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Leonardo Cafe Italian Restaurant

Traversa Pousada 22 | Ihla Do Sal, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal 4111, Cape Verde
+238 981 00 57
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good32%
  • Average16%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
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“pizza” (45 reviews)
“tiramisu” (11 reviews)
“fillet steak” (8 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Traversa Pousada 22 | Ihla Do Sal, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal 4111, Cape Verde
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is a true high-quality restaurant. The pizzas are as in Italy, and the desserts are as if you would get them in Venice. The drinks are more expensive than in other restaurants, but again, this is because they are imported and not generic.

Thank Kristina S
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Propably the best pasta I've eaten. Went once, came back for a rerun, and was equally satisfied. Extremely friendly and service minded staff.

Thank Magnus G
Reviewed 24 June 2017

This restaurant was recommended by the hotel receptionist for its pizza and of Italian standards. It was highly disappointing when already ordered our drinks we spoke to the owner to find out that their product were all frozen............no fresh fish? We had a fillet steak...More

Thank Marcello L
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Ate here a couple times, food and service was always good. The pannacotta was to die for Didn't manage to see the "Secret Garden"

Thank margaretmanuel1
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Highly recommended. Fresh tunafish and lobster pasta are recommended as are the pizzas. Good selection of wine and nice location in a small alley. You should visit atleast once when in Santa Maria.

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

We were celebrating a birthday this was a perfect choice with Great food, fabulous atmosphere, good value, great service, highly recommended.

Thank Jenny S
Reviewed 25 May 2017

A very authentic Italian restaurant with outside seating and an amazing interior on 2 floors with an open patio area at the top. The food is more than delicious with a wide choice of starters and 4 courses including desserts. Service is good but don't...More

Thank tracy20152016
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Visited twice on our stay once on the first floor open topped dining are and once downstairs. Lovely place for a couple or a family. Brilliant food with fish and meat quite fresh. Try something other than a boring old pizza there's so much to...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Apart from being bombarded by locals as soon as we got out of the taxi we finally found this place & it was lovely

Thank Kirsten M
Reviewed 26 April 2017

It was our first night and walked into 'town' to find a restaurant. Came across two in this side street which were very busy so decided can't be bad if so many people. They said it would be 5 mins wait for a table and...More

Thank Lesley M
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3 February 2017|
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Response from Creme-Bun | Reviewed this property |
All I can say is that the staff who dealt with our table were excellent - and even helped us by ordering and then taking us to the taxi at the end of the evening!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$18
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Traversa Pousada 22 | Ihla Do Sal, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal 4111, Cape Verde
  • Location: Africa  >  Cape Verde  >  Ilha do Sal  >  Santa Maria
  • Phone Number: +238 981 00 57
  • E-mail
Chic and comfortable, the Leonardo Cafe can give its customers the taste the flavor of "made in Italy". Located in the center of Santa Maria a few steps from the sea, you'll enjoyintimate and relaxing atmosphere for lunch and dinner, with a wide range of wines. With these words Leonardo da Vinci referred to his hometown and to the areas on the hills of Montalbano where the land yields genuine products and good will.Here, where hills, villages, priories, villas and farmhouses are surroundedby vineyards and olive groves, the presence of the Great Genius can still be felt.
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