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O Refugio

Largo Do Poco, 5, Burgau 8650-105, Portugal
+351 282 697 602
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Ranked #4 of 25 restaurants in Burgau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Portuguese
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
cheshire
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had been looking forward to this experience given the previous posted positive feedback. The menu was difficult to read,and the starters were served practically on top of the couvert,we ended up eating both together. The clams were slow to materialise,and in the end it was suggested to only have one portion between two and "eat quickly" as mains were... More

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Charentay, France
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72 reviews 72 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

For us it was! Eloquently, fully and correctly described in recent reviews, it's a small tucked-away local restaurant offering amazingly fresh food celebrating Portugal and its coast, but with innovative twists to interest the diner and stimulate the palate. We only booked at the last minute and were squeezed in. What a treat! The atmosphere is intimate and relaxed. We... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Hidden away off one of the two cobbled streets down to the sea in Burgau is a tiny restaurant - O Refugio. what a find! All their fish is bought fresh either in Sagres or Lagos and the guy who is front of house speaks excellent English and has a very dry sense of humour. There are two ladies in... More

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Calgary
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

From the moment you walk in you are greeted and taken care of by Bruno in a wonderful restaurant with a great atmosphere. I have been going through the trip advisor top restaurants in the Algarve and I was surprised to not see this at the top! The food is incredibly fresh and the menu is written out by hand... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Hats off to a young man with bundles of enthusiasm and a very hard working ethic. Having to find a new chef is never easy, but this achieved we have enjoyed another wonderful eating experience in the beautiful village of Burgau. Remaining loyal to his Algarvan roots, Bruno's menu is a modern twist on tried and tested favourites and I... More

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Bremen, Germany
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We have been to the Beach Bar and to the Tasca Bar N°9. Eventhough both restaurants had surprisingly good food with a very friendly service, we have to admit that O Refugio is better. Grilled fishs were delicious, as well as the octopuses as appetizers. Great ambience ! Friendly owner, very professional and solicitous. All you need for a cozy... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

This was our first visit to this restaurant but it won't be our last, From the minute we walked in it had such a relaxing atmosphere and friendly service, The food was to die for and the chef coming round the tables was a very nice touch. Very reasonably priced for very good food.

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Amsterdam
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Sadly, we only discovered this restaurant on our last night in Burgau but were so impressed, we'd have loved to come back. Bruno's attention to detail and passion for food and drink were in abundance. There were great combinations of flavour, really well cooked and prepared dishes and service was really pleasant. The restaurant is small - so book a... More

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Bray, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

On first appraisal, this cute little back street restaurant stood out amongst the other menus is Burgau. It's menu is beautifully handwritten which always inspires confidence in me that the chefs like to challenge themselves with daily ingredients. Wow did this feeling pay off. Brun, the singular staff member front of house is incredibly passionate about Portugese cooking, local produce... More

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Burgau, Portugal
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Wonderful menu with traditional and new dishes. Bruno and staff look after you as if you were royalty. Couldn't fault our meal it was perfection thank you.

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