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“Amazing food, amazing hosts, amazing evening”

Restaurante Dom Carlos
Ranked #3 of 779 Restaurants in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
1 review
“Amazing food, amazing hosts, amazing evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Echoing what most have already said, my wife and I came here to celebrate our first wedding anniversary at the end of September (sunday evening).

First off, Peter (chef from Dublin) and Ana (Portuguese wife) were fantastic hosts who made you feel like they were welcoming you into their home.

Their passion for the food they serve is evident as they wait the tables themselves, making sure to explain not just what you are getting, but how it is prepared and the thinking behind it.

There are 2 set menus of 5 courses (although only one fish course on the night we were there because, as Peter explained, it's harder to keep the fish [that doesn't get eaten tonight] fresh. You are invited to mix and match from each menu, and in addition Peter had laid on an extra meat course that evening.

The courses were of a decent size given the quality of the food (not huge so you can't move at the end, but not tiny that you're left wanting more). Every course was superb (inlcuding the dessert which, given we were struggling to decide which to have, Peter suggested we have some of all 5!).

There is a good wine list (all wines being Portuguese - exactly as it should be in Portugal!) with the house wines coming from Cliff Richard's "Vida Nova" label.

Our meal was completed with a glass of very nice Port (which Ana insisted on refilling for me without charge) and coffee.

Our bill for 2 came in at around 150 euros which, given we were there for 3.5 hours and experienced fantastic food and great hospitality, was money well spent.

This is my first Tripadvisor review but I honestly felt I had to spread the word about the Dom Carlos as it really was the highlight of our 7 nights in Albuferia.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank David W
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“Expensive but excellent quality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

We have been twice now.
They look after you and work hard. The house wines are their choice and are around 25 euros, but they are an excellent choice.
This is a place for a special night or if you have lots of money.
Iberian pork always seems to be on the menu, but there is a lot of choice and it is 5 courses.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank AllanNorwich
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

We recently had our wedding in the Algarve and as it was just a small affair (with both sets parents and us) we looked for somewhere with excellent and personal service. The reviews we read on this restaurant led us to asking our wedding planners their views and thankfully they agreed it would be perfect for us. Everything about the evening was superb from the fact that Ana had decorated for us, to the attention everyone is given to the amazing food. Peter and Ana are the perfect hosts and we would recommend to anyone in the area to try this restaurant at least once it was by far the best meal we had and our parents have told everyone about this place after returning home. We were only a small party and so the restaurant was still open and full on the evening but the service we received made us feel like it was especially for us but this is the service the hosts afford to all customers. Make sure you book otherwise you’ll miss out!!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Colin L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

The menu is based on "what the market gave in the morning". Excellent meals. Very friendly staff - owners. The value is above the price. Delicious 5 course menu. Not problems to adjust it in case you have an intolerancie for some food.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Elleneli
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“Excellent if a little pricey!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

We went to this restaurant based on TripAdvisor reviews. It fully lives up to its hype - by far the best restaurant we went to in Albufeira.
It was priced around 44 Euros each for food, which is good value for what you get (it is a fixed menu, 5 courses). The drinks on the other hand are extremely expensive - we paid 27 Euros for a bottle of wine - the cheapest was about 17 Euros.
The courses were brilliant - we had (from memory) something like the following:
Course 1 - Asparagus with Smoked Salmon/Camembert with Pear & Ham
Course 2 - Soup (Red Lentil & Tomato)
Course 3 - Fish course (Hake in Saffron Sauce)
Course 4 - Fillet of Beef/Spicy Iberian Pork Fillet
Course 5 - Seasoned Strawberries/Lemon Tarte
We had two bottles of wine (52 Euros!!) to go with this, bringing the bill to around 150 Euros with a tip.
The service and venue enhance the meal - as all reviews mention, the owners are fantastic hosts, passionately explaining the menu; you really feel that they are looking after you personally. The restaurant itself is very quaint - there are only 30 covers, and you get the table for the whole night, there is no time limit.
Overall, whilst this was expensive (not for families, more for couples/groups of adults), it still felt like value for money, as the whole experience made for a great evening. Make sure you book though....(also note they don't open every night!)

  • Visited September 2012
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