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“Best fish in Carvoeiro”
Review of Vila Nova

Vila Nova
Ranked #26 of 146 Restaurants in Carvoeiro
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
dundalk ireland
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Best fish in Carvoeiro”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

We visited this restaurtant twice previously and on a recent visit in April decided to pay another visit. On previous visits we had the €16 for four courses menu, but it was not available on the night we visited. However this might have been to our advantage as the A La Carte offers a very good choice. We opted for the cover and it was very good and plentiful. 3 types of bread, butter, olives and pate. We skipped starter and for mains we both opted for the sea bream. This was cooked to perfection and presentation was expert, no bones just beautiful, white, flaky fish. The vegetables were fresh and again perfectly cooked. The manager Anibal (?) is really friendly and the chef has to be one of the best in Carvoeiro (no mean feat!). Do not be mislead that that this restaurant is in a complex, it is a first class restaurant , the ambiance, the staff and the food would compete with any good restaurant anywhere.

  • Visited April 2013
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Langley Marish, null, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Brilliant”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Food is so fresh and the service is so friendly. Great for families. The owners are such lovely people which makes the place one of the best restaurants in Carvoeiro

Visited April 2013
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ayrshire
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Gem of a restaurant”
Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

We ate here twice during a 6 day holiday, staying at the Monte Santo resort which is a 3 minute walk away from its pedestrian gate.

The service was superb, from the lovely friendly waiter, and the chef presents the fresh fish at the start to see what is on offer. The cover of bread, toasts, cheese, sardine pâté, carrots and olives is the best we had.

I had black bass the first evening, a huge slice, then golden bream the second, which was filleted at the table. Simply but perfectly cooked with oil, garlic and capers. The second evening I succumbed to the house special dessert of profiteroles. Yum! Complimentary port, but special mention of the palate cleanser of lemon sorbet. It is divine, and some customers did not eat all of theirs - we were very tempted to steal them off the bar, it is so good!

Cannot wait to go back.

  • Visited April 2013
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northern ireland
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent service/great food. Perfect.”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

We were lucky to have Vila Nova on our door step as we were staying in one of the apartments on this small, quiet complex. During the day, the menu consists of toasted sandwiches, salads and the like which is perfect for all the family. At night though is when Vila Nova really transforms. Beautifully laid tables with linen tablecloths, damask napkins and beautiful cutlery. The warm welcome and service standards from Anibal and all the waiting staff could give some 5 star hotels a run for their money. The menu caters for all tastes; the fresh avocado with prawns was my favourite to start with, followed by the seabass, beautifully served with an abundance of fresh vegetables. The ribs and homemade pizzas were a big hit with the kids. The only downside was that the kids liked what was on the adults menu so much that the bill was essentially for 5 adults (as opposed to 2 adults and 3 kids) which was quite expensive, but it wouldn't stop us going back, which we will be doing this summer. Overall, if you can, pay a visit - you won't be disappointed. Just remember it is closed on Sundays.

  • Visited August 2012
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“Love it!”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

My 6th time staying at the Vila Nova apartments - and this is still the best restaurant in Carvoeiro! Lovely food with welcoming, friendly service from the staff...and cater well for children! I will definitely be coming back I'm sure plenty more times!! The minted lamb is delicious, the sea bass was cooked perfectly, and our toddler ate hers with no fuss! Perfect place for couples or families. Well done Anibal :-)

Visited August 2012
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