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Rua Santa Maria 119 | corner Travessa João Caetano, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
+351 291 231 720
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Ornskoldsvik, Sweden
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and friendley staff. Try the steaks and fish. Make sure to talk and make friends with the vaitors!

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Thank eldoro
Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

e are very happy to know that you enjoyed your dining experience, we are very proud of doing our best to only use local ingredients and share Madeira Island flavours with our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back soon, thank you. More 

Llanelli, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner at this restaurant which is in Funchal Old Town and it is definitely worth seeking out. It has a nice atmosphere and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The service was a little slow, probably because it was so busy, but we didn’t have a problem with that, we were enjoying the wonderful bottle of wine... More 

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Thank Sue D
Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, is important to measure the quality of our service to our customers. We were very pleased with having a great experience, hope you can come back again in the future to enjoy our fresh ingredients. More 

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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One does not expect to find food of this quality in a tourist location. Choose the seafood from the tanks or anything from the grill and you won't be disappointed. The kitchen is very professional and the staff obviously enjoy working there - all we met were well versed in all aspects of the restaurant both wine and food. Good... More 

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Thank Iqt
Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

Thank you for your time on writing a very pleasant review, that make us very proud on our service. Hope you can visit us in the near future. More 

Singapore
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54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were recommended by our AirBnB host to come here for dinner and we were not disappointed. Fantastic pairing of wines with our lovely mains (fish stew and black pig fillet w apple sauce). Unfortunate that our Scallops au Gratin was a tad bit cold and honestly not that great (the cheese and the scallops were like separate pieces). As... More 

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Thank Melwyn T
Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit and review, is very important to have independent reviews from our customers. We hope for your next visit anytime soon. More 

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38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Effervescent restaurant with authentic charm. Friendly and efficient service. Appeared to be a go to place for locals. We went on a Friday evening and it was very busy, we were glad we had booked. We sat inside, amazing stone walls. Large menu chose, not just fish. The food was delicious. We had: - Starters: grilled tiger prawn (pay by... More 

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Thank C1airBear
Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit and review, that means a lot to us as a team. We try to offer all our guests the best quality food and service at the best value possible, we are very happy to know that you appreciate your meal. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon. More 

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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fun evening. The restaurant is lovely inside and has seating outside. The waiters were helpful and made us laugh. The food was great and we will go again before the end of the holiday.

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Thank Susan F
Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words, is very important to have independent reviews from our customers, it helps us to find where we can do better and satisfy our customer's expectations. Hope you can visit us soon. More 

Javea, Spain
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came across this restaurant whilst looking for somewhere to eat after 10pm. Most places were empty or closing. We were offered a table and took it, without even looking at the menu. We chose to sit at a table in the street outside, but the inside looked good too. Meat and fish can be cooked on the barbecue grill and... More 

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Thank Lizziespain
Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words, is very important to have independent reviews from our customers, we are very pleased to know you enjoyed a fantastic gastronomy experience with us and enjoyed our staff service and look. :) Hope you can visit us in the near future. More 

Bath
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This friendly restaurant really looks after their clients. The food, mainly fish, was super. The scabbard fish was delicious and the cataplana excellent. The road has many restaurants and thus can be difficult to choose but this has our recommendation (and we did try others nearby).

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Thank foodfansofBath
Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

We try to offer all our guests the best quality food and service at the best value possible, we are very happy to know that you appreciate your meal. We are looking forward to welcome you soon. More 

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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice decor with a lovely outside area at the rear. The lasagne was very nice and the tuna steak wonderful, very tender. Recommend highly.

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Thank Guto R
Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit and review, is very important to have independent reviews from our customers, we are very pleased to know you enjoyed a fantastic gastronomy experience with us and enjoyed our decor. We hope for your next visit anytime soon. More 

Salisbury, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dined at this Restaurante with friends a few nights ago. This place has a great atmosphere and was very busy. We ordered two lasagne, one shrimp risotto and one dressed crab (chosen out of the tank). We did have rather a long wait, but to be fair we were advised this would be the case because of the crab.... More 

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Thank Lynne S
Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words, is very important to have independent reviews from our customers, we are very pleased to know you enjoyed a fantastic gastronomy experience with us and enjoyed our inside atmosphere. We hope for your next visit anytime soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$49
Cuisine
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Santa Maria 119 | corner Travessa João Caetano, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Madeira Islands  >  Madeira  >  Funchal
  • Phone Number: +351 291 231 720
Description
Located on one of the oldest streets of Funchal, the Taberna Ruel Restaurant aim to be a mark in the historic center of Funchal. This location grants a special atmosphere so you can enjoy an unforgettable experience. The widely recognized gastronomic quality is a must under Ricardo Ruel signature. Working with local ingredients of high quality, passion for what we do and innovative cooking techniques are what distinguishes us. The wine cellar with a wide selection of Portuguese wines are carefully framed in a secular cistern. The historical building where you find the Taberna Ruel Restaurant was fully renovated and prepared for a unique environment looking to offer unforgettable moments. The restaurant by its unique location in the heart of the Funchal historical center, was initially launched as Taberna da Esquina, today the restaurant is Taberna Ruel a natural evolution by the recognition of our guests to Richard Ruel great passion in the use of products from Madeira and its constant search for new flavors. The renovation of the building was awarded with the prize for "Heritage Recovery of Funchal City Historical Center - 2011" by the Municipality of Funchal.

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