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“excellent restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zarcos

Zarcos
136A Conde Carvalhal, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
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Ranked #60 of 421 Restaurants in Funchal
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Breda, The Netherlands
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“excellent restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The food is almost made by a michelin restaurant and you have there a beautifull sightseeing over Funchal, the services are correctly en friendly. the price/quality is very good. thanks Zarcos

Visited February 2014
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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Bonn
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great view, nice service!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

The restaurant is quite big with a panoramic view over Funchal. Great!
It is famous for its espetada-dishes, but it offers also the typical espada-fish and chicken. We have eaten bbq-chicken, espada with banana, espada with cheese and shrimps and espetada do lomo (prices: 7€ for 1/2 portion chicken, between € 11-15 for the other dishes). It was ok and value for money.
The service was very pleasant and friendly.
Worth trying.

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England
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81 reviews 81 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Best Espetada in Madeira for me”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This restaurant sits on the side of the island with a beautiful view, we sat by the window in the evening. I ordered a well done espetada and it came out beautifully. The beef was tender with no fat on and cooked to perfection. We ordered side portions of chips, rice and salad to go with the meal. Service was quick and efficient. I have been to Madeira many times and had espetada in many restaurants for me this has to be the best I have had. Will certainly return again.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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cornwall, england
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Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Well worth a trip out of town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Traditional Madeiran food, generous portions, beautifully served by friendly staff and, of course, magnificent views. Lots of seating, inside and out, so you would normally expect to get in. We will definitely return.

  • Visited November 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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Hvide Sande, Denmark
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“Best BBQ beef and super service !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

It's hard for a Dane to walk steep up the hill .... But the quality of the food at Zarcos, as well as the discrete kindness of the staff's made us do exactly that three times (so far) this week.

The sign in front of the building says Restaurant and Grill - and the word "Grill" is not false advertising.

Our first visit was for lunch, enjoying a BBQ chicken with a bottle of Vinho Verde at the terrace. And the salty crispness of the chicken was second to none. The view and the service held the same high standard.

Our second and third visit was for dinner, and two very, very good experiences.

Inside the restaurant you see a large glass-fridge stuffed with beef meat, as well as a big open fire grill. And BBQ beef sure is something they do REALLY well at Zarcos.

Over two evenings we tried the pepper steak, the skewed meat and the Picanha. All of it tender, well hung, juicy and tastefull.

The service is efficient but still kind and discrete, and the guidance on the wines is perfect.

We'll climb up the hill (or take a cab) to dine at Zarcos the next time we visit the island, and can only encourage you to do the same. The few kilometers from the harbor is definitely worth while.

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