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A Vela

54 Rua do Barranco, Carvoeiro 8400-508, Portugal
+351 969 607 116
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“suckling pig” (15 reviews)
“black pork” (12 reviews)
Open Now
16:00 - 23:00All hours
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
54 Rua do Barranco, Carvoeiro 8400-508, Portugal
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Apart from the cheesy potatoes, which were amazing, this was very average food, the service was below average and very hit and miss too. We waited ages to be served, the wine eventually arrived but they didn't bother to open it for us. We asked...More

Thank SussexTeejay
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have eaten here twice over the last week. Both times excellent food, especially recommend the Catalans, seafood rice and octopus which was amazing. Very happy to return this evening!

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice restaurant with great service. Rich meny with many choices. Food was very good and the home made desserts are great.

Thank Leif Arne S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pre booked but the service was a bit hap hazard and we had to wait a while before getting seated and then ordering. Very nice giant garlic prawns (5) for starters, although expensive. Mains of steak and a chicken kebab / skewer were good. Not...More

Thank Alan E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been visiting Carvoeiro for many years but last week was our first time dining at A Vela. I am vegan and struggle eating out, especially in more traditional Portuguese restaurants. My husband went in advance to check if the vegetarian options could be...More

Thank Barlown10
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Returned here again this year and as ever this is a wonderful restaurant with excellent food, well presented, lovely atmosphere and attentive staff. Antonia the owner is wonderful and chatty with all the guests and on our two visits this year we were served by...More

Thank cjs9272
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

When as a party of 8 excellent food service and price both times very tempting to go every night of our holidays

Thank Jmk087
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Having visited this restaurant 3 years ago and thought it was very good we wanted to give it a re visit.....Sadly not such a good experience!we waited at least 20 minutes for our drinks order to be taken and we're on the verge of leaving...More

1  Thank Belinda B
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

A family of four visit. We had main course only, the black pork slices were really tasty and accompanied by gorgeous cheesy potatoes! The monkfish kebab was superb - I had the black pork which was great but when I saw the monkfish I wish...More

Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Had a really nice meal here, we both had steak on the stone it was perfect. The atmosphere was nice and relaxed with the piano playing. Overall a pleasant evening, worth a visit.

Thank Lizzytp
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54 Rua do Barranco, Carvoeiro 8400-508, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Carvoeiro
  • Phone Number: +351 969 607 116
"For authentic Alentejo cuisine in the Algarve, we highly recommend this chilled and cheerful restaurant only minutes away from Praia do Carvoeiro. The cavernous, open-plan dining room at A Vela has a light and breezy nautical theme and a mezzanine dining area, and is decorated with maritime bric a brac, sea-blue chairs and whitewashed walls. The café-style ambience is buzzy and fun, and the menu varied and reasonably priced. Classic dishes at A Vela include the black pork served with fresh vegetables and potatoes baked with melted cheese; the salad 'Caprese' style with tomato, mozzerella and oregano; and the suckling pig roasted in a wood oven – and the restaurant also offers vegetarian and children's menus.

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