Funchal Restaurants

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    O Tapassol, 62 Rua Dom Carlos: Excellent Zona Velha Restaurant

    by thesmogster Updated Jun 21, 2011

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    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

    Address: 62, Rua Dom Carlos, Zona Vehla, Funchal

    Directions: At the eastern end of Rua Dom Carlos in Funchal’s Zona Velha restaurant area between the Cable Car Station and the entrance to the Porto Bay Santa Maria Hotel on the promenade. From the marina – head towards Fort São Tiago along the promenade.

    Phone: +351 291 225 023

    Website: http://www.restaurantetapassol.com

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Seniors

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    A Soleira: A good restaurant near the centre.

    by pedroinlondon Updated Aug 27, 2010

    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.

    Address: Rua Serpa Pinto

    Directions: Between Santa Catarina park and the municipal gardens, near the roundabout I think...

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    Murças: Great if you're in a hurry or cannot decide!

    by pedroinlondon Written Aug 26, 2010

    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.

    Address: Rua dos Murças

    Directions: Between the Cathedral and Avenida do Mar. Off Avenida Zarco.

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  • almirante: Do not bother

    by robinprisk Written Jul 3, 2010

    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!!

    Address: Largo Do Poco

    Directions: Just down from main market last restaurant on left

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Fishing

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    Funil: Cheap and tasty

    by Margrette Written Jun 2, 2010

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    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.

    Address: Rua da Carreira (if I am not mistaken:)

    Directions: It is placed in central Funchal at the promenade.

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  • Almirante: Nice seafood

    by Slopezian Updated Dec 4, 2009

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    We ate in Almirante's shady courtyard beside an old fountain, just a stone's throw from the market. Good service, good local seafood. Inside rooms look nice, too, if the weather were bad. Don't bother to order an appetizer--the portions for the main course are huge, and you get good bread and a complimentary plate with several nice tidbits while you're waiting for your meal to come.

    Favorite Dish: Try their spada--a favorite local fish, offered three ways. We opted for the simplest (grilled) and it was great!

    Address: Largo do Poco no. 1

    Directions: On a corner about 100 meters (toward the water) from the main entrance to the indoor market.

    Phone: 351 291 224 252

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    O Portao: The famous one

    by juzz Written Sep 15, 2009

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    They're very proud, at O Portao, for their good and many reviews they've got from the Internet people. They even printed some of them (they're not from virtualtourist, what a shame!) and showed them under the menu. I thought this was a bit too much, actually.
    Apart from this, the reviews are well deserved, in my opinion.
    One of the things I appreciated very much is that the waiters don't stay outside on the road trying to catch as many customer as they can, smiling, saying "hola" and trying to force you to have a look at their menu. They have customers even without that, probably thanks to internet.
    We had starters, main dishes, wine and water and sweet madeira wine at the end for about 30€ per person.
    The food was very good and at the end, together with the bill, they gave us some additional free drink.

    Address: Travessa Do Portao 5, zona velha

    Directions: Follow Rua D. Carlos I from the cable way station, pass all the restaurants trying to avoid the waiters on the way and just after a church in Largo Do Corpo Santo you'll find the restaurant on the left

    Phone: 291 22 11 25

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    O Tapassol: Good value for price

    by juzz Written Sep 13, 2009

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    Nice restaurant, good food and friendly waiters. We had two main dishes and water for about 12€ per person.

    Favorite Dish: Espetada, beef skewer (though it wasn't onto a bay leaf stick as the typical espetada should be).

    Address: Rua D. Carlos I 62, 9050-041 Funchal

    Directions: Old City (Cidade Velha)

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    Frutaria Cidade velha: Fruit break

    by juzz Written Sep 13, 2009

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    From outside you might think this is just a normal grocery but when you enter and pass the actual grocery's room, you enter a small bar where you can have different kinds of fruits, fruit salads, and ice creams with fruit salad.
    Do you know those moments, usually in the afternoon, when you get suddenly hungry and you dream about something quick and tasty? Right in the middle of one of these moments I peeked in this frutaria and I found the place for me!
    It's quite cheap, a big fruit salad is less than 2€ an ice cream scoop is 1€.

    Favorite Dish: Fruit salads with icecream

    Address: Rua de Santa Maria 63, 9050-040

    Directions: In the old town

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    Riso: All about rice

    by juzz Written Sep 13, 2009

    This is a special place, both for the location and for the food they serve. If you have the chance, reserve a table on the terrace and you'll have a great view on the sea. About food, they have everything around rice, we had Risotto with fried espada and banana (15.50€) and rice with octopus (16 €).
    The restaurant is not cheap but I think it deserves, with a good bottle of red wine we spent about 35€ per person.

    Favorite Dish: Rice with fried espada and banana

    Address: Rua de Santa Maria 274, 9050-040 Funchal

    Directions: In the old city walk in the restaurants street until you reach Forte de Sao Tiago turn left in a small street that leads to Rua de Santa Maria, then turn right, you'll find the restaurant on the right before the swimming pool "Barreirinha"

    Phone: 291 280 360

    Website: http://www.riso-fx.com

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    Il Baroquiero: The freshest seafood you'll ever have

    by azz8206 Updated May 13, 2008

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    The seafood dish I had was the best seafood I've ever tasted anywhere in the world. My wife and I ordered a dish with an assortment of seafood and fish. There was lobster, cooked to perfection, scampi, prongs, octupus and a local fish called estepada. The estepada was served with honey and was quite tasty. The restaurant is very clean and is a family restaurant. It's located in the fishing village of Camarra des Lobos on the waterfront. It costs about 50 euros for 2 people with a half litre of wine.

    Address: On the waterfront in Camarra des Lobos

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    O Portao: The best Restaurant in the Old Town

    by berghaus Written Apr 26, 2008

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    The O Portao is situated near the large Porto Santa Maria Hotel near the Old Fort, in the Old Town area in Funchal.
    This restaurant was an absolute gem, the understated exterior gave no clue as to the quality of the food, staff and atmosphere.
    The interior was not too big or bright, ideal for that romantic meal. For a warm evening, there is also outside dining.
    Alberto Camara and his staff were all excellent, very knowledgable about the food and wine. They were also genuinely friendly, often giving good advice about the meals that were available. There was none of the constant harrassment by staff that can normally be the case.
    The kitchen and chef are on view at their work which was good to see. I thought that for the quality of the food, the prices were very reasonable.
    The menu, gladly, was not huge, but had more than enough to challenge.
    Every meal that we had there was superb, I am only sorry that we didn’t discover it sooner. Ah well, next time !
    Well done O Portao.

    Directions: in the Old Town area of Funchal

    O Portao

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  • Boutique Lido: Great for cakes!!

    by Quillinglady Updated Jan 16, 2008

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    Boutique Lido...well one word describes this one "delicious". It is located on Estrada Monumental in the Lido area. They open from about 8 am to 10 pm. There is a small seating area or you can take away (if you take cakes away then they are sealed individually (slices) in a box, but you don't get plastic cutlery so choose carefully what you wish to take away!!!). They have a very extensive range of cakes/gateaux, also do toasted sandwiches. You can have coffee too (if you like expresso, maybe you should try Bica!), but if you want something more drinkable and less strong have a capucino. You can to get rather a large piece of cake so if you want a small piece do tell them! The cake is weighed.

    Favorite Dish: I partiuclarly like the Maracuja (passion fruit) cake.pudding, also their sponge topped with mangue (mango), their sponges tend to be very light. Traditional cake here is pastel de nata (similar in a way to the custard tart in England, but the topping is kind of caramalised). I am sure you will have your favourites.

    Address: Estrada Monumental

    Directions: Walk past the Monumental Lido Hotel if you have your back to the MLH, you would turn right. Coss a small road (entrance to an underground car park), then you come to a restaurant called La Pallella (or something like that) and then you see Boutique Lido.

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  • O Funil, Carriras street, funchal: an all round fantastic experience

    by irenbird Written Dec 18, 2007

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    The Funil is just a fantastic place to visit. It is inexpensive, supplies consistent great food, has brilliant and funny staff, LOUIS and wife, ANTONIO (who is a comedian) and the gorgeous Miss Portugal SONIA. We felt that this place made our holiday to madeira a happy and fun event.

    Favorite Dish: Local 6.50 euro dishes, tasty and good potions. if this restaurant can provide SUCH good value, why is it that others cannot do the same?

    Address: in the main funchal town in carreiras road

    Directions: Go up from main town and it is loacted in the small windy back streets only a few minutes walk from the cathedral

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  • The Chancellor: Don't miss the fantastic Tourist menu Euro 12.50

    by Quillinglady Written Dec 2, 2007

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    The Chancellor restaurant is situated on Estrada Monumental, next to the Florasol Hotel and not far to walk from the Monumental Lido or Alto Lido hotels. They are open for lunch and dinner. If you select the tourist menu (current prices as in December 2007) are Euro 12.50. This includes an apertif of a glass of Maderian wine. Then you have a bread roll, a choice of soup (vegetables) or mixed salad. Then four choices for the main courses, pork, lamb cutlets, two fish dishes, one is the local fish served with banana, the other is tuna. The meat dishes have chips the fish comes with boiled potatoes. All main meals have a salad garnish, about a tablespoon of mixed vegetables and rice. After this you get desert, ice cream, caramel pudin (creme caramel), or fresh fruit salad. If you eat off the tourist menu then you are looking around at Euro 12 for a pizza and more expensive for fish and meat dishes.

    Favorite Dish: Both fish dishes, the one with banana and the tuna (atum) as it is done Maderian style in tomato and onion sauce...simply delicious.

    Address: Estrada Monumental

    Directions: The restaurant is next to the post office on Est. Monumental (there is a car park seperating the two).

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