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“If you like beef or chicken this is the place”
Review of Viola

Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Near Funchal city
Drachselsried, Bayerischer Wald
Level 6 Contributor
344 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“If you like beef or chicken this is the place”
Reviewed April 29, 2012

Restaurante Viola
Estrada Goncalves Zarco 596 9335 Estreito de C.* de Lobos Tel: 291 945 601

Possible the best Espetada (beef kebab)on the island. The outside does not look very special but the friendly staff, fantastic food and reasonable prices make this a place on your list of Madeira restaurants. From Reids Hotel, it is about a 15 min taxi ride up into the hills facing the sea. Everything is local. the wine cost €5. Highly recommended. Everybody speaks English. Many local try for about 19.30 to get the best table.

  • Visited April 2012
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Larvik, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“I always go back”
Reviewed January 5, 2012

I've been to Madeira 5 or 6 times and I always make sure to have a visit to Restaurant Viola. The Espetadas are superb and this is definately a restaurant that the locals use. This is the most authentic espetada you'll find, and the furniture of the restaurant just provesto say that the food is the most important thing here. You'll love it, but don't expect a Michelin type of place. This is local cuisine!

The easiest is to catch a cab, but you can also do one of the "red" buses to "Estreito de Camara do Lobos" from Funchal. The restaurant is one or two stops before Est. d.Camara do Lobos, and you could probalby just tell the name of the restaurant to the driver so that he'll tell you where to get off.

Hitch a ride with some locals or take a taxi down to Camara do Lobos and have a traditional Poncha at Bar no.2 after the meal :)

  • Visited February 2011
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Funchal, Portugal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Genuine espetada restaurant ... Experienced just like the locals”
Reviewed October 8, 2010

We have eaten many good espetadas at various restaurants all over the island, but we recommend Viola for a true taste of Madeira. The first time we stopped at Viola was by chance as we were in a rush. Viola is a simple restaurant with no scenic view, but it exceeded our expectations for sure. Although the restaurant was busy, the staff were aware of our presence and our time limit. They quickly took our order as we accepted their suggestion: two meat spits, a salad, "milho frito" and fries. The food was Delicioussssssss! The meat was of excellent quality as it melted in our mouths. It was so good, that we dined at Viola the next evening and again on the weekend. Once again our experience was fantastic. As repeated customers, the staff were specially attentive as they treated us to a special drink while we waited to be seated since the restaurant was packed, mainly by locals. We enjoyed Viola for three reasons: the food, the staff and the price. Viola is NOT a fancy restaurant nor tourist orientated and that is exactly why we consider it to be most genuine. 

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