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Central Restaurant

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10 Rua Joao Paulo II | (town centre), Canico, Madeira, Portugal
291934344
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations

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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
Tasty Tasty Very Very Tasty

What a treat being picked up from our hotel and taken to the restaurant. Lovely first impressions as you enter. Friendly and welcoming staff and lovely ambiance. Service is good with no pressure to order. Welcoming glass of wine and fantastic meat selections but don't miss out on the fish skewers... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

What a treat being picked up from our hotel and taken to the restaurant. Lovely first impressions as you enter. Friendly and welcoming staff and lovely ambiance. Service is good with no pressure to order. Welcoming glass of wine and fantastic meat selections but don't miss out on the fish skewers either. If you are a party, suggest you mix... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

After studying TripAdvisor we decided to search out this place, and what a feast! We had the all you can eat style menu where meat is brought to your plate until full, will amazing sides included, all for the price of most other standard meals we've had so far this trip. Highly recommended

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England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We have eaten here a couple of nights now and enjoy the ambiance and the food. You are given a complimentary glass of Madeira on arrival and barbecued pineapple and liqueur at the end as a freebie. We find the portions to be large and they are happy to split a course. Friendly staff and good service, what not to... More 

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Devizes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This fantastic restaurant serves a great variety of meat spit roasted and carved at the table. The portions are huge and the meat comes around and around until you tell them to stop. They serve geat fish dishes too. By far the best restaurant in Canico. The locals come from Fumchal to eat here.

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Nantes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I loved the food there. We ate there 3 times in our stay. Everything was very taste and the portions are huge!!! Lots of meat and lots of other options for vegetarians as well. The staff is amazing, super friendly. Very clean, and delicious.

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Tromso, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I do not think this restaurant is worth the full 5 stars. It is a nice place and the food is good, but not perfect. Generous portions. The pork was quite dry. They spoke German to us although we are not Germans (they are the majority of the customers). They gave us a free Madeira wine and roasted pineapple for... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Lovely little family run place with a real local feel. They picked us up from our hotel which was about 10 minutes away and offered us a lift home which was lovely. The grilled fish kebab was lovely as was the mixed meat kebab, which they come round with meat skewers and cut off for you. Service slightly slow but... More 

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We had 9 meals at Central restaurant during our stay in Canico during February 2015 which should send a clear message that this is the restaurant to frequent. We usually shared a starter (invariably salted shrimps in a delicious sauce) & then shared a main course (usually beef on the spit) & then pineapple on the spit was complimentary. This... More 

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Bridport, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Having visited Madeira many times over the last 12 years, we still like to search for the hidden gem in terms of restaurants. However, a return visit to A Central is a must. The standard never wains. Of course, the steak cooked on the spit is the where the restaurant's reputation is gained. At first, the initial carving of 3... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

A great find and yes it is number one locally, great food, wine and very welcoming people. A glass of wine greets you at the table then if you order it lots of food. No criticism, you can always say no; if you book, they will offer free transfer from your villa or hotel. If in the area you must... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10 Rua Joao Paulo II | (town centre), Canico, Madeira, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Madeira Islands  >  Madeira  >  Canico
  • Phone Number: 291934344

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Brazilian

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