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Arsenio's Restaurant

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Rua Santa Maria 169 | Madeira Restaurants, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
+351 291 224 007
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped here for a late lunch because we saw sardines being freshly barbecued over open coals. Furthermore, there was a vacant table on the outside veranda which looked very attractive. Our meals of tomato and onion salads followed by the sardines were delicious. Together with a glass of really good house white wine and coffees our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here for the fado music and which we appreciated very much. There were four different artists who entertained us about half the time. Plus one waiter with a spectacular base voice. We got an excellent table and chose catch of the day which was a splendid red snapper together with cooked potatoes and veggies. Service was very efficient.

Thank Ugurd
Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had sardines on the wood barbecue for lunch which were fresh and delicious and so went back the following evening which was a Friday. The fish of the day was excellent, grouper and trigger fish and we had a very pleasant bottle of Portuguese chenin blanc. The entertainment was madeiran singers with banjo, mandolin and guitar. The restaurant was... More 

Thank judithvb
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really wanted some properly cooked sardines; in a charcoal grill. This was the only place that seemed to do it, you could see them cooking them. They were very good so i also tried the grilled octopus this was as it should be, for grilled fish this is the place; the gin & tonic is also reasonably priced.

Thank mike y
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I had a great meal at Arsenio's. I went there for lunch many years ago but don't remember it being as good as it was last week. It's really worth going to, the good sign should be that there was no one outside trying to get people coming in to the restaurant. The food is really tasty... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

The food is great. But there is one Major problem.. It's the service. It takes a long time and is not that great..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We ate here last night after walking up and down the Old Town. So glad we decided to eat here. We sat inside as the outside tables were full but it ended up being the perfect spot. A group began to play their local Fado music with alternating people signing. They were amazing and the atmosphere felt so 'Madeiran' We... More 

Thank Melissa7j
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The restaurant is very traditional in the old part of Funchal, a place full of character. Good food too.

Thank Linda G
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We spent some time trying to work out the relationship between the guy who 'collected' customers, the chef who cooked the fish on a wood fire on the terrace, the maitre d' and the very 'lived-in' old guy who wandered around the front of the restaurant getting in the way of the staff, smoking, and looking as if he used... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

My husband and I ate a late lunch/early dinner here twice. It's a great time to avoid the people coming to hear the live Fado. We had the privilege to meet and chat with the owner. He recommended some items and EVERYthing was delicious and cooked to perfection. We had such a great time, that we came back. It was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$17 - US$43
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Santa Maria 169 | Madeira Restaurants, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Madeira Islands  >  Madeira  >  Funchal
  • Phone Number: +351 291 224 007
Since 1981 serving and spreading typical Portuguese Cuisine in Funchal's Old town.
We are specialized in charcoal wood grills with local fish and meat.
Live Portuguese Fado Music every night from 19:30h until 23:30h

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