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“Amazing meal at a great price, with friendly service”
Review of The Grape Vine

The Grape Vine
Ranked #1 of 6 Restaurants in Espiche
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$18
Cuisines: Wine Bar
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Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Located in a traditional Portuguese village, yet within 5 minutes of the beautiful beach at Praia da Luz, The Grape Vine serves a range of international dishes in a relaxed and friendly environment. All our dishes are prepared in our kitchen and made using only fresh ingredients. Customers are invited to come along to enjoy a glass of wine from our extensive list of world wines. We also stock a choice of beers and soft drinks! We hope you visit us soon.
Reviewed 6 May 2017

We visited this restaurant with some friends who booked a table in advance of our arrival just in case it was busy. On this occasion, and because it was only 6.30pm, it was quiet although more people arrived later. We were warmly welcomed by the owner and seated before being asked what we would like to drink whilst we looked at the menu. There were some very interesting choices on the menu as well as the daily specials; all at reasonable prices. The specials are all 3 course meals, which we decided to go for and, as it was Friday, today's menu was fish and chips with peas and tartare sauce, preceded by an amazing spicy tomato soup with a meatball in in ( the owner's mother's recipe), and followed by Hulva pudding (at least I think that was what it was called), another south african speciality which was equally amazing. Not to forget the main course of crispy battered Hake fillets, with crunchy chips. The 3 courses came to just 11 euros each which was fantastic value. For the four of us with 2 large beers and 4 orange juices, our bill came to just over 53 euros. This is somewhere we will definitely go back to as it is a little gem with a friendly owner and great food. I've selected cheap eats at the bottom but this does not suggest it's like a fast food place, simply that the quality and amount of food is great value, particularly the set meals.

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Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Have been here several times over the years and I'm glad to report that since Leo took it on, the quality of the food has gone from strength to strength.
He is offering a menu with a South African, Portuguese fusion / influence, and it really works.
Cooking is his passion and he runs the place more as a hobby rather than a business for everybody's enjoyment. Different "specials" are offered for each day of the week at a very reasonable price and huge helpings to boot.

Thank WestWalesDave
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Reviewed 28 April 2017

Took the family for the evening meal, 3 children included. The meal was excellent, the service next to none and the owner prepared special meals for the children, which they thoroughly appreciated by leaving him 3 empty plates.
Leo, the owner always has time for you, you are never rushed and treated like a friend.
Definitely another enjoyable meal, will certainly be returning, in fact we did the following Monday for the Pie night...delicious.

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Thank paulyn55
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Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

What a fabulous value for money restaurant! We went with friends who go regularly specifically for Pie night. A small, local restaurant with a great small but lovely menu. The fish and chips were fabulous but so was the pie and home made asparagus soup which was just lovely. Great house wine too. The chairs are wooden and solid.....literally, service a little slow but for the price it didn't matter unless you have a bad back like me.....so take a cushion but definitely go.

Thank Janeya235
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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is a small but beautifully formed Portuguese restaurant. It's clean and the decor is delightful. The guy who owns it is welcoming and friendly. The menu isn't massive but if there isn't something you like then you'll be missing out. I'd pre ordered the 'mixed grill' off the specials menu, which was a massive rump steak, a lamb chop and a sausage. Came with chunky chips and a coleslaw type salad. A mixed salad and a broccoli salad was also served. I've never felt so full to bursting. Three of us had this mixed grill, one of us had fish and chips which got a big thumbs up. And one of us had the chicken kebab (on a skewer), this was the only meal that didn't hit the mark as it was very dry. However she ate it all! We had one pudding between us. Can't remember the name but it was a dish from South Africa, it looked at tasted like a cross between treacle and sticky toffee pudding, with ice cream.
Would recommend you book as it's only a small restaurant. Apologies for not taking a picture to show you the size of the rump steak.

Thank julie h
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