Restaurants

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Suggested Chilli Boy Piri Piri restaurants in the Algarve.

Churrasqueira A Caracolinha

Churrasqueira A Caracolinha is the place to go to for the best grilled chicken take away in Tavira and surrounding areas. All their grilled meats and their dishes of the day are great but their chicken is a cut above the rest. You can also ask for Piri Piri grilled chicken which they make with our very own Chilli Boy Paste.

Donna Olinda

Donna Olinda is a pleasure to eat at. The terrace facing the river  in Tavira is a relaxing space to enjoy a great meal. The chef Sergio, produces wonderful Portuguese dishes that are delicious with good wines on offer. They make the most mouth watering leitao (pork belly) on certain days. Book yours because it is very popular with the locals.

O Camilo Restaurante

O Camilo Restaurante perched on the top of the beautiful coast of Lagos at O Camilo beach is a special place. The fish on offer is straight from the ocean to your table, and served to you as perfection on a plate. The views across the ocean and the stone sculptures the wind has created rise from the sea in front of you. You have to book as you can imagine everyone wants to share in this experience.

O Xafariz

O Xafariz, is a working mans eatery attached to the Galp garage in Almancil. Not open at night but   very busy for lunch with all the business people in the surrounding area. The plate of the day is always satisfying Portuguese food with great flavour. The great upside is the price, that’s why it is a working mans restaurante.

Pizzaria Di Romma

Pizzaria di Romma near the blue bridge in Tavira has great pasta dishes and Chilli Boy believes the best lasanha around. They will also deliver to the surrounding area which makes for a delicious trouble free meal. If you visit the restaurant, a little atmospheric place don’t forget to ask for Chilli Boy Piri Piri for your pizza.

Pizzaria Fenicia

Pizzaria Fenicia in the tiny Caracolinha square just off the new bridge in Tavira is the place for great pizzas. The pastry is paper thin and crispy, Chilli Boy loves the Mafiosa Pizza with Chilli Boy salsa base. This pizza restaurant and the Churrasqueira A Caracolinha grill next door have been in the same place for over 20 years. This should tell you something.

Restaurante O Monteiro

Restaurante O Monteiro at the end of the road along the front of Cabanas de Tavira and in front of the boat station for Cabanas Island is your typical busy Portuguese restaurant. Make sure you are starving when you go because the portions are large and every mouthful is a treat. Their octopus and clams is something you should try as well as their fish cakes. Fabulous.

Snack-Bar Restaurante Rosália

Rosalia’s Snack Bar Restaurant in Conceicão de Tavira is a charming street cafe. The tables spill onto the street and customers should get there early to get a table. All the menu is good but Chilli Boy especially loves the flavour of the grilled chocos (cuttle fish). Only open at lunch time. 

Restaurante Rio

Restaurant Rio in Manta Rota is the first restaurant you can fall into as you come off the beach at Manta Rota. The terrace upstairs gives you lovely views of the beach and the breeze cools your tan. Local fish is on the menu with the best sardines when they are in season.

Zeca da Bica

Zeca da Bica, fondly known as Bica by all the locals is a Portuguese restaurant that delivers portuguese food like Mama used to make. You will find all the favourite local dishes on their menu and you will not be disappointed. Grilled fish, lamb chops and many others.

Come na Gaveta

Translated means “Eating from the draw” In the early frugal days the family would eat from draws under the dinner table, if unexpected visitors arrived the draws were closed and the dinner did not have to be shared. This restaurant is a drawer full of good gastronomic emotions with interesting presentation. Open with an Algarvian Table and a Portuguese Cheese Board. All the dishes were delicious from the octopus tempura, through to the mushroom risotto or Woodpecker sirloin steak, ending up with a homemade ice cream which will make you cry for more! 

Taska Madeira

A Portuguese eating house and possibly the cheapest anywhere on the Algarve. Half a roast chicken is one of their specialities at €4-90 a dish including salad and chips, you can’t get much better than that for a great chicken. Another of there specialities and a must either as a starter or a main dish is the fried baby squids, finger licking great. 

Tasquinha da Paula

The Tasquinha is owned and run by a wonderful couple, Paula in the kitchen and Luis front of house. This couple are from the north, serving authentic dishes mainly from their region, which include Javali (Wild Boer), Chamfana de Cabrito (Kid stew in the oven), Bacalhao a Lagareiro (Grilled Cod Fish).  In summer they offer genuine Al-fresco dining under the trees off to the side of the restaurant, a lovely peaceful experience.

A Barquinha

This quaint little restaurant is on the Tavira water front overlooking the docked fishing boats. Angolan sisters, Elizabeth in the kitchen and Julia up front will look after you with enthusiasm and their very special charm. ChilliBoy is of the opinion that they serve the best grilled Sea Bass or Golden Bream, (Robalo or Dourada escalado) opened out and grilled on a charcoal fire, that can be found on the Algarve coast.

Polvo & Companhia

One of many restaurants on the water front in Santa Luzia. Polvo & Compnhia is worth a special mention simply because of the attention to detail from owner and chef Hagmitt. The menu is octopus orientated but does offer a good range of fish and other delightful dishes. Top of the list is their Polvo Lagareiro, one of the best you’re likely to experience.

Ponto de Encontro

Translated The Meeting Point, which is exactly what it is, excellent location on Bishops Square. The absolute favourite of the house is the Polvo Lagareiro (grilled octopus) with the  algarvian tuna steak and sea bass fillet a very close second. The dishes meat dishes are prepared to perfect with divine entrecote and the steak of the empty mertolenga. all meticulously presented. Great value for money. 

Ginjinha da Fonte

This place is fantastic , tiny inside but very welcoming , well decorated with a great  outdoor terrace on the sidewalk. If you want brilliant homemade food, with a perfectly prepared choice of traditional tapas delicacies. Try the garlic fried prawns, literally finger-sucking!! The pork cheeks are literally “Eat & Cry for More!!” Remember you can not leave without tasting the Ginginha served in a chocolate cup. Super friendly staff and quick service. 

Terraze

As the title says lovely setting beside the river, one of the few restaurants in Tavira with seating on the actual river bank. The service is attentive with quality food, a perfect opportunity to sit back relax, enjoy the views, drink brilliant wines and talk about things great in life. The tapas style dishes are delicious, try the crunchy prawns with dipping sauces or alternatively ChilliBoy Prawns and lime are both finger licking good. An all time favourite, Regional Clams with Lime Sauce and Crispy Garlic will never disappoint.

O Castelo

Junior and Georgina another husband and wife combination. Without question Junior serves the best steaks you could wish for, most certainly on the Algarve. Each cut is personally attended to by Junior on the open fire and cooked to perfection. The ChilliBoy Spicy Grilled Prawns are also well worth it, great as a starter but frequently ordered as a main dish.

O Ribeiro

This is a typical Portuguese Churrasqueira (Grill House) where all the locals will congregate for their lunch breaks., the tourists tend to prefer the evenings. This is one of those restaurants that has survived over the years by word of mouth and its reputation. Remember the Portuguese consider meal times an opportunity to relax, enjoy friendships, drink wine and talk about good food. So if you’re looking for service out of the blocks and a quick turn around on your food, you could be disappointed. However if you want honest, genuine wholesome meals then this is the place for you. Anything on the grill is outstanding be it fish, chicken and or meat. To mention a few, the grilled squid, the pork secrets (segredos de porco), the steamed clams and the Piri Piri Chicken, their stews are exceptional, typically from the region. 

Franganário

Well-prepared homemade food, very pleasant space, experience their delicious Algarvian dishes. As a starter, try the mussels à bulhão duck, the suggested main dish is obviously their speciality of the house, grilled chicken with ChilliBoy Piri Piri , the tuna belly is divine. Exceptional food, serviced by polite people, helpful with outstanding service.

The Black Anchor Irish Bar

A great selection of seating both in-doors or out on the terrace on the river bank overlooking Tavira, with a beautiful hidden beer garden out the back. The menu has a variety of different meals, the fish is always fresh and the spare ribs will have you licking your fingers as are the crunchy chicken wings with ChilliBoy Piri Piri. The place to spend a lazy sunny day chilling out in a beautiful location. 

António Tá Certo

One of the last few remaining restaurants still allowed right on the beach in their original configuration. Antonios has a romantic atmosphere with a choice of outdoor dining with Scenic views or Indoor dining and a great selection from the wine list. They have an excellent menu, but here we go with ChilliBoy’s premium selection, their succulent fresh fish every day, one of the best Piri Piri Chickens on the beach and Lamb Chops done to perfection every time.

A Casa di Carlo e Franco

Spectacular rustic water front restaurant, very calm beautiful environment on the riverbank. . An Italian family business offering impeccable service, attentive and friendly, Helga will welcome you like long lost friends. Chef Alberto obviously has a menu that favours the Italian touch but still in keeping with Portuguese Cuisine. The mixed seafood is especially worth ordering, outstanding. Unlike so many restaurants today, Helga and Alberto are always ready to try and accommodate if there is a special request.

O Tacho

This is a genuine Portuguese no frills Churrasqueira. The speciality of the house is their Chicken Piri Piri on the grill, served with chips and side salad included in the price. Another gem from the grill is the Leitão (Suckling pig) a wonderful Portuguese traditional dish. Fresh fish on the grill is an alternative non meat eaters. This establishment is frequented by the locals which is reflected in the honest prices for genuine simple food.

Xicken & Cia (Xicken Piri Piri)

Large Churrasqueira Barbecue Grill style Restaurant, where the cuisine is all based on  charcoal grilled dishes served with unique house sauces. Great quality with super fair price. In addition to the “Chicken PiriPiri”, there are other specials unique to the house by the taste and quality. For example the “Pork Ribs”, the “Piglet Belly” or the “Grilled Cod”, accompanied by Homemade Crisps, Baby Roasted Potatoes and or the Mediterranean Salads. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere indoors or the relaxing outdoor terrace, with easy and private parking,

A Capelinha

A restaurant not to be missed, great typical Churrasqueira a delight for the palate and wallet, for a good Portuguese meal! There are 3 basic menus to select from at different prices, €8-50 for the mixed grill chicken, pork chops and spicy sausage, €12-50 for the grilled fish or €15-50 for the rack of lamb. Leitão the beautiful Piglet is only available Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays. If you’re wanting Leitão it’s advisable to book two or three days in advance. There are also daily specials at very inviting prices.  Great typical restaurant.

Associação Agro-Cinegética dos Estorninhos

This is a traditional family run establishment (located inside the building of the local hunters association) in the middle of the east algarve mountains. You can hear the roosters around and smell the delightful aromas coming from the mountains! Your host and Chef Marcia is amazing. The local’s favourite dish is definitely the lamb chops with the mint sauce! Here you have genuine unbeatable quality vs. price, Marcia is a wonderfully talented and friendly chef that uses locally produced ingredients. The really outstanding gems are the plates that you must order at least 24 hours in advance – for example, pork meat with sea clams, seafood risotto, or any wild meat caught by the local hunters. – this is not the Ritz, as you will notice in the prices.

Dom Petisco

Tradional Algarve Cuisine in the best possible surroundings with  incredible views over the Guadiana and Spain, is all that really can be said about this restaurant. The personal are professional and friendly, and the menu has suggestions on all of the local cuisine, with fresh fish and seafood, especially a wonderful baked bacalhao or the Tuna Belly. The gambas al ajillo, (prawns in garlic) make for an outstanding taster. ChilliBoy is very partial to this establishment great food, friendly crew with reasonable prices.

Donna Barca

A wonderful back street restaurant, one of Portimão’s most sort after establishments for the locals and tourists alike. Outstanding fresh fish and seafood, flavors that stay in your memory forever, super affordable prices. Top of the list is their Razor Clam Rice, their seafood and or fish stews are not to be missed, try the seafood açorda. HOWEVER be warned, get there early or be prepared to stand in a queue for 20/30 minutes. The locals know where it’s worth waiting for a top meal at competitive prices.

A Muralha

Situated in the heart of the Alfama, just down the road from the Fado Museum. They have a great selection of traditional cuisine at extremely reasonable prices, one of my favourites here is the Baked Cod Fish and Runner beans. Wednesday night is Fado time with a difference, with several different singers, taking in turns to sing, sometimes accompanied by as many as 8 guitarists. Reservations are essential.  

Maçã Verde

The restaurant is situated just off the Alfama, near the large docking areas for the Super Cruise Liners. Maçã Verde is literally 100 meters down the side street and is totally missed by the tourists. They are as close as you’ll ever get to traditional cuisine in Lisbon, being patronised by business folks and tradesmen alike. Owned and run by 2 charming guys, Ze Brandao and Ze Carlos, they have been recognised in a number of  publications and Portuguese Magazines. Having also been awarded the Golden Toothpick medal, recognition for an excellent no frills Tasca serving Portuguese food at an honest price. 

Casa Velha

Casa Velha’s choice of seafood dishes is extraordinary. If you’re in Cascais you have to experience their Shell Fish Extravaganza or the Potted Mussels. This restaurant whilst very faithful to traditional cuisine is a little more up market than normally visited with prices accordingly, but in my opinion well worth the visit.

Flecha Azul

More like a Taverna with very limited seating it has been in the family for 3 generations, now run by the three brothers. A great first choice could the Steamed Clams (Ameijoas a Bulhhão Pato) which are so fresh you can smell the sea. Other dishes included Octopus Lagareiro or grilled King Prawns, all outstanding. There are a number of different meat options, including an excellent Roasted Kid (Cabrito Assado) with roast potatoes.

Casa Azul

Specializing in very tasty snacks, Chef Jorge Conceicao will attempt to attend to any special request you may have, a really friendly chap. The traditional Portuguese clams in garlic and wine are one of the best, Muxama cured Tuna is particularly good. When available their fresh oysters are not to be missed, corvina pasta or the cheese in the oven with oregano just to mention a few great options. Very good.

Matias

Typical Algarvian homemade food, one of the favourites of the house are the lamb chops, with side salad and lovely freshly cooked real chips. For meat lovers the Portuguese Steak is one of the best you’re likely to experience. Alternatively try the spicy fried prawns with garlic or simply the fresh steamed baby shrimps, so very good. For fish lovers the grilled fish is always fresh and done to perfection, otherwise they have a selection of seafood dishes to choose from. They do have a dish of the day, if their lamb stew is on offer, don’t give it a miss.

Snack Bar O Jorge

Snr. Antonio is your front of house host with his wife Donna in the kitchen. They have a delightful terrace under the huge old trees providing natural shade. There is a standard menu with traditional dishes for all choices, but their dishes of the day are outstanding value for genuine home cooking. A fabulous opportunity to experience Al-fresco on a lazy day summers day.

A Charrete

Good variety of food tasty food, un-pretencious home cooking. The restaurant has wide open outdoor terrace with comfortable indoors and easy parking. The braised tuna with sesame is melt in the mouth stuff whilst the ChilliBoy Piri Piri chicken is delicious. The menu has something for everyone, on the seafood/fish list the highlight has to be the fantastic cuttlefish or the grilled salmon.

Largo São Domingos (LSD)

A very pleasant terrace with the option of a beautiful interior location with a more than creative menu than can be expected from most restaurants. The smoked salmon with black pan and manzana sorbet is an absolute must for a starter. There are a variety of “to share dishes” perfect as a main or simply go for a main. Try the Duck Rice, rice with several slices of well-cooked duck breast and bacon, pork strands, bits of apricot and more. A fish preference could be the croaker with lemon rice and seaweed, divine. The house suggestion for meat lovers is the  entrecôte done as you like with vegetables which cames with chestnuts, broccoli and mushrooms in puff pastry. But for a totally new experience you have to give the “Steak Tatar on the Bone” a try, simply outstanding.

Ti Maria

Considered by some to be the best restaurant in Tavira, if not on the Algarve, as quoted by clients – “phenomenal food” to “Delicious food” in a tapas style restaurant with friendly attentive service. Owner Pedro is also front of house ensuring that each table gets the attention he expects you to get. The octopus with sweet potato puree ranks as good as you can get, accompanied by puff pastry of miraculous cheese and honey or the honey and walnut puff pastry. Without doubt the best tuna either tartar or braised is what dreams are made of. One of the house absolute specialities has to be the Polvito à Ti Maria plus so many other delightful options.

Ideal

It’s a family owned restaurant with charming impeccable table service. The star of the show is definitely the Sopa do Mar (Seafood soup)  in a loaf of bread, something you have to try once in a lifetime!!. Be warned you are advised to pre-order your soups the day before, The menu does offer a variety of dishes, the breaded octopus with rice and beans certainly worth the praise that it gets. To mention just a few that are really worth considering, either the Tuna fish, baby squid or cod à Brás are excellent. The meat section is just as inviting with wonderful steaks or the ever popular tasty pork and clams with beans,  In closing try the outstanding tomato rice as a side dish with one of your mains, simply brilliant.

Casa Simão

A traditional family Restaurant, up front of house you have the hilarious hard working twins with papa directing in the kitchen and Mamma hard at work over the pots and pans. Don’t be fooled by the slightly outdated appearance, this is original traditional Portuguese. The menu has a Variety of dishes offering delicious, generous portions at absolutely fantastic prices. For fish lovers, the bream and or sea bass with vegetables and potatoes are outstanding. Meat lovers there are the lamb chops a favourite or one of their steak cuts done to perfection. Simao offers a selected  menu suggesting their daily specials at very good prices. To mention a few monkfish rice, grilled codfish,  stuffed squid, duck rice and the wild boar – Javali which is a must if it’s on offer.