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Cais Herculano, Praia Dos Pescadores | Cais Herculano, Albufeira 8200-061, Portugal
+351 289 512 094
12:30 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 12:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 18:30 - 22:30
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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The setting of this restaurant is lovely. There is no menu, their formula is to make you choose appetizers and a fresh fish from the counter. I was with a friend and the guy manning the counter was pushing us towards the sea bass, which we had had several times already. We wanted dourada but were told they were too... More 

1 Thank Loraine T
Leeds, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Just fantastic food Not cheap ! But worth every penny It's a must visit if you enjoy fish and your in this area.

1 Thank dohertyproperties
New York
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

What an amazing restaurant on the beach! Staff could not of been friendlier and the seafood could not of been more delicious. This place was very reminiscent the Greek Islands. Such a romantic and awesome setting, which will put you right in the mood for a night on the town!

1 Thank nediva_in_nyc
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This old themed restaurant is beautiful with fabulous views of the Atlantic Ocean. The first thing you do is go up to a counter where you have masses of fresh fish ready to be picked and cooked. They weigh the fish in front of you and grill it. Every plate of fish also comes with potatoes and vegetables. It is... More 

1 Thank Casim C
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

hi, we have visited this restau for Christamas on the 24th of december 2016. The restau was nice and the service not bad. But when we have seen the check for the dinner of 6 persons , I was a bit disapointed, for example , we didnt order the butter and bread, we have thougth they are inluded as a... More 

Thank Svetlana K
Sandra L, Proprietário at Ruina A Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Sir or Madam, I believe the price was a bit disapointed for you, but please be correct on your comments and please check your bill and see ICE TEA 2,00€ not ICE!!! Regards, More 

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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Very rude head chef. Waiter OK. Asked for a starter and a main. Chef spoke in Portuguese to his waiter mocking us. Told us go to our seats. Two mains arrived. Charged for two mains. When I confronted them I was told head chef made this decision. 'Starter' was soggy. Main was tasty. Nice location but I was very disappointed... More 

Thank Philip J
Lisbon, Portugal
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251 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Great location in the old neighbourhood of Albufeira overlooking the beach and the sea. The fish is truly fresh and good

1 Thank tozepinto
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100 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

You are seated at your table and not given a menu taken to a counter which has all the fish on show with the price per Kg Overhaul is a little pushy to make your choice we had Sole at 80 euro/ kg most others in range of 40- 50/ kg ,did not even notice the salads which we saw... More 

1 Thank nuttallManchester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

My fiancée had the Sea Bass & I had the Fillet Steak with Pepper Sauce - delicious meal - wonderful service 😀Thank you

1 Thank Sheenakelly2408... B
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We came here on the strength of the supposed quality of the fish and the beautiful building that it is housed in. We will start with the building, it is beautiful running over 5 floors I think with a selection of different eating areas ranging from old with character to modern and contemporary complete with an outdoor balcony area looking... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, View
Open Hours
18:30 - 22:30
12:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cais Herculano, Praia Dos Pescadores | Cais Herculano, Albufeira 8200-061, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Albufeira
  • Phone Number: +351 289 512 094
Welcome to the website of Restaurant A Ruina, located in Albufeira, in the charismatic Praia dos Pescadores. To meet us is like tasting the best in the Typical Algarvian Gastronomy. • Using the wall structure from the Tower wich defended Sant'Ana's Door, the restaurant A Ruina is open since 1971 - with Joao and Salome Lazaro: the art of good hospitality, always - associated with the development of Albufeira. With four interior rooms, being one of them an ancient well room, in the Summer you can enjoy the terrace and the esplanada at the beach.

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