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“Brilliant food and staff” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Marco's Bar & Bistro

Marco's Bar & Bistro
Dunas de Alvor | Loja 16, Alvor, Portimao 8500, Portugal
+351 282 457 548
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Ranked #8 of 114 Restaurants in Alvor
Price range: $6 - $37
Cuisines: English
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: A bar / bistro located at the Dunas do Alvor. Serving breakfast, snacks and full evening meals. Soft drinks, beer and wines.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Brilliant food and staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Don't ususally eat in British restaurants when on holiday, but after reading reviews, thought we were missing out, so we had to try it.
We tried on a Sunday evening, but totally forgot it was Sunday and the place was fully booked for the Sunday roast, I would recommend you book if this is what you want. The roast wasn't the reason we tried this, so tried again later on that week and so glad we did.
It is not situated on the main 'strip' but is a very short distance away from all the hustle. Our first visit was for lunch and because it was our last day of the holiday I think my family really missed British food. My husband commented on how brilliant the omellette was saying it was the best he ever had. The kids and I had typical lunch food, toasties, chips with cheese and they were so yummy!
Food so good and brilliant value for money we asked owners to book a table for that night. To our surprise they asked if there was anything specifically we would like as they were going shopping that afternoon and it didn't have to be on the menu. You will never get that service anywhere - first class.

On arrival for dinner, owners greeted us with open arms and the good service and quality of food kept to the usual high standard. We all went for fish or scampi dishes, quite simple, but tasted fantastic.
To top it off non-alcoholic cocktails were as good as the alcholic ones so the full family joined in!

Owners clearly love working and living in Alvor and take time out to talke to customers, they made you feel very wlecome and valued. We will be back here next time we're in Alvor, only wish we hadn't waited until the end of our holiday before visiting this restaurant.

Visited July 2014
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“super food and amazing atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

come here every year with my family, food is always lovely, puddings all homemade. Owners are really nice always remember us would definatly recomend a visit

Visited July 2014
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Bannockburn, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great food and excellent staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We had 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts here on our holiday. The Sunday roast was amazing and I had a lamb shank which was fantastic. There was 8 of us in our party and Jackie and her staff were brilliant as nothing was too much of a problem for them. Marcos should be tried by anyone going to Alvor. We will definitely be back.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Halesowen
1 review
“Best staff and food around”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Third time at this complex and Marcos hasn't changed at all. Staff are as friendly as ever, always having conversations with the customers. The food is unbelievable, already booking my table for next year! Haha! High quality food, extremely reasonable prices, I would recommend this place to absolutely everyone. Definitely will be going again! P.s the mixed meat platter is to die for, although we ate that much it broke my girlfriends dress!

  • 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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Tranent, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“2nd year visiting this restaurant and not disappointed!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

As above, we ate at this restaurant probably 6 times out of our 10 night stay. Jackie and Marco are an amazing couple and anything is no trouble to them. Cannot rate the food high enough from our stay - from the chicken curry, roast dinner and steak dinner to the simple sausage chips and beans we fancied one night (the buttered bread was a lovely added touch)! Again have to rate the cheesecake as 12 out of 10 - love it!! Looking forward to visiting next year!!

  • 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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