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“A Restaurant 'not to be missed' !!”
Review of Restaurante O Leao

Restaurante O Leao
Ranked #72 of 858 Restaurants in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Four of us dined here three times between the 5th and 15th October 2013. We could not fault this restaurant in any way whatsoever. Dorean who manages the restaurant and her mother who looks after the kitchen do a fantastic job! On our final night we had steak on a stone and chose the sirloin instead of the fillet. It was succulent and we chose salad and chips to accompany it. We each had a slab of granite on which to cook our steaks to our own personal choice. On another night two of us had the Cata Plana (assorted fish and shell fish cooked in a covered copper dish). This was beautiful, succulent and flavorsome.Clearly we are not on our own rating this establishment so highly. In answer to those who have not given it a top score. Don't go to a traditional Portuguese restaurant if you want 'Heinz chunky vegetable soup'!
The restaurant is lovely and clean as are the toilets. Pleasant smooth background music creates a pleasant comfortable atmosphere. We will be back!

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Thank Harveyj6
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

I am vegetarian and had 2 fantastic meals on different nights with lovely service and great surroundings. The waitress was just fab - friendly and helpful with the menu and explained that everything was cooked fresh so might take a while - believe me it was worth the wait! We would both highly recommend this restaurant and my partner had swordfish the first night which he thought was excellent and the mix grill on our second visit which he really rated. Give it a try - it is well worth it and not too expensive for what you got.

Thank Laura J
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Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

So far the nicest restaurant on our holiday (were half way through).
Had steak and pork. Lovely food. Daughter (waitress) was lovely. Very chatty and friendly with all the customers. Mam the chef made lovely food.

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Thank Paul N
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Ate in Restaurante O Leao four times on our most recent visit to Albuferia. Doria and Anna were a big hit with our three year daughter and made every dinner a pleasure. The steak on a stone was delicious, as was the cod and piri piri chicken. A good children's menu satisfied our little lady every time (not to mention the inevitable after dinner surprise!).

Thank DublinStjohn
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

We both decided to eat in the restaurant on the last night of our holiday. Service was slow even thou the restaurant wasn't very busy. We both ordered the cream of vegetable soup.When it arrived we both got a taste of fish and not one trace of vegetables.I queried this with the lady who stood by her mother's cooking that it was indeed vegetable soup.The soup was bland I informed her to be told I ate it myself and it is fine.She then told me the fish soup was red (the mind boggles). An apology that we didn't like it would have been a good way to deal with the complaint and to take the soup away but no she left us looking at it for a further 10 minutes and then took it away.In the end they didn't charge us for the soup.To make matters worse no alternative was suggested and we were made wait a further 20 minutes for our main course to arrive.Something that annoyed us considering we were both hungry and now how to wait even longer to eat anything (yes no bread with your soup Incredibly even thou it cost 2.50e) We were told that it was an extra cost. We both ordered the Swordfish which was nice but for 15.99e for vegetables that consisted of small balls of carrots and a half a potato with some green beans was not good value.Big signs of cutting back on the quantity in the hope the foods quality may make you forget you were still hungry. So with no starter we decided to order desert.We opted for the traditional chocolate cake which was a small portion but very nice indeed. I wouldn't recommend the restaurant and would not return due to the owners attitude.You've been warned.

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Thank Keith D
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