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“Better late (lunch) than never .. But perhaps not.”
Review of Esplanada Don Luis

Esplanada Don Luis
Ranked #11 of 27 Restaurants in Ribeira Brava
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

Late lunch on Mayday holiday Monday sadly the nearby Grill Muralha Terrace (which is very good ) is closed on Monday .
Both starters were the wrong dish , mine limpets instead of mussels , my wife's grilled calamari turned out to be prawns with garlic.
I kept the limpets which were chewy but quite tasty . The calamari replacement took some. 20 minutes and when it arrived it was deep fried in rather heavy soggy batter.
"Por Favor is this grilled calamari ?" Oh no that is our fried calamari what did you order?..
OK let's move on to main courses - both pork one kebab and one chops both served
Dry, & Crusty cooked to destruction .. Probably cooked all the time we awaited the starter correction - these were barely edible .
The chips were OK as they should be for 3.50 euros , the mixed salad correct but nothing special for 4.0 euros.
We did not stay for any further punishment and will not return.
On the other hand the Grill Muralha has served us a very enjoyable meal in pleasant
surroundings for little more than the appalling Don Luis experience.

I have no connection with either restaurant other than as a walk in customer.

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Thank Stephen B
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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We had lunch here. Waiters were cranky and unfriendly. Couldn't speak a word English besides yes/no. The place is an upgraded snack bar.

We had a long wait for our calamares, that was not worth the wait. When the check came they charged us a more expensive squid dish, that we had to correct ourselves. All together a bad experience and we would recommend another place to eat.

Also, the city isn't worth the trip.

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Reviewed 12 January 2017

stopped here for lunch and had a pleasant surprise at the selection on offer. The seafood platter is excellent and very good value and very fresh.

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Thank Pat M
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

We were advised a good wine with the meal we ordered but that turned out to be 3 times the price of the meal we had, Verified the price on "Vivino" and we definitely paid way to much for it. What was also weird was the price tag on the te bottle which we noticed afterwards. Who puts a price tag on a bottle in a restaurant? All in all this is a snack bar and not a restaurant, so wine should be priced accordingly. The tab also listed a water which we not ordered so I would suggest be beware eating here. The food is okay, not special and pricing is reasonable but don't have them advise a "special" wine because thats not what you get but just what you pay.

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Thank Ralph D
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We popped in here for a snack after arriving in the village early evening, we were instantly greeted with a smile and laugh from David, he recommended the cubed beef to share, great recommendation, we then came back repeatedly for coffee, snacks and main meals, all of which were well priced, well presented and we'll tasty, fresh skewers of mixed fish to die for, regularly David made us laugh and smile and always gave us good service and attention. Well worth a visit.

Thank big_y_m8
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