Top 10 Algarve Outside Dining Restaurants

From pretty courtyards to ocean views

Dining outdoors or al fresco is one of the greatest pleasures of the Algarve lifestyle. There are so many great restaurants in the region, many of them with lovely terraces so that you can enjoy the summer weather and al fresco dining at it’s best.  Sea views, country views, lush garden patios and a hint of magic……..

Casa do Lago

Set right by the lake in Quinta do Lago, Casa do Lago has front row views of the lake and the dunes leading onto the beach.There is an ample sundeck and the relaxed vibe makes Casa do Lago perfect for sundowners and lazy summer dining. Open all day, Casa do Lago is the kind of place you end up spending more time in than anticipated.

Casa do Campo

For a magic garden experience, Casa do Campo garden terrace is the place! Centre stage and absolute star is the huge fig tree, reckoned to be over 200 years old and which, aside from providing a beautiful cool and leafy shade, literally drops fresh, delicious figs into diners’ laps. A very unique dining experience. The international and mediterranean menu features lots of fresh and bio vegetables from Casa do Campo's own farm.

Praia Dourada

With the guarantee of quality that comes with the VILA VITA Parc name, Praia Dourada Beach Restaurant is set by the water's edge on Armação de Pêra beach. The atmosphere and menu at Praia Dourada is young and modern featuring fresh seafood, as well as quality beef, tasty homemade burgers, artisan pizzas, spicy spareribs and wraps. Praia Dourada has a great selection of gin, summer cocktails and cold press juices to enjoy too!

Parrilla Natural

Parrilla Natural

Without doubt, this is one of the must do restaurant experiences in the Golden Triangle. Not only is the food amazing, the huge deck and terrace is made for long, leisurely and fun evenings. Sipping a Mojito under the canopy of the 200 year old pine tree on the Parrilla Natural deck is what summer in the Algarve is all about. There is a fabulous bar in the gardens and lots of cosy and secret corners.

Mirandus Restaurant

Mirandus Restaurant is the jewel in the crown of the beautiful Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda. Here you can dine in a romantic clifftop setting in Lagos and enjoy sumptuous Mediterranean and gourmet artisan cuisine, and breath-taking views of the ocean and coastline.

Mirandus caters for all tastes and needs, with menus that include vegetarian options, suggestions for those looking for organic or vegan options and those with special dietary needs including raw food. 

Gourmet Natural

Chic elegance and relaxed sophistication are the order of the day at Gourmet Natural, where the magial scenario compliments the amazing food beautifully. A quite unique restaurant, Gourmet Natural is housed in a traditional villa, with ample grounds for a very private dining experience. There is a stunning patio and deck area that are the seating areas of choice in the summer months. Gournet Natural has a new menu for 2018 with a range of delicious dishes as well as their famous steaks.


Set on the main restaurant street in Alvor, at first glance you would be forgiven for thinking that Vagabondo Restaurant doesn’t offer much in the way of outdoor dining. However, the restaurant has one of the best garden courtyards to be found in the Western Algarve. Lemon and orange trees perfume the air and provide a leafy shade, while the catch of the day and delicious ribs sizzle on the charcoal grill in the corner. For over 25 years, Vagabondo has been serving up great food!

Willie's Restaurant

Not only do you get to enjoy fine dining at the Michelin starred Willie's Restaurant in Vilamoura, you can do so on a beautiful terrace, surrounding by lush plants and fragrant flowers. A well-established and succesful restaurant, Willie's is in a quiet residential location, perfect for relaxing al fresco dining. The menu is international in flavour and the quality is consistent and outstanding.


The Praça in Vale do Lobo is where it all happens – and Sandbanks has the best views in town. Not only do you get to watch all the action and enjoy the live music on the Praça stage, you get sea views too. Ideal for sundowners, family and friends celebrations. Open all day, in the evening, the light at dusk has a special magic...


Ababuja is the place to go for fresh seafood and fish. Overlooking the Ria de Alvor, and the old local fish market, Ababuja always has the freshest catch and a great range of fish to choose from, simply grilled over charcol, by their expert grill-man. There are tables outside by ther river, perfect for people watching. And the inside dining room has sliding windows and a retractable roof, turning the inside room, outside.