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Restaurants in Madeira

There are so many restaurants in Madeira, and some of these serve really good and traditional food. And we have several traditional dishes that are worth trying at the right place… Here is a list of my favourites. Should you need help to book them, contact us through WhatsApp.

LA VACA NEGRA – If you enjoy eating meat, this restaurant is a must! They have several options to choose from and you will be served the best meat dishes on the island. Whether you have a Steak, a “Picado”, a “Picanha”, or anything else, you will not be disappointed. But that is not all they serve. The starters are really good as well, and they always have a fresh fish option. I am certain you will want to go back there!
CARAVELA – When I go to São Vicente, I always eat here! The fresh Limpets are some of the best on the island. The Scabbard Fish, Octopus, “Picado” are all delicious! They also serve big portions, so bear that in mind when you place your order. It is fantastic to dine in the terrace upstairs enjoying the sunset, drinking a Shandy (Beer with 7Up).
O PASTO – The restaurant I go to eat Picanha, simply because it is amazing! They serve it with rice, beans, cabbage. They slice the meat on the table, so you get it perfect on tenderness and taste. And the best part, the roasted pineapple they bring for dessert.
LAGAR or SANTO ANTÓNIO – Do you want to eat the perfect “Espetada”? Go to one of these restaurants! Both are in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, and they serve an amazing traditional “Espetada”, with the delicious bread “Bolo do Caco” with garlic butter. As side dishes, you must have the fried polenta cubes (Milho Frito) and always request a salad.
CRIS’S PLACE – This is the restaurant I go for special celebrations. They have the option of choosing a starter, main course and dessert, with drinks included, for a set price. The atmosphere is amazing, the staff work together well, and the lunch or evening meal is memorable. They have a transfer service available, which makes it all easier. I always have the chocolate fondant for dessert, and they always nail it to perfection!
PAPA MANUEL (by the Lido) – This is the right place for a Pizza! If you get there early enough you can have a table outside with sea view. The pizzas are amazing and the staff looks very well after you! One of my favourites is the Hot Dancers.
LEENO’S – What an amazing restaurant… It never ceases to surprise me! Everything they serve there is amazing! The prawn cocktail as a starter is unforgettable. The steak on the stone so good! And you can choose if you want it with meat or tuna… just perfect! The “Picado” is really good and they serve a big portion. The staff pays great attention to all details. All in all, it is the restaurant for a good relaxed meal in Funchal.
CASTELO DOS HAMBURGUERES – A simple family run restaurant that serves the best Hamburger and Hot Dog on the island! The buns are so good, the hamburger meat is delicious, and their milkshakes or natural juices are the best! I always have a passion fruit juice, but in the summer the melon juice is just as refreshing!
RESTAURANTE LEVADA DOS TORNOS – Another family run restaurant that is worth going to. They serve lunch and dinner only on some days, so make sure to check in advance if they are open and have a table available for you. Everything they cook there is delicious, and the prices are really good. Make sure you visit it because you will love it for sure! Carla and Romeu are the perfect hosts!
PEDRAS DO LAGO CHINESE RESTAURANT – This is my favourite Chinese restaurant! Delicious food, cooked fresh in front of you. The Happy Family is so good! But in fact, anything you decide to eat, will taste amazingly! Make sure you eat there at least once during your holiday.
PORTINHO – The best restaurant in Jardim do Mar! Imagine sitting by a beach, with beautiful ocean views, eating tasty small portions to share in family, or nice big toasts. The Portinho Toast is a favourite! But so are the Limpets and the Octopus. This is where I love to go for a beach day, swim in the clear ocean waters, enjoy a tasty lunch and then have a delicious dinner watching the perfect sunset.
ABRIGO DO PASTOR – This is an amazing restaurant! The food they serve is different from anywhere else on the island and so is the restaurant itself. I love to have the traditional Wheat Soup, the Picado, the Steak, the Tuna Steak, but you have so many other options there. You must have a dessert… they are so good! And don’t forget to have a Poncha, it is a strong drink but delicious.
NUMBER TWO – By the Savoy Palace – This is the right place to have a steak sandwich “Prego”. It is so delicious! They also have other varieties of sandwiches, but this is a favourite. The meat is tender, served in the traditional bread “Bolo do Caco” with garlic butter, lettuce, tomato, bacon and a fried egg.
So here is my TOP 14 Restaurants in Madeira. I do hope I made you hungry! Enjoy it!

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