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Vila Joya

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Praia da Gale, Albufeira 8201, Portugal
351 289 591 795
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This restaurant is at Vila Joya
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, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 201
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 15
    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
Absolute Triumph

Just finished dinner at Vila Joya - we enjoyed the tasting menu with wine (for me, not my pregnant wife, much to her disappointment) The menu was completely understated. a few ingredients were listed which gave no hint at all of the spectacular display of cooking to come. The highlights (apart... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
MRR167
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Just finished dinner at Vila Joya - we enjoyed the tasting menu with wine (for me, not my pregnant wife, much to her disappointment) The menu was completely understated. a few ingredients were listed which gave no hint at all of the spectacular display of cooking to come. The highlights (apart from the enigmatic assistant matre'd) were the cep with... More 

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swansea wales
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

We have eaten here a number of times in recent years and have always found it an excellent experience The setting looking out to sea, and the food are memorable Unfortunately on this occasion the service whilst good, wasn't quite good enough. Hopefully this was just an off-day

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Cirencester
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

My husband and I live in the western Algarve for half the year and for my birthday he decided to treat us to lunch at Vil Joya, some 45 minutes drive from our home. I had read reviews and noted the Michelin ** rating and although we have dined in several similarly rated restaurants in the UK, few could match... More 

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Shepperton, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Our first visit to Vila Joya was a fantastic experience. 3 hours of superb food served by brilliant staff over 6 courses with some chef's treats to start and also in between courses. We will definitely go there again on our next visit to this area of Portugal..

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We visited Vila Joya last night and I have to say, we were very impressed with the food and the service. For dinner, they serve a fixed degustation menu that changes daily. They seemed happy enough to change individual dishes if there was an issue but that didn't come up with us. We started with an array of amuse bouches,... More 

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71 reviews 71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Have been before when it had one star but now it has two most of the staff have changed and they are not so well trained, some of the young waiters did not know what side to serve you from or clear away. We had the set dinner which was six courses with lots of litter surprises between, the Tuna... More 

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Lancashire
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47 reviews 47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We were greeted with the phrase Welcome to Paradise on arrival we were not disappointed. Sat out on the terrace and enjoyed a lovely Gin and Tonic yes it cost 17€ but it's a two star Michelin Restaurant comes with the territory. On a Thursday you have the delight of the 8 course gala taster menu 175€ it was Devine,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Having looked on the website, we opted for the taster menu with wine matching. We were served a 'splash' of wine with each course. One of the wines was a Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - £21 from Tesco, the other, which I declined, was a from a 'table wine' grape - impressive -NOT. Between us, my husband and I consumed... More 

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Haltwhistle
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We booked lunch at Vila Joya on our latest visit to the Algarve, and it was everything, and more, that we thought it would be. We've dined in many michelin star restaurants and this has got be one of the best, from start to finish, the welcome, the service, the food, the whole experience was perfect. We opted for the... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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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: Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?