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$12 - $36
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
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Reviewed September 19, 2020 via mobile

We have been regular guests of this restaurant for several years now. This restaurant has always been serving good food. Unfortunately, the prices have recently gone up to unreasonable levels, that cannot be justified. The owner used to be very involved and welcoming, but seems...now to neglect the guests and leaves unexperienced seasonal waiters do the job. This is a pity and will backfire against him one day or another. Local wines are way too expensive (you find the same bottles in other restaurants in Comporta for much less)More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 5, 2020

The owners are very nice, they are from Romania surprisingly knowledgeable about Portuguese food and able to present extraordinary dishes. We have been several times! Food is really very well prepared!

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 22, 2020 via mobile

Great restaurant in the lovely village of Comporta. Varied choice of starters which are presented to you on a tray - and not forced upon you as is many Portuguese restaurants. We ordered the sea bass and it came perfectly grilled with a large plate...of fresh vegetables - delicious! Large wine selection too. Yet again we followed the TripAdvisor recommendation and we were not disappointed - we would highly recommend.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed September 28, 2019 via mobile

We both had the best sea bass here, service was great and the wine was fabulous too. I’d recommend this restaurant if you know your food.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 7, 2019 via mobile

The service is really good, introducing fresh seafood products at the beginning then the service was amazing the waiters spoke French English and more and are so so nice. I strongly recommend

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed September 7, 2019 via mobile

Literally one of the best seafood meals of my life, so fresh so amazing, the waiting staff were amazing!! No fault on the evening 10/10 would recommend

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 6, 2019 via mobile

Very delicious sardines and squid. The place is very nice and the staff great! Close to the beach and easy to find.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 16, 2019 via mobile

If you happen to be near Comporta, stop here for a meal. Seafood is super fresh, many choices (incl about 8 different Cataplanas), extremely generous portions, and extensive appetizer choice. Suggest passing n the appetizer board first offered at the table (you pay for them)...and also share your entree as doing otherwise puts too much food on your table and drives up the price considerably. Choose one of the various grilled seafood brochettes to share as they are truly delicious. Charming and immaculate place to eat with very friendly service. English spoken.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed August 7, 2019 via mobile

This is an interesting place, run by two larger-than-life, eclectic Romanians (believe it or not). The young staff team worked very hard and are very pleasant but as others have commented, the service can be challenging particularly when it gets busy. They have a peculiar...system of starters arriving separately from a choice board, drinks being served separately by a different person and then one of the bosses coming to take the main food order. We waited 25 minutes for any food at all from the starters platter, the order was taken and after one hour they realised that the food hadn’t come as they had ‘forgotten’. Hence, we had a further 30 minute wait while a ‘fast dish’ was prepared. But we did get a personal apology from the owner and a reduction on the bill. They could do with a modern ticketing system that would stop such foul-ups. The food was standard Portuguese local fair - no panache or elegance but acceptable, especially as we were so hungry by the time the food arrived at 10 pm (with a 7 year old son ready for bed!). Not bad. But as others have observed, not my first choice for Comporta which has many good restaurants. My choice would be to go to Cavalarica.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed July 30, 2019 via mobile

Very good sea food dishes. Service is poor and the staff are again a bit grumpy. I would recommend the monkfish rice.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Hello, we have available vegetables rice with grilled mushrooms or pasta with vegetables. Regards
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  • Restaurante Sao Joao is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4