Click here for a google map of the restaurants in Luz

Click here for a google map of cafes, bars and music in Luz

SAMPLING THE LOCAL CUISINE

Eating out in Portugal is both affordable and enjoyable. The Portuguese adore eating ! Portuguese cuisine is often quite simple and mixes Mediterranean ingredients such as onion, garlic, tomato and olive oil with more Northern European attributes such as butter, cream and dripping. During the Discoveries Portuguese sailors introduced many spices to the country, one which is popular in the Algarve is piri-piri, a type of red-hot chilli pepper.

The Portuguese eat a lot of fish but be warned, often the fish will come to the table with scales, eyes and tentacles still in tact; not for the faint-hearted, but please ask the waiter to take the fish off the bone etc. For the more traditional palate there are plenty of beef and pork steaks. For snacks, ham and cheese toasties are available everywhere, and try a delicious Portuguese soup. They are home-made and wonderfully filling. The local, crusty, fresh bread is a wonderful accompaniment and is a treat eaten warm with butter. Portuguese wines are now up with the best in the world and if you're eating lunch a vinho verde is a light and refreshing accompaniment.

Couvert - "Cover": The Portuguese pride themselves in cooking fresh to order, so they provide a series of appetizers known as the "Couvert" to carry you through the seemingly long wait for the meal to arrive. The "Couvert" is charged as a base fee added to your bill at all sit down restaurants. It often catches 1st time visitors by surprise. The "Couvert" usually includes bread, butter, sardine pate and olives. You generally pay for what you consume, although some restaurants have a flat cover fee. Other restaurants will bring you an endless stream of appetizers. Remember that these savoury treats are NOT FREE. You will end up paying for them, so if you are not interested in these appetizers, just politely let your waiter know. Some examples of these additional covers are shrimp; cod fish pastry; shrimp or chicken pastry; octopus salad and more.....!

Main Course Accompaniments: In most restaurants, the main course is served with potatoes and a mixed salad; ask your server for specifics; you can usually request a preference of boiled, chipped or fried potatoes. Rice is also often served.

TVs: If you are visiting the Algarve during any major sporting event you will find that several restaurants now sport flat screen TVs. The Portuguese love their football and so never want to miss any.

Restaurants, Taverns, Cafes & Beach bars:A whole range of national and international cuisine is available, including curry houses if you absolutely must, but in particular we highlight the traditional tavernas and adegas where proper Algarvian dishes are served. Below is just a small selection.

A Tasca - A very basic bar, often even someone’s converted shed or garage; not glamorous but cheap and cheerful.
O Bar - Nice in the evening for a cold local beer (eg. SuperBock), a long drink or something stronger. Visit a Portuguese bar which is very different from a tourist one - and cheaper! Try a regional Medronho with a small black coffee (bica). Medronho is the local fire-water, made from the fruitof the Arbutus tree.
A Churrasqueira (or 'Churrasco') This is a grill restaurant specialising in BBQ meats and fish.
A Marisqueira is a specialist for seafood.
O Restaurant - Don’t be put off by simple Portuguese restaurants; often the more plain the establishment, the better the fare. Portuguese waiters are reputedly the best in Europe and some of the more upmarket restaurants boast food as good as you will find in the best London restaurants and pleasant service.
A Pastelaria - Often a meeting point for Portuguese friends and families, there is a pastelaria on nearly every corner. They serve a range of items from coffees, hot chocolates, soft drinks to beers and whiskeys and, of course a huge variety of cakes and pastries. Try the daily-made cakes which are simply delicious made from almonds, marzipan and egg.
A Gelataria offers ice creams, sorbets and fresh fruit smoothies.  

 

Restaurants in Praia da Luz

Alloro

An Italian restaurant situated within the Vila Baia resort serving a mixture of dishes. Vila Baía Rua Alfredo Nascimento Batista Lote 35 R/C. Tel: (+351) 282 790 886

Alloro
Amici

Family owned and run modern  award winning authentic Italian restaurant. Open from 18.00 Monday to Saturday with selection of dishes including take-away Pizza. Rua 25 de Abril, Block 4, St James.  Tel: (+351) 282 763 119(+351) 282 763 119 

10% Discount for clients staying at Ocean Villa, Luz

Amici
Aquario

Portuguese family owned and run. Small but highly recommended. Closed on Sundays. Open from 18.30. Rua 1 de Maio, Edificio Luztur.  Tel:  (+351) 282 789 177

Aquario
Art Burger/ Torrie

Open daily (except Tuesdays) from 09.00 offering a basic but good all round menu and take away service. Inside and outside seating (down stairs). Up the hill from the CA bank at the square - Rua 1 de Maio 2B.  Tel:  (+351) 282 760 662

Art Burger/ Torrie
Atlantico

Good food and wine with friendly service. Great for a relaxing unrushed evening out. Inside and outside seating. Booking recommended - Open daily from 10.30 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beside Chaplins and Pashmina - below the Church - Ave dos Pescador

Atlantico
Barroca

Restaurant / Bar with spacious outside terrace, lounge, log fire, dining area & pool table, darts and free wi-fi..  Open Mon - Fri from 17.00.  Food served from 18.00.  Sat & Sun open from 12.00 serving Sunday Roast from 13.00 - 20.00.  Some live music & entertainment nights - check the outside boards.  Rua Dirieta, opposite Chinese Shop. Tel: (+351) 282 762 799

Barroca
Belavista Hotel

Belavista Hotel open to non-residents. Varied menu and daily specials. Open daily from 18.00. Musical entertainment some evenings. BBQ on Wednesday nights. Booking recommended. Rua Primeiro de Maio - right at the top of the hill from the square

Belavista Hotel
The Bull

English Pub serving snacks daily in the bar from 10.30 - 16.00. Sky TV and air-conditioning. Smoking permitted. Sun terrace with outside TV for events. Upstairs restaurant open daily (except Saturday) from 18.30 - 22.15 serving English food. Just off the square before Kelly's.  Tel:  (+351) 282 788 823

The Bull
Cafe Fabrica

Bistro/cafe offering an excellent selection of 'home made' food to suit everyone.  Free Wi-Fi.  Rua da Praia 18 - just up from the seafront.  Tel:  (+351) 282 761 492

Cafe Fabrica
Chaplins

British homemade dishes - Fish & Chips a speciality. Cataplana is available for one (usually it's for 2) plus steaks, sausages & mash etc, 3 course Sunday Roast (12.30 to 21.00 ) and take-aways.  Food served 18.00 - 22.00. Quiz night every Tuesday at 22.00.  Tel:  (+351) 282 763 390

Chaplins
Chicca's

Fresh homemade food served daily plus take-aways available. Check the blackboards for a daily change of menu. Booking recommended as it has limited space. Rua de Varzea 3, where it joins the Rua Direita on the way out of Luz. Tel: (+351) 282 761 334

Chicca's
A Concha

Situated right on the seafront with inside and outside seating available plus roof terrace. Great views of the bay serving a selection of Portuguese food particularly fresh fish & seafood. Open daily for meals and snacks from 12.30pm.  Av. dos Pescadores 6. Tel: (+351) 282 788 584

A Concha
Delicia Pizzeria

Pizza and Pasta restaurant and take-away plus delivery service. Seating upstairs, downstairs and outside. Specials available - check the blackboard inside. Open 18.00 - 22.00 - closed Mondays. Rua 1 de Maio 2C beside Torrie O Cafe - up the hill from the CA bank at the square. Tel:  (+351) 282 789 766

Delicia Pizzeria
The Dolphin

South African restaurant with some Portuguese dishes and fresh fish. Excellent service and great views from the tables on the covered terrace. African Art & Craft shop. Has a separate/bar waiting room. Booking recommended. Open from 18.00. Closed Sundays.  Rua da Calheta, 19.  Tel:  (+351)  282 789 992

 

The Dolphin
Fortaleza

Overlooking the sea with magnificent views. Open for lunch every day from 12.00 -15.00 with A La carte and set menu and 18.00 - 22.00 with daily 'chef's' specials. Live music on Thursday nights and a 'Jazz Sunday Lunch' in summer. 3 Rua da Igreja just below the Church. Tel: (+351) 282 789 926

Fortaleza
The Galley

Cafe/restaurant with superb sea views. Open from 9am. Full evening menu and specials from 18.00. Some live music. Closed Monday & Tuesday in winter.  Av. Pescadores half way along the Promenade up steps or via Rua do Poco down some steps.  Tel:  (+351) 282 769 063

The Galley
Hugo Beaty

A large bar and cafe situated within the Estrala da Luz complex. Breakfast, tapas and snacks/light meals all day with daily specials and evening menu.   Free Wi-Fi, Pool table, TV's. Some evening entertainment - check the boards!  Tel:  (+351) 282 789 926

Hugo Beaty
Look

ClOSED FOR WINTER.  Portuguese 'Steak Cafe' serving drinks, snacks & meals.  Open Mon - Sat from 15.00 for drinks and meals served from 18.00.  Booking recommended.  6/8 Rua da Calheta, beside Kelly's.  Tel:  (+351) 282 761 316

Look
The Mirage

CLOSED

The Mirage
Onda Luz

Portuguese spacious restaurant offering a variety of dishes. Open evenings only from 17.30 - 00.00. Rua Direita 4a - at the end of the village on the road to Boavista Golf. Tel: (+351) 282 767 350

Onda Luz
Paraiso

Luz's beach bar offering snacks, drinks and light meals daily. Evening menu.  Kid's play area on the beach. Ave. dos Pescadores 6 - right on the beach opposite Habana/Lazuli. Tel: (+351) 282 788 246

Paraiso
Pashmina

Tandoori-Indian Restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Children's menu and take-away available. Open from 12.00 - 14.30 and 18.00 - 23.00. Situated below the Church - Avenida dos Pescadores 3. Tel:  (+351) 282 789 667(+351) 282 789 667

 

10% Discount for clients staying at Ocean Villas, Luz

Pashmina
Piri Piri Shack

Portuguese restaurant and take-away serving charcoal grilled chicken, meats and fish.  Open daily for lunch 12.00-15.00 and dinner 18.00 - 22.00.  3 course lunch 8.50€ inc drink and coffee.  See blackboard for daily specials. Tel: (+351) 282 789 920

Piri Piri Shack
Pizza Real

Pizzas, salads, lasagne, Indian curries and homemade desserts available as either sit in or take away. Booking and pre-ordering recommended as it can get busy during the season. Open daily from 18.00 - 22.00. Located just up from the seafront - a wooden hut know locally as 'The Shack'.  Tel:  (+351) 282 788

Pizza Real
Pizzeria da Luz

Pizza and pasta restaurant. Part of The Ocean Club.  Open to non-residents from 18.00 - 22.30. Located up the hill from the back of Baptista - Rua Dr. Francisco Gentil Martins. Tel: (+351) 912 871 561

Pizzeria da Luz
Royal Garden Chinese

A large Chinese restaurant and take-away with an extensive menu as well as set menus. Open daily from 12.00 - 15.00 and 18.00 - 23.00. Located just off the square. Rua 25 Abril. Tel:  (+351) 282 767 239

Royal Garden Chinese
Saffron Indian Kitchen
Indian Restaurant using clay oven. Seating inside and outside.   Take away service is available.  Closed Sundays.  Av. dos Pescadores, 4 - below the church. Tel: (+351) 282 768 825
 
10% discount for clients staying at Ocean Villas, Luz
Saffron Indian Kitchen
Valentino's

A large restaurant with a relaxed friendly atmosphere.  Child friendly - pencils and paper to keep them occupied while waiting for their meal. Highchairs supplied.  An extensive menu with everything homemade  including desserts,  vegetarian and Portuguese dishes plus homemade pizzas to eat in or take-away.  Fresh fish every day plus daily specials.   Open daily from 18.00. Situated just up the hill from the beach past Bombordo/Pizza Real - Rua da Praia 10. Tel:  (+351) 282 760 096 (+351) 914 852

Valentino's
Windies Bar & Bistro

CLOSED

 

Windies Bar & Bistro
YOLO

Formerly O Antonio.  Re-opening April 2014 under new ownership.  Rua da Praia - half way up the hill from the beach. Tel: (+351) 282 789 289

YOLO




home - algarve villas - algarve large villas - algarve villa rentals
villas in the algarve portugal - luxury algarve villas - algarve holiday villa
cheap villas in algarve - algarve apartments - algarve car hire
villas in portugal - praia da luz portugal - sitemap

 


www.zcars-algarve.com
Web design London
  © Star Villa Holidays 2006 - 2017 - All rights reserved

Starvilla's fast response to booking enquiry is powered by:
Rentaldate, the online availability chart for villa owners, agents and manager
With Rentaldate, owners, agents and manager can see real-time availabilities of villas they share with their associates.