Although Portimão may not be the most aesthetically pleasing city in the Algarve, it's still a beloved destination for many due to its gorgeous beaches, scenic hiking trails, and bustling atmosphere. In this post, I've compiled a list of the best restaurants, vegetarian-friendly cafes, and beach bars to help you make the most out of your culinary experience in, and close to Portimão. If you're wondering where to eat in Portimão, look no further! Let's dive in and discover some of our favorite dining spots.
My absolute number 1 restaurant in the region! This tiny place is located on a narrow cobbled street in the old town of Portimão. They serve the best traditional food I've ever had in the Algarve. You have to be okay with eating lots of shellfish and seafood but if you do, this is the best local Portuguese food you'll ever have (promise). The concept is to order a few dishes (like tapas) and share with your table. Have the waiter recommend a nice local wine to you and maybe even some of the dishes. Try the weird things on the menu, you will not be disappointed. 😉
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Situated on the stunning Praia Grande in Ferragudo, just across the Portimão Marina, lies one of my absolute favorite beach bars/restaurants! This gem is the ideal spot to relish a sunset drink followed by a delectable dinner, all while basking in the captivating view of the sandy bay and the ocean. Indulge in beachside cocktails and savor (optional vegetarian) sushi for a truly delightful experience! It's the perfect place to unwind and enjoy some downtime after a fun-filled day by the sea. What I like is that, in addition to their delicious fresh fish offerings, they also cater to those seeking vegetarian and vegan options. I highly recommend visiting on weekends to revel in the live music and laid-back atmosphere.
Located on the main beach of Portimão, Praia da Rocha, you'll discover a beach club and restaurant. Nestled side by side at the Marina bay on the east side of Praia da Rocha, these venues exude a touch of sophistication.
The restaurant is situated on the Marina side, while the beach bar resides on the beach side, both emanating a paradisiacal ambiance and a relaxed beach atmosphere. It's the epitome of barefoot luxury, just the way I like it! 😉
Both places are perfect for unwinding after a sun-soaked day at the beach and indulging in refreshing cocktails while gazing at the ocean. With its breathtaking sea view, this is undeniably the quintessential restaurant in Portimão! Personally, I love the lively music nights at NoSoloÁgua restaurant. Imagine immersing yourself in live jazz and Bossa nova melodies as you savor a drink and dinner against the backdrop of the pool and the ocean. It doesn't get much better than this, does it?
Rei das Praias
If you love dinner by the ocean (and you probably do), this is the perfect place to go. Located on the east side Ferragudo (the town next to Portimão) , you'll find this beach bar and restaurant with the most amazing view. The roof terrace is a wonderful place for a late lunch or a cold bear overlooking the clear blue ocean and beautiful golden Algarve cliffs. Rei das Praias serves excellent super fresh (sea)food for lunch and dinner. I can only recommend.
If you prefer dining in a stylish and sophisticated setting, Meshua is the perfect choice for your dinner experience. If you're a fan of NoSoloÁgua restaurant, this will surely align with your preferences. Delight in a dinner accompanied by refreshing cocktails, either outdoors by the poolside or indoors in the elegantly styled restaurant. Even outside of the summer season, Meshua remains an excellent dining destination, offering a delightful experience indoors.
The menu at Meshua presents a fusion of South American and Asian cuisines infused with a Portuguese twist. Indulge in tantalizing options such as flavorful tacos, sushi, or freshly grilled fish. This brand new gem in Portimão brings together an array of culinary delights that are sure to satisfy your cravings. Enjoy!
The simplicity of freshly caught fish and traditional dishes with one of the most beautiful views you will ever see! Caniço is a restaurant in (yes, in!) the rock formations of one of my favorite beaches, Praia dos três Irmaos. To enjoy a lunch with these breathtaking views you first have to take a beautiful and somewhat adventurous route trough narrow cliffs and beautiful rock formations.
I will keep expanding this list whenever I find a new place that I love! In the mean time, if you have any recommendations, make sure to notify me about it by sending an email to email@example.com.