Best Restaurants in Southern Portugal ♦ Gastronomy is an essential part of a country’s culture and, in the case of Portugal, it’s also an experience you won’t forget. Ready to taste the unique flavours and textures of Portuguese food? Come along with Secrets From Portugal as we bring to you the best places to eat in the southern of Portugal.
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Ocean,Vila Vita Park, Porches
With unbelievably unique views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean Restaurant, which has two Michelin stars since 2011, offers the perfect combination of sublime cuisine, impeccable service and an elegant but uncluttered atmosphere. The decoration, based on a sophisticated palette of blue and gold, is a reflection of a peaceful seaside landscape and the magnificent corals that completely fill one of its side walls, as well as the Murano crystals that resemble jellyfish just outside the entrance room, are a clear indication of the inspiration that provided Ocean’s new image, completely refurbished in 2016. At the helm of the kitchen since 2007 is the incredibly talented Austrian Hans Neuner, elected Chef of the Year in Portugal in 2009 and 2012. On his side, a dedicated and ambitious team helps him develop and create unique gastronomic sensations, firmly based on the best local ingredients and products. The wine cellar houses around 560 national and international wines, carefully selected by sommelier Nelson Marreiros, which makes up one of the largest private collections of vintages in the Iberian Peninsula.
Address: Restaurante Ocean Rua Anneliese Pohl, 8400-450, Portugal
Occupying a place of excellence in the world of gastronomy (22nd place in the World Best 50 Restaurants), Vila Joya stands as one of the greatest bastions of the Portuguese gastronomic itinerary. The main responsible for Vila Joya’s success is the Austrian Chef Dieter Koschina, who combines local products with North European cooking techniques, bringing together one of the best views in Portugal and two Michellin stars. Carefully set in a Moorish-style villa, the Vila Joya restaurant immediately enchants those who enter, with its architecture and decoration well curated, and a friendly and warm reception. At the tables, we are gifted with a view as relaxing as it is unique, with trees surrounding the villa and a sea in perpetual commotion, whose sound takes us to an almost virtual reality.
Address: Estrada da Galé, 8201-917 Albufeira, Portugal
Henrique Leis is a restaurant of excellence, awarded with a star of the Michelin Guide, and it’s
located in Loulé, on the Algarve coastal region.
The rustically beautiful restaurant features a unique wine list, which has the best references of Portugal and the World. The restaurant has two rooms: the winter room, which has warm colors and a fireplace, and the summer room, which has a bright and fresh coloring that extends outside, where the terrace is. The space is open day and night, serving lunches and dinners, being highly advisable prior reservation.
Address: Estr. Vale Formoso 234, 8100- 267 Almancil, Portugal
Bon Bon is a unique restaurant on the Algarve Coast. This incredible restaurant has an attentive staff, ready to serve all kinds of needs of its customers. If you have any type of food conditioning, the staff will call you before the day of the reservation, to confirm the same data, to prepare an exclusive menu thought to the detail. Awarded with a Michelin Star in 2016, which it still has today, Bon Bon fuses modern contemporary decor with Mediterranean cuisine of excellence, proving to be an icon of the region.
Address: Urb. Cabeço de Pias, 8400-525 Carvoeiro, Portugal
L’And restaurant is located inside L’And Vineyards. Its main concept is to showcase a new Portuguese gastronomic culture, which values the history and culture of the country. L’And seeks to integrate the exotic and tropical ingredients as well as experiences subsequent from the Discoveries in the East. By collaborating with local producers, the restaurant features in its dishes some of the most seasonal ingredients. These are then enhanced by the expert chef, Miguel Laffan, that adds a contemporary touch to them. It was with L’And that Laffan won his first Michelin Star while also granting Alentejo its very first.
Address: Herdade das Valadas, Estrada Nacional 4 apartado 122, Montemor-o-Novo,
Characterised by a strong tendency for seafood, the São Gabriel fine dining restaurant provides the best traditional dishes from Portugal. The scrumptious meals are mainly filled with flavours from Algarve, with an innovative and daring touch, which was one of the many reasons why this extraordinary restaurant was given a Michelin star. For Chef Leonel Pereira, the most important aspect is to create dishes that show tradition, freshness, innovation, but, above all, flavour, which must be present in every detail of the dish. The interiors of the restaurant have mostly minimalist decor. The comfortably furnished main room is decorated in the style “La Belle Orleans” and highlights the use of warm and soothing tones.
Address: Estrada Vale do Lobo- Quinta do Lago- Almancil, Portugal
Located in the Conrad Hotel, in Algarve, the Gusto restaurant provides an authentic gourmet experience, due to the culinary expertise of the award-winning Michelin-starred European chef, Heinz Beck. The menu is mostly Mediterranean classic with a modern twist. The interiors follow this style while also adding the avant-garde design from Scandinavian design, classic, suffering some more modern influences. Spaghetti alla Chitarra and Sea Bass in salmon mass, black truffles, cauliflower and dates are some of the most favorite dishes among visitors. In addition, the restaurant also features a Cuban cigar menu and an alfresco terrace with views of the stunning Infinity pool.
Address: Conrad Hotel, Estrada Da Quinta Do Lago, Quinta do Lago 8135-106, Portugal
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