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Vila Joya

Praia da Gale, Albufeira 8201, Portugal
351 289 591 795
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Ranked #8 of 585 Restaurants in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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New York City, New York
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This was the best meal we had this year. The place is a boutique hotel (nice but not crazy expensive) with a very fancy restaurant area. Fully deserving 2* michelin meal. A range of taste and pure tasty food! fine job! THe place was almost empty with one other couple during lunch. maybe dinner, is busier, or the season just... More

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Firstly thank you to all the staff at Vila Joya who created such a memorable experience for my family ( 2 young children inc.) Booking made on the day for lunch, on attendance were warmly greeted and shown to our table overlooking the Vilas gardens and coastline. Waiter attended promptly simply saying 'welcome to paradise' ,sommelier provided an iPad to... More

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St. Helier, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We had dinner here having got married the week before. It was a spectacular meal. We opted for the wine pairing menu too (if you're going to spend so much money on a meal you might as well go all out!). We were surprised, enchanted and delighted by every course including the nanny surprises. The service was brilliant; attentive without... More

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Stockport
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165 reviews 165 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

You don't get classed as the 22nd best restaurant in the world for no reason. Vila Joya offers an exclusive fine dining experience from start to finish. The terrace setting is stunning, overlooking a very attractive section of the coastline. Service was outstanding throughout, extremely knowledgeable and attentive staff. We went for the 4 course set lunch and had paired... More

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Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Were the words that spontaneously came out of my mouth after my first bite of risotto. These were the words I said to chef Matteo as I looked into his kitchen. My wife and I visited the restaurant the first week of September 2014. We had the chef's table in the kitchen. We had a nice conversation with the chef... More

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Caracas, Venezuela
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

I have no complaints. The food was excellent, and the service impeccable. I will visit again in my next trip to Algarve

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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My husband and I had dinner at this restaurant a few nights ago. The view is fantastic, and the service was great, but after that it was all down hill. We are big foodies, and let me tell you, this place is not worth it. Maybe we are spoiled coming from Chicago, but Vila Joya did not compare to many... More

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Milan, Italy
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

My husband and I have just came back from Vila Joya and agreed that was the worst high cousine restaurant we've ever been to (and we've been to many, including four 1* restaurants in Portugal only during this week). It was ridiculous. From the fact that we were not warned when booking about a 175€ obligatory Gala Dinner for the... More

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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506 reviews 506 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
287 helpful votes 287 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

On recommendation, we booked for dinner. We were delighted to find wonderful food and presentation in such lovely surroundings. The fish was exquisite as were the wines! We had an excellent evening - the best dining in Portugal we have ever had. Very highly recommended for fine dining. 10/10.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This restaurant is stunning. The views and ambience are really impressive. The staff are relaxed but very professional. The food was outstanding and immaculately presented. We loved all the Chef's 'surprises'. It is not cheap, as you would expect, but perfect for a special treat on your holidays.

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