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As well as for their varied and good food, Algarve restaurants offer that something extra; a great atmosphere, alfresco dining, a fascinating location or history and even great service. All these things add an indefinable something to a meal, making it a memorable occasion.

São Gabriel

This is one of the Algarve's best restaurants and in the summer you cannot beat it as a romantic venue, eating al fresco in the stunning gardens under the stars really takes some beating. The food is superb too, the main menu offers Mediterranean and International cuisine but there is also a Thai garden for those that fancy something different. The restaurant holds a Michelin star and booking is essential during the summer months. Tel. 289 394 521

O Alambique

Great service and expertly cooked Portuguese and international cuisine best sum up this Portuguese owned restaurant. Fresh fish is the house specialty and is incredibly popular with both tourists and residents alike, it was also the venue of choice for Chris Evans recent wedding reception. The restaurant is always busy be it high or low season. Diners will enjoy a friendly atmosphere dining inside or outside on the terrace. Tel. 289 394 579

A Quinta

A Quinta is a delightful restaurant set in beautiful surroundings; a converted farmhouse before and is located above the railway station in Almancil. The restaurant is full of charm and best described as a gastro bistro with superb cuisine and service. The menu offers Mediterranean cuisine; their pork crackling is the best ever and the desserts are to die for. The menu is changed daily. Popular with visitors and residents alike you would be wise to book in advance. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday. Tel. 289 393 357

Pequeno Mundo

Originally converted from an old quinta, Pequeno Mundo is one of the Algarve's finest restaurants offering French cuisine in a tranquil setting. During the summer months two stunning terraces allow for al fresco dining. The fish stew is the house speciality and we would also recommend the Chateaubriand; service is excellent and due to the restaurants' popularity you would be well advised to book in advance to ensure you get a table. Tel. 289 399 866

Cantina dos Sabores

Tucked away in the back streets of Loule, Cantina dos Sabores offers a healthy, tasty and refreshing twist to Portuguese and international cuisine. Cantina dos Sabores offers varied dishes including wholefood and vegetarian options. Choose from a variety of fresh fruit smoothies, each one described for its health benefits. Their desserts are truly delicious. Offering incredible value for money this restaurant is well worth seeking out. Tel: 289 463 304

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