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“Decent home cooking” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante Retiro do Pescador

Restaurante Retiro do Pescador
Rua Luis de Camoes, Sagres, Portugal
282624438
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Ranked #8 of 50 Restaurants in Sagres
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Portuguese
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Groningen, The Netherlands
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71 reviews 71 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
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130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
“Decent home cooking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We've been here beginning of August. When we return to our car after having visited the lighthouse at Cabo Sao Vicente, we found a flyer of this restaurant on our windscreen.

Usually I ignore these kinds of advertisments, since it usually means that you're being lured to a tourist trap.

But since the chlidren were hungry and tired, we decided to give it a chance for lunch.

We were absolutely amazed. A typical Portuguese restaurant, with only Portuguese guests (and us).

The very friendly staff served stunning foods. I had the special I'd seen at most tables, a stew of cuttlefish beans and chourizou sausage. My wife had the clams that looked as if they had been harvested that very morning and nr 3 had the best (tiger?) prawns, i've ever eaten. Since we had 2 small chlidren with us, staff decided that it was best for them to share a portion of turkeyburgers.

When we left, the headfwaiter apologized for the poor service, due to the fact 2 of his personel had called in ill.

I wished some other restaurants I've visited would have had the same poor service, it would have made me very happy.

Definetely a place to return to!!!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Not terrible but average in every respect”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

We ate in a few restaurants in Sagres in case you think I'm biased or a miserable reviewer under-rating places. This place was friendly and clean, and the staff perfectly obliging. the only problem is that the food wasn't terribly good. The vegetable sides and salads were very ordinary (for some reason they love carrots!) and the fresh fish was, yes, fresh, but a turbot shared between two at 30 euros was terribly small flesh-wise and would have been a not-too-plentiful helping for one. Considering the other reviews posted, I expected better. While it is true that Trip Advisor does send people to inexpensive out-of-the-way places and isn't the reference for fine dining, I sometimes wonder if people just give a review because they thought the bill was much lower than at home. I didn't feel in any way cheated here (unlike o telheiro) but this was completely forgettable and not very good basically. even the vaunted desserts were distinctly average.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Retiro Do Pesca... R, Proprietário at Restaurante Retiro do Pescador, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
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Agradecemos o seu comentário e a sua opinião, todos os nossos pratos de peixe incluiem uma salada mista (alface, tomate, cebola, couve rocha e cenoura), batata e 2 legumes diferente (couve flor e outro), vendemos os peixes à unidade e não a peso, sendo que os peixes para 2 pessoas têm que ter mais ao menos 1 kg, poderiamos fazer como muitos restaurantes no Algarve e vender a 40 a 60 euros o kg, mas gostamos de ser mais razoaveis embora perdemos por isso.
Caso nos visite mais alguma vez, poderá expor essa situação passada que chegaremos a um entendimento. Obrigado
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London
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best and Freshest Seafood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Wonderful find. Last day in Portugal, last meal and by far the best. Ordered a plate of fish of the day to share between four. Sea view, sun on our backs, lovely service,great wine, couldn't speak highly enough of the place and most imortantly some of the best an fish I've eaten.

  • 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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London, United Kingdom
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“Best seafood in Sagres”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

The fact that this is the place the locals eat in tells you everything you need to know, fantastic seafood, great local wine. You may need to book on high days and holidays.

Don't eat anywhere else until you have had lunch here. Then don't eat anywhere else until you have had dinner here :)

  • Visited August 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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Lagos, Portugal
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Fantastic fish!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

Excellent fresh fish served daily as the restaurant is only 1 km from the quayside in Sagres. Try the featured daily special! Friendly and attentive waiting staff made helpful recommendations for both food and drink - good house white wine. Main course approx 10 euros per head. Definitely a restaurant to return to again.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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