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Bistro Central

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Largo da Liberdade 24, Salema, Portugal
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Since the change of ownership the quality of the food and service has deteriorated Staff smoking and drinking out of bottles is not acceptable

Thank Daveinthedales
Zurich, Switzerland
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the only bistro in Algarve, where we got a decent tasty lunch for a good price. We had squid rings and a burger and both were fine for that price. The service was neat and quick.

1 Thank Mogadi21
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled into this as everything else was fully booked. Owner is super friendly, food is solid - not amazing but totally fine and reasonably priced. Owner offers everyone a free drink in the end.

Thank Schlotti4711
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only went here for lunch on our first day. Service was very quick and friendly, prices very reasonable and food was good quality.

1 Thank BD2501
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We both had the 3 courses for €17.50- soup/ sardine pate to start, golden bream with potato gratin and veg for mains and the tiramisu and chocolate fondant for dessert! So so yummy! The fish was excellent, really well seasoned. Really great food!

Thank mcbnmk
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Paolo & Roxana and the owner Daniel are fantastic hosts - the food is so tasty! Nothing is too much trouble. You will need to book in advance for evening meals, otherwise - you go hungry!

Thank Stephen W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the 3 course evening special for €17.90. Great value for lovely food. We had filleted fresh fish which was excellent. We had a great young waiter who did his best despite being harassed by his more grumpy German colleague.

Thank MPB112013
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

First the good things. The staff was friendly, the price for the amount of food you get (especially for the set menu) is great, the location is very nice and the setting also. Now the bad thing completely unseasoned and especially unsalted food. We had fish soup, onion soup, chicken kabab with rice and sea bass with potatoes gratin. Everything... More 

Thank Klemen G
Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Visited at lunch time, enjoyed the appetizer plate tremendously! Flavorful, perfect quantity and variety!Right next to the beach and has a great view.

Thank STLL7
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

It's been 2 years since we've stayed in this part of the Algarve and so 2 years since we last had dinner at Bistro Central in Salema. In that time, the restaurant has changed hands with the French owner having been replaced with a German owner. However, the very warm welcome is still there, the food is excellent as is... More 

1 Thank Phil H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Mediterranean, European, International, Portuguese
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Largo da Liberdade 24, Salema, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Salema
  • Phone Number: 351934194215

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