafe tucked between two more modern looking ones, the decor is plain but nice with a more traditional authentic feel, the chairs and tables a nice bright colours. The breakfast was lovely and they were very friendly.
We called back for lunch and i had the Chicken Piri Piri my mum had egg and chips and my dad had a ham and cheese omelette. It was really nice. We now make sure we visit for breakfast whenever we go! This year when we go i would like to call in in the afternoon and try some other dishes and maybe one of those nice looking Portuguese Pastries or merengues you can just about see on the picture!
This great little restaurant serves some really nice food, Mostly cooked on the indoor grill next to the window at the front of the restaurant.
I had a lovely fish soup and a very tasty Chicken Piri Piri which i could not wait to get stuck into and so forgot to take a picture of it. My Mum had a lovely Salmon steak, all the fish looked really nice and is sold by the weight so check the price first.
It's a very friendly family run place with Joao cooking on the grill and his wife cooking in the back, i got the impression that the waitress is their daughter but i could be wrong.
It has some nice sea faring decor, as well as a spitting image type rubber chicken hanging in the window,
If you go you have to try the sangria, we had the white one and it was gorgeous!
This restaurant is down a tiny side street and used to be a wine storehouse which gives it a lovely homely feel. All the food we had was lovely but the best had to be the cataplanas which we shared and it was more than ample for two, the portions are generous. The service is attentive and i couldn't be sure but looking at the ladies serving us it seemed like a family affair with different generations waitressing. look out for it as its really easy to miss!! but i would really recommend it.
Favorite Dish: The portugese steak is hearty, with potato and bread in it and the cataplanas is full of smoky flavours
This place is great - you pick your fish and then they grill it on a barbeque in front of the restaurant. The smells then waft on back to where you are sitting! Great way to make your mouth water!!
Favorite Dish: I had the red snapper (which I had never tasted before) and it was divine. I am not a great fish eater, but this possibly changed all that!
This is a wee portuguese cafe/snack bar. I think that only really portuguese people go here, cos there were never any tourists in it when I went. Fernando, Seamie and Mickey (another crazy irishman) took me here for lunch. Basically they offer a meat dish and a fish dish and you have one or the other. Both times I went, the food was great and exceptionally cheap!
This is one of those Places that catch your eye when you walk around Alvor, there is just something about it that makes it look inviting, I have not been in yet nor do i think i will after reading the tip put on from mikeybb who seemed to join especialy to let us know how bad it is. Unfortunatly he did not tell us which one is his. (favorite i mean :) )See mikeybb's tip here
We did go in however and had a lovely meal, maybe mikeybb had a bad experience or maybe ulterior motives who knows. The food was great and service good but it has closed now and has become an Italian Restaurant in 2011
Even though we like to try new places my husband and i always eat here more than once when we visit. It has a beautiful conservatory type area so it feels like you re eating outside but because its quite enclosed it doesnt get too cold. The dishes you can get are pretty much the same as in most of the other local restaurants, fresh fish etc but its just that little bit nicer and better quality. Its the service that sets it apart from the rest, excellent, friendly and sincere without being fake. You must try the fig cake and medrehno or the almond cake - i've travelled up and down the coastline a few times and never had better!! We even went in on our last day to take some with us but it hadn't been made yet that day
Favorite Dish: The monkkish and prawn kebeb is excellent as is the goldbream
You are spoilt for choice at the harbour for fantastic fish restaurants but are two worth mentioning .One is near to the lifeboat house, the fishermans restaurant, where you can see them cooking the sardines outside on a grill and the smell is just amazing. If the weathers good as it is most of the time you can sit outside and hear the sea whilst you eat! the other restaurant is just up the hill slightly, restaurante a lota and you can eat outside or there is an upstairs closed in terrace with pretty good views. They have a tank of stuff you can choose from or the waiters will show you what they ve got in that day thats the portion size you want.
Favorite Dish: Pick a fish, it will be delicious
This place is great, I went here with Seamie and Fernando from Paddy's one night during the second time I was in Alvor. They took me here as they reckoned it was the best place in Alvor!! I would say that they were right. I had a steak on the stone, which I have only seen done in South Africa before. I love eating my steak this way. For those of you who don't know - you are given a raw steak on a hotplate and you eat it as it cooks. Great fun! Even though this time I was in Alvor, it was November and there was no one about, this place was still packed - shows how good it is!!
The captains Table is owned by the people who own Paddy's Bar and serves up by all accounts some nice food, My mum and Dad did call in during the late morning when it was empty and just asked for a drink but were politly turned away as they only serve drinks with food, It is a shame because after sitting their thay may have decided to eat or we may have gone back during the evening. I can understand them saying you can not have a drink if it is busy but when it's empty it just seems silly to me.
We had a fantastic meal at Big Reds, we had never been before but have often seen it advertised and thought about going, when my mum was looking through the Portuguese News (you can pick it up free from the airport and other places) there was a voucher in it for a free 1lt carafe of wine (worth 7.50) when you dine there so that kind of made up my mums mind to go.
We went in the car and found that although the restaurant lacks a carpark you could easily park in one of the side streets next to it, there was some people who had walked from the village following the local 'Free map' but found it quite a long walk as the map is not to scale, so maybe a taxi to and from would be better if you don't want the long walk.
Saying all that the walk would be worth it as the food here is fantastic, My mum and dad had the Winter Warmer set menu, you get a choice from 3 different starters mains and deserts. My Dad had Fishcakes with Thai salad to start followed by slow roasted belly pork (with the best crackling he has ever had) and Etan Mess for dessert, my Mum had Homemade soup to start followed by Salmon with new potatoes and then Etan mess. I did not have the set menu choosing instead to have a Mixed Grill, i had not eaten all day and was hungry and this really did fill me up, with it's 6oz sirloin steak, ribs, chicken wings and lamb chops not forgetting the chips and a lovely bowl of salad.
When we were leaving we were given another voucher for free wine so I had a feeling we would be calling again soon and I would maybe try their famous Monster Ribs
We did call back This year (2011) and I had the ribs but thankfully I opted out (or chickened out) of the Monster ones and just had the normal ribs, They were certainly big enough!! I had hot and spicy ribs and my dad had sweet and sour ribs. Thet were deliciuos and we were really full after! although my Mum and Dad managed to fit in a delicious Eton Mess for afters.
Favorite Dish: Ribs!!
Every year when we go to Alvor we go to The Pyramid. The staff are friendly and the wide choice of food is excellent! its well worth a visit! You can sit downstairs, or up on the balcony!
Favorite Dish: I usually have medium done steak - its sooo flavourful and good value for money, and the accompanying veg is also delish!! (and im realli fussy with my veg) The fish is gorge too!!
Portuguese, Chinese, Indian, English, Italian Alvor has a great choice of places to eat!