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Rua Simplicio dos Passos Gouveia, Funchal, Madeira 9000-001, Portugal
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

We ate here twice and both times food was great. I had a fillet steak A Vela Branca the first time and my daughter had the duck . Both very nice and the steak was cooked perfectly with a very nice sauce. The second time we had the sea food rice. It was so good and far too much for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

First visited in 2014. Food and service still as good as ever. Great food and plenty to choose from. Chicken in pepper sauce was great

1 Thank Yarmman
Manchester, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2015

We were staying in a hotel more or less opposite this restaurant, we got chatting with one of the residents whom had eaten here earlier that day and couldn't praise it highly enough. The following day we paid the White Candle a visit. The decor leaves a lot to be desired it has a dodgy Indian meets Chinese Fusion going... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2015

I had the local rabbit dish (you just can not get elsewhere), and my wife the local fish.All courses excellent. We stayed in the Quinta Splendida, so that tells you how much we miss this restaurant. Family,caring and togetherness comes over in a wonderful atmosphere.

1 Thank ANDREW H
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165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2015

We were staying at the Pestana Promenade opposite and heard the 'White Candle' recommended so gave it a try rather than walk too far in the heat. The interior wont win any awards and they had one of those annoying types outside flattering people to go in but actually the food was simple but tasty. It's a pretty standard Madeira... More 

Thank Digby98
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

We've been visiting A Vela Branca or white candle for several years and have never been disappointed. The staff are warm and friendly and the food is among the best in the area. If you get the chance, have one of their flambé meals, the spectacle of it been cooked in front of you is amazing, my personal favorite is... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2015

Been here a few times over the years and never been let down. My wife had espada in a madeiran sauce which involved it normally being flambeed 3 times in different spirits. Quite spectacular especially when I missed photographing the first flames so he did it again! I think I only had the Espetada (beef cubes on a skewer), quite... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2015

We met Jorge when walking past one night and he was a lovely and friendly man He showed us the menu and explained a few things and we went the following night to eat He wasn't in which was a shame The food was lovely, we chose flambé prawns and scabbard fish. Both cooked great and very tasty The restaurant... More 

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Hardstoft, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2015

The food is above excellent and the staff are very good. The only let down for this restaurant is how busy the road is outside now since it was altered. I would suggest you don't pick a table close to the road but if you do be prepared for the draughts from the buses. It's such a shame!

1 Thank Topdog100
Durham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2015

We were greeted by the lovely Jorge one evening whilst we were debating which of the nearby restaurants to dine in. I cannot understand the nasty reviews about this place, yes it wasn't overly busy but it wasn't empty either. The tables were a tad close but that's the same in most of the restaurants in Madeira. A Vela Branca... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Portuguese, International
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Simplicio dos Passos Gouveia, Funchal, Madeira 9000-001, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Madeira Islands  >  Madeira  >  Funchal
  • Phone Number: 291934494

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