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Gilao Restaurante

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Rua do Cais, Tavira 8800-218, Portugal (Formerly Gilão Restaurante)
+351 281 322 050
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Castelfranc, France
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

The two of us visited Tavira, in our view the nicest place on the Algarve coast, by train from Faro on 26th December. Warm and sunny. Our expectations were not high but delighted to find many places open for lunch. 2 restaurants side by side near the old market next to the river. Our late lunch, sitting in the sun,... More 

Thank JandJ46140
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent river view, very good service, amazing foods, drinks and atmosphere. We strongly recommend that.

Thank Marcos V
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Fantastic restaurant by the river Stumbled on this restaurant by chance and went back 3 days in a row! The service is good. The staff balanced being attentive without being intrusive and the food arrived quickly. The outside seating area is quite big and stretched around the corner. If the staff don't see you arrive, it can take a few... More 

Thank Lou C
Tavira, Portugal
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

I visited Gilao Restaurante with friends and what a pleasant change, the service was fantastic being very attentive without the feeling of being pestered. The menu had a great mix of very inventive dishes, I ordered a Chicken and mushroom salad which was very tasty with a dressing which included honey and Goji berries. It was a lovely day and... More 

Thank Drew P
Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

It was a very warm Autumn day but the breeze by the river was a delight. Drinks, once the order was taken, arrived promptly and well chilled. The mango and papaya juice was a refreshing start. The 'horse sardine' and curry samosas are exceptional and highly recommended as a starter. We then had octopus salad and a fantastic hamburger. Great... More 

Thank avtrav4
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Nice view on the River, we ate a few tapas and a bottle of wine. All tasted well and not expensive. Will go here again.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Sao Paulo, SP
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

The food was very good and the place is amazing. By the river, the restaurant sits on a renovwted old fish market, and you can see the fish jumping and swimming while you wait for your food and enjoys a green wine. I definitely recommend the spicy octopus tempura with honey and the tuna with bread crumbles. Amazing!

Thank Renata G
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137 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped for lunch at this restaurant, on the river, with a lovely view. The waiting staff were patient and knowledgeable about the menu. The deep fried goats cheese with jam on toast was so good, as was the sea bass with new potatoes. We tried the champagne and red fruit sangria-so refreshing. We had a lovely leisurely unrushed lunch, great... More 

Thank Ruthiebabes007
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Sitting beside the water on a beautiful afternoon. We shared 3 plates of tapas and a salad. A wonderful bowl of clams with coriander, fantastic Piri-piri prawns and really exceptional tempura octopus. Forget any octopus you've eaten. This is my new benchmark. Desserts were also delicious. Fresh strawberries in minted chocolate ganache and a peanut caramel concoction. So good. Reasonable... More 

Thank Lance C
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We ate here several times during our visit to Tavira. Lunch twice and dinner twice. On every occasion the food was excellent, and the service most attentive. Highly recommend the lamb with mango sauce, and the starter of Camembert with raspberries and walnuts. Found the food here to be of a better standard than some of the restaurants rated more... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$32
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua do Cais, Tavira 8800-218, Portugal (Formerly Gilão Restaurante)
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Tavira
  • Phone Number: +351 281 322 050
Excellent restaurant with a beautiful and refreshing esplanade resting against Gilao River in the ancient building of Ribeira Market. Taste the fresh grilled fish, clams cataplanas and delicious meat dishes. Great wines and drinks. Fine service.

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