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Restaurante do Forte Linking the Soul of Restaurant do Forte to the Essence of the São Tiago Fortress (17th Century) is a rare encounter between history, architecture and gastronomy. These spaces can be interpreted, in a genuine experience distinguished by its gastronomic diversity, that combines an international cousin with typical Madeiran ingredientes. We have the most varied services from pick-up with Classic Cars, Live Music and Exclusive packages such as our Golden Package and Romantic Package. From the informal and intimate to the spectacular and glamourous, Restaurante do Forte has a range of unique spaces, whether you’re planning a private party, wedding or corporate event. The Restaurante
PRICE RANGE
$12 - $41
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night
CUISINES
Mediterranean, European, Contemporary, Portuguese
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went on Sunday night having been recommended by our hotel concierge. The food was good as was the service, until we wanted to pay. Why? Can I have the bill please? Nothing. Repeat. Nothing. Repeat, yes - we do finally get the bill. Can...I pay please? Then it was a repeat of the above. From asking to pay to finally being able to pay was over 30 minutes. Really strange and a disappointing end to our evening. Also as we left the man you brought the credit card terminal said “well I do have five bosses you know”. Err? I don’t even understand the relevance of the comment So the setting, food and music are nice, but maybe our experience when we wanted to leave was a one off.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has plenty of atmosphere, and our table was outside on the terrace alongside the fortress walls. The "special concept" menu provides excellent value for money at €45.50 per person for a sparkling wine aperitif, amuse bouche, starter, sorbet, main course and desert, accompanied...by red or white wines for each course with regular top ups. The food was all really excellent, well cooked and presented, and the service was also excellent. Live music accompanied our meal from a really talented singer / guitarist. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable evening and one we aim to repeat during our next visit to Funchal.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic service and top quality food and wine we booked the Gold Package for our wedding anniversary and the whole evening was brilliant 😍

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was amazing, little bit too big portions for our taste, could easily be smaller in this quality restaurant. We had the romantic package so we got drive from our hotel to Forte with 1932 Austin 12 and it was amazing. Friendly staff and amazing...atmosphere. They also had live music what was very nice add to our dining experience. We got 3-course meals with wine package but apparently they have same wines for everybody who has taken wine package.. Don't care what they eat: white wine first and then red. I had a fish as a main course so I would prefer white with it but some guy took my white glass away before I had time to say anything. Maybe should put more effort to wines.. Don't serve red with fish. Maybe better to choose your wines from the wine list. But overall experience was really amazing. I do recommend this place to everyone visiting Madeira, with classical car drive of course.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The welcome was superb.We were served very promptly.All the food was so tasty.The wine was good and flowed! The restaurant was very busy but this did not stop the staff serving at a suitable speed and with a smile. Thankyou for a lovely evening.see you...soon.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Guest Relations, Proprietário at Restaurante Do Forte, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your preference once again. We are very pleased to read we have lived up to all your expectations and we highly appreciate your support! We look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely three course meal as part of the special menu with drinks included. All of the food was great quality and with the sparkling wine, red wine, white wine and dessert wine included it was well worth €45pp. Lovely views over the sea...and live music. Perfect evening.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Guest Relations, Proprietário at Restaurante Do Forte, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your preference once again. We are very pleased to read we have lived up to all your expectations and we highly appreciate your support! We look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First off - the positive. The kitchen team really know their way around flavour and seasoning. Every dish we had was wonderfully tasty and both excellently seasoned and presented. Top marks to the head chef and their team. Unfortunately, our experience was somewhat soured from...our arrival. The Maitre' D (or greeter) was a lady who gave the impression that she would have preferred that we were not there and that the customers were getting in the way of her having a nice time. The waiting team were a very mixed bag - some were very good and worthy of their role in a fine dining restaurant, the others? - perhaps not. The Sommelier was worthy of mention. We found our original choice of wine practically undrinkable being so dry as to be past the point of acidic. He replaced it without question, selecting another wine of the style we had discussed with him which was very good - so full marks there. If the Do Forte wants to be a fining dining restaurant where the whole experience matches that of the food produced by the kitchen, they really need to invest in some serious front of house training.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Guest Relations, Proprietário at Restaurante Do Forte, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Guest, We would like to thank you for your visit and having the time to write this review. We do work hard to assure that all of our guests have a memorable meal and that everything from the food, service and ambiance need to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Booked their 'golden package' over the phone to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Everything confirmed and told we'd be picked up on the day in the Austin 12 at 8pm. By 8.15 after a no show, I called to be offered a taxi pickup or wait...till 9pm for the Austin. After explaining we'd booked the package for the experience and still no apology, even though having our room and hotel details on file, we had to find somewhere else to eat on our special night. If this is how organised the forte is for their top package, I'd have no confidence in their ability to reserve a table, let alone the food offered. Trust your big day at your risk with this establishment.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfect place for a romantic meal within the walks of the Old Fort above the sea. . The special menu at 45 euro pp is excellent value for 3 courses including sparling wine on arrival, an amuse bouche, sorbet between courses, coffee and petit four...and your choice of red or white wine with each course, which was freely poured. All of our courses were well presented and cooked and were delicious. The wine was also pretty good for house. Our only slight criticism was service was a little slow but hey we are on holiday and not in a rush. This may also have been down to the fact they had our reservation down as 8.30pm when we'd booked for 8pm and there were a lot of arrivals at this time. Highly recommended for a memorable dinner in Funchal.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Guest Relations, Proprietário at Restaurante Do Forte, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your preference once again. We are very pleased to read we have lived up to all your expectations and we highly appreciate your support! We look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The pickup in the 1932 automobile was impressive and good fun to ride in an open vintage car along the shoreline to the old town. At the restaurant we were walked through a gated section up on a balcony that we had for ourselves and...were served sparkling and chocolate covered strawberries. The service was discrete and told us to come down when ready. Our table was covered in rose petals and right by the opening in the fort wall giveing a view on the harbour. The food and drinks were really good so it made for a fantastic evening. The bouquet of flowers was a great memory and is still on our breakfast table.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Guest Relations, Proprietário at Restaurante Do Forte, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your preference once again. We are very pleased to read we have lived up to all your expectations and we highly appreciate your support! We look forward to your next visit.

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DebF430
August 30, 2020|
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Response from PeterG873 | Reviewed this property |
We had lunch today. The Austin 12 can take 3 passengers. I’m sure they could do two trips if needed. It’s an amazing experience.
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273iana
October 1, 2019|
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Response from dmhconsultancy | Reviewed this property |
Yes. This would be fine. They are not to strict on dress code
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August 23, 2018|
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Response from ChristoJH | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I didn’t respond in time - for some reason I didn’t see your request until now. As you discovered for yourselves, it’s smart casual, so that shorts are really not appropriate.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5