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“Best in town.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vila Velha

Vila Velha
Sagres 8650-385, Portugal
282624788 / 917128402
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Ranked #5 of 47 restaurants in Sagres
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
essex
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Best in town.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Great food , good service. As it says in the title , best restaraunt in town , by a long way. Piri Piri Tiger Prawns and Tournedos with Madeira sauce top dishes.

Visited October 2012
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LONDON
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86 reviews 86 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Brasserie food/service at fine dining prices”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner there after watching the sunset at Cape St Vincent. We were a bit disappointed with food and service, considering the great reviews and the high prices. Dishes were prepared using very fresh fish, but seasoned with too much garlic, oil or cream... my seafood spaghetti at E30 tated mostly of garlic. Service was hit and miss too: after our main course we were ignored for at least 20 minutes... at that point we had enough and just asked for the bill.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Liverpool, UK
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Lovely atmosphere and a cut above the rest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

We've eaten at the Vila Veha four times now over three years and it never disappoints. The chef uses fantastic local ingredients from the land and sea to create imaginative dishes. They are based on traditional Portuguese cuisne but are more refined and better cooked than the competition in the town. She has a real flair for flavour and brings the quality of the fantastic fish and fruit through.

The restaurant is beautifully presented in an atmospheric old house. Tables are arranged cleverly so that you are not on top of one another but are conscious that the restaurant is full of people enjoying their evening. Service is excellent and the staff are clearly proud of the food that they serve.

Sagres is a fairly small, quiet and uncommercialised town and in our view Vila Velha is its best restaurant by some margin. More than that, it stands comparison with any restaurant we have tried anywhere.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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UK
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Went back 3 times !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Was in Sagres for a week and this was our favourite place, really friendly and more of a restaurant style to the dishes, pasta and seafood dishes were all excellent.

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London
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187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Really enjoyed this place which is a bit more 'restauranty' than many other places in Sagres. The service was really friendly from start to finish and considering the amount we ate, I don't think the bill was high. Think it came to about 180 euros for 4 people and we had three courses and wine.

Steaks were fantastic and my chicken with peanut sauce and pineapple was one of my dishes of the holiday. The chocolate brownie with cherry was also great. Atmosphere was very buzzy with every table taken.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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