Restaurants with a view in the Algarve

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Where the food and the views vie for your attention

Looking for restaurants in the Algarve that offer a feast for your eyes as well as your stomach? Here's a selection of great restaurants where the views and the food vie for your attention. For bonus tips about great picnic spots, read to the end!

Everything tastes better when accompanied by a fabulous view. The amazing Dinner in the Sky, in Quinta do Lago, where you dine at a platform elevated 40m into the sky, only happens once a year. So where to find at a table with a view the rest of the year? Here are our suggestions of restaurants with great views. Not surprisingly, ocean views feature strongly. It is the Algarve, after all.
 

Casa Velha

The beautiful summer patio at Casa Velha overlooks Quinta do Lago lake and resort from it's prime hill-top position. As days moves to dusk, the scene is perfectly set for a summer evening of elegant fine dining. 

Sandbanks

Want frontline beach and ocean views as well as great food? Sandbanks is for you. Located at Vale do Lobo Praça, Sandbanks is a super all day restaurant that nails the casual yet stylish summer vibe. With its setting at the Praça, the beating heart of all the Vale do Lobo action, this is a prime people-watching spot.

Ocean

The view, the whole experience in fact, at Ocean restaurant is immersive. Holder of two Michelin stars, everything at Ocean restaurant, at VILA VITA Parc, is done exceptionally well. Upon entering the restaurant, the vastness of the ocean view embraces each diner and sets the focus on all things oceanic, aided with the subtle yet highly effective decor.

Caniço

The views at Caniço are golden sands and azure waters, but it is the manner in which they appear to you that creates a frisson. Caniço is reached via an elevator that descends through the cliffs, opening to a dimly lit and narrow corrider from which you emerge blinking in the sunlight and bewitched by the views. Not a bad start to a meal. Caniço, next to Alvor in the western Algarve, is open all day from March to October.

Akvavit

If you like your views to include dozens of sleek and shiny yachts, then Akvavit will surely hit the spot. The above water deck gives front row views of the yachts coming and going at Vilamoura marina. Open all day and with an appropriate nautical theme, Akvavit serves a wonderful selection of portuguese, swedish, french and international cuisine.

Ababuja

Ababuja also overlooks boats, but the view is less of sleek yachts and more of colourful fishing boats and old fishermen mending their nets while seagulls wheel in the sky. Set by the riverside in the small village of Alvor, the restaurant overlooks the small marina as well as what was the old fish market. A shaded area, this is a favoured spot with local elders and where they gather for a few hands of card, sheltered from the hot sun. As befits its location, at Ababuja you can enjoy wonderful, fresh fish, cooked over charcoal and tasting quintessentially algarvian.

Belmondo

For a little history with your view, feast your eyes on the picturesque and very old chapel of Nossa Senhora da Rocha, serenely perched atop the cliffs while the waves crash on beach. From the crescent shaped deck at Belmondo restaurant, you can look across the large pool in the gardens towards the cliffs to the white washed chapel. 

Mirandus

Mirandus Restaurant, at boutique hotel Vivenda Miranda in Lagos, offers uncluttered ocean views to soothe your soul. Paired with the fresh and healthy mediterranean cusine, a meal here replenishes the senses. The vast ocean views are mezmerizing. Keep an eye out for passing dolpins. They can sometimes be spotted just off the coast.

Cafe Ingles

No sea view here. Instead, your eyes are filled with the warm red tones of the ancient bricks used to build Silves castle and cathedral. Café Ingles is a relaxed bistro style restaurant that nestles directly beneath the medieval castle walls. More than just a restaurant, Café Ingles regularly hosts live music evenings, cinema nights and performance arts.

Of course to enjoy dinner with a view you could just grab a blanket, your favourite snacks, a bottle of wine and explore...
Explore the clifftop wonder world that is Ponta de Piedade - a fantasty landscape of caves and grottoes caved from the cliffs by Mother Nature. From the cliffs, the views across Lagos and  Alvor Bay are beautiful.
Sagres, at the western tip of the Algarve, exerts and elemental attraction on all who visit. The views from the Fortaleza (fort) are immense, the waves are ponderous and the air is pure.
Travel the West Coast, the Costa Vicentina, stopping at will at any of the amazing beaches. Many of them are backed by cliffs which make for excellent viewing points. And of course, the sunsets here are incredible. Visit Monte Clerigo, Arrifana, beautiful Amoreira and Odeceixe.
To the East, the gentle beauty of Cacela Velha, near Tavira, is romantic and charming. A tiny hamlet, home to some lovely restaurants, there are wonderful views of the Ria Formosa islands from the hamlet.
Views are always better from an elevated point. Fóia is the highest point in the Algarve at 902m above sea level. Set in the Monchique hills, the views from this area are stunning. The coastline is laid out before you – as far east as Albufeira and Vilamoura, to the west to Sagres and along the Western coast. To the north you can see the rolling plains of the neighbouring province, Alentejo.