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Bistro Central

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Largo da Liberdade 24, Salema, Portugal
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only visited this restaurant as initial choices in Burgau were closed. How lucky we were.. I ate off the 18 euro Evening menu and chose fish soup, as always, lamb chops and Chocolate fondant for dessert. A good choice with the plentiful grilled lamb chops served with a really good gratin potato dish. The OH chose off the a la... More 

1 Thank Silver_foxCardiff
North Wales, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Visit this restaurant every time we visit salema which is few times a year. The food is always excellent the service was a bit slow in summer but they where always busy, the staff are all very friendly and make you feel welcome can't wait to go back in a few weeks.

1 Thank _carol592010
Guimaraes, Portugal
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I had a very good, satisfying vegetarian (mushroom) risotto, and beer. Since there was no table for a single person, I ended up eating at the bar, along with another single customer and a couple, and we had a great evening with interesting travel conversations. The service was good. The environment cozy and friendly. The price a bit high, but... More 

Thank vaibshah
Hamburg, Germany
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We had a coffee and a Nata cake here. The service was slow and did not pay any attention. The coffee was an ok machine cup. The cake tasted like fat used way too often. Even paying at the end seemed to be challenge for the waiter.

Thank britta k
New Romney, United Kingdom
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167 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This is the best restaurant in Salema. They have a lunch menu and then change it for dinner. The staff are very attentive and friendly. If you want a light lunch they have a very simple but tasty tapas menu. In the evening for dinner there is a comprehensive menu which caters for all tastes. Meat fish or pastas. Try... More 

1 Thank hungryman47
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Great location but they just don't make the most of it. Good main waiter chap who really helps set the atmosphere but the food disappoints. Over cooked and uninventive compared to other local restaurants

Thank CR1956
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We decided to come here for lunch on the last day of our holiday . The resturant is well situated in the town square overlooking the sea , the service is friendly but not very quick so be prepared for a small wait. We choose off the lunch time menu and found the food to be very good and well... More 

Thank Andrew B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

One of my favourite restaurants in the whole Algarve. The food is fresh and delicious and the staff are very friendly and attentive. Definitely take note of the specials as these are always incredible, and I highly recommend the steak. I'd also say you need to book as it can get busy at peak times.

Thank Meg B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We had a great meal at the restaurant, they went out of there way to accommodate us at short notice, the cheese with figs and honey was outstanding. Great choices in wine, and made me a great vegetarian pasta, With wild herbs and white wine.

1 Thank Dollydeb
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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11 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Since the change of ownership the quality of the food and service has deteriorated Staff smoking and drinking out of bottles is not acceptable

Thank Daveinthedales

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, International, Portuguese
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Largo da Liberdade 24, Salema, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Salema
  • Phone Number: 351934194215

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?