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“Very nice staff and food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurante O Leao

Restaurante O Leao
Ranked #132 of 770 Restaurants in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very nice staff and food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

We ate there at our second day, when we were about to order, the waitress warned us that there was a mixup with a previous order and if we wanted we could have that meal instantly as it was almost ready. As it was already a bit late we gave it a try and found the food delicious!
In our last night at Albufeira we went back there and ordered the steak on a stone, again the food was delicious and all the staff was very nice. As as portuguese costumer, many times I come across places where they are extremely nice to foreign tourists, maybe hoping for higher tips or because they are aware foreigns usually have a bigger budget but in this restaurant you feel welcomed the same way . will visit again for sure

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great food lovely people”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

We ate in the restaurant a few days into our break and could not believe how good the food was. We had to go back a few more times to make sure the food was as good as it was the first time and every dish lived up to all expectations.
Fantastic dishes lovingly created and probably the best Cataplana in the area as well as the handmade deserts that leave you craving for more.
This family run restaurant with its very friendly and open owners was a joy to eat in and the next time we are in Albufiera will definitely pay them another visit or two

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“delicious food and great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

At the first time we were attracted to the restaurant by a simple menu- a good sign that the food will be fresh. Followed by a warm welcome by the serving lady, we ordered the speciality of the restaurant- steak with bacon on the top with garlic mushrooms and a red sauce I immediately fell in love with. The meat was so tender it was melting in my mouth. Being one of the last customers, we got lots of attention from the waitress/owner and the lovely chat we had over a glass of wine made our evening one of the best experiences of our holiday! We returned twice. I tried the sea bream- cooked perfectly, well seasoned and grilled from the inside, that made it nice and crispy. My partner had the sea bass and it was just lovely. Followed by tasty desserts we had another great evening. On our last day I reordered the steak, my partner had the grilled salmon and we were blown away again. It just proofs that the standards are really high in this restaurant. If we have a chance to visit Albufiera again, we are definitely coming back to O Leao.

Visited in June 201

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MirkaSusova
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Dublin, Ireland
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Lovely food and great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

The food in this Portuguese owned restaurant is the best in the area . The Portuguese owners can't do enough to make your evening a memorable one .I had steak on the stone and my guests had chicken , swordfish ( beautiful ) and Portuguese steak and we all devoured our meals . We also had lovely desserts and wine and our bill came to less than 75 euro in total . Def recommend O Leao brilliant night

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FinnGrehan
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Edinburgh
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best find.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

This was without doubt our favourite night out. We started our night with a cocktail at the 4* Montechoro Hotel at the top of the strip and then walked about 2 minutes down the strip where we found this little restaurant. It is a real diamond in the rough of neon lights and blaring music like many other places on the strip. Authentic family run Portuguese restaurant. So clean and well maintained. It has a small terrace on the strip and a large seating area upstairs. It was reasonably busy when we were there, mostly couples. One very friendly lady ran the whole show, gave lots of recommendations and polite chat while her mum cooked. All without a hitch and the service really could not have been better. The food was tremendous as well! So much so, that we just HAD to have three courses. The menu is not massive but I think the quality of the food is all the better for it and there is still enough choice whatever your preference. Our main course was a steak on the stone. Never heard of this before now but it seems to be a local thing. Your steak is brought out raw and sizzles away on a very hot stone so that you can turn it and cook to your taste yourself. Comes with veg, nice chips and a choice of sauces. Good quality steak. Went great with our bottle of local red wine (Joao Clara). We had Portuguese chocolate cake and a traditional tart made with almond, fig and carob for dessert. Both homemade and to die for! Loved it and would go back for sure.

Visited June 2013
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