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“Small but perfectly formed” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Salsa Bistro

Salsa Bistro
Rua Pedro Alvares Cabral 36, Alvor, Portimao, Portugal
927696992
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Ranked #8 of 115 restaurants in Alvor
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Small but perfectly formed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

What a lovely restaurant this is, you are welcomed by Jan the owner who is always friendly and extremely helpful. The restaurant is decorated in a cottage style however note the wall paper which is pages from books original idea and all done by Jan, the staff number 2 plus Jan but this seems to work as we never seemed to wait very long although we don't do fast food so a wait between courses does not bother us.

The food here is some of the best we had, the first time we went both my wife and I had the stuffed mushrooms and the Duck as we were recommended to try these, the duck was done to perfection not at all fatty which Duck can be, all of this with a free half bottle of house wine (which is very nice) no room for sweet after this but the sweets do look nice.

We decided to book again for our last night when I had the fish soup (lovely) and the Pork Fillet with Grapes this comes with a mixture of vegetables and potatoes, pork was really nice the only issue was the size I am sure there was enough to feed three people let alone me so sorry to say once again no sweet ( I will try these one day) to finish off the meal a glass of vintage port is provided, all this at a very reasonable cost.

All in all a lovely experience, however this is a small restaurant and you will need to book, I note there have been comments with regard to tables being available but not being offered I think this is because they only take bookings for the later part of the evening and do not take walk ups.

  • Visited October 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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Hampshire
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Best sea bass I have ever had”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

The quality of meat and fish is outstanding, always beautifully cooked, especially the fish. The cover ( bread, fish pate, olives etc.) is the best in Alvor). Wine list a bit pricey, but go with the house wine as the first half bottle is free!! Service is very good. Restaurant is small so you need to book unless you want to eat early (6 o'clock). Well worth a visit, you will not be disappointed!

  • Visited September 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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“lovely restuarant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

we had the most delicious food in salsa bistro so nice we returned again before the end of our holiday within 3 days. the owner is really nice and takes time to have a chat. my husband is really sin eater always gets steak on our second night here he picked pork steak with grapes and loved it he still talks about it will definitely return on r next visit.

  • Visited June 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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dursley, uk
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Go there hungry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We found Salsa Bistro in May 2013 when it was recommended by someone at our apartments and have just been there again in September. Its very small so you will need to book but its well worth the effort. The food is excellent and very good value, they even included a free half bottle of house wine which was jolly nice as well.
Portions are generous so our advice is to go there hungry. We didn't have a separate starter which was just as well because the cover of bread, carrots and tuna was a meal in itself. I had a chicken and pineapple kebab which was excellent and my better halfs fish was just as good.
The owner Jan generally makes a point of meeting all the diners himself to check they are happy with their meals and is a friendly host.
It is now officially a fixture on all our future visits to Alvor.

  • 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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Wexford, Wexford, Ireland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A little gem in the centre of Alvor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I spent two weeks in Alvor Portugal in Sept the Salsa Bistro was recommended to us by another couple we met. It is a delightful little bistro. The food was delicious plenty of variety and you get a bottle of wine free with your meal and after you get a glass of port free. Prices are very reasonable and the service is excellent. The staff were very friendly and attentive. We were there four nights during the fortnight and each night was as good as the first. Will definitely return when we are back in Alvor








  • 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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