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O Portao

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Rua Portao de Sao Tiago, Funchal, Madeira 9060-250, Portugal
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Paisley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had already dined elsewhere in an excellent restaurant but decided to try somewhere else for a variety of venue other than anything else and we weren't disappointed. Friendly and efficient staff, which is a hallmark of Portuguese restaurants in our experience. This was one of several restaurants reviewed in the Rough Guide. We always only eat a main course... More 

Thank DonMun
St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

By the time you've reached the end of Santa Maria, O Portao looks very much like any other Funchal restaurant. Don't be misled. The food here is authentic, the service professional. We visited as a large family party, and staff couldn't have been more charming. The bill was reasonable and, when we paid a return visit, the waiters even remembered... More 

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Salerno, Italy
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Average service, low value for money. The table outside was unstable, and it made it difficult to eat. We paid 4 euros for bread (!!) and 4 euros for a small glass of poncha. Good salmon carpaccio, but the black scabbard fish with bananas and passion fruit sauce was inaccurate (so sweet that you can't taste the fish, too much... More 

Thank Giambattista91
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lot of customers, this is a good tip when it comes to restaurant. We ordered sea snails with garlic and butter, fish soup. For main course fish scabbard with banana and skewers of various pieces of fish and of potatos and salads. Price not high we will certainly return, the service very friendly and nice.I came there through mobile... More 

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190 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had promised in 2010, when we were last in Funchal, that we would come back to O Portao for dinner. It may be me, but there seems to be an even greater variety of good, local restaurants in Funchal, but this is still one of the best, and fair value. Very nice staff - professionally run: will always be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

jst popped in for a light lunch they did a few special offers we ordered sardines with salad and fries well needless to say we did not require any dinner that night all for 8 euros and a free glass of wine

Thank jeff b
Kettering, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

Sorry to say that we were disappointed with this restaurant having seen it's good reviews. It did not live up to them in comparison to others of a lower rating. Maybe it was our choice of food but when it was presented on the plate it did not look very appetising. The interior was very pleasant and reflected old Madeira... More 

Thank Merle L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Strolled past and couldn't resist their lunch special, we had two fresh fish dishes with a glass of wine for under 10€ each. Friendly atmosphere with pressure free staff. Definitely return again soon before we go home.

Thank stuart72
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Had dinner here last week & the food is great. My wife had the prawns & I had the beef carpaccio & for the mains we went for the fillet beef chef style for two people, but were a little confused when it was service as it was two individual cut of meat, so we don't know why its only... More 

Thank Nick_BWales
Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

Was here three times in a row - tuna, dorada, squid - was very good every time. I especially liked the fish soup as a starter. The garlic bread is very nice. The house wine is affordable and prevents a headache the next morning. General recommendation!

Thank Philipp S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Portao de Sao Tiago, Funchal, Madeira 9060-250, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Madeira Islands  >  Madeira  >  Funchal
  • Phone Number: 351291221125

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?