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Arola

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Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Contemporary
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Estrada da Lagoa Azul | Penha Longa Resort, Sintra 2710-314, Portugal
+351 21 924 9011
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London
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83 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited at lunch time and it was very quite. Service was attentive at times but sometimes slow. Food was good quality, in particular the apple pie to share!

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Thank L0ve2Travel2006
Manassas, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nestled on the grounds of the Penha Longa Resort in Sintra, this is the other Sergi restaurant (the first being the Lab). The tapas here are wonderful and the wine list is incredibly impressive! The service and sommeliers were so attentive and the food was utterly delicious. We went for a 'light' meal and left very satisfied. We got the... More 

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Thank BellotaRoja
Lisbon, Portugal
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Arola is always a nice choice to dine outside Lisbon. The food is very good and the surrounding perfect.

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Thank Taxitas
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

we stayed at the penha longa resort and dined here.The service was excellent and so was the food. They even have a little kid's corner.

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Thank Archana S
Boston
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

We enjoyed the variety of the tapas, and there were good options for both the beef eaters as well as the pescitarians in our group.

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Thank guyfromboston
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

First the location - straight on the middle of Sintra Natural Park, the soroundings are very beautiful. The restaurant is very open and fits quite well on the space. Service very good and friendly. The Tapas are excelent and a great choice for sharing. Good wine list. It is a bit pricey but worth it.

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Thank Tomás T
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Everything is in its place, and the different white tones make a terrific contrast with the green outdoors. Excellent space and decor. The food, well, is all about tapas. With a twist. The Porco Ibérico is amazing, so as the Robalo in Leche de Tigre. The standard was set real high with this two. The Croquetes with a Catalan cheese... More 

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Thank JorgeMei
Reading, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is definately a must if you are staying here - it was a amazing - see my comments in the hotel review

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Thank jane01030
Austin, Texas
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Their take on patatas bravas is truly spectacular, as was all the food we tried. Our waiter Diogo was masterful, and we felt extremely welcomed and charmed by the lovely hostess Danya. Lovely grounds as well.

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Thank RoamATW
Las Vegas, Nevada
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Great tapas and stunning wine list. We've eaten here four times in total - the last time we had a party of 14 and they accommodated us no problem with a set tasting menu. The patats bravas have to be tried - amazing Portuguese take on an old Spanish dish.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$43
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Contemporary
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Estrada da Lagoa Azul | Penha Longa Resort, Sintra 2710-314, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Sintra Municipality  >  Sintra
  • Phone Number: +351 21 924 9011
Description
Arola's menus offer a creative and contemporary twist to Portuguese cuisine, mixing tradition and heritage with his inimitable modern approach. Like his mentor, Arola seeks to give diners unexpected contrasts of flavour and texture with the ultimate aim of provoking, surprising and delighting his guests. Food is available throughout the day and for dinner Arola's take on the Portuguese tapas will compete with his more elaborate main courses. Wines will be served from a glass cellar, situated mid-restaurant. Live Dj from Wednesday to Sunday.

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