Sal restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Santa Maria

Cape Fruit

Just inland and a few blocks east of the beach, Cape Fruit serves creative salads, hummus and grilled veggie sandwiches and fresh tropical fruit juices. The setting evokes laid-back island life, with upcycled furnit…
Ice Cream in Santa Maria


The island's best gelato draws big crowds most nights. There's outdoor seating in front, perfect for snacking on a cone of lemon, pistachio and strawberry while taking in the passing people parade. Giramondo also ru…
Cafe in Santa Maria

Tam Tam

This friendly cafe with outdoor seating has earned many fans for its tasty, reasonably priced dishes and friendly service. Stop in early for French toast, omelettes and other breakfast fare (served till 1pm) or late…
Cabo Verdean in Santa Maria

Cafe Criolo

The least touristy, most down-home place to eat in town, this low-key eatery with a streetside veranda serves delicious homemade food, such as cachupa (preorder it), fish stews and tuna steaks. The lunch specials at…
Seafood in Santa Maria


The oceanfront terrace is the highlight of this simple, always-buzzing restaurant that dishes out reliably good seafood fare. Live music makes it even livelier on Friday and Saturday evenings, and at lunchtime on Su…
Italian in Santa Maria

Chez Pastis

Reserve ahead at this cosy, narrow restaurant, which serves top-quality (and priced accordingly) meat and seafood dishes with an Italian twist. Excellent pastas.
Cafe in Espargos


Found on the square, this is a good old-fashioned cafe-bar that serves simple meals and drinks.