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Restaurante Do Forte

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Rua Portao Sao Tiago, Forte de Sao Tiago, Funchal, Madeira 9060-250, Portugal
351 291 215 580
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 31
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A very romantic dinner

We booked a table at the Fort even before we took to Madeira. Last time we visit the Island, we just saw the Fort. We were picked up at our Hotel in a beautiful Rolls Royce from 1959. Arriving to the Fort we were welcomed outside. The food was excellent, the wine tasted wonderful together with the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
FlemmingNordborg
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We booked a table at the Fort even before we took to Madeira. Last time we visit the Island, we just saw the Fort. We were picked up at our Hotel in a beautiful Rolls Royce from 1959. Arriving to the Fort we were welcomed outside. The food was excellent, the wine tasted wonderful together with the meal. It was... More 

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Broomfield Kent
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is set in the old part of Funchal. It was very busy but excellent. You have a set price for your meal but still have a choice. They give you different wines with each course. We sat outside and had a very enjoyable evening. When we went to get a taxi to our hotel there were several soft... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Our first visit to the Restaurant do Forte, after a number of people recommended it. So pleased we went. It might sound a little expensive, at 42 Euros (around £31) per person (when compared to other restaurants in Funchal, it is more pricey), but for this, you effectively get a 7-course fine dining experience, including sparkling wine on arrival, different... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The Restaurante Do Forte has an excellent reputation. From our experience, it is well deserved. As well as pre-booking our table, we had also booked one of the restaurant's vintage cars to take us from our hotel. We arrived in style! The whole evening was a delight. The food was superb with a wide ranging menu. The rack of lamb... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The staff does everything to make your evening a delight. The food quality was excellent. I would recommend this place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This restaurant does the best to keep high standard in food and service. Booking is needed, as it is completely full. My advise would be not to book the early dinner time as they need some time to awake and start showing all the best. My booking was treated very carefully and I was wisely advised not to choose outdoor... More 

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Grupo Forte R, Manager at Restaurante Do Forte, responded to this review

Dear TripAdvisor Reviewer, Thank you very much for your generous comments and recommendation. We can see that you enjoyed your experience, specially in what concerns to food and service. Our team is very much awake at 'early dinners', however we are delighted to see that we lived up to your expectations. May nights in Madeira, are sometimes a bit unstable,... More 

County Durham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Been to the Forte previously and we were as equally pleased this time. We had top notch service, fantastic menu and quality food. A great venue for a holiday last night. Went all dressed, up only wish we had booked the vintage car to collect us from the hotel.

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Grupo Forte R, Manager at Restaurante Do Forte, responded to this review

Dear Valuable Customer, Thank you for sharing your kind review following your visit to Restaurante do Forte. I am delighted that you feel fortunate to return to our Restaurant for a second time and had a great experience with the service, fantastic menu and quality food. I hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Restaurante do Forte... More 

Grobbendonk
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The staff is very friendly and the reception by the maitre of the restaurant could not have been better. It was off to a good start, helas is went a bit downhill from then on. Basically the restaurant tries to punch a bit above its weight... they try to put down a higher standard but in the details it fails... More 

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Grupo Forte R, Manager at Restaurante Do Forte, responded to this review

Dear TripAdvisor Contributor, Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. We are glad to hear you have enjoyed our atmosphere and service and simultaneously sorry that we have not come up to your expectations on some specific issues. We wish that you had mentioned your dissatisfaction with some of your remarks at the time as we would have done our... More 

manchester
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70 reviews 70 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Food and service top rate and well worth a visit. Location within the fort of the old town makes this venue unique and the dining experience special. Strongly recommend.

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Grupo Forte R, Manager at Restaurante Do Forte, responded to this review

Dear TripAdvisor Top Contributor, Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. We are glad to hear you have enjoyed our food, service and location. We look forward immensely to your next visit. Kind regards, Restaurante do Forte More 

Essex
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106 reviews 106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

No visit to Funchal is complete without a Forte dinner. We now start the week at Mozart and end here. Both great places. Had dinner with wife and parents a few days back. From the sparkling wine to the set menu with wine flowing continuously to the final coffee a great memory. Will be back next year....

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Grupo Forte R, Manager at Restaurante Do Forte, responded to this review

Dear TripAdvisor Top Contributor, We are certainly looking forward to welcoming you back to Restaurante do Forte. Thank you very much for your kind support in writing a review of your recent visit on TripAdvisor. Your time and effort are very much appreciated. We are delighted that you enjoyed your meal and had to chance to also visit Mozart. Maybe... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rua Portao Sao Tiago, Forte de Sao Tiago, Funchal, Madeira 9060-250, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Madeira Islands  >  Madeira  >  Funchal
  • Phone Number: 351 291 215 580

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Portuguese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business, Entertaining clients, Romantic

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