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“Yes! So great, three days in a row.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante Caravela

Restaurante Caravela
Rua 25 de Abril, 14, Lagos 8600-763, Portugal
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Ranked #212 of 307 Restaurants in Lagos
Cuisines: Seafood, International, Portuguese
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Yes! So great, three days in a row.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Visiting Lagos and had one restaurant (so-so) the first night, a "highly recommended" one from TripAdvisor the second (pitiful. Really disappointing, actually pretty awful all things considered) and then this one.

I was looking for sardines and pizza (two of us, different desires). Pizza isn't always great and/or sardines/seafood. Was doing the 'over the shoulder' look at all the eateries I was passing by and hung out by their menu until I saw someone eating pizza (looked fab) and sardines (looked ultra-fab). I knew right away, this would be it.

We had the best sardines I've ever had...huge, plump, perfectly grilled, lightly oiled and salted, and all of it from head to toe, except spine, incredibly delicious. Yes, tail and head!! (the head was perhaps the most flavourful part).

The pizzas, both nights, also quite good.

The dessert...crepe with cream, chocolate, ice cream and banana (as usual, they added the banana that wasn't an offered menu combo without reservation when I asked) and it was HUGE and soooo good.

The sangria well priced, sparking! The green wine another night, so cheap and very refreshing.

Don't hesitate to ask for anything you don't see..I didn't want potato, so they brought me a whole extra plate of steamed broccoli with my dinner and that banana with dessert.

We are going back for night three, our last night, and expect the same. Really, so highly recommended for great value, great eye candy (outside seating worth the wait), and the non-Brit cooked food. Can't vouch for anything else on the menu but saw these seafood pots (like large paella pans with steel lids) with huge amounts of seafood that people were sharing. Everyone looked happy and the accordionist on the street, both nights, was the bomb!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great place and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We went past this place on most days and it was always busy. Finally on our last day in Lagos there was an empty table so we gave it a try. So glad we did as it was a great place to eat. We had a few buskers come and go on the street which added to the atmosphere. The food and service was excellent and great value for money. So glad we got a chance to visit and would definitely recommend you visit and you cant possibly be disappointed.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Menston, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“All good. 2 visits in one week for 10 covers.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Fast and attentive staff. Excellent food. Good range of superbly cooked sea foods. Pleasant atmosphere on the street. Clean and hygienic toilets. All good.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Great food. I had the turkey steak and it was really good, We sat outside and the waiters made up a table for 5 of us. One of the few places I went to that had a cider: Sommerset.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cork, Ireland
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21 restaurant reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“A must visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Was in this restaurant 30 years ago when travelling Europe as our one big treat. It was amazing then it is amazing now!! The lamb in red wine is just Devine!! The waiters are friendly, professional and know exactly what they are at. Talented buskers entertained us with a few jazz numbers like we were part of a movie while we dined alfresco on the cobble stone street with the gas lamps making sure we were oh so comfortable! Caravela - miss it at your peril!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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