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Traversa Pousada 22 | Ihla Do Sal, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal 4111, Cape Verde
+238 981 00 57
18:00 - 22:00
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was our first night and walked into 'town' to find a restaurant. Came across two in this side street which were very busy so decided can't be bad if so many people. They said it would be 5 mins wait for a table and we said we would walk on and come back. We wanted to view the restaurant... More 

Thank Lesley M
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food..awesome service.. highly recommended 😍 PIZZA WAS AMAZING ... great wine list... lovely lay out of restaurant and the place is always packed. Reasonable prices and good night out

Thank Sarah B
Bolsover, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate out every night and thought this was the worst food over the week. I had the seafood pasta. It came with two prawns in. It was bland and the pasta was beyond al dente. Partner had carbonara which she hardly touched. Disappointing.

Thank Glenn8999
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First i want to introduce myself,my name is Cesare,italian, and i live in Santa Maria, Sal, from 8 years,im not a big friend of the two italians owners but i know them as the town is very small and we all know each others. I have eaten in all the restaurants in Santa Maria and i guarantee that Leonardo is... More 

Thank Cesare B
Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recommend by a local rep as one of the better restaurants in Santa Maria. Certainly priced at the higher end of the town but ate much better next door for at a much more reasonable price. Would not just avoid recommending but would encourage anyone asking to choose another location for dinner.

Thank Darkand5tormy
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Entered as a single guest which seemed to confuse everyone, team in general not customer focused, service is hit and miss, witnessed someone (presumably owner or manager) handling a guest complaint which was in general badly managed - no empathy or apology given, witnessed a fight in kitchen between chef and team member (very loud) - in general watched other... More 

Thank Rhys O
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

After long journey to Sal Cape Verdi took taxi into Santa Maria for evening meal. Ushered into Leonardo's and thought what could go wrong with Italian. In fact quite a lot. Overpriced starters at 10€ poor and main courses of pizza and an octopus dish just plain awful. Happily we have found other restaurants better value and they know how... More 

Thank Grahame G
Borders, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

We asked to sit inside the restaurant and we were placed where we could see full run of kitchen. I have no issues with that! Unfortunately, what I do have an issue with is watching a couple of female kitchen staff rub their noses and putting their fingers/nails in the mouth and hair (whilst wearing blue gloves- defeats the object)... More 

Thank Diagostar
Leonardocafe, Direttore at Leonardo Cafe Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback, this is an important note for use. We discuss immediately with the kitchen about this terrible episode. Sorry. More 

Caerphilly County, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We visited this restaurant after reading some of the reviews and it didn't disappoint. Admittedly the tempura starter I had was not the best, but my partner had a dish of mussels which we both thought was excellent and the sauce was delicious. We both had the tuna, which was cooked to our liking, rare for me. well done for... More 

Thank Alan M
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Visited this restaurant with friends celebrating a birthday, we had heard that this was the restaurant to visit whilst in Santa Maria, how wrong it is! Firstly staff were unhelpful and rude, asked for garlic bread waitress replied sharply no, chips same response. Waited ages for drinks to be served. After waiting 30 minutes food had still not been served,... More 

Thank janetroch
Leonardocafe, Direttore at Leonardo Cafe Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear mr o ms janetroch, I see that you and you friends don't stop you terrible behavior. Your feedback is useless, because you wrote only what you want. We told immediately on the table: in Italy we don't serve garlic bread! Leonardo is Italian restaurant, is written everywhere, do not you noticed? On the menu there aren't garlic bread, french... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$16
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Street Parking, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Traversa Pousada 22 | Ihla Do Sal, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal 4111, Cape Verde
  • Location: Africa  >  Cape Verde  >  Ilha do Sal  >  Santa Maria
  • Phone Number: +238 981 00 57
Chic and comfortable, the Leonardo Cafe can give its customers the taste the flavor of "made in Italy". Located in the center of Santa Maria a few steps from the sea, you'll enjoyintimate and relaxing atmosphere for lunch and dinner, with a wide range of wines.
With these words Leonardo da Vinci referred to his hometown and to the areas on the hills of Montalbano where the land yields genuine products and good will.Here, where hills, villages, priories, villas and farmhouses are surroundedby vineyards and olive groves, the presence of the Great Genius can still be felt.

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