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Arsenio's Restaurant

Rua Santa Maria 169 | Madeira Restaurants, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
+351 291 224 007
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good38%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“trigger fish” (8 reviews)
“skewers” (30 reviews)
“fish kebab” (4 reviews)
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12:00 - 23:30All hours
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
$$ - $$$
Rua Santa Maria 169 | Madeira Restaurants, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Restaurant recommended to us for its Fado music. Visited twice during our short stay. Not disappointed on either evening. Only had starters & wine first time as not hungry. Staff were amazing recommending where we should visit in Madeira. Returned 2 nights later - staff...More

Thank 15Tina
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Arsenio's 2 years ago and we went back again this year, twice! It is without doubt one of the best seafood restaurants I have ever been to. Not only is the fish really fresh but they cook it exactly as you want it,...More

Thank Ian g
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very good octopus, local fish with banana is nothing special. Noisy enviroment with cars passing by. Smelly outside grill.

Thank Tomcer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this restaurant a few nights ago although my steak was quite nice my fiancee's fish, which was recommended by the waiter, was not presented well, very bland and over cooked the management agreed to take it off the bill, must have been the chefs...More

Thank John B
Duarte G, Gerente de relações públicas at Arsenio's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit. As we spoke in that day, we are very sorry and we hope that you can return so that we can prove way we are considered an Icon in the restaurant business in Funchal

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food is fine, similar to most other restaurants in the same old town, but there is live Fado music every evening. Worth going once.

Thank wibster2000
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Stopped here for a meal on Sunday following the vintage car parade . Always a good sign when locals dining and also when no one outside trying to entice you in. The fish dishes we ordered were delicious and so full of flavour . We...More

Thank lanarkpc
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Dined here for dinner and were given a seat next to the quaint street that runs past it. No vehicles. The meat and fish are cooked in front of you on a large barbeque so as you wait for your own you see other peoples...More

Thank Pat M
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Excellent meal - stewed octopus! Try it - such a different taste to the normal grilled. We went there for 7.30 to watch the Fado singers, who were 'interesting'

Thank rogeandout
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for some charcoal grill, this is a good place, very good service, everyone is helpful and chatty!

Thank Roger M
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

We decided to try this restaurant as it has a BBQ grill outside and you can see your meat and fish being cooked. We were welcomed in and given a nice table close to the singers who we hadn't actually realised were performing but it...More

Thank Aly B
Duarte G, Gerente de relações públicas at Arsenio's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

Thank you for your visit. We are very happy that you had a good experience with us. We work hard every day to offer a different experience to our guests. Unfortunately some people prefer cheap food, and for that we also have Macdonald's near the...More

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Bastiaan V
We visited your restaurant on January 23 and it was excellent! We very much enjoyed the fado, especially the older female singer. We tried to talk with her, but she only speaks Portuguese. We have some pictures that we want to send you and we should like to know the name of the female fado-singer. We know that the singer is Paulo Amaro, we have talked to him and bought the CD. If you can give a mail address I shall send you the pictures! Kind regards from Estonia, Bastiaan
29 January 2016|
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Response from Duarte G | Property representative |
Thank You for your contact. You can send us your pictures to goncalves.duarte gmail com We will deliver to Madame Irene Aveiro. Hopping to see you in your next trip to sunny Madeira Island. Kind Regards, Duarte Goncalves
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I believe you are having a gala dinner night on New Years eve. Where in the hotel is this being held and how much does it cost for residents and is it a set menu. Please advise as soon as possible. Regards mdg
22 January 2015|
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Response from Duarte G | Property representative |
Hello, Well, we would recommend that you call us in December to book a table and to know our special menu. Best Regards, Duarte Goncalves Arsenio's Restaurant Madeira Islands
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$45
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Santa Maria 169 | Madeira Restaurants, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Madeira Islands  >  Madeira  >  Funchal
  • Phone Number: +351 291 224 007
  • E-mail
Since 1981 serving and spreading typical Portuguese Cuisine in Funchal's Old town.
We are specialized in charcoal wood grills with local fish and meat.
Live Portuguese Fado Music every night from 19:30h until 23:30h
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