Although this restaurant is in one of the side streets it is a popular place to eat.In order to get a table on the terrace it is advisable to book .The food was most enjoyable tasty,hot and plentiful.Staff all worked well together,although on the evening we were there the service was slow.However,they must have realised that they had a problem as at the end of the evening we did get an apology.
Located in an old building,which has a history going back some 200 years.At the beginning it was a salt store for Madeiras population.The structure which consists of stones of basalt and massive wooden beams takes you back in time.
We go to Madeira every year and each time have to return to this restaurant.The food quality and service are first class.Lovely atmosphere inside with subdued lighting and live music.Another visit in Oct. 2013 with the same great food and service.
Favorite Dish: All the food is excellent.
This has to be my favourite restaurant in Funchal.Great care is taken that you will have a special evening,and this was the case at every stage of the meal.All the waiters made you feel special and the service throughout the whole evening was faultless.
On the evening we were there the restaurant was fully booked,so booking is essential.The 4 course meal came with a suitable wine with each course.For a price you can even have a Rolls Royce for the journey back to your accommodation.
Favorite Dish: Could not fault any of the food and really enjoyed my choice - Scallops,Sorbet,Rack of Lamb,Passion fruit Sorbet with ice cream.
Although this restaurant only has indoor seating do not let that put you off.During our stay on Madeira we ate here twice,and on both occasions could not fault the food or service from the smartly dressed and friendly waiters.
The quality of all the meat was some of the best i have had anywhere,with fresh vegetables to match.Desserts were all homemade and delicious .I was so satisfied with the food here that i made a point of going and thanking the chef personally.Make sure you book a table as it is a popular place.
Favorite Dish: All the food was first rate (first visit) - Cream of watercress soup with smoked swordfish
Calf liver Venetian style
Souffle glace of passion fruit and mango
Second visit - Codfish rillettes
Mixed grill - Beef,pork,lamb
Very friendly staff, making jokes and having fun while you enjoy tour excellent meal
Favorite Dish: I had several combinations of various kinds of meat with fried rice or noodles and it all was excellent. Highly recommended !
Visited this restaurant last year.It is an English pub run by a Scottish couple but with local dishes.Good service and very friendly.Plenty of locally caught fish and good quality meat but you need to book in advance as it can get busy.Entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Cafe do teatro in Funchal is the hangout for intellectuals, journalists, quite a few students and people with a general interest in culture.
As you might have guessed the place is situated right next to the theater and this is right in the center of town in Funchal.
You also have a fair amount of tourists coing there as it´s a pleasant cafe in a central setting.
Thye serve traditional high qulity cafe and various snacks and it´s one of my favorite places in Funchal to hang out and watch the world pass by.
From time to time you also have concerts and various culturl events there.
We went there in our first night. a little bit tired (Fernanda didn't dare to leave the hotel), but we were caught by the lively ambiance. Good live music, funny and amused people in the small esplanade, and the usual drinks at the usual prices.
We decided to return in one of the following nights, but... the rich program didn't allow it.
I had to have a quick and early dinner - dancing in the night obliges to control digestion. Indian food was not exactly the most digestible we could choose, but it was there, it was empty, and looking good.
It was! Good indian dinner, in a precious room, quick service and good price.
Generally I prefer not to eat in hotels - usually pricey and with international food. As an exception, my first meal this time in Funchal was in this restaurant, belonging to Bouganvilia Hotel. Meeting friends was the strong reason, but i didn't regret - I tasted a local dish, a very good fish at a reasonable price.
As a matter of fact this restaurant was in my list... for a night drink, because after dinning time it turns into a bar until 2AM, but plans have to adapt to the circumstances.
This restaurant came to my attention through a local recommendation which, having visited two nights in succession at the end of a weeks holiday on Madeira, totally lived up to its reputation. Hence, I am more than happy to pass on this recommendation to members of virtualtourist.
After a week in which the meals were getting steadily better by the day, I was lucky to have found this gem of a restaurant just in time. Situated at the end of Rua do Dom Carlos, O Tapassol sits close by the promenade overlooking the mouth of Funchal’s harbour close by the Cable Car station and at the beginning of the restaurant area of Rua de Santa Maria. Don’t let the sometimes invasive advances of restaurant staff touting for custom outside eateries in this area of town put you off. The O Tapassol experience will charm you once you take your seat.
A welcoming, homely and colourful venue, the restaurant sits on two floors with a very ambient open first-floor balcony bedecked with flowers and lights which creates the perfect mood after a long, hot day. The waiters – all dressed immaculately in black trousers, white shirt with distinctive red and white candy-striped waistcoats – are multi-lingual, professional to the very minutest detail, witty and very charming. The menu is extensive – with the fish of the day (Sea Bream, Dourada, Red Snapper etc) especially worthy of mention. The espetada (marinated garlic beef) is served how it should be – hanging on a skewer at your table and cooked to perfection. There is also a lamb dish from the meat section of cutlets served in a delicious gravy which was quite superb. The menu also includes other local delicacies of Lapas (grilled limpets served from the oven in a shallow hot pan), Scabbard fish and Grilled Sardines. Most meals seemed to be served with fresh vegetables including sweet potatoe, butternut squash, carrots, green beans and fried maize.
There are also some luxurious desserts to choose from including home-made Chessescakes, Strawberries with cream, Chocolate Mousse among others. To finish things off, I would recommend you don’t order a spirit or liqeuer to finish your meal with as these are usually offered complimentary when you ask for you bill.
All-round a very, very enjoyable experience in very relaxed surroundings in a lively and charming area of town. One you will undoubtedly want to sample again.
Favorite Dish: Starter: Avocado with Shrimps or Grilled Limpets
Main Dish: Fish of the Day or Espetada or Lamb Cutlets
Dessert: Home made Cheesecake
We noticed the restaurant while walking towards the centre and the menu seemed ok. The staff is very welcoming and attentious and the food was good, even though I thought the amount was less that what is usual for Madeira. I had a good tuna steak and it was nice, and in the end the waiter gave us a taste of Madeira wine. I would return if I were in the area, but wouldn't really travel far for it.
Murças is a nice and cheap restaurant in downtown Funchal. It's simple, the service is fairly quick, and the location is convenient, but don't expect a fabulous meal.
We dined there three times during our eight day holiday in Madeira, and the reasons we came back were the convenience of the location and the price. The service quality was irregular, even though we never had a really bad meal there, but once I had to ask for my squid grill to be reheated as it arrived cold at the table, and they always said they'd run out of large bottles of water when we asked, even though other customers had them on the table.
The girl who was serving was very nice and I think she's the daughter of the chef.
It's a good place to stop if you want a break from the better quality (and much more expensive) restaurants, it conveniently close to the centre and it stays open until after 22:30.
Favorite Dish: Espetada de lulas (squid kebab) and the usual tuna steak.
Hot day so decided to stop for refreshments after visiting local markets,premises look inviting
ordered one coffee, one orange juice, one small water.Waiter was miserable,when order was delivered no a thank you or any other conversation just totally negative response. maybe why their was no one else in the restaurant.
Decided not to stay so asked for bill to our shock it came to 8 euro's ! most other outlets it would have been 4- 5 euro's When queried was told that was correct. TOTAL RIP OFF BEWARE of this of this restaurant!!
We didn't visit many restaurants as it was not our goal of the trip...but as we have once visit Funil we were satisfied with food and the price. The staff was very halpful and welcomed us with a smile. They have very interesting offer of sets (menus) that cost only 8 Euro. That includes soup of a day, main dish of your choice, desert of your choice, coffe and madeira wine shots. Believe me after such a meal I totally couldn't move.
Favorite Dish: I liked beef and tuna, fish with banana is pretty interesting. But nothing beats chockolade pudding it was unbelieveble.....and the prtion was pretty big:)
Unfortunately this is the only picture of this place that I have.