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Sem Espinhas Guadiana

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European, Portuguese
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Avenida da Republica, 56, Vila Real de Santo Antonio 8900-065, Portugal
(00351) 281 951 980
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11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 102
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best fish dishes!

Sem Espinhas is a nice restaurant for eating and enjoying wonderful fish and seafood. The service is very competent and attentive, the atmosphere is quiet and relaxed. The menu is diversified and the wine list is good (mostly wine from Alentejo). Definitely a restaurant to visit for people coming... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Maia, Portugal
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Maia, Portugal
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Sem Espinhas is a nice restaurant for eating and enjoying wonderful fish and seafood. The service is very competent and attentive, the atmosphere is quiet and relaxed. The menu is diversified and the wine list is good (mostly wine from Alentejo). Definitely a restaurant to visit for people coming to Vila Real de Santo António...

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Good food! We ate early before the restaurant was busy and were able to sit at the tables that line the street. It is a short walk from the centre but persevere as food servings are generous and reasonably priced

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

My boyfriend had been to this restaurant many times two years ago and said they had great food. This time the food did not impress us. I was promised a medium rare steak but my veal medallion was dry and sandlike. Nothing you would expect at a restaurant...there must be a new chef because the dishes did not live up... More 

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horsham
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Been here a few times when we stay in Ayamonte area....easily the best fish restaurant either side of the water. ...the monkfish and prawn spit is always great and my wife had swordfish which she had had many times but here it is the best. .à very generous succulent steak..my daughter had steak. .which she's had had on the Spanish... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This place is a gem. Seafood is always at its best. Fresh and cooked to perfection. Zapateira is normally my preferred option but lobster and seabass are also second to none here. Wine and spumanti menu offers a wide range of options. Of course, at the end, you cannot leave without tasting amarginha, the local bitter almond liquor. Staff always... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The service here is excellent. I had never tasted oysters before, because of this our waiter said that they would be able to give us the simple oyster instead of what was on the menu which is better when trying for the first time. The flexibility of the kitchen showed how fresh the food was. The main meal was good,... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Fabulous meal and friendly, attentive service. We had dinner outside and had different options, all carefully prepared and delicious. I highly recommend this excellent restaurant.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We had lunch on the terrace in front of the restaurant. The food was nice and the staff was friendly.

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Monkstown, Ireland
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132 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I had the sardines as a starter. I had expected fresh fish, after all this restaurant is just across from the Atlantic and specializes in seafood, instead I was served cold marinated sardines with cold yams. Terrible. The wild sea bass, I had the whole fish, was good but overcooked. The vegetables were mush i.e. cooked to death. The wine... More 

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Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The restaurant is stylish and comfortable, and the food is very good, but they are still yet to furnish us with fish 'sem esinhas' as advertised. The outside eating area, whilst partitioned off, still runs alongside a fairly busy (and often dusty) road. The view across the promenade and marina to the river Guadiana and Spain is quite spectacular though.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida da Republica, 56, Vila Real de Santo Antonio 8900-065, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Vila Real de Santo Antonio
  • Phone Number: (00351) 281 951 980

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European, Portuguese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm

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