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Barbecue, European, Portuguese
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Lunch, Dinner
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Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Table Service
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All reviews chicken salad fried maize milho frito bread skewers fries wait for a table simple menu bolo do caco da torre beaten track worth the wait gets busy very popular place friendly service decided to give it a try
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Reviewed October 26, 2022 via mobile

Perfect place to eat the famous espetada in Madeira! Impeccable service! As it may get crowded be prepared that you may need to wait for a table to be available. You just leave your name and they will call you when a table is available.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 23, 2022

O polar is not a fine dining experience. It's a traditional madeiran restaurant that sticks to the basics: grilled meat, chicken and sides. But they do it so well you just don't need anything else. On my first visits I thought it was really good...but with the foundation being so basic I didn't appreciate it so much. It wasn't until I visited other spetada restaurants that I realised how good O polar really is. The skewered meet is perfectly tender and full of flavour, the chicken is juicy and the sides are generous and tasty. The sides can be salad (lettuce tomato and onion), fries, milho frito (it's like fried corn dough) and of course the famous bolo do caco (garlic butter bread). You should try to be there early for lunch (noon) or late lunch, it's a very popular restaurant that doesn't take any reservations. Although it's slightly outside of Funchal, definitely worth the trip.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 1, 2022 via mobile

Based on the queues outside this is a very popular place with the locals The menu is very limited, espetada (beef grilled on a skewer) grilled chicken chips fried maize and salad and off course the garlic butter bread The beef is good and the...added garlic butter compliments it very well. The grilled chicken is grilled nothing more the fried maize is nice. The green salad is nothing but a heap of lettuce, some onion and tomato The downside of the place is that it is extremely noisy… Service was goodMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 23, 2022 via mobile

We stumbled upon this restaurant when out walking in Camar de Lobos. Stopped for a beer and stayed for a meal. Succulent meat and everyone friendly and helpful. Returned two night later. Cannot book but really worth the wait for a table. Our hotel receptionist...called it a Madeiran jewel. We agree.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 12, 2022 via mobile

Simple but very good food! Everything was fresh and delicious! Super friendly staff. Would recommend when you are in the area.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 24, 2022 via mobile

Best food so far on our vacation!! The skewer is delicious and the side dishes also! The homemade pudding are soooo awesome! Would recommend

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 23, 2022

An excellent meal with friends. Great food and superb service with brilliant value for money. I certainly would recommend visiting here. No bookings so be prepared to wait for a table.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 8, 2022 via mobile

The real Madeiran deal if you like meat. No fish on the menu, but we ate fish at every other restaurant!!! The Espasade was TRULY INCREDIBLE with the best beef I've tasted in a long time (get the garlic butter melted down the skewer) ........and the deep fried maize best on the Island ... if you can cope with bones, the chicken is amazing too!! Sooooo busy with constant flow of customers, so don't worry that you can't book .... and of the (say) 50 covers we were the ONLY tourists :-D :-D And a Billy Bonus that Pico da Torre is literally around the corner for great pre-meal views Soooo good that we went last Saturday and will return tomorrow for last meal of AMAZING eleven days holiday!!!!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 2, 2022 via mobile

Amazing food, cheap prices, huge portions, friendly staff. Full of locals, in fact they were queuing out the door when we left so that tells you all you need to know….. Not a bad word to say

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 18, 2022

The menu is simple: Beef on skewers (Espedata) and roast chicken, with side dishes. Excellently prepared, friendly service & fair prices. Popular local place for fun evenings out. Gets busy & noisy; a fun place to eat (unless you're vegetarian, I guess).

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 14, 2022 via mobile

The food was exceptional. Best meat I had in Madeira. The service however was not good. We never got a bottle of water that we ordered and it was on the bill. They changed it but we noticed later that we were charged with the...price of a normal wine bottle, when we had a small one. The bill was hand written and it said “Rapariga da Quinta - small bottle of whine” but the price was 13,75€. Comparing to every other restaurant we went to in Madeira, we later noticed it had to be the price of a normal bottle.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 1, 2022 via mobile

Friends recommended the Espetada here so we visited. It was indeed superb. O Polar had a very simple menu - roast chicken and espetada with choices of sides. The beef on the Espetada was so so tender. We will definitely come again.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 29, 2022

The espetada de vaca consistently is the most tender and tasty, it melts in your mouth. (tip, request the garlic butter to be melted on the top of the skewer and let it melt down the rod of meat) The frango (chicken) is very plump...and tasty as well. Be sure to ask for some Piri Piri too. The milho frito (fried corn meal cubes) is very tasty. The bolo de caco is perfectly toasted and buttered. Compliment it all with a caneca of Coral or sangria. The restaurant is unassuming and relatively small. The waitstaff are awesome. The prices are very affordable in comparison to similar restaurants. I've been to this restaurant several times and my wife was born here. I can truly say this is the best restaurant on the whole island for espetada. Second best is Churascaria Brasa Viva in Sao Vicente.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 16, 2021 via mobile

In our last day in Madeira, we heard from the guy from the boat trip that the restaurant O Polar was great to eat espetada. We decided to give it a try and the only regret is that we haven’t heard of it before so...we could come more than once. The meat is so tender and so tasty! Unbelievable! The portions are big and it’s so much cheaper than in Funchal. We will surely come back here next time we visit Madeira. Hint: come early cos they open at 6 pm and before 7 it was completely packed!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 4, 2021

Unassuming, simple, rustic, affordable and of absolutely exquisite quality and friendly, efficient service. This is a gem out of the beaten track, not to be missed by meat lovers. And the chicken is very good too!

Date of visit: November 2021
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4