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Hidden away in the quaint Algarve village of Porches, Porches Velho is worth seeking out for high quality food and a secluded country setting looking out to the Monchique Mountains. Housed in a 210-year-old wine cellar, Porches Velho has retained original features in the open plan dining room, including the wooden beams criss-crossing the 5-metre-high ceiling and the latticed windows that fill the room with the beautiful sunlight of the Algarve. The terrace is a splendid place to dine in the summer, whilst the wood fire in the hearth keeps the dining room warm in the winter. Surrounded by rustic farm tools and the huge aquarium of brightly coloured fish, you can enjoy a menu rich in Portuguese
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
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Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed September 23, 2020

As my title suggests - just like O Leao - they and you don't need another 5* to suggest this place is also a great place to eat. Velho and O Leao (along with Rolho wine bar) in Porches are so good that I cannot...not write to support and thank them again for wonderful food, drink and hospitality especially in this difficult time for tourism. They're just such nice people doing a great job that I felt I had to write something. Right opposite O Leao - Porches is a more affordable, more home cooked style of food. Hearty portion sizes and quick service are just a couple of pluses for the restaurant - again - order anything on the menu and you won't be disappointed in terms of quality, quantity and flavour but DO save room for Mrs Candeias amazing homemade traditional desserts (if you don't it's ok - just go again!) Definitely try to make the time and trip to visit Porches and if you visit here, Rolho or O Leao you will not be disappointed! In fact as I think about it - for its size - Porches probably has the best concentration of fantastic food and wine places in the Algarve....More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Scenic02439181461, Proprietário at Porches Velho, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2020
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Porches velho agradece ,para nós é sempre muito bom saber a opinião de quem nos visita. Um grande bem haja....More

Reviewed August 22, 2020

We have visited this restaurant for years and every time we come away very satisfied! The food is always high quality and tasty. The service is also good and the restaurant itself is cosy and traditional style! High recommend!!!!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Scenic02439181461, Proprietário at Porches Velho, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2020
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Muito obrigado para nós e sempre um prazer receber ,e com satisfação que revemos clientes a a apos ano .Um...More

Reviewed August 21, 2020

We had a great time here: we chose for the restaurant’s specialties (1x ham and 1x fish in oven) and it was really delicious. The waiter and owner were such kind people! Make sure to leave a little space for the home-made desserts of the...lady of the house!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 30, 2020

Is it a wise decision to visit the very same restaurant several times while on vacation at the Algarve coast? I mean, you can try out so many restaurants in this region that are really worthwhile to go. However, while trying out those other restaurants,...my wife and me decided to take 4 dinners at Amandio Candeias’ “Porches Velho”. And we were offered the very best dishes you can get in southern Portugal. No matter if seafood, meat or fish – all meals were perfectly cooked and tasted extraordinary great. “Marvilhoso” was the most often used word we chose to express our fascination with the gastronomic performance of Amandio and his team. Our strategy with the menu was to select each time meals we haven’t tried out before, and we were never disappointed. Here are our favorites: as starters we highly recommend the Octopus Carpaccio, the Mussels à Bolhao Pato and the Fish Soup. As main dish don’t miss the Cataplana, the John Dory fish with orange sauce and Pork meat Alentejo style. As dessert explore the sensational Orange Pudding (which I ordered twice, thus traversing our own strategy). And please trust the waiter’s wine recommendations that will fit best to your dish of choice. Make a reservation in advance and take time to chat with Amandio and the waiters. They are attentive, friendly and happy to safely host guests after the long lockdown due to Corona. We already miss them.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Scenic02439181461, Proprietário at Porches Velho, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2020
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Obrigado pela vossa avaliação tao ilucidativa.É para nós um incentivo para nos esforçamos para mais e melhor. A equipa dedicada...More

Reviewed June 15, 2020

We were there at 7pm bit early for portugese diners, but that did not stop us having a fantastic meal, v good house wine, excellent service and staff.

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed March 11, 2020 via mobile

First visit to this restaurant, food abd service was amazing and reasonably priced for a restaurant of this standard!

Date of visit: March 2020
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Scenic02439181461, Proprietário at Porches Velho, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2020

Thanks for your comments. We try be better every days. Kind regards A.Candeias.

Reviewed March 10, 2020

Porches Velho is a genuine Portuguese restaurant with large dining room in an old wine cellar that is over 200 years old. During our four and a half weeks stay at Amendoeira Golf Resort in Alcantarilha we had two dinners here. On the first time...I came here with my wife to make sure that the restaurant is a convenient place to celebrate our friend’s birthday (70 years) a few days later. My starter was Fried shrimps in olive oil with garlic and piripiri. My wife ordered Mackerel fillets marinated Algarvian style. Both of us ordered Lamb shank from the Specialities menu for mains. It was tender and melted in our mouths. Our desserts were Almond cake and Orange cake. Everything was so delicious that without any doubt Porches Velho was chosen as the birthday venue. The birthday hero and two other friends joined us for the birthday party. We started with a bottle of good Portuguese sparkling wine. Based on our previous visit our recommendation for the mains was Lamb shank. The day hero followed our suggestion. She liked Lamb shank very much. The others chose the Octopus dish from the Specialities menu. The dishes were accompanied with excellent red wine Adega Mayor Reserva from Alentejo. All five of us were unanimous in the choice of desserts. We chose Orange tart. Every dish was tasty, fresh and cooked to perfection. Our second visit was just as enjoyable as the first. Porches Velho is a restaurant with delicious food, good wines, great ambience with white walls, beautiful decor and a wood fire and one of most attentive services we have met in the Algarve. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

We joined two friends for Valentine's day and expected to pay a premium. The menu was their normal choice which was excellent. A very wide range of Portuguese and International dishes with the Michelin star vibe. The food was serrved on very hot plates and...sent back empty by everyone. The Service was attentive but not imposing. A venue we will be returning to which has now become "our first choice favourite for special meals"More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Scenic02439181461, Proprietário at Porches Velho, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2020

Thank you very much for your kind words and having choosing us for that special occasion. We look forward to seeing you again on our humble house.

Reviewed March 4, 2020 via mobile

Went on a Sunday evening and it was very quiet Nice service in a traditional old building in centre of Porches Food was very pleasant

Date of visit: February 2020
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Scenic02439181461, Proprietário at Porches Velho, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2020

We appreciate your feedback but we are always closed on sunday so it must be some were else, Thanks anyway for you time and we hope to see some time in our place!

Reviewed February 2, 2020 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner on February 1 @porchesvelho in the Algarve, Portugal. What a meal! Everything was so fresh and we all enjoyed our dishes from start to finish! The , Cataplana John Dorey fish, and the fillet steak were all excellent! The service...was also excellent. Such an authentic,and beautiful atmosphere . A special thanks to Amândio Candeias for hosting us! We hope to get back for another lovely meal soon!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Scenic02439181461, Proprietário at Porches Velho, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2020

Thank you very much for your kind words and your choice, we look forward to see you again in our humble place. Best regards Amandio Candeias

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maria b
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Response from Ashley S | Reviewed this property |
Hi - I can't remember exactly but I would also say around 70 € for 2 people (starters, main plus drinks). I also still thoroughly recommend the restaurant.
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Response from robertn7321 | Reviewed this property |
I agree. Staff will probably do whatever they can to accommodate. I'd say it is a pretty safe bet.
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Sorry I don’t know. Best to contact the restaurant
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