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Vila Joya

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Praia da Gale, Albufeira 8201, Portugal
351 289 591 795
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Today
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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
  • 195
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 14
    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
Most recent review
Chef's Table Experience

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
daniegge
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Prague, Czech Republic
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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241 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Prague, Czech Republic
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

set 6 course dinner was not value for the amount of food you got, but the wine pairing was excellent, its a very good restaurant but really is overpriced, having eaten in some fab Michelin star restaurants in Scotland they far exceed this place, if it wasn't so expensive id have given it 5 out of 5, the food is... More 

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Portugal
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Of course our expectations were high as this is one of the top-50 restaurants in the world, but we were not disappointed. A positive surprise was the wine-pairing, although the sommelier seemed not too interested in us, his choices were very good. The atmosphere was very relaxed, better than we're used to in restaurants like this, probably because of the... More 

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Tallinn, Estonia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We went for the 6 course set dinner. As we arrived to the nice and small hotel on September, 16 and we weren´t greeted in the front of the hotels doors by anyone...that wasn´t quite nice .. After we entered the hotel, we had to wait a bit before we carried to our table. By the way, we booked a... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

It was over a year ago that we went here, however I didn't review at the time and kept meaning to. We had the most incredible meal here. The food was flawless and the service was extremely gracious and sincere. The wine pairings were all from Portugal, which was really nice - all excellent. To this day I haven't eaten... More 

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

A grand entrance and view , gated property , delicious food , attentive service , Accommodating to food allergies , had an incredible meal and dining experience , worthy of its rating , a must in Albufera if your willing to spend 400 or so Euros per couple . Only negative is that I left a generous tip in cash... 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?