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“A superb venue for lunch”

Restaurant Terra Utopica
Ranked #6 of 23 Restaurants in Mertola
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A superb venue for lunch”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

We happened upon this restaurant almost as we were leaving the old town. There are other newer restaurants outside the old city walls but this one is rather special. The views from the rooftop terrace survey the whole of the river. We were the only people eating on this terrace and it felt like our own little dining room. The food was very tasteful and home cooked with the parents of the house doing the cooking. We had a bruschetta starter which was incredibly fresh and setup the rest of the meal. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Mertola.

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank Mark A
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Monchique, Portugal
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“We were so happy to find this wonderful restaurant ...”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

... it was Winter - November 25th 2012 and a warm fire burned in the corner while we were served delicious food by a very friendly young girl.( even my 'vegetarian' needs were catered for)
A very pleasant evening and a reason to return to Mertola!

  • Visited November 2012
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2 Thank Aine D
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
358 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
“Refreshingly different”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

This is only restaurant in the old town of Mertola - even the recommended places (Tamuje, which was full) seemed to lack character.

By contrast, Terra Utopica oozed originality. From the1930s Lili Marlene music to the decadent décor, easily the most interesting restaurant we went to in Portugal.

The menu was very non-traditional - no soup (in Portugal?), no pudim (in Portugal !?!) - but offered some great dishes like the fantastic and dramatic king prawns. The waitress was great, dryly amusing. Nice local wine, everything added to the experience. Highly recommended.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank LiztheWhizz
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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“An absolutely wonderful restaurant”
Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

Alvaro and Laura have made a restaurant to envied. Beautiful decor, great food, and wonderful hosts. The jambalya was great and chicken will be remembered for a long time. Thank you! And, a footnote to the negative review that is listed below ---- are you nuts.

2 Thank DCTHinesburg
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Edinburgh, Scotland
Level 6 Contributor
230 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Maybe not quite Utopia, but a good place to eat”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

We would never have found this place without Trip Advisor so my thanks go to previous reviewers. We were worried about being too late for lunch, but we were warmly welcomed to the Terra and sat in solitary splendour. Obviously it must do better business in season because it runs to two rooms, mostly furnished in dark wood, plus the upstairs terrace with the spectacular view of the river that other reviewers have mentioned. A fire in one corner and a bit of sunshine coming through the window behind us helped to brighten the spirits on a showery and cold day.
As with many Portuguese restaurants, there was no fish on the menu, so we both chose (different) chicken dishes, which were freshly prepared. The food was unexceptional but the service was very friendly. Afterwards, we had our coffee on the terrace and felt at peace with the world.

Visited March 2013
2 Thank Walking_Scot
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