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“Wonderful Experience!”
Review of Vila Joya

Vila Joya
Ranked #13 of 849 Restaurants in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 19, 2014

My friend and I made a reservation here as soon as we knew we were traveling to Portugal. We sat at the Chef's Table on the night of the World Cup Final, which made it especially entertaining since they had the game on in the kitchen. The food was unbelievable. We didn't have a single bite that we didn't thoroughly enjoy. The only thing that was a bit troublesome was to find out only at the end of the night when we asked for the bill just how expensive the wine pairings were. We weren't notified in advance of the cost of the wine pairing, so it was a bit of a surprise when a meal for two came in above $1,000, which was more than double the cost of the chef's tasting menu. Having said that, it was an amazing experience, but next time I would sit outside and enjoy the beautiful views that the hotel offers.

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Reviewed July 16, 2014

We emailed this restaurant from home to make reservations during our stay in the Algarve. From the minute we walked outside onto a magnificent terrace overlooking the ocean, we felt like we were in a fairyland , the place is so beautiful, we just sat back in awe. They offered us champagne to star, which was delicious. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing. We liked the fact that it is a set menu and we didn't have to make any decisions. Everything is presented in a unique manner on special dishes. Each course was wonderful and the staff were extremely attentive although not intrusive. The sommelier helped us select our wine after showing us the wine list on an iPad . We were there for 3 1/2 hours and the evening flew by. It is an experience- not just dinner! We would definitely recommend it for special occasions . It is very expensive but worth the experience!

1  Thank ladyright
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

We had the most wonderful Sunday lunch at Vila Joya recently as part of our stay on the Algarve. Set above the beach in a beautiful grounds,this is the really a great spot. The chefs prepared food that was just fantastic in its presentation and complexity of flavours.
Surprises between courses were outstanding. The coordination of delivery by waiting staff and the explanation of the food served were also without fault.
This place is not inexpensive but is worth every Euro. The wine list is extensive however the prices are very high and to some extent that limited our ability to enjoy our preferred wines with this great food.

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Thank BobbAdelaide
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

Really a superstar among michelin star restaurants. We have visited severals, but this took breathe away. Super service, stunning environment with ocean and garden views, fabulous food and matching wines. Very cosy and friendly stuff. All of the visited restaurants this is nr 1. Its somewhat pricy but worth it. Totally reccomend it!

Thank Sirts P
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Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Magnificent place, great service, awesome views, and exquisite cuisine. Bravo Duarde, bravo Joachim for your wisdom and thanks for the g-free pancakes - the breakfasts were perfect:)) And last but not least a bow to the maître d' who's titillating tastes will leaving an everlasting memory - the dinner was bliss. However, the only complaint I have, despite of it all, was that Brazil was thrashed by Germany;)

Thank RNurein
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