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Rua Joao Vaz Corte Real 15, Tavira 8800-351, Portugal
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Tavira, Portugal
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170 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a fairly standard Portuguese restaurant with good food and helpful and efficient staff. There are tables out the back, alongside the river, which get filled pretty quickly in the warm weather, but there are always tables inside when you need them. Food is plentiful and well-cooked and well-presented, and prices are very reasonable.

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Thank Stuart B
Greater London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have eaten here a few times. It's very popular and often has people waiting to be seated. It has a nice position by the river. Last time we visited we had the grilled sea bass which was very good and great value. We generally drink Planalto and that was competitively priced. Our wine of choice tends to get more expensive... More 

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Thank Mike H
Brighton, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

went twice to os arcos, lunch and dinner, mainly for the riverside position with view of the Roman bridge. food is fine, had sardines and chicken, both tasty and well-cooked, and a superb orange cake for dessert. service is responsive and friendly, even though I had to manage in Portuguese. it does suffer the curse of the Tavira buskers (if... More 

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Thank joekjoek
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love sitting out by the riverside in summer but in cooler times its better inside, and cheaper, The food is simple but excellent. The interior is plain but its the best value in Tavira.

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Thank Tony D
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Always the place we visit first in Tavira. The lamb chops & chicken are divine. Homemade chips, rice & salad. Drinks very well priced. Lovely river view. The staff seem a bit reserved but I think this is as they don't speak much English. Can't recommend this place enough.

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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234 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

The location was what drew us into this restaurant, riverside tables, and we had had great fish in Tavira all week so had high expectations. We were hugely disappointed. The salad was lettuce with a couple of slices of tomato and raw onion, no dressing and my dorado fish was over cooked and over-salted... I had to wipe off the... More 

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Thank TopsMA
Dublin, Ireland
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71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Had lunch with a friend here. Great specials for lunch right on the river, what else could one ask for

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Thank Nathaly d
London, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

It's hard to explain how distressing it is to be in a place where the fish is fresher than anything you've come across before, and then find a restaurant where they insist on hideously overcooking it. Not just the fish but the pork too. This place was recommended to us but I recommend you avoid it. For much better food... More 

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Thank cmgrist
Sherborne, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

We visit Tavira frequently and always eat here at least once every trip. Never disappointed. Friendly service, good basic food, incredibly good value what's not to like. In some places you could pay twice the money and not get half as good.

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Thank CarolandRobin D
Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Like Casa Simao, Os Arcos is a solid and typical Tavira restaurant which serves very good fish and seafood. It seemed very popular with locals but the service was good. The house wine was good - as always in the Algarve! - and the ambience quiet and relaxed, with no diners seemingly looking for fast food. Give this place and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Portuguese, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Joao Vaz Corte Real 15, Tavira 8800-351, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Tavira

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