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Central Restaurant

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Brazilian
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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
large portions

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Tromso, Norway
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Tromso, Norway
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Looking for a quick snack Seduced by menu Off guard and sold the garlic bread ! But service was stunning - locals leaving gradually as we sat down about 1.45pm Delicious prawns to share to start - oozing garlic and amazing juice in the dish Main course was fish kebab - mixed fish - very good I had a Dorada... More 

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Madeira, Portugal
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50 reviews 50 reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Regional place with "rodizio" feeding style. The waiters are funny and friendly , the decorative lounges, funny also.. The way the food is delivered is crazy! looks like a pit stop, and they push to take more meat you can apreciate, meaning that the all inclued starts to be realy anoying and cold meat starts to pile up in the... More 

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

The food, the staff & the atmosphere at this fantastic little restaurant was amazing. The portion size to bill size is heavily in the bill payers favour and the food is juicy, tasty & fresh and just keeps coming and coming..... Wonderful people who work here, very friendly & accommodating... you can reserve tables and this is advised as lots... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Yes! Yes! Yes! This place is amazing! We were recommended by our hotel receptionist. On our initial visit having never eaten roding before I thought we'd been hit with a tourist trap as food just kept coming and not just the amazing variety of meats but various delicious side orders we hadn't asked for.. To my delight we were only... More 

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Grafenwohr, Germany
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Excellent food and service ; staff was personable and added to the dining experience. Had dinner twice during our 6 day stay. Excellent beef, loved the grilled pineapple. Actually loved all the food we tried!

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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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