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Central Restaurant

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Brazilian, South American
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10 Rua Joao Paulo II | (town centre), Canico, Madeira, Portugal
291934344
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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
A must-go restaurant!

Took the advice of fellow contributors and booked in advance. The restaurant has a great smell of wood smoke from the fires used to cook the food. The food could not be faulted, the avocado starters were superb and a meal in themselves. We opted for steaks, chicken skewers and the mixed grill. All... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Took the advice of fellow contributors and booked in advance. The restaurant has a great smell of wood smoke from the fires used to cook the food. The food could not be faulted, the avocado starters were superb and a meal in themselves. We opted for steaks, chicken skewers and the mixed grill. All were outstanding. I've never felt so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Not a lot more to say which hasn't been said. This really is a great restaurants. Great food, so well priced and really helpful with our kids. If you like meat! Go!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This was moments from our Quinta and a brilliant choice for dinner, en famille. So much fun when they came round carving the meat, and the grandchildren, aged 8 and 6 both loved using the "tweezers" to engage in getting the meat from the skewer. Charming staff, yummy food, scrumptious pineapple and great "theatre". Would definitely recommend it and might... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We were wandering in Canico looking for a nice place to have a dinner and accidentally bumped into in A Central. It's nothing special from the outside, but it offers a great selection of delicious food, authentic ambience and multi-lingual staff who can guide you through their menu. The prices were very reasonable, too. Although Madeira has plenty of great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This restaurant is excellent in every way considering the low prices. The food is great, the staff is both attentive and friendly and the restaurant is cosy with good acoustics making it easy to have a conversation without shouting. The rodizio - a selection of spitroasted meats - is the speciality at this restaurant. It's cut and served at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

We came here followong recommendations from trip advisor.We ordered the espetada (skewers) with beef and chicken. Beef was very flavourful, but overdone (I asked for rare and the meat was even more than medium, and the chicken was tasty, . but also somewhat dry, even the wing. Side dishes were simple but nice, and we received a few complimentary slices... More 

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Canico, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We discovered this restaurant by mistake and we have gone there every single day since.really friendly staff, really good service and even better

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Camberley, Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Try this if you've not eaten in a churrascaria restaurant before. Menu of meat, meat and more meat carved from long scewers at the table. Family restaurant and as per other reviews they'll take you from and back to your hotel. Friendly staff, mix of locals and holiday makers. Not over priced and they'll keep feeding you until you ask... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Wow!!! Excellent so glad we came across this on our first night because one visit is certainly not enough! Best steak ever! Don't let the exterior put you off

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We spent 1 week with my girlfriend in Madeira, tried a lot of restaurants and i can easily conclude that "A Central" is the best one, the choice number1 !!! 1. Service is excellent! They pay attention for each client, speak several languages, and in general are very positiv! 2. Food - fantastic!!! meat we tried there is one of... 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, South American

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