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“Traditional Portuguese food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante Cataplana

Restaurante Cataplana
Av. da Marina, Lj 11, Vilamoura, Portugal
+351 289 316 027
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Ranked #35 of 147 Restaurants in Vilamoura
Price range: $24 - $55
Cuisines: Portuguese
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Traditional Portuguese food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012 via mobile

The nearby beautician ( perfect me) recommended this place as traditional Portuguese food & that it was. We had the monkfish cataplana with potatoes. My boyfriend is not a fish lover ( unlike me!!) but found this dish delicious. Definitely not a builders cafe as mentioned by another Trip advisor review (lol). We had irish coffees to finish. Worth a visit.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Behind the marina, half the cost, twice the flavour!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Every July for the last 4 years we've visited this restaurant at least twice with friends and family. If you like Cataplana type dishes you have try it! Monkfish is my favourite. The staff are attentive, friendly and want to please you! The premises and courtyard terrace are spotless. It backs onto the square. They know us now and value our repeat custom. As I remind them - we would only come back if the the experience we've had warranted it. We go to other pricier, more inetrnational menu driven restaurants whilst on holiday on the Algarve, but the atmosphere, smiling faces, Portuguese style food quality, dish variety and price points plus the location behind the marina still make this one of our family favourites. Keep up the good work guys! My friends loved the Isle of Man flag you had flying inside the restaurant -its something they dont see very often when abroad. :-) Tom C Nottinghamshire

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Service with a smile”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012 via mobile

We have been in Cataplana a number of times,and were rather concerned by some of the reviews however it would seem that you cannot please all of the people all of the time as we were again not disappointed. Our son has special needs so finding a restaurant that can cater for him as well as ourselves is always difficult. The staff are superb and don't like to single out individuals as they are all so attentive without being overbearing.

I had the sardines which were very good and we both had the monkfish kebab which although a little pricey was worth the money.

I would recommend and allow other diners to make there own judgement.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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138 reviews 138 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Just ordinary, nothing outstanding”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Clean restaurant with very helpful friendly staff, unfortunately let down by price/description/portion size.
The prawn kebab consisted of four prawns on a bed of rice which worked at over £5 per prawn - total rip off, very disappointing with all the good reviews. Wont be back

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012 via mobile

Great food and nothing was too much trouble just a street back from the main road around the marina and so about half the price you would pay and double the quality. My husband and I ate here, having found the restaurant via Tripadvisor and we were not disappointed - the swordfish was to die for!

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