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Vila Joya

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Praia da Gale, Albufeira 8201, Portugal
351 289 591 795
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This restaurant is at Vila Joya
Today
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 198
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic meal, the best we visited in the Algarve

We visited Vila Joya last night and I have to say, we were very impressed with the food and the service. For dinner, they serve a fixed degustation menu that changes daily. They seemed happy enough to change individual dishes if there was an issue but that didn't come up with us. We started with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
JimmyMcFatboyfat
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We visited Vila Joya last night and I have to say, we were very impressed with the food and the service. For dinner, they serve a fixed degustation menu that changes daily. They seemed happy enough to change individual dishes if there was an issue but that didn't come up with us. We started with an array of amuse bouches,... More 

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Have been before when it had one star but now it has two most of the staff have changed and they are not so well trained, some of the young waiters did not know what side to serve you from or clear away. We had the set dinner which was six courses with lots of litter surprises between, the Tuna... More 

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Lancashire
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We were greeted with the phrase Welcome to Paradise on arrival we were not disappointed. Sat out on the terrace and enjoyed a lovely Gin and Tonic yes it cost 17€ but it's a two star Michelin Restaurant comes with the territory. On a Thursday you have the delight of the 8 course gala taster menu 175€ it was Devine,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Having looked on the website, we opted for the taster menu with wine matching. We were served a 'splash' of wine with each course. One of the wines was a Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - £21 from Tesco, the other, which I declined, was a from a 'table wine' grape - impressive -NOT. Between us, my husband and I consumed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We booked lunch at Vila Joya on our latest visit to the Algarve, and it was everything, and more, that we thought it would be. We've dined in many michelin star restaurants and this has got be one of the best, from start to finish, the welcome, the service, the food, the whole experience was perfect. We opted for the... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Fine dining and haute cuisine is something that is trendy lately and you can see by the amount of "Top 10"s and online rating apps that every restaurant has to fight for its place in the sun nowadays. You cannot live only on name or promotions, you don;t have to be the cheaper or the most expensive, you just have... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

where do I begin ...this was probably the most amazing and complete gourmet experience of my life. we were on our honeymoon and were told we absolutely had to eat here. we stayed at the hotel and had dinner at the restaurant. fantastic!! the staff..the food..the guy that runs it..al were as perfect as could be..the only thing I could... More 

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Coogee, Australia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We were celebrating our anniversary so we decided to go for lunch. From the minute we stepped through the doors we were treated like royalty. The service was absolutely impeccable and the view is incredible. We decided to have the degustation with matching wines. Each course was equally delicious and the wines were perfectly matched. The staff were able to... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We were truly looking forward to dining at Vila Joya having dined at Michelin star restaurants in past and we were excited to be able to compare. We decided to have an aperitif in the garden we were shown to an empty table - no candle - no flowers etc. After finishing our drinks one of our guests had to... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

In the poignant opening lines of the great poem by the now deceased Felix Dennis "never go back, never go back," at least to Vila Joya! Last time we went for lunch and we sang its praises loud and clear. This time the receptionist recommended Dinner, "which would be even better!" It certainly was not!! Sure the setting, ambience and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Praia da Gale, Albufeira 8201, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Albufeira
  • Phone Number: 351 289 591 795

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?