Culinary experiences: The best restaurants in the Algarve

11 April 2018

Breathtaking cliffs, golden sands, scalloped bays and sandy islands come together to create the alluring coastline of the Algarve.

One of Europe’s most picturesque locations and Portugal’s premier holiday destination has so much to offer, whether it’s water sports and activities, or castles and cathedrals.

It is also a region that plays host to some of the continent’s finest restaurants, offering everything from local fare to culinary experiences with sweeping ocean views. Here are some of the best places to eat on the southern tip of Portugal.

Restaurant Rei des Praias, Ferragudo

 

Providing the ultimate in chic, beachside dining, this gorgeous beach bar and restaurant wouldn’t look out of place in Ibiza with its stylish, yet natural, aesthetic.

Located on one of the Algarve’s most stunning beaches, this is a great spot for cocktails at sunset, tasting amazing barbecued fish and an informal dining experience that will leave you feeling relaxed and revitalised.

Sao Gabriel, Quinta do Lago

This is one of the Algarve’s most romantic restaurants, so save this Michelin-starred eatery for a special occasion or impressing a loved one.

Located near Vale do Lobo, this rustic-chic farmhouse has plenty of private nooks to hide away in, from the elegant seating in the flower-scented garden to the cool alcoves of the dining room and terrace.

Scallops, foie gras and pigeon all feature on the extensive tasting menu, and a sommelier will be on hand to help you choose the perfect wine to pair with each mouth-watering course.

Ocean, Alporchinhos

One of only two Portuguese restaurants to hold two Michelin stars, Ocean delivers attentive service, knowledgeable wine pairing and dazzling dishes from chef Hans Neuner, all of which have roots in the region.

Set in sophisticated surroundings with stunning sea views, Ocean is an Algarvian experience not to be missed.

Sandbanks Fish & Seafood Restaurant, Almancil

Located right on Vale do Lobo beach, Sandbanks overlooks the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and is the perfect place to enjoy a light breakfast, lazy lunch or romantic dinner while basking in the glory of one of the best stretches of the Algarve’s coastline.

Whether you are taking a break from the beach or enjoying an evening out, you won’t be disappointed with the open terrace – an ideal spot to enjoy those mellow summer evenings and the live entertainment that takes place during the summer months. Choose from an explorative and extensive menu featuring fresh seafood, and even select your own lobster!

Gourmet Natural, Ferrarias

Situated near the popular resorts of Vale de Lobo and Quinta do Lago, Gourmet Natural is full of charm, charisma and elegance and is known for its fine quality cuisine, high standards and attentive team.

This quaint, colonial-style restaurant with terracotta floors and a lush, foliaged garden is famous for its open grill on summer nights, allowing you to sample the delights of Uruguayan barbecue. Here the speciality is steak, imported from South America, which is cooked to order on the parrilla.

 

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