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“Friendly Staff, Average Food.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante Aquarelle

Restaurante Aquarelle
Estr. das Escanxinas, Almancil 8135-105, Portugal
00351289397973
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Ranked #28 of 128 Restaurants in Almancil
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Entertaining clients, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Situated just outside the centre of Almancil, in a quirky octagonal building on the road to Vale do Lobo is homey restaurant Aquarelle. Surrounded by greenery, whether you choose to enjoy an airy evening at an outside table or retreat to the air conditioned dining room, carefully decorated in tasteful Mediterranean colours, you���ll be ensured a relaxing evening, hosted by friendly and welcoming staff. On menu you���ll find a host of glorious French delights, all attractively served with great attention to detail. Don���t miss the fabulous homemade ice creams from the dessert menu ��� even if you don���t think you could eat another thing they really are unmissable.
london
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“Friendly Staff, Average Food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Aquarelle has got a good reputation locally and having made a booking through the hotel and making our way by taxi we were assured we had made a good choice.

The welcome was good and the menu was explained to us.

We were then served literally 2 small ciabatta breads with an olive and tuna pâté at 2.75 euros each...!

We opted for the set menu and my wife had prawn and avocado salad and the trio of fish and I had the mushroom soup and a steak dish for main. The scallop in my wife's dish was not fresh and tasted awful and the steak dish was something out of Frankie & Benny's! Perhaps there are better options on the menu that we didn't choose but there was an air of disappointment throughout our meal.

Then the deserts came and the banoffie pie tasted ok but the Tarte Tartin was awful and I was shocked at how they could mess that up. It was almost baseless and smothered with a tangy apple compote, again not impressed!

I would have given 2 stars but the staff were friendly and attentive but more attention should be paid to ensure the quality of the dishes complement the smiles..

In the absence of potentially 'a bad day in the office' Aquarelle is perhaps worthy of a visit on the A La Carte Menu as it appears 'you get what you pay for' on the fixed price menu..

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“GREAT PLACE TO DINE”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

The food was very good and great service, staff excellent. We have eaten at this Restaurant on numerous occasions and we have never been disappointed. They also have a very good Set Menu for Dinner & Lunch, reasonably priced.

Visited September 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Great Fixed Price Menu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We ate here towards the end of September 2013 and thought it was excellent value for money, when compared with other restaurants in the area. My husband and I both ate from the fixed price menu - 28euros for 3 courses. I would highly recommend the Prawn Caesar Salad, Trio of Fish (salmon, seabass and scallop with roasted vegetables and asparagus) and Creme Brulee. My husband had Sirloin Steak, which was also included in the set menu. We sat outside and although it was quite near the road, we didn't notice once the restaurant was full. I would recommend booking a table.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very high quality meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Despite our many visits to the Algarve, we had never dined here before but were recommended to try Aquarelle by friends of my son. They rated it very highly and they were right to do so.
Our group of 4 all had the €28 3 course table d'hote menu. There was a good choice of all courses and the food was just top class. Generally the main course portion sizes were not large but the food was simply beautifully cooked and presented. They did leave room, however, for the desserts which were absolutely excellent and without a doubt the best I have ever had on the Algarve.
Will be going here again before we leave for home

  • Visited September 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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“Great food Great service Great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

Not the first time I'm here but every time I have a great meal!
Lunch or dinner!starters main course and dessert ....excellent ,fantastic wine list as well!
Tnx guys

Visited September 2013
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