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It won’t take long to see that the Algarve caters to a diverse crowd, especially when it comes to dining options. There is something for everyone, from vegetarian fare to chicken shacks and plenty of seafood dishes. An experience in any part of Portugal wouldn’t be complete without sampling the traditional gastronomy, however, and these are a few of the top restaurants in Portugal’s beautiful south.
A Venda is a favourite in Faro and even Lonely Planet listed it as a top choice for traditional Portuguese cuisine. Everything from the interior decor (including the tiled floor) to the cooking (which includes petiscos, traditional Portuguese appetizers) makes guests feel like they’ve stumbled across a true Portuguese dining room.
Rua do Compromisso 60, Faro, Portugal +351 289 825 500
The local tascas are often the best spots for traditional Portuguese fare, and this is definitely the case at Ricky’s Tasca in Faro. Open for lunch and dinner, expect everything from small orders of petiscos to traditional Algarve cuisine and treats from Portugal’s north.
344, Rua do Forno 21, Faro, Portugal +351 919 111 057
In the Algarve’s northwestern corner lies the town of Aljezur, where many traditional spots can be found, including Restaurante O Sargo. Located on the beach, reviewers love everything about this place from the meals (which include European and international twists on traditional Portuguese recipes) to the scenery and the beautiful outdoor seating.
Praia de Monte Clérigo, Aljezur, Portugal +351 963 440 397
For true authentic cuisine, straying from the beaten path can be a foodie’s best bet. Alte is located inland – about 21 kilometres north of Albufeira – and offers the best of Algarve and village life in one package, complete with whitewashed homes, historic infrastructure and rugged countryside. The Restaurante A Ponte is a casual and local spot where the focus is on the food; it’s not the place to expect fancy service but it will make taste buds and wallets sing.
Estr. da Ponte 19, Alte, Portugal +351 289 478 407