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“New to us” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Vaults

Vaults
85, Av 5 Outubro, Almancil 8135-100, Portugal
+351 289 391 883
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Ranked #15 of 126 Restaurants in Almancil
Price range: $6 - $31
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: A series of extraordinary vaulted ceilings draw the eyes upwards the instant you step over Vaults threshold. This ancient former coaching house on the main street of Almancil is something of an architectural masterpiece, and considered by locals as much tourists as a special occasion restaurant. Hosts David and Katrina make everyone feel at home, while head chef Sean oversees largely European and good value set and a la carte menus alongside daily specials. Favourites include prawn piri piri; warm goats cheese with honey salad, and fillet of sea bass baked with a chive and parsley olive oil. The curries are good, too. The atmosphere is at its most vibrant on Sunday when Vaults puts on the only traditional carvery (with all the trimmings) in the Golden Triangle served for both lunch and dinner.
Cornwall
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“New to us”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Dined at Vaults last week on their Curry Night (Wednesdays - 25 Euros for 2 curries and a bottle of House Wine). The restaurant is in an interesting vaulted building (hence the name!) and is run by English people, on the main street in Almancil.
Had mixed feelings overall. The owner is friendly and welcoming, and the curries and other main courses we had (Morrocan lamb especially) were very good and tasty, but like a previous reviewer mentioned, the deep fried calamari was of the frozen variety, which was surprising when there is so much fresh seafood readily available locally.
Prices were reasonable, welcome good, but not many other people were there, so not much atmosphere, which was a shame.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Warm welcome and great food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Recently ate here with some friends. Chef Sean was very pleasant, helpful, and prepared some fab food, which was presented well. Great asset. The hostess/owner was very welcoming, friendly and attentive throughout our meal. Would definitely recommend and will visit again. Well done.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“very good can't vault it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

good food friendly staff good price a free glass of port on the house would go back to the vaults next time in Almancil very nice.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great food, Great Hostess”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

I try to visit vaults when in almancil, fab food great service and good value for money.
A must to try you will not be disappointed. The Sunday Carvery is delicious and great quality meat, good house wines. We also tried the curry night on wed was great value. All good !

  • Visited August 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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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Dine with Cliff!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Visited this restaurant recently during an Algarve holiday with friends.
Lovely feel to the restaurant and nicely furnished with jovial hosts. In the main the food was good - the only downside was the calamari which was definitely frozen - inexcusable when the supermarket over the road sold fresh fish in vast quantities. This did taint our meal - if you can't do a dish authentically then don't put it on the menu!!!
All in all a reasonable meal with the addition of a model of Cliff Richard!!!

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