Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Algarve
Those lazy languid days of summer are conducive to slow, romantic meals, while the sun sets
Valentine’s Day approaches, and our thoughts turn to all things romantic. But as romance is good on any date, not just February 14th, here’s our pick of Top Romantic Restaurants in the Algarve to help you wow your love with a special venue, any time of year. And don’t forget to check out our guide to Top 10 Romantic Places and the Top 10 Reasons to Marry in the Algarve…..could come in handy if that romantic dinner goes well.
An incredibly romantic and unique setting, fabulous food and amazing views – all of this is yours to enjoy at Caniço, near Alvor. Caniço has that secret hideaway vibe – its sculpted from the cliffs, set in a small bay, washed by the Atlantic. Access to the restaurant and bar is by elevator through the cliffs. Perfect for sundowners and dinner ? deux. Book a table on an evening with a full moon. You won’t be sorry.
They say nobody does romance like the Italians…so where better for a romantic evening than a superb Italian restaurant, with refined classic service, delicious and authentic Italian food, a great wine cellar and amazing views across the cliff tops to the iconic chapel of Senhora da Rocha? Belmondo delivers all this and more.
Casa do Campo
For some secret garden magical romance, Casa do Campo, in Almancil is hard to beat. Rustically charming and elegantly simple, the stars of the show here are the food, of course, and the amazing and expansive fig tree that is over 200 years old and is the centre of attention in the garden terrace. With luscious generosity, this great tree frequently drops fresh figs in to the laps of diners. Literally.
Starlight and romance go very well together. At Ocean Restaurant , the flagship gourmet restaurant of Vila Vita Parc, you can enjoy a meal that shines with the brilliance of not one, but two, Michelin stars. Aside from the highest standards of food and service, Ocean Restaurant also offers views that are simply beautiful.
If you like your romance with a generous dash of chic and stylish, then Parrilla Natural is the place for you. Here you can dine beneath the stars, under the protective canopy of a huge pine tree, sipping Parrilla Natural’s signature mojitos and enjoying seriously good beef. A very large restaurant, each guest is nonetheless made to feel like the most important person in the place.
O Leão de Porches
If your idea of romance is atmospheric, timeless elegance with a hint of rusticity and a whiff of history, then O Leão de Porches ticks those boxes. Housed in a 17th century building with thick whitewashed walls and ambience galore, the setting is the perfect counterpoint to the modern Mediterranean cuisine.
Modern and sleek, with intriguing views on all the action in the kitchen, Gusto by Heinz Beck at Conrad Algarve delivers that touch of exclusivity and stand out service that ensures the perfect setting for a special evening. The excellence of the food is complemented by the superb wine list choosen by Gusto’s sommelier, Antonio Lopes, who just happens to be one of the best in Portugal.
Those lazy languid days of summer are conducive to slow, romantic meals, while watching the sun dip below the horizon. Windsurf is a simple restaurant set right on the huge expanse of Alvor beach that offers not only delicious and fresh food with friendly, unhurried service, it offers the rare opportunity to really appreciate the moment – there are no TVs here, no wi-fi and the background music is provided by the waves crashing on the beach.
NosoloÁgua Beach Club and Restaurant overlooks the Praia da Rocha marina and beach. It is beautiful, indulgent, chic and trendy , sand-between-your-toes luxury. Lounge on a private daybed for two while sipping champagne, nibble some sushi and enjoy the views.
Keeping west and by the sea, Restaurant Mirandus, near Lagos, is a romantic’s haven. Set within the Vivenda Miranda boutique hotel, itself no slouch in the romance department, Mirandus marries fresh, delicious Mediterranean cuisine and those amazing views of the endless Atlantic horizon. Add the occasional extra of dolphins frolicking offshore and you have all the ingredients for a romantic evening to remember.
Note: not all of the above restaurants are open on February 14th - but who said romance is only for Valentine's day?