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Fornos de Lava

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Travessa de Sao Tiago 46 | Santo Amaro,Velas, Sao Jorge 9800-347, Portugal
+351 295 432 415
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lomba da maia
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107 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

my favourite restaurant on the island, the atmosphere, the decor, the family service and food all are a must if you want to enjoy fresh fish or a local steak, in a family served environment with a top Galician chef long established in the island. top notch views, awesome to watch the sunrise on Pico's peak or the sunset over... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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89 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

There were not many restaurants open when we went to Sao Jorge in September but this restaurant was great. The food and service were excellent. The owners were the only 2 people working, the husband made all of the food and the wife took care of the tables. The steaks were excellent (we got them 2 different ways), as was... More 

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Brampton, Canada
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Outstanding flavours await at this restaurant. I would stick with the seafood dishes as the meat we had was a little tough. Have been here several times and would come back. A bit pricy compared to some other places but its worth it.

Thank foiegraslover905
lomba da maia
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107 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

extraordinary crafted decor imitating almost a Bali Hut with glass around the outside walls providing a full view unimpeded over the majestic Pico's peak. Nice well cooked and presented meals with a medium sized menu enough to satisfy choosy customers. always filled on weekends and public holidays. It has been operating for 13 yrs with the same Galician cook. Quaint... More 

Thank dr chrys c
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57 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

The food: fresh and local ingredients, some original recipes, very tasty. The place: original restaurant, 10 min from Velas, with a good view to Pico. The prices: is not very cheap, but is worth for 1 special dinner.

London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We visited this restaurant again while in Sao Jorge after 3 years and previously had a great experience but unfortunately not this time! We waited for 1 hour 45 minutes to get out food! No one even apologised for the delay or offered anything on the house etc, the restaurant is clearly not prepared for a busy night service and... More 

Thank Juls022
Lisbon, Portugal
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Level of service is low, as apparently many places in the island, but the food is nice. Prices are adequate for the mainland but a bit expensive when compared to the average salary in S. Jorge. You know that they're taking advantage of the tourism (eg: an expresso costs €0,80, whereas in Vilamoura, a highly demanded place in the South... More 

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Linkoping, Sweden
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Went for lunch, and we were not disaapointed. We had clams for starter and then the cataplana de peixe e lapas which is fish and lipets cooked in a traditional pot - we were not disaapointed. Good service, and not too pricey at all.

Thank AlexanderNevermind
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

The outside of the restaurant needs a good cleaning/weeding, cannot tell where the entrance of the restaurant was. Took the kids to wash there hands in the women's bathroom, I was told that the sink does not work and they had to wash there hands in a sink that was by the kitchen, but they did not have soap. We... More 

Thank Lisa W
Iffeldorf, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We are picky with food and prefer to too have lots of high quality vegetables. This is something we didn't get since we came to the Azores one week ago. In most of the places we got a pile of fish or meat with rice or potatoes. Yup "fornos de lava" we have been there twice for lunch and we... More 

Thank Saskia1968

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$22
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Travessa de Sao Tiago 46 | Santo Amaro,Velas, Sao Jorge 9800-347, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Azores  >  Sao Jorge
  • Phone Number: +351 295 432 415
Hotel os Moinhos with Panoramic restaurant," Fornos de Lava" fresh fish, meat , seefood and organic vegetables & salads from the garden. Hotel OS MOINHOS

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?