We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book a Stay + Win a Getaway Book your hotel on TripAdvisor and you could win a great trip!

Taberna Ruel

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Rua Santa Maria 119 | corner Travessa João Caetano, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
+351 291 231 720
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

861 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 476: English reviews
Norfolk, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to Taberna Ruel twice on our holiday in Maderia. The first night we sat outside on the street and had amazing service from a young man, dark hair who spoke very good English and advised us on what gins to try. I had the chicken and my partner had the fish with 3 prawns which we absolutley loved.... More 

Thank KezzaBezza2014
Bedford, UK
Level Contributor
130 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This day was coming, and spurred on by the reviewing community of Trip Advisor it looked like this was the place to try limpets. There was plenty of temptation on the menu to lead us astray but we stuck to it and ordered them (along with a more familiar portion of clams!). To be fair the limpets were OK. They... More 

Thank Bedfordians23
Salisbury, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Taberna Ruel have a lovely little courtyard restaurant at the back of the building. For starters I had a fish soup, there was so much flavour packed into that stock it was amazing. Unfortunately my first choice for the main course (chicken thighs in red wine) was not available, so instead I opted for lamb chops with mint sauce.... More 

Thank Lynne S
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We asked a taxi driver to recommend a restaurant for a good steak. He took us to the Tabetna Ruel. Excellent choice great food, service, location and atmosphere.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Level Contributor
53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent 8 days in Madeira and this was the best restaurant during our stay. Service was good. Goat was excellent and also large portion including vegetables, rice and delicious tomato sauce. Creme brule was also very good and large. This is not the cheapest place to go in Rua Santa Maria but it is worth the price. The fish... More 

Thank Jani F
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Level Contributor
22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I still can't stop thinking about the mixed seafood platter. Let the owner choose items for you based on your preferences. We had the best seafood, great service and wonderful sparkling wine. We came one night for some appetizers (local lobster and lapas) and a drink, then returned two nights later for a full meal. The waiters and owner are... More 

Thank melissa r
Level Contributor
310 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Back again; just love this place. Always some theatre from the staff and the front of house; Diva really knows what she is talking about. Choose your own lobster or the fish of the day. Mix & match. Great outside seating area and clean loos. It's a bit more expensive than most of the restaurants in Funchal but well worth... More 

1 Thank Teesdalepark
Bolton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stumbled upon Taberna Ruel by accident whilst looking for somewhere else. We could see the courtyard through the ornate gates and are so pleased that we did. As it was a Saturday night It was very busy, especially at the front on the pavement but we asked to sit in the courtyard and were offered a great table for... More 

Thank mal_cheetham
Newcastle and Gateshead, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great location in cobbled street in old town. Everything first class, food, staff, location. Sea food amazing.

Thank jynxieb
Raynham, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like Paella, they make a very good one here, but you won't find it on the menu.You must ask for it. We were looking for a good fish restaurant but couldn't find anything we liked. As we walked by this restaurant I looked at the fish they had here and it looked good but we were in the... More 

Thank zeusta1

Travelers who viewed Taberna Ruel also viewed

Funchal, Madeira
Funchal, Madeira

Been to Taberna Ruel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$13 - $49
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Soups
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Santa Maria 119 | corner Travessa João Caetano, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Madeira Islands  >  Madeira  >  Funchal
  • Phone Number: +351 291 231 720
Located on one of the oldest streets of Funchal, the Taberna Ruel Restaurant aim to be a mark in the historic center of Funchal. This location grants a special atmosphere so you can enjoy an unforgettable experience. The widely recognized gastronomic quality is a must under Ricardo Ruel signature. Working with local ingredients of high quality, passion for what we do and innovative cooking techniques are what distinguishes us. The wine cellar with a wide selection of Portuguese wines are carefully framed in a secular cistern. The historical building where you find the Taberna Ruel Restaurant was fully renovated and prepared for a unique environment looking to offer unforgettable moments. The restaurant by its unique location in the heart of the Funchal historical center, was initially launched as Taberna da Esquina, today the restaurant is Taberna Ruel a natural evolution by the recognition of our guests to Richard Ruel great passion in the use of products from Madeira and its constant search for new flavors. The renovation of the building was awarded with the prize for "Heritage Recovery of Funchal City Historical Center - 2011" by the Municipality of Funchal.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Taberna Ruel staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?