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Vila Joya

Praia da Gale, Albufeira 8201, Portugal
351 289 591 795
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Ranked #13 of 576 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
2 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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Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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New York City, New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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

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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174 reviews 174 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 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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Address: Praia da Gale, Albufeira 8201, Portugal
Phone Number: 351 289 591 795
Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Albufeira

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