Portuguese cuisine is not exactly known to be among the world’s best. However, it should definitely be tried on your trip to the Algarve. The chefs of the Algarve combine a variety of delicious and unique ingredients in their cuisine to produce fabulous dishes that offer the very best of the Mediterranean. Throughout the southern tip of Portugal, several of these restaurants can be found dotting the coast. Here we reveal five of the best authentic restaurants to visit while in the Algarve.
Located in the heart of Albufeira, Dom Carlos is a family-owned establishment that cooks up a variety of delicious homemade breads, soups, fish and desserts. The husband and wife who run this place go to great lengths to make sure each customer is attended to, and the romantic atmosphere here makes it the perfect place to go as a couple. Lunch and dinner can be eaten at Dom Carlos, and there are simplified menus to make ordering easier. The price is a bit higher than some of the surrounding restaurants, but it is absolutely worth it.
Rated by many as the best restaurant in Alvor, Restaurante Ruccula is a family-oriented eatery that aims to provide the best dinner courses possible. The décor is warm and relaxing, while the dishes are crafted to please both the tongue and the eyes. Delicious entrees include fresh fish and lamb, with an excellent wine selection to boot. With small terraces available, you can even eat overlooking the lapping waters of the Mediterranean. The restaurant can get busy so it’s best to make a reservation prior to showing up unannounced.
Popular among repeat tourists for its quirky environment and reasonable prices, Pizzeria Fratelli offers a selection of pizzas and pastas from the beautiful views of Olhos de Agua. While not a fancy hidden gem off the beaten path, this restaurant has its own authentic environment and keeps its customers loyal by always delivering hot, fresh, delicious entrees and sides. The service is great, the prices are very affordable and it’s a great place to take the family for a slice of pizza or a bowl of ice cream.
Pig & Whistle
Nestled near the town of Faro along the main road, Pig & Whistle is a long-established restaurant that offers a quaint environment inside and out while still managing to produce dishes that are of five-star quality. The rustic look of the restaurant gives way to professionally cooked and garnished entrees that will leave your taste buds completely satisfied. Currently under new management by a couple from Scotland, the old environment of the restaurant remains intact thanks to the complete preservation of all its original staff and recipes.
Restaurante O Manjar
Finally, the Restaurante O Manjar in Albufeira is a great restaurant that specialises in steaks and grilled meats. The restaurant typically has an open feel due to the floor plan, and with it being off the beaten path, the service here is quick and thorough. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle during lunch hour and want to have an authentic experience for a great price, then this restaurant is ideal.