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Johnny Hooper's Saxophone Bistro

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Updated 07/15/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Open March - October. Seasonal closure: November - February. Visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/JohnnyHooper'sSaxophoneBistro. Jazz and Blues themed restaurant. Johnny Hooper's live saxophone shows with fun music quiz, party atmosphere and dancing are on Tuesday and Friday nights from March - October. During the summer, chill-out Sunday afternoons take place on the garden terrace with cool local musicians providing the laid-back vibe. Gluten-free menu options. Great place for celebrations!
PRICE RANGE
$8 - $23
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Bar, European, British, International, Grill
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Jazz Bar
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Reviewed October 10, 2022

What a great spot. Been here two years running. Johnny knows how to entertain and put on a show. Fab night. Make sure you bring your dancing shoes and your voice !!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed October 10, 2022

We had a fantastic night at Johnny Hoopers (party of 18) - must say when we first walked in we were very sceptical and the food was not 5* but still lovely - but the whole evening was brilliant what fun - you should not...miss this fabulous night out if you are ever in Albufeira - what a blast - incredible music and great great fun - best night of our holiday - and we will return :)More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed September 30, 2022

Went as a party of 10 while on holiday in Albufeira, on the Tuesday of our week in Albufeira and we’re so impressed we booked again to go for a second evening on the last night of our holiday. We were treated to a great...evening of food and music, with a quiz thrown in. Johnny, the owner is a great saxophonist who entertained us while we were eating. Then had a fun quiz, and the evening was rounded off with singing and dancing. A highlight of our holiday.More

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

As other people have said, a visit here is an experience and one that will stick in your head forever. Personal welcome from Johnny, followed by great sax playing with excellent mix of song choices all contributes to a great atmosphere. Food was really good...as well and waiters very friendly. The music quiz adds a different twist and is just the right length with 15 questions, after that lots of dancing with some classic tunes! Overall a very enjoyable night and would throughly recommend you pay a visit on Tues or Friday nights when Johnny is playing.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 11, 2022 via mobile

Visited on the 2nd of August after finding this venue one day whilst out on a walk. We did the research and reviews were all good, so we booked a table for 2. What an evening it was. From arrival to departure there wasn’t a...single bad moment. On arrival, greeted by the man himself. Seated at a decent table for 2. Lovely, friendly staff and service. IPA on draught was a holiday treat. The food was delicious. Seated to our left was a funny couple from Oldham, to our right a lovely young couple from Lisbon. The young man being a talented saxophonist himself. Johnny was brilliant on stage and for him to invite the young man up made for even more brilliant music. A truly fantastic evening.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed September 3, 2022 via mobile

We arrived and was greeted by The owner and saxophonist Johnny . Was quiet but almost all tables were reserved. We got lucky and got give table for 4 right next to the stage. I was apprehensive at first but I had absolutely no reason...to be. The food was Devine as was our desserts, proper homemade cooked food My wife had the catfish and I had the pork belly both cooked to perfection. I genuinely couldn’t believe how much fun we had and what incredible memories were made thanks to Johnny and his incredible team.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 27, 2022 via mobile

Booked this restaurant as a family and so glad we did. Johnny is amazing, friendly, welcoming and very talented. We all had a great time and the service was fabulous. The atmosphere was incredible and every person including us were having the time or their...lives. Great music played by Johnny, fun quiz and good food. What more could you want from a night out. Highly recommend- the pork belly and the chocolate pudding was lovely.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 25, 2022 via mobile

My partner and I went whilst in albuferia and had a wonderful time. We went on a Tuesday as I believe that is when Johnny does a live set on the saxophone (this was brilliant to watch - as he gave customers tambourines) half way...through the set he incorporated a quiz too. Which was great fun! On arrival Johnny himself met us at the door and showed us to our table - always a great personal touch. The Food was fantastic and we were both very impressed along with the service which was quick, friendly and very approachable! My partner and I would definitely revisit!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 11, 2022 via mobile

Eating out with a child with coeliac disease is so much of a challenge that we tend to avoid it. But Johnny’s place had so much GF choice that my 10 year old little coeliac was spoilt for choice! The warm welcome, easy parking, great...food & fabulous entertainment meant we had such a great night that we’ve booked to return before going home! Johnny has a way of making the atmosphere comfortable & inviting so that all three generations of our family enjoyed every minute. Hugely recommend this place for anyone looking to get away from the commercial, impersonal vibe of the main drag but needs catering for with attention & care (& enjoys dancing on tables, doing the conga, a music quizz & listening to some excellent musicianship with tales from a saxophone legend!)More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 9, 2022

We had a fantastic Tuesday evening due to the entertainment however the food was not a patch on what it used to be. Starters - okay Mains- 4 of us had the belly pork- the mash was dry & lumpy, the sauce was salty and...the pork was not crispy. Most of it was fat that hadn’t been rendered at all. Desserts were okay but huge portions- x3 what is needed. Really disappointing as the food used to be so good and with the entertainment made for a great dining experience.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 6, 2022 via mobile

How lovely to be greeted at the door by the man himself and what a great start to a fabulously memorable evening - a very warm and genuine welcome. The atmosphere throughout the evening was relaxed and chilled in an intimate and informal setting like...we've been invited to a friend's for dinner - perfect. We came specifically for the music and we weren't worried about the quality of the food; however, this also proved to be outstanding and served only to enhance our evening. The chicken wrapped in Parma ham and the pork belly would be very much recommended. Post dinner, the entertainment began. Johnny's musicianship is exceptional; his choice of songs coupled with the friendly banter, information about the artists and their works plus his personal anecdotes (all shared in a very humble way) proved an immersive experience...especially being given tambourines to play (and in fact any item we could find to augment our table drumkit). The whole package - the greeting, food, entertainment and fun - was absolutely brilliant. Having thought we'd reached the end of the evening post quiz, Johnny then welcomed onto the stage a local gentleman who had also been dining in the restaurant and had his own saxophone in the car. As music teachers ourselves, we know how this can go lol! However, the young man himself was also an amazing talent and we so appreciated his contribution to the evening; we admired Johnny even further for allowing him to almost take the limelight and his own enjoyment of the moment. They both shone and complimented each other very well indeed. As music teachers our report grading is A for Effort and also Attainment!More

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

Absolute hidden gem, amazing food, fantastic atmosphere, great music with fantastic service, we felt so lucky to get the last table without a reservation…..best night of our holiday!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 6, 2022

As soon as we entered Johnnys it was clear that this was not going to be a place where you had a quick bite to eat, couple of drinks and then move on somewhere else. You have a table there for the night and if...you don't spend the whole night there then you are missing out on a truly fantastic night. Being there didn't feel as though we had booked a table, it felt like we had been personally invited over for the evening. The food was excellent, chicken and parma ham and the stroganoff. The deserts were also great, did I need one, no, did I have one, hell yes. The entertainment was excellent, the staff were on the ball, super attentive and super friendly. Johnny and his wife were the perfect hosts. Met us at the door, shook our hands, welcomed us to our table and kept us all engaged throughout the evening, be that through casual conversation, during the excellent sax performance, during the quiz and during the music at the end. Cannot thank each and every person involved in the night enough for making us feel so welcome and for making the night such a great experience. If you don't visit here during your trip then you are really missing out on a special night.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 26, 2022 via mobile

We visited on a Sunday afternoon as we had heard they do a lovely vegan roast. The roast was really delicious, cooked my Jonnys wife sue. Fantastic live music and a friendly atmosphere. Thank you Jonny who made us and our children feel welcome and...told us some great stories of how his bar began!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 24, 2022 via mobile

Visited Johnny’s 3 times during our holiday and each time Johnny and his staff gave us a warm welcome. The food was excellent followed by great sax music and fun quiz combined to make it a fantastic night. Sunday lunch on the terrace was matched...with the same great food and live music . This is a must visit if you are in Albufeira . Good luck for the rest of the season Johnny, hope to see you next yearMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Johnny Hooper's Live Saxophone dhows take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. It's highly recommended to book in advance. Email to: sue @ johnnyhooper . com or book online. Kind regards, Susan Hooper Johnny Hooper's Saxophone... More
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Hello, If you can please email me directly I'll be able to send you our party packages. sue @ johnnyhooper . com
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Johnny Hooper's Saxophone Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5