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Vila Joya

Praia da Gale, Albufeira 8201, Portugal
351 289 591 795
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Ranked #14 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
Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

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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zurigo
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136 reviews 136 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A well deserved ranking in 50 best restaurants of the world! Our greeting was perfectly true “Welcome to heaven”. We loved the stunning view in a corner of peace in the crowded Algarve, dinner at sunset with colours turning from blue to purple was just another piece of perfection to be added to amazing food. I was a bit worried... More

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Nottingham
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We went for lunch for my husbands birthday and it was faultless! The scenery is amazing the staff were excellent -we opted for the taster menu and wasn't disappointed every course was fantastic and the chefs surprises were fabulous!yes the drink is a little overpriced however the whole experience was worth every penny!

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Warsaw, Poland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

OK, so I was remained again why I stopped frequenting Michelin star (in this case, two) restaurants: you have to add some 30-40 minutes additional time for each star. Nonetheless, the occasion was my wedding anniversary, a table on the terrace overlooking the ocean, and the day one of those perfect Algarvian days with no single cloud around. Under such... More

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Witney, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

As previous posts have said. Expensive but fabulous. Not a weekly treat but definately a holiday one! Staff very attentive and knowledgeable without being overbearing or stuffy. Taster menu and surprises were first class. We also went for the wine taster menu aswell. Not stingy with it either, to pups were given as and when required. Look forward to going... More

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Lincolnshire
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We had lunch here for a special occasion which we had planned and looked forward to. The surroundings and food were superb and staff were plentiful and helpful. The set lunch was 105 Euros per person and included four main courses together with at least five "surprises". Everything was tasty, well-presented and a delight. As I explained that I couldn't... More

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Carvoeiro, Portugal
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50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

Had heard good reports, & went with friends to celebrate a birthday (big one). Be warned, it's not cheap, but it is top quality! We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Wonderful tasters, & excellent menu, superbly delivered. We will definitely return, but it won't be every week (or even very month) at these prices. Well worth a visit, if you want... More

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