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“Our Best Meal in the Algarve” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sao Gabriel

Sao Gabriel
Estrada Vale do Lobo Quinta do Lago, Almancil 8135-106, Portugal
+351 289 394 521
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Ranked #5 of 127 Restaurants in Almancil
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Our Best Meal in the Algarve”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We found Sao Gabriel as a recommendation from our guidebook, and it did not disappoint.

The dining area is quite elegant. It is set in a garden with flowers and lanterns to light the area. The place settings were very tasteful. The waitstaff were extremely welcoming, and had a friendly and unpretentious air. It was obvious that they recognized specific regular customers and addressed them personally.

For our meal we started with blue-fin tuna, and had lamb and turbot (a white fish) for our main courses. All were delicious. What we liked most about the food was that the waitstaff explained each element in detail so that you understood the tastes and how they had been prepared. Special attention was paid to the side accompaniments of each dish, which we appreciated.

Perhaps what truly sold us on Sao Gabriel were the extras that they included. When we first sat down they brought to the table a selection of breads, two butters, and Portuguese olive oil. They also provided an amuse-bouche of scallops. After dessert, they brought a selection of small treats to finish. All of these extras were complements of the house.

A lovely dinner - our best meal in the Algarve, and a great way to end our trip.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Paris, France
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64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Disappointing meal”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We've been coming to Quinta do Lago for almost 20 years and been to São Gabriel a number of times. Last time was a 3-4 years back and we had a great dinner. We went back today with a couple of friends and came back a bit disappointed.

The service was gentle and genuine but not excellent. The wine list was generous with excellent Portuguese wines. The food failed to delight the four of us. It was a but pretentious and not really delivering on the price range and expectations of this restaurant.


We look forward to a more Inspiring São Gabriel, worth the next Michelin star in Portugal. The setting, the kindness of the staff and the tradition of this place deserves it

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10 reviews
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“Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We visited this restaurant in July. We had booked an outside table and the weather that night was rather windy!

On arrival we were shown to our seats and the waiter asked if I would like a shawl. Fantastic touch!

The whole experience was outstanding, one of, if not the best meal I have eaten. I had the 7 course taster menu, which also included two more dish which we on the house. For a total of 75Euros,

Every dish was presented amazingly - and each dish was brought by the same waiter, a Brazilian - who was out in Portugal working for the resturant for 2 years. Each dish was explained in full - why it had been put together for the flavours, how, what was what. I asked questions about the food and everything was explained in full, with full confidence and knowledgeable staff.

I cant fault this restaurant in anyway. They ordered us a taxi to get back to our Villa. The taxi service turned up in uniform, very professional and clearly work with the restaurant on this.

A dedicated waiter was on hand when I asked what wine and port would go with certain courses, and this was then explained on where the wine came from and also the Port.

Again, outstanding and we will be going back!!!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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North Yorkshire
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Lucky recommendation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Very easy to miss the restaurant, but look out for a blue cow. Set slightly off the road and sits next to another restaurant 'Thai Garden. Everything about the restaurant represents high quality. Staff, environment, food and wine all of equally high standard. The wine waiter was really helpful and do try the Portuguese wines including the sparkling wines, they really are excellent. We were driving so we were were delighted that they served great wine by the glass. The presentation and flavour of the food was as one would expect from a Michelin star restaurant and the staff are really happy to go through the ingredients used. Its not a cheap night out, but again that's expected. Was overall an excellent experience and would recommend. Would definitely return.

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Holte, Denmark
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139 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Outstanding food and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

There is a lot one can say about this restaurant. It lost its Michelin star last year. The quality of the food, the wine list and the service cannot be the reason. It is all outstanding!! The only criticism we had is the interior and the decoration. It is totally outdated. Even the music is outdated. Truly a pity because again all the rest is just really good.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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