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Ria Formosa Restaurant

#26 of 246 Restaurants in Faro
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Contemporary, Mediterranean
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Praca D. Francisco Gomes, N02 | Hotel Faro, Faro 8000 168, Portugal
+351 289 830 830
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children
Description: The Ria Formosa Lounge Bar and Restaurant, on the Hotel Faro's rooftop...
The Ria Formosa Lounge Bar and Restaurant, on the Hotel Faro's rooftop terrace, afford a breathtaking panoramic view over the city and the Ria Formosa. Regardless of the time of day or the season, this is always a sophisticated and inviting place in which to relax by yourself or socialise with others. An extensive selection of high-quality breakfast items are served here from 7.30 am to 10.30 am. Lunch at the Ria Formosa Restaurant is served from 12.30 pm to 3 pm. This is the perfect place for both businesspeople and groups of friends to have lunch or to relax after a visit to the city's historical sites. Dinner is served from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm, but we suggest you arrive in plenty of time to enjoy a pre-dinner drink or cocktail while you marvel at the magnificent sunset.
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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great views, professional staff, excellent food, a really lovely restaurant.

We called in to have a look at the menu after short-listing it from the TripAdvisor reviews. A good, varied selection of dishes so we booked for later that evening. As other people have said, don't be put off by the clinical, austere hotel frontage & reception, the restaurant doesn't reflect... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Ann R
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Pocklington
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Pocklington
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We called in to have a look at the menu after short-listing it from the TripAdvisor reviews. A good, varied selection of dishes so we booked for later that evening. As other people have said, don't be put off by the clinical, austere hotel frontage & reception, the restaurant doesn't reflect this. Find the lift first (no signs) to the... More 

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Thank Ann R
St Columb Major, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

The rooftop restaurant overlooks the marina , nice decor inside and out , welcoming warm staff , great service We visited for Nye and were very impressed 4 courses with all our drinks ands backs , music and the best view of the fireworks at midnight. Tasty dishes with good wine .

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Thank lucylou36
Eschenbach, Germany
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

We ate here last night and were so very lucky to have gotten served because it was very late, 10 PM. We both ordered fish, whole and fresh! Great service and great wine choices. The waiter spoke mostly Portuguese but also Spanish which was good since we also speak Spanish. The food spoke for itself! If you like fish and... More 

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Thank BarbLance
Merseyside, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

We ate here a number of times and no complaints at all. Breakfasts had plenty of choice and the evening meals were so tasty! Service was spot on

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Thank ShazPedro
Wilton, California
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1,052 reviews
381 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 630 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

We were staying at the Hotel Faro and ate the buffet breakfast daily, which was excellent. Last night we ate our dinner at the restaurant (opens at 19:30). This is a top flight roof top restaurant with course meals as well as a la carte offerings. The wait and bus staff are right on top of everything at all times.... More 

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Thank ruthandvern
Faro District, Portugal
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We have eaten here at lunchtime and in the evening. Such a shame that there is nothing at street level to entice customers into this restaurant with probably the best view in Faro. Quite pricey (and no inclusive set price menu here!) however the food is delicious and a starter and main course shared is adequate if you don't want... More 

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Thank susane421
Guntersville, Alabama
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

The ambiance was wonderful and the food was great. However, once we got to the order of dessert, the service became horrible! 20 minutes after ordering, we got the dessert, served with an attitude and a grimace. You asked us what we wanted, we ordered and 20 minutes later it was the chef's fault for being late? Did you explain?... More 

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Thank Dianna-Michael
Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

A wonderful modern restaurant with wonderful views and outside relaxing areas, even a small infinity pool. Many reviews have highlighted the small and slow number of staff and that was our experience. We had a family lunch and despite booking on line, the very quiet restaurant was not quite welcoming nor ready for us. The food was very good, the... More 

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Thank Daveybick
Paris, France
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100 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Ria Formosa is located on the rooftop of the Hotel Faro, right at the harbor/ marina of Faro. Although it belongs to the hotel it is not the typical hotel restaurant. The whole design of the restaurant and its location are excellent. Views are magnificent and in terms of overall design and layout Ria Formosa is probably the best choice... More 

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Thank Michael H
Hoorn, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Met up with girlfriends for a drink at the Bar o Hotel Faro, most fantastic view of Faro´s harbour, nice staff and stunning place to watch the sunset!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Praca D. Francisco Gomes, N02 | Hotel Faro, Faro 8000 168, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Faro
  • Phone Number: +351 289 830 830

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 22 - 39
  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

The Ria Formosa Lounge Bar and Restaurant, on the Hotel Faro's rooftop terrace, afford a breathtaking panoramic view over the city and the Ria Formosa. Regardless of the time of day or the season, this is always a sophisticated and inviting place in which to relax by yourself or socialise with others. An extensive selection of high-quality breakfast items are served here from 7.30 am to 10.30 am. Lunch at the Ria Formosa Restaurant is served from 12.30 pm to 3 pm. This is the perfect place for both businesspeople and groups of friends to have lunch or to relax after a visit to the city's historical sites. Dinner is served from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm, but we suggest you arrive in plenty of time to enjoy a pre-dinner drink or cocktail while you marvel at the magnificent sunset.

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