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PRICE RANGE
$10 - $37
CUISINES
Mediterranean, European, Contemporary, Portuguese
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

"The" Restaurant in Funchal to witch a visit is a must. The yourny begins if you book it with being picked up in a Aistin 12 from 1932 or a Plymouth from 1934 (at a additional fee). Arriving at the Restaurant witch has a really...nice atmosphere. The service is great and the food is excellent. Can just say, this place made our day (or week 🤩).More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took our friends here recently and had a first class experience. The food and wine of exceptional standard and the staff very helpful and friendly. We dined here last year and it was good to see the standard was still the first class.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked the Golden Package. Picked up from hotel in classic Austin 12 and was driven the scenic route to capture the views of Funchal. On arrival we were greeted and taken to roof top for an aperitif and dark chocolate covered blueberries before heading to...the restaurant for dinner. Service was outstanding. The food was exquisite. Able to choose any starter, main and dessert. Although it was 3 courses we were given amuse bouche as well as a mango sorbet palate cleanser. Wine was paired nicely with each course. Great evening and definitely worth a booking when in Funchal!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For the first time in many visits we were really disappointed. Compared to prévios visit we were astonished. We had as always the special concept, and the menu were as always beautifully decorated, but the meat, Wellington ordered medium rare were absolute grey, we got...another peace of meat, but it came back on a plate with only two spots of mango chutney, so all other sides were gone ! But this time the meat was fine. The chocolate fondant was perfect as always, but the ice was nearly melted when it arrived. We had to call for the waiter several times during the meal to get a glass of wine, not a big thing, but it has never been like that before. The worst was at the ladies toilet, both toilet had broken lockers, that made it impossible to lock the doors to the toilet. Absolutely third class, why was a simple hook not installed ? So sorry the level is totally flopped.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 29, 2022

What to say? The restaurant suffered a broken pipe and the entire kitchen and restaurant is catastrophically damaged. All the catering is in a "party tent" in the inner courtyard, and cooking done in a temporary kitchen. The staff are doing their best, but a...catering tent in the rain was not what was on the web and the restaurant did not inform us at the time of booking. The food was average to bad, salty and overcooked. The staff were delightful and we felt very sorry for them, but it was not what we had wished for our last night on Madeira!More

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

We had an exceptional meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Everything was a delight and the flavours so interesting and unique. The staff were so attentive and the views over the sea are lovely. A very special place and for the quality of the food...very reasonably priced.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 22, 2022 via mobile

The main attraction here is the stunning romantic setting. From our table we could view the ocean (it was fun watching a massive cruise liner sail past). Our starter of tuna tartare was ok (a bit of acidity would have helped). My salmon was lovely...but my husband’s duck risotto was very rich and heavy (portion could have been half the size). He struggled to make a dent in it. We were too full for dessert. Staff were very attentive. Wine by the glass was average compared to what we have had elsewhere in Funchal. I would say if you are looking for a very romantic setting then this is perfect. But not the best food we have had this holiday.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 21, 2022 via mobile

We had a lovely evening. The food was delicious, our main was cooked to perfection, (Neck of pork) and the dessert was very morish. The staff gave us a first class service too.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 21, 2022 via mobile

Took my partner for his 30th birthday, I chose to have the golden package which included being picked up from our accommodation in a vintage car (90 years old!) and being driven back, champagne/strawberries, 3 course meal and drink after. The chocolate fondant is a...must! The staff were extremely attentive and friendly. The food came out in very good time, it had a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant and beautiful views of the sea whilst having your meal, I very highly recommend this place! Thank you again for a special evening.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 19, 2022

The service is faultless and exceptional, the food perfect and the ambiance excellent. This is our definite place to go every time we visit Funchal. It never fails to impress, and the 'Special' is extremely good value. We return again and again.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 18, 2022 via mobile

Absolutely fabulous!! Gorgeous meal, excellent service and great value and definitely worth a visit!!! This was an excellent find and worth booking for special occasion! You will not be disappointed!!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 15, 2022 via mobile

The restaurant is set in an old 17th century fort on the eastern edge of Funchal old town over-looking the harbour. The ‘Special Concept’ menu was very good value, giving access to the a la carte menu with an amuse bouche, starter, main and desert...accompanied by wine to compliment each course and refills. The presentation of the food and quality was exceptional. The staff were welcoming and attentive. The experience can be enhanced by a pick up from your hotel by vintage car, very special. The tables give some views of the sea and setting sun with beautiful light, we were also entertained by a talented singer guitarist. The setting reminded me of a Bond movie in North Africa, we all had a really enjoyable eveningMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 14, 2022

What a fabulous restaurant! I booked the Romantic package for my husband's birthday. We were picked up from our hotel by Paulo in the Austin 12. Such a great experience, my husband loved it. Paulo took our picture and gave us a tour of the...old town before dropping us at the restaurant. What a lovely man.! Our table was all set for us and we were greeted by the friendly staff with champagne and chocolates. The food was gorgeous and beautifully presented. The wine was refilled constantly, all included in the price. The staff were so attentive. The evening was topped off by the staff singing happy birthday to my husband with a special dessert. Couldn't of had a better evening. Such a beautiful setting too. We will definitely return when we are next in Madeira!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed October 9, 2022 via mobile

Booked in advance as it is a very busy and popular restaurant. Our expectations were high as one in our party had been once before. We were shown our table and then left with no one to take drink or food order for almost 30...minutes. We said several times we did not want any bread but they still served bread. One in our party is a fuzzy eater, so asked for french fries as a side to her dish,- but had to ask two times for it after our meal was served. Seemed like there was no system as to what waitors had what tables, and there was a LONG wait for everything-even the bill. Food was ok- service was poor!!! Very disapointed in what is said to be one of Funchals best restaurants..More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 9, 2022

We ate here on our last night having been given a 10% discount by Armazem do Sol (sister restaurant). We booked early in the day and asked for an outside table overlooking the water which we got. The food was superb (as it was at...Armazem do Sol) and the service very attentive.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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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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Yes. This would be fine. They are not to strict on dress code
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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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