The Algarve restaurants

Top Choice Portuguese in Querença

Monte da Eira

A former threshing mill's stables have been converted to house this charming restaurant with white-clothed tables spread over several rooms and two outdoor terraces. Refined rustic specialities, such as estfado de j…
Top Choice Portuguese in Monchique

Jardim das Oliveiras

High up in the hills, this local secret has dining rooms with crackling open fires, farming implements and black-and-white photos, and a magical garden with tables amid the olive and cork trees. Daily specials cooke…
Top Choice Cafe in Odeceixe

Kiosk Agapito

Overlooking the surf, this new-generation beach cafe with aqua-and-white tiles and terrace-only seating uses local produce in breakfasts, sharing platters, open-faced toasties (like tinned mackerel, red onion, olive…
Top Choice Seafood in Sagres

A Tasca

Seafood doesn't come fresher than at this converted fish warehouse, with a timber-decked terrace overlooking the marina and Ilhotes do Martinhal offshore. Inside, the vaulted interior's walls are inlaid with glass b…
Top Choice Portuguese in Faro

Vila Adentro

With tables on the square in Faro's old town and a dining room decorated with floor-to-ceiling azulejos, this Moorish 15th-century building is a romantic spot for elevated Portuguese cuisine: pork, clam and lobster …
Top Choice Portuguese in Sagres

A Eira do Mel

A rustic former farmhouse 9km north of Sagres is the atmospheric setting for José Pinheiro's lauded slow-food cooking. Seafood is landed in Sagres, with meats, vegetables and fruit sourced from local farms. Dishes s…
Top Choice Portuguese in Silves

Restaurante O Barradas

The star choice for foodies is this converted farmhouse 4.5km south of Silves, which utilises sustainably sourced fish and organic meat and vegetables in creations like slow-cooked suckling pig, char-grilled octopus…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Albufeira

Vila Joya Restaurant

Helmed by Austrian chef Dieter Koschina, this fine-dining restaurant in the Vila Joya resort was Portugal's first to gain two Michelin stars. Koschina draws on a variety of culinary influences and premium Portuguese…
Top Choice Portuguese in Tavira

O Tonel

Contemporary Portuguese cuisine is complemented by a striking dining room of scarlet walls and azulejos. Begin with petiscos like chorizo sautéed in Medronho (local brandy) or clam-and-mackerel pâté served in a tin …
Madeiran in Faro

Restaurante Madeirense

For an exotic take on Portuguese cuisine, this small Madeiran restaurant bangs down plates loaded with specialities you'll only get on the Island of Eternal Spring. Espada (scabbard fish), bolo de caco (potato bread…