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Vila Joya

Praia da Gale, Albufeira 8201, Portugal
351 289 591 795
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Ranked #8 of 573 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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English first
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My friend and I made a reservation here as soon as we knew we were traveling to Portugal. We sat at the Chef's Table on the night of the World Cup Final, which made it especially entertaining since they had the game on in the kitchen. The food was unbelievable. We didn't have a single bite that we didn't thoroughly... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We emailed this restaurant from home to make reservations during our stay in the Algarve. From the minute we walked outside onto a magnificent terrace overlooking the ocean, we felt like we were in a fairyland , the place is so beautiful, we just sat back in awe. They offered us champagne to star, which was delicious. The service was... More

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Adelaide
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We had the most wonderful Sunday lunch at Vila Joya recently as part of our stay on the Algarve. Set above the beach in a beautiful grounds,this is the really a great spot. The chefs prepared food that was just fantastic in its presentation and complexity of flavours. Surprises between courses were outstanding. The coordination of delivery by waiting staff... More

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Tallinn, Estonia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Really a superstar among michelin star restaurants. We have visited severals, but this took breathe away. Super service, stunning environment with ocean and garden views, fabulous food and matching wines. Very cosy and friendly stuff. All of the visited restaurants this is nr 1. Its somewhat pricy but worth it. Totally reccomend it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Magnificent place, great service, awesome views, and exquisite cuisine. Bravo Duarde, bravo Joachim for your wisdom and thanks for the g-free pancakes - the breakfasts were perfect:)) And last but not least a bow to the maître d' who's titillating tastes will leaving an everlasting memory - the dinner was bliss. However, the only complaint I have, despite of it... More

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Notts UK
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We read about this place in the Telegraph coming over in May and decided to give it a go. I booked for myself and my husband for lunch and then proceeded to get incredibly lost (thanks Google Maps!) coming from Almancil. After several heated exchanged words in the car we stumbled on Vila Joya on the coast road to Gale.... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This might be ranked outside the top 10 on Tripadvisor but let me say it is the best restaurant in Portugal - bar none! Myself and a friend were on holiday in the region and I looked up the Pellegrino list to see if there were any top restaurants close by. I couldn't believe my luck when there were 2!... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

As a 14 year old girl who has grown up in a hospitality orientated family and loves food, i can honestly say that villa joya was the best experience. Not only was the food and drinks amazing but the service was exceptional! Diogo, the person incharge was at the highest level. He was excellent at describeing and choosing portugese wines... More

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Edinburgh
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47 reviews 47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Having visited Vila Vita on holiday last year and being a little disappointed a friend recommended Vila Joya, the other 2 Michelin star restaurant in the Algarve. We went for lunch today and loved every minute! Arriving at the secure gate and walking through Reception out to the restaurant terrace I felt my body physically relax... Views out to sea,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is simply the prettiest hotel / villa on the Algarve coast where the restaurant is rated #22 in the World by the Worlds 50 Best Restauarants. The level of cooking has french influences with plenty of butter and cream and highly refined techniques applied to classics like the Lobster Gazpacho with a mousse tomato creation perched in the middle... More

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