Pigs and Cows

Pigs and Cows

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Hours
Sun
6:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Thu
6:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Fri
6:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Sat
6:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
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5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$73.00 – $73.00
CUISINES
Diner
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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About
The concept of this space in the city center of Faro is born from travels of these two unusuals animals in distant and foreign lands. Beyond memories and fantastic human contacts, they brought back culinary and music experiences that they want to share with you, in their cosy space opening on to a terrace, ready to greet you.
PRICE RANGE
$73.00 – $73.00
CUISINES
Diner
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles503 reviews
Excellent
467
Very good
24
Average
8
Poor
2
Terrible
2
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Coastal208055
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
This was indeed the best restaurant of our trip. The place is not so big, but very nicely designed and the atmosphere is special. The chef comes to your table to present the dishes- they have just 4 entrees and 4 main dishes. A small menu is always a good sign and it was true especially here. For starters we shared the salmon duo which was great. And it was accompanied by the house bread which was so fresh it was melting in your mouth. For the main course I had the duck confit, done perfectly and my husband had the cod fish with a side of small lobster. Both dishes were delicious. Of course we tried also the desert- the passion fruit pana cotta was good, but I would have liked for them to have also something more elaborate in the menu. Overall, definitely a great place.
Written March 5, 2020
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Laura C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 family
We made a reservation to dine at this private dining restaurant. The owners is a couple who are warm and welcoming. Their cooking is superb and the service impeccable. We were a party of 7 with 3 generations of family spending Christmas in Faro. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, the intimate setting of the restaurant, and the people who served us and cooked for us. Highly recommended!
Written April 15, 2020
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AwayFromHome
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
My wife and I have ate at some wonderful eating establishments worldwide. Having read the feedback, we booked well in advance to avoid any disappointment. We have never booked a restaurant without seeing the menu so this was a first for us. We were so pleased that we did. The ambience is amazing, the hosts incredible and the service staff so attentive. Everything was perfect. Every meal explained in detail and we could have selected any starter, main or dessert. We were even provided a free aperitif as the starter would be a 10 minute prep!! Overall - a fabulous experience and money well spent. If you are looking for that eating experience on a night out in Faro, then this is it. In fact, if you are within an hours drive, then please make the effort. You will not be disappointed if your tastebuds are like ours. FABULOUS. Thank you.
Written February 7, 2020
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Lynne K
Gloucester175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 none
This small, elegant restaurant (seats 18-20) may be the highlight of your trip. You are welcomed by the chief/owner as she unlocks the door as though you are guests in her home. When it comes time to order, she comes to your table and describes the four starters and four entrees of the day. Then, along with her French chef husband prepares them. We tried the chicken, cod and duck offerings. I won't describe, them because they were so unique with each of their combination of amazing flavors. House wines were excellent and the chocolate mousse and creme broulee were to die for. The waitress is elegant and efficient as well. If you find yourself anywhere near Faro, don't miss this restaurant.
Written March 15, 2020
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timbogan
Brighton1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 couples
We were looking forward to eating at Pigs and Cows but ended up very disappointed. The restaurant has a formula about how you will be treated which they insist on sticking to regardless of the consequences. We arrived at 9pm, as booked, but were only seated at 9-15. By 9-35 we were still waiting to order a drink, or even some water. The Chef then came to instruct us on the contents of each of the options we could choose from. By this time we had seen the menu and knew that only a couple of options would work for us. Never the less, we had to listen while the Chef talked about every dish on the menu. When she finished we were told we had to wait even longer before one of the waiting staff could take our order. We had asked if it was possible to order water or a drink but were told we had to wait. Eventually we managed to order and were brought well presented starters. Unfortunately, the starters arrived just after we had managed to be served our aperitifs. The mains took so long to be brought to us that the cod fish was distinctly cold. I did wonder if it may have been frozen although that seems unlikely for a relatively expensive restaurant on the Algarve. The issue seems to have been that there was only one waiting staff and therefore our meal had been sitting on the pass for a good while. We were told that they did not have enough staff. This may have been because they had originally planned not to open the roof space due to expected rain but when the rain didn’t happen they opened the roof, sold lots more covers and left the one waiting staff member to cover the full restaurant. Their website talks a lot about how Pigs and Cows is not an ordinary restaurant and their pride in being different. They clearly have a formula which they enjoy following but it can be at the expense of the customer and, at least on this occasion that meant a very poor experience.
Written October 4, 2021
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JacquiCastle
Waltham Abbey63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 none
Every time I visit Faro this is number 1 on my list. This is an amazing restaurant perfectly run by a husband and wife with an amazing team. No menu book and enjoy the surprise of what is on offer that day. We had beautifully steamed dumplings with shredded chicken to start followed by our mains of superb beef and fish all beautifully presented . Leave room for amazing desserts!!!! I cannot recommend this restaurant enough , book well in advance to enjoy.
Written September 16, 2020
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swift0262
Bangor198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 couples
We visited last week to celebrate our wedding anniversary. This place is truly sensational and I could not recommend it highly enough. It is operated as boutique style fine dining restaurant by a lovely young couple, (she Portuguese and he french) who spent many years in the airline sector and who now bring their love of food and vast travel experiences to the restaurant’s tables in the most fantastic and innovative style. The place is small and intimate, it is beautifully decorated and tastefully furnished. The service is impeccable and the food is fantastic. The menu is quite small in that it offers 4-5 starters and the same for mains and desserts. On the night we visited there seemed to be a Thai / Asian twist to a lot of the dishes and I am salivating as I write this. My wife and I shared a gorgeous Sea-bass ceviche which had subtle tastes of ginger coriander and coconut milk through it. We also had a duo of salmon which was equally fantastic. For mains we both had the cod loin with half lobster tail and a timbal of black rice which seemed a little sweet as though it had been in coronation milk and coconut cream with subtle spice flavours. My wife fared better on this than me as being allergic to shellfish she had both the lobster tails. We finished our night with excellent desserts. My wife having the classic chocolate mousse and I had theeeee most delicious Crewe brûlée both served to us with a complimentary Kir Royal. So for now all I can say is a big Thank you to Lillia and her husband for probably the best meal we’ve ever had in Portugal over the last 10 years. To anyone reading this.... I honestly would go back to Faro just to dine here. SPECTACULAR.
Written August 3, 2020
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susan m
Scotland86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 none
We were pleased we had read others’s reviews as it helped us know what to expect. The waiter was friendly and professional from start to finish - he was particularly good at scanning the room to check if diners needed anything which allowed us to set the pace. We were given the iPad with drinks options and the menu. We ordered cocktails which were delicious and then the chef came to explain the dishes. Her passion for food came through and she was happy to discuss our preferences. She genuinely cared that we enjoyed the food and the experience. Our food was delicious and beautifully presented. The only issue for me is that I have a small appetite and could have been happy with 2 starters rather than the main. I expect that their model is based on every diner paying the fixed charge however for me flexibility would add to my enjoyment. I I go again I will request smaller portions as the large portions are quite off putting and I felt dreadful not eating all of the food. On the flip side they do not rush you so it would be fine to ask for breaks between courses to recover your appetite. In terms of cost the meal is a fixed price and the wines are very reasonably priced. It was our most expensive meal of our time in Faro and worth every cent for the quality of food, environment and service. In summary this is a fantastic restaurant where every member of staff is clearly passionate about their offering. We had a wonderful evening and would recommend the restaurant to others.
Written June 13, 2022
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Karen A
Leeds16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 couples
We found this fabulous restaurant after searching trip advisor for a restaurant inFaro to celebrate our wedding anniversary on 17th September. Luckily we managed to book a table & it really ‘made’ our anniversary. From the greetings on arrival from the waiter & chef/owners right through to our departure was perfect. The chef owner explained every dish on the menu to us in great detail. 5 started, mains & deserts on offer & I really struggled to make my choices!!! Our fish starters were perfect & the Thai curry & steak were cooked to perfection. Every dish was prepared & presented wonderfully. It was great to watch our fished being prepared & finished. The service was fabulous with just the right amount interaction. Thank you for the added touches for our anniversary & for making our wedding anniversary unforgettable. We will return when next in Faro.
Written October 17, 2020
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Lynne K
Gloucester175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 none
We said we'd be back and we finally were after two long years. On a rainy Saturday, having booked before leaving the United States, we once again enjoyed the gourmet delights, friendliness and ambiance of Pigs and Cows. This time it was duck.beef and shrimp entrees, all lovingly prepared in unique and attractive ways. Appetizers and desserts on the prix fixe menu were as delicious as we remembered. This is a very special place.
Written March 14, 2022
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Wayleybird
Shipley141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 couples
Decided to give this place a try based on TA rating. Chef comes out to explain a little to you about each choice on the small menu. Service is superb. Food was beautifully presented. Nice atmosphere and reasonably priced.
Written August 29, 2021
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Martin R Goldmann
Algarve37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 none
I have lived on the Algarve for over 30 years and it was a pleasure to have dinner with my wife at Pigs and Cows. I think they have made a very interesting menu with local dishes mixed with international dishes a welcome difference. The dishes are presented in an interesting manner - taking simple Portuguese fresh cod fish (Bacalhau) and presenting it in a amazing manner. Carlos (the son) was more than helpful and was supported by his mother who walked us through the menu. Interesting to see how she shared her time equally amongst all the guests. Congratulations to the young waitress who made sure our every request was met. I loved the wine selection and was the first time drinking a Portugues Resling. I can highly recommend a meal there and suggest reserving a table, not to be disappointed. Congratulations to the family run business - you guys rock!
Written July 4, 2021
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Sue M
Hinckley113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 couples
A little exclusive gem in Faro. Having seen the reviews we booked for dinner. You have to ring to be let in. A small menu but as everything is freshly prepared ( you can see the 2 chefs working) I wouldn’t want anything else. They space bookings into half hour slots to give one chef time to talk you through each course and prep it before the next customers arrive. Excellent food and a superb bottle of red - I only wish we had taken a photo of the label). We really enjoyed our evening - obrigada 😘
Written April 4, 2022
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Martin Lauer
Basel6131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 none
Let me put it this way: friendly host, friendly staff – perfect start, what else? That evening they missed two staff members in kitchen and service, these poor guys had a lot of stress. However, all went well and we had a perfect evening with a perfect dinner. Since the choice of dishes is small, there is a guarantee that all dishes are fresh and well chosen. It was a perfect mix of dishes we chosen and we did not get disappointed. Ingredients, spices, herbs – all was cooked to perfection. It was a nice experience and we strongly recommend this place. Since it is less touristic, we appreciated this very much. Think it make sense to have a reservation upfront.
Written September 24, 2021
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Black Lion
Addis Ababa524 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 solo
I arrived in Faro around noon and had an early morning train ride the next day. I knew I’d only have one dinner in Faro, so I had to get it right. That’s why I use Trip Advisor. Pigs and Cows was rated #1, so my mind was set on going. I was not disappointed. As a solo traveler, I didn’t expect to have trouble finding a table, but I almost didn’t get in. The owner had one table left for me. She said she likes to interact with each of her customers and doesn’t want to have too many people inside. That made the atmosphere extra special, making me feel like I was about to get some focused attention. I ordered a mixed drink (I forgot what it was), the beef carpaccio, the octopus, and the special dessert. The owner explained each thing to me, which made the eating experience even more magical. Everything was good, but the octopus was really good. Mixing it with the black beans, rice, tomato, and hot pepper, like the owner suggested, made it even better. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Pigs and Cows. I left happy and full. Great service. Great food.
Written September 8, 2022
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