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“3 visits in 6 days”
Review of Boca de Panela

Boca de Panela
Ranked #12 of 28 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dartford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“3 visits in 6 days”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Beautifully cooked food and really pleasant service. This restaurant deserves a lot more customers. If you go to
Santa Cruz please try the Boca de Panela, its near the
harbour not in the town centre

Visited September 2013
1 Thank mjm377
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Disley, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Fantastic find”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Superb restaurant at the end of the Promenade next to the harbour, overlooking the sea. We found it on our last evening and wished we'd found it earlier. We had the most delicious tuna steaks I have ever tasted, caught the day before and cooked to perfection. The service was first-class. We were able to discuss items on the menu with the proprietor before making our choice and the excellent white wine was opened with a flourish and placed in an ice bucket by the table. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for the lovely staff. I can thoroughly recommend the place.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank spida505
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Bracknell, Berkshire, UK
Level Contributor
51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Bit of a strange visit, would probably be better in normal circumstances!”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

On a recommendation from our reception, we visited this restaurant.
The service was good and the waitress (owner?) spoke good English so we didn't have to attempt our 'dodgy' Portugese!

The food was not bad, quite heavy on the garlic for our tastes although I'm told this is typical of the native dishes.
House wine was medium sweet and very drinkable and pleasant.

What put a bit of an odd slant to the evening was that half way through, about 50 people descended on the restaurant and a gentleman appeared with a lectern and started making a very prolonged and loud speech with cheering from the crowd.

We subsequently learned that this was the next presedential candidate for Madeira giving a speech to his party, but to be honest, whilst this might have been considered an honour, we were a little annoyed that we hadn't been warned about this by the owner before we sat down and ordered food.
In hindsight I would have chosen to go somewhere else as it rather spoilt the atmosphere which had been pleasant up until that point.

On a normal evening I suspect this would be perfectly fine and dinner on the balcony makes for a nice romantic location.

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Thank GHinton
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Edinburgh, Scotland
Level Contributor
35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Hits the Spot!”
Reviewed December 28, 2011

What a great find, tried it on the Thursday before Christmas, food was first class, fish and beans for two, enough for 4 and super tasty, so good in fact we booked for Christmas lunch and sat down to a veritable feast of a buffet.
Must mention Sylvia who took extremely good care of us, we wanted for nothing and would return to Madeira just to eat here again.

  • Visited December 2011
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Thank vitalspark
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