The Algarve Resident festive dining guide

With the effects of the coronavirus being felt across all sectors of the economy, the restaurant industry is certainly one of the most affected as virus-containment measures imposed by the government such as lockdowns, quarantines and curfews have pushed people to stay at home and hold back on their spending, leading to significant drops in restaurant reservations and revenue.

Despite feelings of uncertainty about the future, this festive season is seen by restaurateurs as an opportunity to recoup some of the losses felt since the beginning of the pandemic.

Thus, the Algarve Resident has offered restaurants and establishments serving food over Christmas and New Year the opportunity to be included in our Festive Dining Guide, completely free of charge.

We are committed to supporting businesses in the Algarve in these difficult times and this is our way of saying, “we’re all in this together”.

Since we launched this idea in November, we have been overwhelmed by the response from restaurant owners and managers who wanted to take up this opportunity but felt hesitant about the future.

Understandably, nobody knows what/if further restrictions will be in place over Christmas/New Year, hence the inclusion of a disclaimer advising people to contact the restaurant of their choice closer to the time to confirm availability, as opening hours and dates may change.

The guide is published both in print in the Algarve Resident and online on portugalresident.com reaching hundreds of thousands of potential customers.

See the full UPDATED Algarve Resident Festive Dining Guide below or CLICK HERE to download as a pdf file (the list will be updated weekly):

By INÊS LOPES, Editor

ALGARVE RESIDENT FESTIVE DINING GUIDE:

ALBUFEIRA

Uzonj Restaurant – Grill. Traditional Portuguese. Please join us for lunch or dinner, closed on Wednesday. Book now for a special Christmas day menu or New Year’s Eve. Clean & Safe. Bookings uzonjrestaurante@gmail.com

The Cottage. Open 7 days a week 9.30am – 9.30pm. Traditional Christmas dinner. For details and reservations tel. 918 870 953, 289 542 100 | info@the-cottage.biz

Piri-Piri Steakhouse. Offers a wide selection of prime meat from all over the world, grilled to perfection and paired with the best Portuguese wines selected by our sommelier. Open during festive season. Reservations: 289 500 100. Email: pinecliffs.reservations@luxurycollection.com www.pinecliffs.com

O Pescador. True to its Algarvian roots O Pescador serves fresh food from the sea with emphasis on local catch. Open only for New Year’s Eve. Reservations: 289 500 100. Email: pinecliffs.reservations@luxurycollection.com | www.pinecliffs.com

Corda Café. Enjoy international dishes and refreshing beverages throughout the day. Open every day for lunch and dinner, from 12:00pm to 10:30pm. Reservations: 289 500 100. Email: pinecliffs.reservations@luxurycollection.com | www.pinecliffs.com

Bellavita #1 italian Restaurant in the Algarve. Famous for its firewood oven pizzas. Fantastic food with sea view. An unforgettable experience. Call +351 289 502 332 to book or visit us at www.bellavita.pt

Trattoria Toscana on Inatel Beach in Albufeira. Friendly staff and fantastic food make it one of the most special secrets in the Algarve. Call +351 927 594 062 to book or visit us at www.trattoriatoscana.pt

Castello di Norcia, the Italian restaurant on the cliffs of Albufeira Marina with a breathtaking sea view. Live music and lots of fun. Call +351 937 021 204 to book or visit us at www.castellodinorcia.pt

Viva la Ciccia. The best meats in the world are at Viva la Ciccia steakhouse and pasta near the Albufeira Marina. Enrich your memory with our delicious steaks. Call +351 926 977 615 to book or visit www.vivalaciccia.pt

Por do Sol. Portuguese cuisine and Churrasqueira Grill since 1985. Open for lunch and dinner (except Tuesday) throughout November & December. Take Away service. Tel. 289 571 102 www.facebook.com/pordosolgale email: pordosolalbufeira@gmail.com

O Amigo Restaurante & Tapas Bar. Creative & exclusive mouthwatering tapas dishes. Open daily for dinner until 10pm. Lunch – Thurs/Fri & Sat from Noon. Closed Monday. Tel. 289 502 804 | 927 309 949 | email: oamigo2020@gmail.com

Bello Piatto is a new Italian restaurant specialising in freshly baked pizza, pastas and many tapa style small dishes including freshly steamed mussels. Parties catered for with special set menus to suit your budget. Tel. 920 262 944.

Mr Sing Indian Tandoori Restaurant open every day including Christmas eve and day for lunch and dinner. Come and try our irresistible dishes. Take away & delivery service. Tel. 289 108 859.

A Casa do Avô. A small & cosy Portuguese restaurant using local ingredients to create traditional dishes. Come on and sample the genuine flavours of Portuguese cuisine. Tel. 289 513 282 www.restaurante-acasadoavo.com www.facebook.com/Restaurante.a.Casa.do.Avo

Join us at ARTISAN for a hearty Christmas Day Lunch. Choose from a 4-course set menu including Xmas Welcome Drink + Glass of Mulled Wine. €75/€65 vegetarian. Book now: +351 926 177 722 or enquiries@artisanrestaurantalgarve.com

With you at all moments, offering much more than pizza, at CAPRI, we add that extra warmth we all surely need. Pizzeria and Restaurant with Bar and Outdoor Terrace | +351 289 571 020 | www.pizzeriacapri.pt | Aldeamento Alfamar – Albufeira

Sharkys Bar. Friendly bar with decking overlooking the harbour serving delicious food and drinks, showing all live sports. Christmas specials burger and beer 5€ and 2 for 1 on all cocktails all day. Open everyday 12pm – 10pm. Albufeira Marina. 914 120 017.

Prima Pasta. Cosy rustic Italian style restaurant in Vale de Parra. Come and try our delicious home made pizzas, pastas, salads and desserts. Opens 6pm every night except Sundays, take away service available. Tel 289 591 295.

Restaurant Vista Mar at Hapimag Resort Albufeira. Excellent place to eat Seafood, Mediterranean and European. Open for lunch and dinner, closed on Monday and Sunday. Special menus for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, only available with booking. Reservations: +351 289 540 500. Email: albufeira@hapimag.com, www.hapimag.com/albufeira

ALVOR
Ciao Baby Pizzeria. Italian restaurant personalised service. Generous portions. Pizzas, oven baked, Gnocchi , Lasagna, Cannelloni other pasta. Meat, fish dishes. Gluten free pasta. Vegetarian pizza, pasta. Vegan Pizza. Take away. Booking essential. Festive season to be announced. 964 191 836.

The Golfland Restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate this festive holiday. Our team will welcome you to this unique attraction where you are sure to have memorable moments. Book in golfland.pt or call us 926 911 157.

ALMANCIL
Restaurant Figueiral. More than serving, we have taken care of our customers for 30 years! Open for dinner and lunch with special menus! Almancil. Contact 289 395 558.

Algarve Fine Food – Festive Season. Christmas Deliveries, our popular holiday menu for deliveries. Cosy & Decorative Winter Wonderland themed POP UP in Almancil. Mon Fri, from 12h00. Bookings +351 915 987 200, gisela@algarvefinefoods.com

Parrilla Natural. Open Thursday to Saturday for dinner and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm, all winter including during the festive season, specialising in free-range Uruguayan beef grilled on our parilla in true South American style. 289 350 040.

Aquarelle. Best Mediterranean gastronomy in romantic surroundings. Delicious “ á la Carte” + Chef’s 15€ set-priced daily suggestions. Open 12 / 3.30pm & 7 / 10pm, closed Sundays. New Year’s Eve Sumptuous Feast 60€ + Beverages. Tel. 289 397 973 / 917 564 313.

Tribulum – home of the creative kitchen and stunning setting. Open throughout December, including Christmas Day and New Year’s eve, we have delicious festive menus, enticing wines and stunning cocktails. Visit www.tribulumalgarve.com or to book: +351 289 397 784, info@tribulumalgarve.com

ARMAÇÃO DE PÊRA
Restaurant “A Grelha”. Open for New year’s Eve until January 2nd. Special menu available. Reservations until December 15th. Call 960 445 674 or visit our social media page Facebook.com/grelhalgarve

Adega restaurant at Vila Vita Parc. Christmas Eve 12.30am & Christmas Day 6pm for à la carte traditional Portuguese meals. Smart casual. Bookings +351 282 310 100.

Bela Vita Bar & Brasserie at Vila Vita Parc. Christmas Eve & Christmas Day dinners 6pm for à la carte with live music. Smart casual. Bookings +351 282 310 100.

Aladin Grill restaurant at Vila Vita Parc. Christmas Eve 3-course menu 7pm (70€/ad & optional 55€ wine pairing). Christmas Day 7pm for à la carte dinner. New Year’s Eve 8.30pm for à la carte dinner. Elegant. Bookings +351 282 310 100.

Atlântico restaurant at Vila Vita Parc. Christmas Day 12.30pm Live Cooking Experience (75€/ad & optional 45€ wine pairing). New Year’s Eve 8.30pm for 5-course set gala menu (235€/ad & optional 75€ wine pairing). Elegant. Bookings +351 282 310 100.

Mizu Teppanyaki restaurant at Vila Vita Parc. Christmas Eve & Christmas Day dinners 7pm for à la carte dinners. New Year’s Eve 8.30pm for à la carte dinner. Elegant. Bookings +351 282 310 100.

Ocean restaurant at Vila Vita Parc. Christmas Eve & Christmas Day dinners 7pm (210€/ad, excl beverages). Elegant. New Year’s Eve 7pm for gourmet dinner (490€/ad incl cocktail & wine pairing). Black tie. Bookings +351 282 310 100. info@restauranteocean.com

Arte Náutica restaurant, located on Armação Beach Club in Armação de Pêra. Christmas Eve 6pm for à la carte dinner. Smart casual. New Year’s Eve 7pm for à la carte dinner. Elegant. Bookings +351 282 314 875.

Praia Dourada restaurant, located on Armação Beach Club in Armação de Pêra. Christmas Day 7pm for à la carte dinner. Smart casual. New Year’s Eve 7pm for 3-course festive menu (55€/ad excl beverages). Elegant. Bookings +351 282 310 230.

Lisboa Ballroom at Vila Vita Parc. VILA VITA New Year’s Eve Grand Gala Evening, Five-course festive gala menu, live entertainment (Resort Guests 335€ incl New Year’s Day Brunch; 305€ for non-Resort guests). Bookings +351 282 310 161.

BOLIQUEIME
Boliqueime Inn, Albufeira. Special Christmas Day lunch with limited availability. Bookings available from 12 Noon until 3pm. Choose from 3 course set menu including traditional turkey and trimmings €75 per person (concessions). Email: boliqueimeinn@zoho.com

CARVOEIRO
Ma-Ja’s Restaurant, Rua do Casino 36, Carvoeiro. We will be open over the festive period including Christmas Day (bookings required). Contact Mark or Jan for further details. Mobile: +351 912 684 052. Email: mark-jan@majasrestaurant.com www.majasrestaurant.com

Brasserie Rosal, Carvoeiro. We like to welcome you for our Friday special 3 course Menu. We open during Christmas with Gala Menus and 31st with live music. Please contact us by phone +351 939 000 854 or email brasserie_rosal@yahoo.de for more Information.

Join us at Taste Carvoeiro for Xmas (25th) Lunch & Dinner, 4 course menu for 48€ (+veggie/vegan/kids menu). NYE for 72€ with live music with Joseph Lawrence & 4 course menu. Tel 282 358 092

Gurkha Kitchen Restaurant Carvoeiro. Rua das Amoreiras no 14. Open all year for lunch and dinner.Open on Christmas and New Year. Telephone: +351 920 169 028, +351 282 185 776. Email Kitchengurkha@gmail.com www.GurkhaKitchenCarvoeiro.com Special offer 15% discount for reservations between the 15th of December and 15th of January – Quote AR15%

Cheers Restaurant & Bar. Open on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Book your table for Fondue (min. 2 person) original Swiss Cheese fondue p.P. 20,50€ or Fondue Bourguignonne (filet beef) p.P. 28,50 €. 282 354 155, 936 212 773, www.cheerscarvoeiro.com

Oregano. Closed for refurbishment from November 16th to 21st but then we will be open serving lunch and dinner over the festive season and during the winter. Xmas and NY menus available. Closed Wednesdays. 282 353 465

Trattoria Oliveira, Quinta do Paraiso – Carvoeiro. Enjoy our festive menu created by chef Vitor Bernardo: 3-courses + welcomedrink € 24,50. 01 – 29 Dec | pre-booked (min. 24H) 08:00 – 10:30h | 18:30 – 22:00h. (+351) 282 099 669 | www.carvoeirovillas.com

Touriga. We will be open as usual all winter serving our dinner menu of tapas style Portuguese food along with a great selection of wine. Close Sundays and New Year’s eve. 282 075 834

The Square by Raquel Marques, Carvoeiro. Indulge in our delicious new menu with comforting winter flavours. Open all Winter, special menu for New Year’s Eve. Closed on Sunday’s, 24th and 25th of December. Bookings: +351 282 077 857.

Villa Medici. Open from 12 to 22:30 everyday. Estrada do Farol 90, Carvoeiro. We are only closing on 24 & 25 of December. Tel.: +351 282 357 608. Email info@villamedici.pt

Bela Rosa, Carvoeiro open 7days a week 12.00pm -10.00pm. Traditional Christmas Dinner and into 2021. Estrada do Farol, 73.For details and reservation tel. 920 455 035, restaurantbelarosa@gmail.com

Saffron Mantra Indian Restaurant, Creative & exclusive mouthwatering INDIAN dishes. Special x-mas menu & offers. Open for TAKE AWAY from 11.30 am to 10pm every day. Estrada do Farol, loja 58, 8400-505 Carvoeiro. CALL: 928 052 116

Martins Kulinarium Restaurant, Christmas Menu (24 and 25/12/2020) for 29.90€ and new year menu (31/12/2020) to 29.90€. Website and timetable available on www.martins-kulinarium.com. Book by phone +351 925 878 515. Visible on Google-maps and has free parking.

O PATIO on Carvoeiro square is open until the new year, 6 days a week 13.00-16.00 & 18.00-22.00. Closed on Tuesdays. A special Xmas menu on 24/12 for lunch, on 25/12 for lunch and dinner, with live music at dinner. On 31/12 we are open until 22.30 (at dinner an espumante on the house, a la carte menu and an ‘end of the year chefs special’). Limited seats, reservation are recommended. Check: (https://m.facebook.com/patiocarvoeiro/) or https://www.opatiocarvoeiro.com/ for the menu, reservations and news. Tel. 282 357367

JAN on Carvoeiro square is open Tuesday-Sunday, from 10.00 until 19.00. Besides our winter menu, Jan has everyday a taste of the world dayspecial, from Thailand, to Indonesia, to the Netherlands and more. Also for take away. During the Christmas days 24/12, 25/12 and 26/12 Jan has a special ALL DAY CHRISTMAS BRUNCH.
On 31/12 we have special ‘NYE-party-at-home- take away boxes’. With a minimum order also to be delivered at your home. 24/12, 25/12, 26/12 and 31/12 Jan is open until 17.00. Check: https://m.facebook.com/jancarvoeiro/ or
https://www.jancarvoeiro.com/ for more details, information and reservations. Tel. 282 358367

CASTRO MARIM
During this winter, visit the À TERRA – Praia Verde – a restaurant inspired by the Mediterranean cuisine. Book a table calling +351 281 530 600 or emailing to boutiquehotel@praiaverde.pt. Visit our website www.praiaverderesort.com/a-terra for more information.

FARO
À do Pinto – Celebrate the New Year’s Eve with Seafood Algarvian dishes, Good Portuguese Wine, Live Music and more! 60€ pp/30€ 13y-17y/Free under 12y
Info & Reservations: +351 911 944 484

GUIA
Ramires – Capital do Frango in Guia since 1964. Come and enjoy the chicken piri piri. Open 7 days a week, except Christmas Day. Tel 289 561 232. Email: restauranteramires@sapo.pt www.restauranteramires.com Safe & Clean compliant.

O Appetito, Guia. A different Italian experience offering a comprehensive menu with unexpected ingredients. Open every day except Monday – including November & December. Take away service. Tel. 289 114 056 www.facebook.com/appetitopizzabar Email: appetitopizzabar@gmail.com

O Vieira Churrasqueira, Guia. Full menu including meats and fish, excellent piri-piri and full take away service. Open daily except Dec 24 (eve), Dec 25 (day) and Dec 31 (eve). Tel. 289 561 556 Email: restovieira@hotmail.com

LAGOA
O Barradas. Open for dinner during the winter months in our cozy dining room for our fresh fish and meat specialities. New Year’s menu to be announced, Closed Wednesdays. 961 657 357

Gaspacho & MIgas. December festive group menus, lunch and dinners. Following actual recommendations from the DGS. Call 282 039 183 to book or visit us at www.gaspachoemigas.com

LAGOS
London Tiger Coffee in the historic town centre of Lagos. Mince pies, Christmas lattes, and lots more festive goodies. Open seven days a week from December 7.
Tel. 915 092 833 www.londontigercoffee.com

Saffron Indian Restaurant, Praia da Luz. Homemade Indian food to bring a little festive cheer! Friendly staff, great atmosphere and easy parking. Open every day for lunch and dinner (dinner only on Monday). Praia da Luz. Reservations 282 768 825.

Marina Bar – Sports bar & restaurant serving International cuisine. Waterfront location in the Marina de Lagos. Open seven days a week 9.00am to 11pm (closed on Christmas day). Tel. 282 789 701 Email: info@marinabarlagos.com Website: www.marinabarlagos.com

Mar Restaurante & Bar. Fabulous location offering fresh and locally sourced Portuguese cuisine at a great price. Vegan & vegetarian options. Open every day from 10am to 10pm except Tuesday. Tel. 282 788 006.

Delhi Darbar. Family-owned Indian restaurant with everything freshly made, specialising in local and regional Indian tastes and techniques. Take away & deliveries. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Tel. 282 762 249.

Repolho Gastrobar. Located close to Dona Ana beach, offering Portuguese favourites, such as the popular grilled chorizo, cheese and sausage boards and traditional desserts. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Tel. 282 076 630.

Restaurante Atalaia. Offering a wide range of traditional Portuguese dishes at accessible prices including fresh fish and many steak options. Open for lunch and dinner. Tel. 282 789 503 | 927 130 757.

Gaivota Branca. Popular beach front restaurant with a reputation for its fresh fish and shellfish. Friendly and personal service with a great atmosphere. Open from morning until late, closed Wednesday. Tel. 914 588 074.

A Tasca do Kiko – serving beautiful Portuguese tapas in a contemporary setting with great wine and beers, amidst the Marina shipyard. Open from 11am to 11pm. Tel. 282 046 037

Pie Lagos. Join us for festive food and drinks specials over Christmas and New Year! Lots of Winter Warmers to be enjoyed in our warm and cozy atmosphere! Private booths available. Bookings preferred. Reservations: www.pie-lagos.com/reservations. Tel. 282 184 509 PieLagosPortugal@gmail.com

Requinte do Frango. Restaurant Grill. Daily specials, fresh fish and meats. Inside and outside seating plus take-away. Open Mon – Sat 12.00 – 15.00 and 18.30 – 22.00. 3 course set menu available Christmas Day – Served 12.15 – 2.45pm. Booking essential 282 798 321, Rua 25 de Abril, St James, Praia da Luz.

Casa Padaria Pizzeria Burgau. FREE delivery on all orders to local areas. Delivery in December will be made by Santa. All large pizzas €10. Follow us on Facebook for special offers. Fill menu available on casapadaria.com Tel: 969 678 519. Open Thursday – Monday 17:30 -21:00

LOULÉ
Restaurante Monte da Eira. Traditional restaurant, family atmosphere, delicious food fresh from the kitchen. Closed November16 to 9 & 24 to 26December. Special New year celebration menu. Reservations (+351) 289 438 129, www.restaurantemontedaeira.com

MONCHIQUE
Restaurant Alecrim @Ceiceira, Monchique. Open lunch and dinner. Christmas Market 05th-06th December. Special Christmas menu. Christmas orders take- away. Delicious Winter Dishes. Vegan and vegetarian. Friendly staff. +351 282 012 958.

QUARTEIRA
Our pizzeria only uses fresh ingredients, homemade dough and firewooden oven. We are open from MON to SAT, lunch 12:30 to 14:30 and dinner 19:00 to 22:00 TAKE AWAY service also available. Phone: 289 117 636.

The Hut. Christmas Feast everyday in December. 2 or 3 courses from 9.95euros. Christmas and New Year’s Day – ‘eat all you can’ full English breakfast plus desserts, sweets and crackers 9.95euros. Booking essential 911 734 575.

ENCANTUS PIZZERIA. Quarteira. Authentic italian pizzeria, come and indulge yourself in a journey of italian flavours, have a taste of the best homemade dough made by the hands of our award-winning Chef, Master Pizzaiolo Daniel Batista. 289 117 636.

PORCHES
Biergarten, in Porches. Christmas Day 12.30pm 3-course set menu with traditional Bavarian goose roast (34€/ad excl beverages). Smart casual. New Year’s Eve 7pm for 4-course festive menu (65€/ad excl beverages). Elegant. Bookings +351 282 381 177

O Leão de Porches. Closed during the first thee weeks of December but all other evenings we welcome you in our warm and cozy restaurant. Xmas and NY menus available. Closed Wednesdays. 282 381 384.

SANTA BARBARA DE NEXE
Ristorante La Piazza Santa Barbara de Nexe. Open from 1 December 6.30 to 10 pm (Tuesday to Saturday) Christmas Day fully booked. Bookings available for our exciting new Years day lunch. Tel.+351 289 999 430.

SAGRES
O Telheiro do Infante, European cuisine offering the best from the sea and more in a fabulous location. Open during Christmas & New Year for lunch & dinner except Tuesday. Tel. 282 642 179, 914 232 906 | Email gerencia@telheirodoinfante.com Clean & Safe.

SILVES
Restaurante Compromisso. We will be open for Christmas lunch (25/12) and New Year’s Eve dinner (31/12). A special menu will be served. Only available with booking. restaurante@compromisso.pt 282 077 794 | www.compromisso.pt

VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTÓNIO
Henry’s Bistro Bar. A small and cosy Bistro Bar in the center of Vila Real de Santo António, with the best fresh local ingredients. We are waiting for you. Reservations: 913 284 101 or in TripAdvisor