The Best Restaurants in Vilamoura, Portugal

Emo, at the Anantara Hotel, serves up some of Vilamouras most elegant cuisine
Emo, at the Anantara Hotel, serves up some of Vilamoura's most elegant cuisine | Courtesy of Anantara Hotel, Vilamoura / Expedia
Sadie Whitelocks

The resort town of Vilamoura, in the western part of the Algarve, offers a sprawling marina for yachties, golden sands for sun worshippers and a huge casino for those who want to test their poker face. Throw in golf courses, nightclubs and trendy eateries serving up everything from Portuguese to Scandinavian cuisine and it’s easy to see why this resort tops many an itinerary.

1. Willie’s

Restaurant, Portuguese, European, Mediterranean

Restaurante Willies, Vilamoura
Courtesy of Restaurante Willie's

Treat yourself to an evening of fine dining at this highly-acclaimed restaurant, which is located in a peaceful residential setting close to the Pinhal golf course. There’s an elegant dining room with white-clothed round tables, ornate wall sconces and plush curtains setting the tone, while the outdoor terrace is a popular choice in balmy weather. German-born chef Willie Wuger has crafted a mouthwatering selection of dishes, with house favourites including his seafood ravioli in a vermouth cream sauce and the rack of lamb with thyme jus and gratin dauphinoise.

2. Emo

Restaurant, Portuguese

Emo, Anantara Hotel, Vilamoura
Courtesy of Anantara Hotel, Vilamoura / Expedia

Snag a table on the balcony or by the window at this slick first-floor eatery, as it boasts some of the best views in town over the verdant golf course beyond. Located inside the upscale Anantara hotel, this restaurant has a thoroughly modern feel with contemporary furnishings and dishes that look like works of art. The veal tartare, Rossini beef with potato truffle puree and melt-in-the-mouth, salted caramel-infused creme brulée are among the highlights. On the drinks front, there’s an extensive list to choose from and in 2019, Emo was included in the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards.

3. News Restaurante

Bar, Restaurant, Portuguese

CT4YGP News Restaurant, Marina de Vilamoura, Algarve Portugal
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Floral prints, tropical plants and exotic pieces of furniture make for an attractive mix at this funky restaurant, which boasts a prime position next to the marina. There’s a salivating spread of menu items to choose from, with the Portuguese steak, scallops and pan-fried pizza being some of the top choices. Along with great food and atmosphere, the spacious garden area makes this one of the most popular spots in town, with DJs spinning and cocktails flowing in the runup to sunset.

4. Il Lamparo Trattoria

Restaurant, Portuguese

Take your taste buds on a trip to Italy at this classy establishment next to the marina. The restaurant is fronted with sliding glass doors, which can be opened for prime views of the yacht-packed harbour. If you’re a pasta fan, then you’ll be in heaven with freshly made linguine, tagliatelle, penne and spaghetti combined with locally-caught seafood and Portuguese steak. The menu also features vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

5. Restaurante Retinto

Restaurant, Portuguese

Arrive hungry at this atmospheric bistro, as colossal hunks of meat are one of its specialities and many customers like to get a photo of the giant skewers while being served. One of the options is a platter with 12 different types of meat to try, or if you’re really peckish, book in for the Brazilian-style all you can eat option. For something a little lighter, there’s also tapas and pasta on the menu.

6. Salmora

Bar, Restaurant, Portuguese

Step into this restaurant and prepare to be amazed by the innovative interior design. The place is decked out with industrial-chic furnishings, with an open kitchen and fish tanks adding to the buzzing atmosphere. Sharing is the name of the game at Salmora, with three to four plates recommended between two people. One of the more unusual menu items is a squid burger with the bun made with black squid ink, while the moreish, traditional apple tart is recommended as a top way to finish.

7. Akvavit

Restaurant, Portuguese

Making its mark as one of the most popular restaurants in Vilamoura’s marina, Akvavit (named after the strong Scandinavian spirit) wins with its classy blue and white interiors and Swedish-inspired menu. Along with Scandinavian classics, such as herring and cured salmon, there are traditional Portuguese dishes and some delicious pasta options. Many guests rate the pan-fried seabass and the Portuguese-style beef stew.

8. Purobeach

Restaurant, Portuguese

Vilamoura, Portugal - May 1, 2018: Architectural detail of the Purobeach Beachfront Vilamoura on a summer day, a refined seaside restaurant of modern
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Eat to the beat at this Ibiza-style beach club. Opt to eat right next to the golden sands in the all-white restaurant decked out with floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass roof, or take your meal poolside. The menu ranges from salads and fresh seafood to the signature Puro hamburger. If you’re a fan of lobster, then the lobster salad promises to delight. When it comes to views, this restaurant holds court, with a cocktail of colours to feast on come sunset.

Looking for somewhere to stay while in town? Book into one of the best hotels in Vilamoura.

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