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Arsenio's Restaurant

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Rua Santa Maria 169 | Madeira Restaurants, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
+351 291 224 007
12:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:30
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Run by Arsenio, who cooks on the open fire outside, a Fado restaurant with local singers. The food is very good and typically Madeiran. Booking is advisable as it is often full.

Thank dandjNotts
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped here with the intention of having an inexpensive lunch. I cannot fault the quality of the food, but the portions were quite small. Even though we had two small glasses of wine each, we were a little surprised that the bill came to 55 euros. Very friendly though.

Thank Lynne S
Holywell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this restaurant after conversation with one of the owners and were not disappointed. We both had fillet steak which melted in the mouth. It was late in the evening when we dined there and by the end of our meal the silver was being cleaned in a plastic bowl at the table next to us by the charming owners... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

By the time we left the restaurant we smelled like we'd sat by a barbeque. Service was below par. Food was OK and therefore expensive for what we had. When we were eventually served, one of our party had Spaghetti Bolognese. It looked awful and apparently wasn't much better. They didn't like the polite but honest feedback when they asked... More 

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Duarte G, Gestor de Relações Públicas at Arsenio's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. We are a tradicional restaurant with live perfomance of the nacional song: fado, it means That the majority of our guests want to listen the music, not people laughing, that's why we have a terrace. Regarding to the spaghetti, we only have that for kids, and normally with no complains. Omelets are made with eggs,... More 

Boughton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On the corner. try the poncha as a starter drink. Once may be enough ! Nice bottle of local Rose, chicken piri piri, 2 mixed fish, chips, salad and potatoes, caramel pud, ice cream. Helpful and friendly staff. Nice ambience, live music. Worth a try.

Thank keithfryan
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here for lunch. Return visit after holiday here five years ago. Good food, cooked on outside grill with lovely fresh salad and local potatoes. Hope to return one evening to enjoy the music.

Thank Lorraine M
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner at this amazing place. The food and service were top class. The live music added to the great atmosphere. Well worth a visit.

Thank Madazahatter
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food on charcoal grill, very friendly service, fresh fish was a delight. The ambience and entertainment made the evening all the more memorable!

Thank Melanie S
Sofia, Bulgaria
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lack of authentic atmosphere, one of those typical touristic places where the food is nothing special. But you should go there to listen to the FADO singers. Even the Bolo do caco is very bad so do not offer a lot of things except from the barbecue.

Thank SilviaSilvia_11
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely food and atmosphere. I had the swordfish skewer and my partner the beef skewer, both extremely well cooked and absolutely delicious. The night we visited, fado singers were performing. We've had bad experience of fado singing before...all a bit gloomy....but this was delightful. Good service, friendly and efficient.

Thank Carol C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$17 - US$42
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Santa Maria 169 | Madeira Restaurants, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Madeira Islands  >  Madeira  >  Funchal
  • Phone Number: +351 291 224 007
Since 1981 serving and spreading typical Portuguese Cuisine in Funchal's Old town.
We are specialized in charcoal wood grills with local fish and meat.
Live Portuguese Fado Music every night from 19:30h until 23:30h

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