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Bistro Central

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Largo da Liberdade 24, Salema, Portugal
351934194215
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Have visited this Bistro in the past, before it was acquired by its new owner. The new owner seems to know very little about customer service. The main objective seems to be to get the order in for the main course and wine, after that you are on your own! Had to ask for steak knife and condiments. Whilst waiting... More 

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Thank carolinebuchanan89
Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

This place looks to be the main tourist type joint but when we were there it felt very special with a wonderful and helpful young waiter very knowledgable about their fish. He made some recommendations and we were very pleased by the results including side vegetables and desert. We should have gone back the second night rather than just try... More 

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Thank Steve M
Caren R, Inhaber at Bistro Central, responded to this review

Thank you very much :-) Bistro Central and the team More 

Dublin Ireland
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Located right in the centre of Salema, a stone's throw from the beach, this Bistro provides food from 10.30am with a great English breakfast for €7.50. The breakfest was freshly cooked and services was very pleasant I enjoyed so much I returned the following day to try the special evening menu. I was not disappointed again the food was fresh... More 

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Thank AlanDublinIreland
Caren R, Inhaber at Bistro Central, responded to this review

Thank you :-) More 

Tweed, Canada
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

We stopped in here for lunch when we saw the lunch special at €9.50 Started with fish soup which was wonderful and a meal in itself! Then had salmon, salad and chips. We love salmon and this was one of the best salmon we had ever had. Followed with a coffee, also excellent. All this for €9.50 including a wonderful... More 

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Thank chris l
Swindon, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

We visited this restaurant on a ride out on a dull weekend visit to Salema and weren't disappointed. We were attracted to is by the boards outside advertising a lunchtime menu for 9 euros 50 and fish and chips for 6 euros 50. We opted for the lunchtime menu which comprised salad, fish soup or mushroom soup for starters and... More 

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Thank Daisy21Duke
Caren R, Inhaber at Bistro Central, responded to this review

Thank you very much :-) More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

We have eaten here on several occasions over the years. However during the winter (2105/6) it has changed hands. The menu is identical and the chef seems the same, but that's about the only positives. The excellent Paulo has gone, and been replaced with what seems to be an entire German family, none of whom seem to have any idea... More 

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1 Thank Padge41
Caren R, Inhaber at Bistro Central, responded to this review

What a pity that some people waste so much energy on complaining and are so eager to be right. What they missed this evening is a lot of fun. Yes the restaurant was overloaded, and indeed there were two little persons to serve (the waitress which is mentionend was none, but a friend of the owner, who tried to help... More 

Epsom, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

Spent a very pleasant lunchtime in the warm sunshine on the terrace of Bistro Central. It was busy and the service was a little slow as a result. It's early in the holiday season and the good weather had brought out a few extra visitors to Salema and I think it caught the Bistro a little by surprise, I'm sure... More 

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Bergerac, France
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

Had how last night in salema with friends had very nice evening,food was very good,but service a little slow but did not spoil the evening

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Thank Ruthie214
Poole
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47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Have walked past this in the past as it doesn't look much from the outside - What a mistake! As there wasn't a lot open, we decided to give it a go and it was great. The waitress was lovely and the food great. We sat outside in the sun, but it looks great inside as well.

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1 Thank Cathie B
Lancashire
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66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Had a wonderful meal in this little bistro, just in the centre of Salema village. Food was beautifully presented and tasty, and all plates were sent back empty! Staff were helpful and friendly.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, International, Portuguese
Meals
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?