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A Vela

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54 Rua do Barranco, Carvoeiro 8400-508, Portugal
16:00 - 23:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here for 2 nights during our stay at Monte Durado and it was without a doubt the best food we'd had during our stay in Carvoeiro. The owner Antonia is just fabulous. She is so genuine and treated our kids so well. We loved her homemade ice cream and prawn&monkfish skewers. The food is to die for, the... More 

Thank StephanieEMori
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

I have seen restaurant come and restaurants go in Carvoeiro but A Vela has gone from strength to strength. And no wonder Antonia the owner works none stop to ensure that customers like us come back year after year. A Vela is situated on the out road opposite the Old Market. The restaurant has glass screens that highlight the curve... More 

Thank MunroMoore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

We decided to try this restaurant for an evening meal, three days after it reopened after their winter break. The service was excellent the meal was also very good. Unfortunately there was only two other tables with diners, a singleton and 4 chaps on the other. This resulted in there being no atmosphere not helped by the modern interior. I... More 

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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The service was excellent. Antonia was very enthusiastic about all the dishes the restaurant had to offer and she talked us through each one. The food was fresh, tasty and plentiful.

Thank wishywashy10590
Toronto, Ontario
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

True Portuguese food - potatoes to die for!! The staff were absolutely great, very kind and knowledgeable. A Vela makes everything fresh as you order it, but it is worth the wait, we had a variety of items (black pork, veal, steak, sides) and everyone was thrilled. Hands down the best meal of the trip, and reasonably priced. Highly recommended!!

Thank Marciev86
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

EXPERIENCE: Booked on line TABLE: Lovely Table (round) and plenty of room AMBIENCE: Enjoyed the piano player FOOD: Brilliant - especially the deserts HOST: Antonio - lovely manner and cared about her food and her customers This restaurant scored 2nd top from 8 restaurants we ate out on our 8 day holiday

Thank Riley1958
Somerset, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Just eaten here as everywhere was packed, hard to believe in October. This restaurant seems to get a bit overlooked as it's not on the main strip. Probably the best meal of the holiday. Duck in mango sauce and cheesy potato gratin to die for. Husband had mixed meat kebab, also really good. Fresh,crisp veg too. Just walk that little... More 

Thank Allenshouse
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Locally owned and run portugese restaurant in Carvoeiro. Well presented and well prepared meal from Antonia and her staff. Always a warm welcome here. Meals and service excellent value for money. Advise booking in advance especially in the summer months

Thank Eileen T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Another great place to eat ,they also had a piano player playing some excellent back ground music. Food and service was excellent. You will enjoy.

Thank Rude G
Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The prawn cocktail starter was beautifully presented on a dinner plate but a huge portion for a starter (12 euros) The spaghetti with lobster was very good and the chocolate cake dessert really was the best. But at 90 euros for 2 people with a bottle of wine, I felt this was an over priced dinner compared to other restaurants... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54 Rua do Barranco, Carvoeiro 8400-508, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Carvoeiro
  • Phone Number: 351969607116

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?