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BJ`S Oceanside

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Bar, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Beach
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fabulous night, perfect in every way! Food was amazing and service fantastic! Thank you BJ’s for a wonderful evening.

Date of visit: August 2022
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bex s, Owner at BJ`S Oceanside, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for the lovely review Paul!

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were a party of 15. (Adults and teenagers) From the moment we arrived the staff were friendly and helpful. We had a fantastic afternoon. The band were brilliant playing lots of songs that we sang and danced along too, with the whole restaurant. The...food was fantastic and I would 100% recommend BJ’s for an entertaining lively afternoon. Maybe not for a quiet relaxing lunch for 2. Thank you to all the staff for making our visit so memorable. We will be backMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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bex s, Owner at BJ`S Oceanside, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for the lovely review Kate!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just can’t fault the fantastic food and equally friendly and fun service from Charlie and all his colleagues at BJs. We went as a group of 11 and everyone had an excellent meal covering the whole spectrum of the menu from vegan burger to sea...bass and prawns to chicken. All that and a fabulous view of the sunset as an added bonus.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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bex s, Owner at BJ`S Oceanside, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much Sharon! I hope we can welcome you again soon

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We come to Portugal, we come to BJs Oceanside, always a warm welcome from Bex and J plus their team, the location unbeatable right on the beach as the sunsets and the food UNBEATABLE simply the best !! Book to ensure you dont miss out

Date of visit: August 2022
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bex s, Owner at BJ`S Oceanside, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much Simon! I hear you managed the whole squid despite Bex implying you wouldn't! I hope we can welcome you again soon

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent service. Friendly efficient service from the lovely staff. Fantastic live band. Well worth the BJ experience. Everybody should try it.

Date of visit: July 2022
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bex s, Owner at BJ`S Oceanside, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the lovely review!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been coming for years and it just keeps getting better!! BJs is one of our favourite Algarve staple restaurants and we were delighted to be back this summer again. We love a sunday for the music and the atmosphere but any day is good. The...thing that sets BJs apart is the superb high quality of the food and service which accompanies the fabulous atmosphere (other beach restaurants please take note…). The staff are wonderful, caring and flexible (even when you mess up on your booking time - sorry again J…) going out of their way to give everyone a great experience. Working in the industry it is self evident why BJs is such a success. One thing - we have always loved the food at BJs and found it very competitively priced. This year however we felt the chef had stepped his game up and it was a truly wonderful meal. The Algarvian soup is the best we have had and the grilled tuna was such fabulous quality and perfectly cooked. Thanks again to all the team at BJs. There’s a reason we just keep on coming back! Sally and family.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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bex s, Owner at BJ`S Oceanside, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much Sally! It means the world to hear such positive feedback. I am particularly delighted to hear about the food improving - it is something that we are working really hard on.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great lunch at BJ’s, everyone’s food was perfect…. And the service is consistently on point (been a few times recently) whilst lots of other restaurants seem to be struggling with service BJ’s have managed to get it so right! For setting, food and service I’ve...not been anywhere better this summer.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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bex s, Owner at BJ`S Oceanside, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the lovely review!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Part of me doesn’t want to write this review, because this is one of the Algarve’s ‘best kept secrets’, but it has to be shared because it would be too selfish not to… ….if you eat out in the Algarve and you don’t find your...way to BJ’s Oceanside, then no matter where you’ve been, you have missed out on the best all round feel good experience, not only in the Algarve, but anywhere. - Location - beachside setting - ✅ - Greeting on arrival - sincerely welcoming 😃 - Speed of service - perfect; read your mind the microsecond ahead of you without being intrusive - Drinks menu - extensive & superb & good value for money (the Expresso Martini - exceptional) ….before I get to the food… the live entertainment is excellent; in the background when it should be background music, then has everyone singing at exactly the right time - Food - the freshest, best cooked fish on the beach, anywhere, anywhere worldwide (there’s a very extensive menu including meat & vegetarian- but the fresh fish is off the scale superbly and simply cooked) - we had as starters: BJ’s special (home made houmous, home made tuna mayo, pitta & carrots - if you don’t order this you are missing out); Grilled squid Fried garlic prawns. For mains: Sea Bass Sole Chicken piri piri Dessert: Elton Mess Expresso Martini Affrogato (to die for) All of the above were what holiday memories are made of - sit back, eat, savour and remember the taste experience - Service - you’re made to feel part of the ‘BJ’s family’ the moment you walk in the to the moment you leave; all a huge credit to Bex, Jay, Ricardo - and a special call out to Kitty, Carol, Jack & Tuesday who made us feel so welcome and to Chico and his team in the kitchen (Rick Stein watch your back, this kitchen is superb) - My only negative comment - it’s only my 8th visit and I wish I lived here and could come every week. Thank you BJ’s for yet another great memory.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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bex s, Owner at BJ`S Oceanside, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much Kevan! It means the world to the whole team to read such positive feedback

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited BJ’s on a Thursday and it was pumping, so do remember to book! We sent an email and had a reply and booking soon thereafter. We had a lovely table in the cooler inside of the restaurant. For nibbles we had the focaccia...with hummus and tuna pâté. For my mains I chose the grilled sea bream which comes with a small side salad and awesome chips. Our daughter had the grilled chicken and chips - a substantial helping too! But the meal of the day - and described my my lovely wife as the best salad ever - was the Bex salad with added prawns! Nearly too nice to be true! The beers were cold, but service was a bit slow towards the end of our meal. But the wait staff, many of whom are British students were great and friendly and helpful. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending a visit to BJ’s and hope to visit it again one day.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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bex s, Owner at BJ`S Oceanside, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for the lovely review - sorry the service slipped a bit when we got busy.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fails to disappoint. Great service, food, setting. Have been regular visitor since opening and watched the restaurant grow with now excellent additional beach bar take out. Also enjoy the responses to negative reviews 😜 Will always return.

Date of visit: June 2022
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bex s, Owner at BJ`S Oceanside, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the lovely review Nick!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thankfully we eventually experienced BJs after two years sue to covid. What a truly fantastic place this is from the atmosphere, staff, food and live music. It really was the best afternoon We all can’t wait to return and it will definitely be a regular...trip when on our hols for the future. Thank you BJs we had a wonderful time.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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bex s, Owner at BJ`S Oceanside, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much Joanne. I hope we can welcome you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another fantastic visit to BJs ….. so glad to return after 3 years ! Amazing food / service and atmosphere. The giant king prawn starter was amazing ! Thanks to the staff for their brilliant rapports with us and our children - we had a...brilliant time and we’ll see you again next year. Thanks Bex & John as always MartinMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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bex s, Owner at BJ`S Oceanside, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much Martin! I hope we can welcome you again soon

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Exceptional seafood well executed. We’ve heard good things about this restaurant so we had to try it for a late lunch! It’s an unpretentious beach front restaurant with lovely sea views and very friendly staff. We ordered as a treat being seafood lovers. 2 prawn...starters and a large fish with fries and salad. It was all so lovely. It was great to get an interesting and tasty salad which was different from the normal lazy cut tomatoes and onions thrown together. The real star of the show was the seafood we ordered a giant bream and it was well executed, tasty and well seasoned. That plus the prawns starter and the lovely house rose made it impossible to eat dinner. Not cheap but here you get what you pay for. This was our best meal on our holiday.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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bex s, Owner at BJ`S Oceanside, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

thanks so much for the lovely review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited BJ,s every time we have been on holiday and it’s never failed to deliver!,, in fact it gets better every time. The service is excellent staff are friendly attentive and actually seem to enjoy their job, the food is excellent and you...can’t quibble about the location!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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bex s, Owner at BJ`S Oceanside, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the lovely review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In hospitality perspective far the worst experience in Algarve. Nothing explains to send any guest from an almost empty bar/restaurant even they not reserved and want to drink only a coffee or beer. Very poor service and against all hospitality.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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bex s, Owner at BJ`S Oceanside, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Actually it is very easily explained - we were closed and you were an absolute jerk. The patronising tone you used with me ensured that I was not going to serve you. We have a takeaway bar that is open in the morning and as...More

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Pashmina055
May 10, 2022|
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Response from 751nicolaf | Reviewed this property |
We stay in Quinta do lago & got an Uber there, so didn’t get to it via the beach , can’t help with directions sorry!
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Hi, Thanks for the enquiry. if you drop us an email through the link on our website, one of the team will get back to you with options
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Response from Bex99Portugal | Property representative |
It is max 30 mins once you are on the beach from VDL to BJs. I walk it everyday with my dogs and it takes me 20 mins but I do walk fast!
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BJ`S Oceanside is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5