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A Vela

Rua do Barranco 54, Carvoeiro 8400-508, Portugal
+351 969 607 116
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“suckling pig” (16 reviews)
“cheesy potatoes” (16 reviews)
“pork slices” (7 reviews)
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Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Rua do Barranco 54, Carvoeiro 8400-508, Portugal
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were in Carvoeiro for a family visit and wanted a restaurant not previously visited, we weren't sure about A vela from the menu but wow were we we happy with the choice. They found us a fabulous table upstairs and the food and service...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to A Vela last week during our stay in Carvoeiro. It has been our best evening out. Food was nice, but what made it such a nice evening was the friendliness of the staff who was attending to our table. To the point...More

Thank ClaireNotClare
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having been to Carveiro 6 months earlier, we tried most of the restaurants we had been to last time but they where all full. For some reason we had missed this one, what a miss it was lol. Had a great meal, all our family...More

Thank ozmeister1972
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ate here with my husband and two kids aged 4 and 18 months. I couldn't fault the service, very friendly and helpful. Portion sizes weren't huge but meal was nice. Very clean and had love piano music in the interior

Thank Finola C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would avoid this place. The food and service were fine until the bill came. They had offered bread and butter and pate. I saw a small charge (1 euro) on the menu which was fine. When the bill arrived they charged us for three...More

Thank CuseSox
stefiecobrinha, Proprietário at A Vela, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Mr. CuseSox, Please find our apologies and response below. As you already mentioned our ‘food and service were fine’. Therefore ‘rude’ is not actually the best description concerning our service neither our food. The small charge of 1€ is mentioned in detail in each...More

Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

We had just arrived in Carvoeiro and went in search of an evening meal. We were eating after 10pm and people arriving after 10:30pm were invited to take a table. We chose three mains of sea bass, golden bream (dorada) and a monkfish & king...More

Thank GrahamHwt
Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

Beautiful restaurant and lovely staff. Food could be better. Lot of money for what it is so not convinced after hearing people saying it was great. They should try Casa Algarvia or Taste.

1  Thank KentGirl22
Reviewed 15 April 2018

They had me at suckling pig but then add cheesy potatoes and YUM! Our server JOAO was terrific, fun and very courteous. Antonia our hostess, smiling and charming. A piano playing upstairs added to the very enjoyable and delicious meal.

Thank patriciabguppy
Reviewed 9 April 2018

Greeted as soon as we came in the door and felt looked after for the entire length of our stay from that point. Wide enough choice of menu selections and largely simple but tasty dishes.

Thank H1a2015
Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

We had a lovely meal in a vela. The menu is varied with a good choice of Portuguese dishes. We had a stake which was cooked to perfection and meat kebab that you cook yourself at the table, a bit of fun, but can be...More

Thank Sylwia S
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Andy T
23 October 2017|
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Response from David G | Reviewed this property |
Just returned from Carvoeiro. Note on door says that A Vela is closed until 31 January 2018.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua do Barranco 54, Carvoeiro 8400-508, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Carvoeiro
  • Phone Number: +351 969 607 116
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A Vela offers a variety of traditional, international and Mediterranean cuisine. You can start of with a magnificent traditional dish from the Algarve Coast, Muxama (dried tuna salad) or even share a national cheese plate with homemade jams. As a main you can order between fish, meat or share dishes with your family & friends. A Vela’s Guests love the octopus a lagareiro style and the steak on the stone ‘do it yourself’ as well as the so typical Cataplana. When it comes to the delicious and All Homemade desserts, by Antónia, it is hard to resist to a special Orange tiramisu or a traditional Fig and Carob Tart from the Algarve.
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