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Castelo do Mar Restaurante & Bar
Ranked #68 of 883 Restaurants in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $27
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Perhaps one of the most beautiful restaurants in Albufeira, Castelo do Mar boasts unique sea and Marina views, outside terraces and a relaxed ambience in an elegant setting. Our ecletic menu offers dishes of meats, fish, saeafood and vegetarian. Our ROOFTOP CHAMPAGNE & COCKTAIL BAR provides an elegant space to enjoy sunset cocktails and spectacular sea and Marina views before or after dining or for relaxing drinks only. An ideal venue for all occasions. If you have taken the time to write a review and we have not responded to it please accept our apologies. We greatly appreciate that you took the time to do so and offer our sincere thanks.
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Through a recommendation of a couple who live here, we booked a table and dined here only a few days ago. We are a family of 3 generations and we all thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the ambiance. Have to agree with all the other reviews that you have to seek out this restaurant if you’re in Albufeira. Everything cooked to perfection. Lovely selection of food and wine, beautiful and amazing views. To sum up our evening it was a really great dining experience for all of us and one we will remember. Book to avoid disappointment. Only negative, didn’t get to go here again

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

A local friend recommended Castelo do Mar and we absolutely loved it!! The service was quick, efficient and friendly. All five of us were very happy with our food selections. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming. I would definitely recommend Castelo do Mar for a wonderful night out.

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

6 days in dispair of having nice food and welcoming, nice educated public....Thanks to a taxi driver we dined yesterday in Castelo do Mar, viewing so called Marina, sunset from the wooden terrace and it's couches, then enjoying indoor decoration, menu and after, delicious food far away from the rest we found in Albufeira. How could we recommend you all enough to experience the whole atmosphere when you start reaching Cadtelo do Mar! Thanks to all the staff, efficient, smiling, advising, serving, involved in their job they like. Nice low music, from classical flute up to traditional saxophone. We only wish a long way to go for this restaurant and owners. Great enjoyment.
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Thank KTM509
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

This is a "must visit" if you are around the old town Albufeira, about 10-15 mins walk to the marina. It is so different from the "food supermarket" drivel being served up on the main sea front where spiv's insult your intelligence by trying to drag you in claiming the best steak in Albufeira !!

It is in a great elevated spot looking down onto the marina, and is very quiet. When you arrive, they will escort you to a set of comfy sofa's outside so you can have a leisurly drink in lovely surroundings. The food is fantastic with a varied menu, and large portions. Service is first class, the staff really do care about your dining experience. It is not expensive in comparison with restaraunts in the area, and drinks are very reasonable (bottle of wine from 11 euros, mains (10 - 18E). On Thursday evenings they have a musician called Jackson who also played the sax. He is extremely talented and versatile with opera, Loui Armstrong, David Bowie amongst his repetoire. This added so much to the dining experience,

I strongly advise that you book ahead, as they appear to be very popular. We ate there 3 times during our stay, each time was fantastic.

I do hope the owners are very successful in what I understand is their second year because they deserve it. They work as a real team, and the food and dining experience was by far the best that we had during our holiday. Thank you so much

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Thank Fairalways
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We visited this restaurant as we'd read awesome reviews and had eaten in some poor, poor restaurants in our first few days in Albufeira. It was actually close to our villa and we are so glad we went. We had recently returned from a 14 day food tour of America where we eaten some amazing cuisines but this was genuinely the best food I've ever eaten, and most of my party agreed.

The setting is gorgeous and you can walk outside where the restaurant overlooks the marina. The sunset view is outstanding. Perfect setting.

The food, however, is a different kettle of fish (mind the pun) and easily the best meal I've had. We eat out a lot and try lots of styles of cooking at home but the chef really is special here. I had a huge portion of muscles to start (probably enough to be classed as a main in some restaurants, certainly in England) that were presented in a beautifully light wine cream sauce. I don't like wine but this was so subtle and fresh. My main was Iberian Black Pig. The flavour was incredible, even though I asked for the chef to leave the tomato sauce off. Beautiful. We ordered an extra main of scallops as we knew by this point that they would be special, and we weren't disappointed. HUGE! and so well cooked. My partner had salmon and prawns for her main and they literally melted in the mouth. Our desserts were equally awesome - a monstrous portion of cheesecake that wasn't too overpowering.

All in all, this wasn't the cheapest restaurant by it was very worth the money. Especially compared to some of the dives we ate in on the holiday beforehand.

I would recommend booking early though as even on a Monday they were booked up a few days in advance.

I wouldn't necessarily want to return to Albufeira as I'd like to visit new countries but this restaurant is almost worth a visit on its own. It really is that good.

Well done indeed.

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Thank dan_saviola
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