Top 10 Mediterranean Restaurants in Algarve

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The Best Mediterranean Restaurants in the Algarve

Mediterranean cuisine and the Mediterranean diet are the holy grail of food – delicious and good for you! Portugal is finally being recognized as a serious foodie destination and the Algarve, with its sun blessed land and wonderful coastline, is home to some amazing restaurants serving outstanding Mediterranean and Portuguese food.

Mediterranean cuisine features local and seasonal produce with generous use of quality olive oil, plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood, served with handfuls of fresh herbs and enjoyed in the company of friends, washed down with glasses of local wine. And that’s exactly what you find at many Algarvian restaurants, be they fine dining or homestyle eateries. Here are some of our favourite Mediterranean restaurants in the Algarve.

Ocean Restaurant
Holding 2 Michelin Stars since 2011, Ocean Restaurant is not for your everyday “let’s grab a quick bite” meal. It’s an experience to be savoured and enjoyed. Everything from the immersive ocean inspired décor and mesmerizing views to the spectacular food, speaks of the essence of the seas, the uniqueness in flavour of each locally sourced ingredient enhanced but not altered by the magic of Chef Hans Neuner and his team. Ocean Restaurant is located at VILA VITA Parc Resort, near Porches.

If Mediterranean cusine is about seafood, herbs, vegetables and olive oil, then Ababuja ticks all the boxes. With a strong Algarvian identity, Ababuja in Alvor is famous for its fresh fish, grilled over charcoal and accompanied by a simple fresh salad. Choose your fish from the catch of the day, watch it being grilled and then enjoy every mouthful.

Casa do Lago
Quinta do Lago is home to some spectacular restaurants. Casa do Lago is a favourite due to its fabulous location overlooking the lake and close to the beach and wonderful 360º views. Casa do Lago always has a great range of seafood on offer, as well as meat dishes, and has a relaxed summer vibe all year round, making it the perfect holiday eatery.

Paesano Italian Restaurant
Paesano Restaurant in Alvor serves quality and authentic Italian cuisine. Sister restaurant to the fantastically popular Vagabondo, Paesano's menu is extensive with a great variety of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, as well as all your your pizza and pasta favourites, Italian ice cream and many other delicious desserts. The pasta is all made at Paesano and there are gluten free and vegan options. There is a children's menu available too.
Sandbanks Restaurant
Overlooking the long golden beach of Vale do Lobo, and centrally located in the famous Praça, Sandbanks is an all day Mediterranean feast of deliciousness. From light lunches to romantic candlelit dinners by the sea, Sandbanks is perfect for dinner á deux or a fun get together with friends.

Chef's Kitchen
Modern and stylish world cuisine with a stong Mediterranean influence. Colourful, healthy, seasonal and delicious - that's what Chef's Kitchen is all about. Located in Carvoeiro, Chef's Kitchen is a super summer restaurant, with outside dining terraces as well as a cosy winter venue. Aside from the great food, check out the amazing cocktails.

Mirandus Restaurant
Overlooking the ocean at Lagos in the Western Algarve, Mirandus Restaurant offers super Mediterranean fine dining and artisan cuisine. With an emphasis on all things natural and healthy, the menu at Mirandus features seasonal and wild local produce that result in dishes that are good for you and the planet.
Hexagone Restaurant
Modern Mediterranean cuisine where the true flavours of the local ingredients pop – that’s what you get at Hexagone Restaurant. Located just outside Carvoeiro, be sure to ask for the Chef’s Special . There is always some spectacular, seasonal and creative dish to be enjoyed that highlights some local and seasonal ingredient.

Arte Nautica
One of VILA VITA Parc's off-resort restaurants, Arte Náutica is set on the vast expanse of Armação de Pêra beach. Endless views go perfectly with the delicious food where local seafood has a starring role, along with the fresh, and mostly organic, produce.

Bon Bon Restaurant
Also holder of a Michelin Star, Bon Bon, offers amazing algarvian inspired food with the volume set to fine dining. Chef Rui Silvestre uses the bounties of his local Algarve - plants, herbs, seafood and sea plants - to serve deceptively simple, technically complicated and sublimely flavoured dishes. Open for dinner only, Bon Bon is located near Carvoeiro.