Restaurants in Algarve
With over 200km of coastline, it’s not surprising that the fish and seafood are a staple part of the diet for people in the Algarve. With daily fishing trips bringing in huge amounts of fresh sardines, tuna, bream, cod, monkfish and many other types of fish; plentiful supplies of clams, oysters, prawns, not to mention octopus and squid, it’s easy to understand why.
The traditional Portuguese restaurants normally offer a large selection of fish dishes, one of which is almost certain to be grilled sardines, served with boiled potatoes and vegetables or salad. Also commonly on the menu are a range of omelettes, salads and some meat dishes, like thin pork slices served with a creamy mushroom sauce or chicken piri-piri. The prices are very reasonable, the food is good and the portions are generous. House wine, which is normally a local Portuguese wine, is also very good value and very drinkable!
As well as restaurants serving traditional Portuguese food, the Algarve has a huge choice of restaurants serving food from across the world, Chinese, Indian, Italian and English being particularly popular. You will also find Tapas, Mexican, Thai, International Cuisine and Vegetarian (occasionally). All of the popular tourist resorts have a good variety of restaurants, but the more traditional towns and villages will often just have a local Portuguese restaurant, or café-bar serving food.
Restaurants have got a lot better in offering vegetarian dishes on the menu (although don't expect to see more than one or two in most places) and vegans unfortunately are still poorly catered for.
Recently awarded a number one Michelin, this restaurant, with young Chef Rui Silvestre, in charge serves a gourmet menu inspired by the Algarve. Excellent service and knowledgeable wine pairing make for an enjoyable evening. We do cater to guests with allergies and special dietary requirements.
Parrilla Natural is set in one of the most idyllic locations in the Algarve, our Uruguayan inspired restaurant has an abundance of personality. We pride ourselves on using only the very best natural ingredients, including our signature beef range which is 100% grass fed, high in omega 3 and vitamin E and low in saturated fats. We cook on our authentic Parrilla, the traditional Uruguayan way, which naturally intensifies flavours.
Michelin-starred and the winner of Portugal’s 2015 nationwide Garfo de Platina award, São Gabriel is a truly special restaurant in the region of Almancil, near the distinguished Quinta do Lago resort. An evening at this upmarket establishment will have visitors choosing between a standard gourmet dinner menu and a special degustation menu. Under the ownership of accomplished Algarve-born international chef Leonel Pereira, this is a swanky venue which will please food connoisseurs as well as regular restaurant-goers.