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“A place to cherish” 5 of 5 stars
Review of X Tonel Restaurante

X Tonel Restaurante
Estrada Monumental 188-lj 17, Funchal, Madeira 9000-098, Portugal
291 773 247
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Ranked #31 of 395 restaurants in Funchal
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: On the road out of Funchal towards the former Football Ground
Attleborough, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A place to cherish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This restaurant is one that we keep for special when we visit Madeira each year, and so do many other people in our experience. We are recognized and welcomed. It is not a place to rush (though we had to once this year to make a School of Arts concert and the staff were due an apology when we did). Great care is taken with service. We really recommend the "Chef's Octopus Salad" but everything we have eaten there has been 1st rate. A reservation is a must with only 24 covers at a time.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dorset, UK
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Small but nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Well situated opposite Reids Palace this little restaurant is quite a find. We were unable to get in for an evening meal as it was always full , however we were lucky at lunch time. The menu is quite unusual in its mix of local and "British" fare and is reasonably priced.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cumbria
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Lovely food and excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

You need to book to get a table in this tiny restaurant and for a very good reason - the food is excellent and good value too.

Visited February 2013
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Holmes Chapel
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65 reviews 65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“The food is good if you are prepared to wait”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Went with some friends. Admittedly the place was busy but an hour's wait for the main course after giving the order was too much. The fish was good when it came ( I think we all had fish) but by that time all of us were beginning to lose interest. Perhaps a little more explanation for the delay would have helped the hungry diners or was it a ruse to increase the bar bill!
Am I being too critical? Try the place and judge for yourself

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fabulous birthday meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Recommended by travel rep we were lucky they had a table that evening on my birthday. We opted for a mixture of local and British cuisine and the assorted vegetables were cooked perfectly. Great service added to the whole experience. We were only there for a short break but will be back if we ever visit Madeira again.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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