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Travelers' Choice2022
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Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Fabulous steak restaurant slightly off the main road. Visited twice during our stay and loved it both times. Filet steak cooked to perfection both times. Limited selection for non steak eaters but it is after all an Argentinian steak restaurant. Very busy so booking is...highly recommended. All staff are super friendly. Loved it.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Second time we've eaten here and it did not disappoint. Steak was gorgeous...very tasty, great portions, nice condiments etc. Good wine suggestions from the waiter that matched the food. Very good value for money.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Due to a Covid delay it's 2 and half years since our last visit but it is lovely to see that the standard is still very high My ribeye was so tender and my wife's burger didn't disappoint A lovely return

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great meat with really good service, amazing steak with perfect Portugal wine. Book table cause you might not be able to sit.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just the best food on the island. It's difficult to keep improving on perfection but they seem to do it each time. The steaks and sides were incredible.

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

A small restaurant that’s BIG on service and quality. Off the main tourist street this was a real find. Excellent beef attentive and knowledgeable service.

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

The restaurant is hidden away on a back street, but has such a good reputation you still need to book. Meat eaters’ heaven. We had a tomato salad to start followed by the mixed steak grill. The quality of the meat was outstanding and the...quality more than we could eat. We will be going back to try some of the other steaks.More

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

I went there with my father and ordered a mega T-bone steak which came promptly and was AMAZING the meat was very tender and cooked to perfection. The staff were super friendly and kind and chose perfect wines for our liking. Well priced and delicious...not to mention the outdoor seating that was available. I would definitely go back as after a couple days I am already longing the flavoursome steak!More

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

Had to wait three years to return. Still the best steak ever. Perfect staff and service. Will be back on Saturday and can’t wait!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The steak is so good here we visited twice during our one week trip to the island. Possibly the best rib-eyes I've ever had.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed October 26, 2022 via mobile

Fantastic food, some of the best steak we’ve ever had and brilliant service - even though fully booked they made a special effort to fit us in.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 26, 2022 via mobile

Beautiful pice of rib eye, beautifully cooked steak. Great wine great service. Gets better each visit. Recommend booking as always busy

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

A friend who has a holiday apartment in Funchal found out we were here and she gave me details of her favourite restaurants......La Vaca was second on the list. An unassuming place, the type of place I wouldn't normally go in.....it was brilliant!! The warmest...of welcomes from a great team, a brilliant explanation of the meat they sell and how it all comes from The Azores where apparently they raise the best beef cattle in the world. The place was full of locals which is always a good sign. It was the best Rib Eye Steak I have ever had!! So tender, so tasty, just perfect. June had the best fillet steak she has ever had. If you are ever in Funchal it should definitely be on your list if you like your steaks.More

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

I cannot deny the food is exceptional but my 3 stars re given because of the service. This restaurant is a tourist trap of course and I like the lack of stuffiness you get with some of the other restaurants. There is good choice on...the menu and it is reasonably priced but where this business is let down is by the lack of service once the main meal is presented. I tried four times to get service to pay our bill but each time I was ignored. I to that ointment the experience had been good but to wait more than had n hour to au our bill is simply unacceptable. Hospitality is a hard business but the attention to details must be maintained until the end of that patrons stay. For this reason alone I sadly must reduce the rating. .More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 20, 2022

The best steak we have ever had, perfectly cooked as to our request. The staff are very attentive, friendly, respectful and over all outstanding. Highly recommend ! Obrigado

Date of visit: October 2022
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Just call in a couple of days before or give them a ring on +351 291 764 491
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Response from Brenda M | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are chicken dishes on the menu.
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Yes, La Vaca Negra offers takeout services.

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La Vaca Negra is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5