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Taberna Ruel

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Rua Santa Maria 119 | corner Travessa João Caetano, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
+351 291 231 720
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There are so many places to eat in Funchal, especially in this area, that we were determined not to go to the same place more than once. But once we ate here we had visit again, the food is amazing and the staff are so friendly and welcoming, it's great. If we ever return to Madeira, this will be the... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

For our last day on Madeira we wanted to have a special lunch. We are happy we found Taberna Ruel. The fish soup was the best we ate so far on Madeira! Then we had a plate for three with prawns, king prawns, lobster some mussels, etc. The lobster and prawns were delicious. The chocolate mouse at the end was... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A charming homely decor with tables outside in the street as well as on a private patio. On top of the delicious fish soup, we chose seafood and fresh fish from a tray that was presented to us. Everything was exceptionally tasty, what's more at a reasonable price. The service was very friendly, but rather slow - not too big... More 

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If it wasn't for being dragged in from the street as we walked past we would never have experienced such a superb meal. We ate in the garden which was just perfect. I had the red snapper which is probably the best meal we have had on the island. This followed a tasty fish soup. Jen had the rack of... More 

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Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit and review, that means a lot to us as a team. We try to offer all our guests the best quality food and service at the best value possible, we are very happy to know that you appreciate your meal. We are looking forward to welcome you soon. More 

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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Taberna Ruel is an obligatory point of the menu of your visit to Funchal. We had spaghetti with seafood and the traditional skewer. The skewer was grilled perfectly and the spices used to the meat gave it a deep taste. Pasta was rich with fresh and delicious seafood, you need nothing more... maybe good wine, which we got as well!

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Thank Piotr L
Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words, is very important to have independent reviews from our customers, it help us to find were we can do better and satisfy our customers expectations. Hope you can visit us soon. More 

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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wandered in if the street very late in the afternoon and were quickly welcomed. The menu was full of interesting choices (most of us wanted fish) and the waiter quickly brought over a platter of today's fish to show what we could choose from. I chose octopus, which was delicious and very tender. Others enjoyed squid, fish stew. The... More 

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Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

Thank you for your time on writing a very pleasant review, that make us very proud on our service. Hope you can visit us in the near future. More 

Southampton UK
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Set in the narrow lanes of the old town. The restaurant has charm with its stone arches & small garden. Had lunch & was good quality with friendly & helpful waiters.

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Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit and review, that means a lot to us as a team. We try to offer all our guests the best quality food and service at the best value possible, we are very happy to know that you appreciate your meal. We are looking forward to welcome you soon. More 

London
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this restaurant in the early afternoon with 8 others. The staff were very accommodating in trying to find us a shaded area where we could all sit together. The food was tasty, authentic and home made. The waiters were friendly and helpful. Inside the restaurant there is a big aquarium full of fresh fish they serve and what looked... More 

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Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking a few minutes to write a review, we are very pleased to know you enjoyed a fantastic gastronomy experience with us. We hope for your visit next time. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good and very fresh food , fast service and professional, very friendly staff. The type of place that won't disappoint.

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Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and kind words, our staff work everyday to offer the best and the most fresh ingredients to our customers. I look forward to your next visit. More 

West Byfleet, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great find the food is fantastic and the staff are great. We only gad drinks but were made very welcome. Would recommend if you need a drink and ice cream!! Super.

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Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking a few minutes to write a review, we are very pleased to know you enjoyed a fantastic gastronomy experience with us. We hope for your visit next time. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$14 - $51
Cuisine
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Soups
Meals
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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
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
Description
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.

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