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A Vela

54 Rua do Barranco, Carvoeiro 8400-508, Portugal
+351 969 607 116
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“suckling pig” (15 reviews)
“cheesy potatoes” (15 reviews)
“black pork” (14 reviews)
Open Now
4:00 PM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
54 Rua do Barranco, Carvoeiro 8400-508, Portugal
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely setting , on two levels plus outside tables...good varied menu , with something for everyone . Closed sundays

Thank frillylondon64
Reviewed 22 October 2017

We eat at A Vela five or six times a year, whenever we're in Carvoeiro. We've never been disappointed yet. Antonia is friendly and welcoming, the food is always very good and it's such a pleasure to sit outside and enjoy the warm evenings. Tuna...More

Thank Lesley_wta
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Our second visit in 2 years last evening. Met by the very friendly hostess who showed us to our table. Such a warm and welcoming lady. The meal was out of this world. The hostess even remembered that we had visited at a similar time...More

Thank Vinny W
Reviewed 14 October 2017

The lovely Antonia makes a charming hostess in the lovely restaurant A Vela. The food is great and good value. I recommend it highly. It is so relaxing to sit outside and view the passing scene. The extra bonus for customers is as well as...More

Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Superb service from Antonia the speaker of many languages. Went with friends on a golf break and found this little gem. Ended up going twice as it was so enjoyable. Good food and a nice atmosphere. Good prices. What more do you want!

Thank nickandchristineUk
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

The food was okay. The pianist, Peter was excellent. 3 stars for food, 5 stars for piano. Overall 4 stars. We came because we knew there would be live piano music. We were told it was quite warm upstairs where the pianist played so we...More

Thank JeffAbbott
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Just a little outside the city center you'll find this restaurant sitting on a corner waiting for you. The owner speaks seven languages which makes it easy for both parties to order exactly what you want. The fish we ordered (octopus and cob a vela...More

Thank Bob H
Reviewed 17 September 2017

We have eaten there a few times over the last few years. The food is very good: the steak on stone, the "bacalhau com natas" (codfish), the "polvo à lagareiro"(octopus), etc... The owner and the staff are really nice and they speak several languages: Portuguese,...More

Thank Debbie19732013
Reviewed 12 September 2017

This was our third visit in as many years. Service was OK - waitress although pleasant struggled a little, forgot our wine and seemed a bit out if her depth. Food was OK we had Wienerschnitzel which was average, although vegetables were lovely. We recommended...More

Thank mibon
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

My wife had the tuna which is cooked on your table on an incredibly hot plate (it was still hot after 20 mins!) and I had the Vela house cod (cooked with green pepper and tomato) and boiled potatoes. Along with a good children's spaghetti...More

Thank J m
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Andy T
23 October 2017|
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Response from David G | Reviewed this property |
Just returned from Carvoeiro. Note on door says that A Vela is closed until 31 January 2018.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54 Rua do Barranco, Carvoeiro 8400-508, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Carvoeiro
  • Phone Number: +351 969 607 116
"For authentic Alentejo cuisine in the Algarve, we highly recommend this chilled and cheerful restaurant only minutes away from Praia do Carvoeiro. The cavernous, open-plan dining room at A Vela has a light and breezy nautical theme and a mezzanine dining area, and is decorated with maritime bric a brac, sea-blue chairs and whitewashed walls. The café-style ambience is buzzy and fun, and the menu varied and reasonably priced. Classic dishes at A Vela include the black pork served with fresh vegetables and potatoes baked with melted cheese; the salad 'Caprese' style with tomato, mozzerella and oregano; and the suckling pig roasted in a wood oven – and the restaurant also offers vegetarian and children's menus. "
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