For many experts, the most celebrated Portuguese dish is Pork with Clams. This restaurant offered a variation with "conquilhas" (a sort of delicious small clams whose name I don't know in English).
Of course I had to taste it.
Well, not bad, but far from a success - the "conquilhas" were extremely small (lots of work), and the pork was not marinated as in the original recipe. They will have to improve the idea.
Fernanda had good grilled squids, the service was gentle, and the price appropriated. We may return!
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Black Anchor "cafe": Elvis Not Welcome
We visited the "Jewel of the Algarve" only to be coerced into some dirty Irish bar to see some Elvis impressionist – might as well stayed in Albufeira where at least the Guinness was not tepid vinegar.
If this is Tavira it is a crap-hole!
But to be fair the Elvis was the best part of the evening – especially when a bunch of paddys bounced him and his bird out half way through the evening! Go figure the Paddys – probably cheaper than paying him …
The food and beer was a rip off –Abulfeira is an honest resort – Tavira is a fraud.
Favorite Dish: None!
The Beira Rio: Tavira Waterfront Restaurant: Beira Rio
I have eaten in this place for years, on and off and I must say that the last two years The Beira Rio Restaurant has really shown that it can maintain it's standards...the food and service are now really good and although any group may have some hiccups in summer, what with the phenomenal increase in clients, it is safe to say that it is a place that can be well recommended for having a varied choice of good food at a medium price, served by a bouncy and attentive staff.
Being Irish run, naturally it is not a traditional Portuguese eatery, but then again, there are plenty of those and although the Irish touch is obvious in it's late night joviality, the varied nationalitites of it's staff, it's location and architecture turn the whole place into a comfortable experience that certainly adds to Tavira's very special character.
Definitely worth a night out.
Favorite Dish: Vegetable stir fry that you can add your own meaty or seafood ingredients too...
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Koh-I-Noor: Excellent Indian!
A friendly place, spotlessly clean, with a nice ambiance, overlooking the beautiful gardens of Bishop's Square, just east of the river at the Roman Bridge. The menu boasts an excellent assortment of Indian food, both meat (no beef) and vegetarian. The staff is friendly and helpful, and fluent in both English and Portuguese (perhaps others). If you're unfamiliar with Indian dishes, they are happy to help. The food is well prepared and presented, and not dreadfully pricey by local standards. On one occasion, four of us ordered from the menu (with drinks) for about 50 Euros, and no one was left wanting. There is also an excellent set price lunch menu for around 6 Euros per person. Well worth a visit when you're craving a butter chicken or a lamb vindaloo!
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Black Anchor and waterfront: Do not judge Tavira by one foreign owned bar!!!!
I am writing this partially in response to a posting shown to me by a friend which I felt I had to respond to immediately – there is a good wireless connection here by the look of it.
This area of the riverfront beyond the Roman Bridge opposite the bus station can now be a very dangerous area at night - not somewhere a women should be left alone alone after dark. The people around here are often very drunk and get loud and aggressive and will follow you and should bad things at you if you are to them a foreigner who does not speak English. I do speak good English but choose to speak Portuguese in my home Town (does that make me stupid?).
I would be a hypocrite to say that Irish Pubs should not be allowed in Portugal as I work in the USA and much of Europe. But there are standards and this bar does not live up to the standards I as a Portuguese born in Tavira recognise and Portugal aspires to. My point is that if you come to Tavira go to the local Portuguese bars and restaurants that have been there years and survive on their good reputation. If you want Mc Donald's and Irish bars stay in London where they are to be honest better!
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Black Anchor Irish Bar: Rat Droppings
We (kids & misses) were waiting for service at the large Irish bar \ restaurant on the other side of the river to the bus station and a Spanish couple were complaining about rat droppings on their table. The waiter wiped them off with his bare hand and then continued to take their order – we left (-:
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Rive Gauch: Avoid
I would avoid this restaurant. We go to Tavira annually and visited this restaurant for the first time this year. Had to move inside because the man in the next house was hosing his terracotta roof tiles off. Once inside, we waited an hour for our food. Mine tasted delicious but my partners meat was raw. We didnt want anymore but they persisted in trying to persuade him to have a dessert (despite not having a main course). Other people staying at our hotel also had poor experiences here.
Rive Gauche: Quirky but tasty!
We love this quirky modern European place with funky mismatched decor and lighting. Along with the bread and olives you are brought “surprise of chef” which can be anything from hard to fathom salads in shotglasses to curried mussels. The food itself is more straightforward – excellent steak with a good dauphinoise, a trio of of fish fillets and an imaginative duck salad starter have all been enjoyed by us and our visitors. A trio of chocolate desserts was truly stand-out and deserved the “fine-dining” label. A decent, well described wine list. Rich food and quite high prices make this a good choice for special occasions. The service can be as quirky as the decor!
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Favorite Dish: Trio of chocolate desserts - rich, full of variety and equal to the desserts I have had in fine dining restaurants like The Ivy in London
Aquasol: Best Restaurant in Tavira
This has to be the best restaurant in Tavira. The Food is absolutely amazing. Its all organic and local produce. The flavours where amazing, Every course seemed to be better than the next. They seemed to do everything from local dishes to indian curry, do not ask for chips as they do not do them. The staff where very friendly and helpful. The food here was very reasonably priced and they also had a 3 course set menu available which included a half bottle of wine for 25euro. We ate here several times and i cant wait to go back to Tavira to this restaurant, my mouths watering now just thinking of this delicous food!
Cabanas Basserie: Short ride away....
Only a short taxi ride (7 euros) away to the resort of Cabanas. A small fishing village, perfect for a get away from it all holiday. Particularly quiet last month when we visited.
Found this place after being recommended by a couple we met in one of the seafront caffs. Little difficult to find, but just look out for the church.
Looks like a brand new place, so everything clean and tidy. Although we were there on a February evening, it was warm inside even though there were no obvious heaters. We were also given a warm welcome by the whole family who run this place, including the young son who was sat doing his homework!
The owner " Fernando" has a very British sense of humour and his wife does all the cooking.
Apparently they had run another restaurant in the village before this new venture.
It was a quiet night for them, so we got a lot of attention, which was great, and we learned several things about local ingredients and stories of the origin of the cataplana (local shellfish dish, cooked in a lid-ed "pan") It was a very enjoyable evening and we returned again.
Favorite Dish: My better half tried out the "proper" vegetarian menu, after being fed up of the offering of salads and omelettes as the vegetarian options. One night tortellini the next night a very tasty tomato pasta in the oven. Both reasonably priced.
I had fish on both occasions a bream cooked in the oven with tomatoes, garlic, wine and onions - very tasty and a local "halibut" steak with a mustard sauce. Delicious.
Leave room for the homemade desserts, they are made by on the premises by the wife. Chocolate mousse - out of this world only for chocoholics!!
We noticed they also had a childrens menu aswell and a high chair.
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A restaurant with excellent food and atmosphere! Vegetarians heaven and also if you like meat, this is the place to have dinner!
De eigenaresse van dit restaurant is Nederlands en snapt wat goed eten is. Wij zijn tijdens onze vakantie vaak teleugesteld bijj restaurants, maar zeker niet hier.
Goed eten, goede sfeer. Zeker een aanrader voor vegetariers, maar ook de vleeseters kunnen hier terrecht!
o patio: o Patio understands food
We were very positively surprised by this nice restaurant. The food was good, they understand how fish should be and the service was really pleasant!
Een aanrader als je van vis en local eten houd, aangenaam verrast!
O patio: Make your own mind up
We ate here a couple of nights and it was always busy, for that reason i suggest that when they bring the couverts, stock up as they are great and you might have a bit of a wait for your main course but it will be worth it. The waiters are really friendly and you can sit outside, or there are a couple of tables near the bar (benefitting from the breeze but not as cold as outside) and more tables upstairs- be warned though its quite hot upstairs but it does have a lovely atmosphere. The portions are really generous too.
Having gone back to this restaurant again this year i feel the need to slightly edit this tip so as not to mislead anyone as our experience was different this time around. While the portions are still generous and the food is good it seems o patio might be a victim of its own sucess. It was very busy on numerous occasions as to be expected but the wait for food was too long and the staff were flustered and unable to cope with the volume of people, the quality of food seemed to also suffer as a result.I was served a kebab on half a terractta drainpipe-its acceptable to be adventurous with presentation had it not been really overcooked. 2 different years, two different experiences so i don't know which is the refective of the real o patio!
Brisa do Rio: delicious food, efficient service
This restaurant is my favourite in Tavira, the food is simple,local and delicious. Everytime time we go it is always very busy with repeat clients and its the same two hardworking waiters who are rushing around but still find time to treat you as individuals. Its only a small restaurant with some tables outside and because its quite popular there is usually a wait for food but it is definately worth waiting for. I can honestly say that between me and my husband we have probably tried most dishes and all were superb-the apple,goats cheese and honey starter deserves a special mention though, as does the duck and the peri-peri shrimps, infact the portugese steak is fab and so are the lamb dishes! finish off the meal with a glass of beirao, its a liquer served over ice made in portugal and it has a secret blend of herbs in it that is good for your digestion but also tastes lovely. It isnt in a fancy place by the river and it doesn't serve its food on elaborate plates in a designed way, its just great tasting food in a lovely atmosphere with sincere,efficient staff.
Aquasul: Wouldnt bother
The place had a nice ambience & good table arrangements, staff are friendly enough. The food however was definately nothing to write home about and on the expensive side. Having eaten in many restaurants throughout the Algarve over the past 6years I can honestly say this was one of the worst. 20.50euros for Fillet steak which turned out as Sirloin shoe leather. Definately cheaper and better quality restaurants around.
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