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“Excellent Chef!”
Review of Boca de Cena

Boca de Cena
Ranked #10 of 227 Restaurants in Ponta Delgada
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Portuguese
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed March 29, 2017

Had a brilliant experience at this restaurant and would highly recommend going here if you visit Ponta Delgada.

Our hotel recommended this restaurant and I decided to check Trip Advisor for more reviews. Due to it's popularity we thought that we wouldn't get a table, going there about 9pm, but we thought we would try anyway. As expected, it was fully booked, but due to people leaving around that time, he asked us to wait about 5 minutes and decided to squeeze us in, which we were grateful for. It's a dark restaurant, but very pleasant and had nice ambience.

We ordered the octopous and roast beef between the two of us, and it was delicious! The presentation, portion and flavour was impeccable. The octopus in particular, was out of this world! With drinks the price came to about 40 euros, 20 euros per head, absolutely no complaints! Of all the restaurants I have been to in Portugal and the Azores, I would have to say that this was the most impressive. Halfway through our meal, I realised that the man who let us in without a reservation was the only person running the place! He was the head, the waiter, and served about 20-25 people at a time, but was always prompt, and delivered excellent customer service, as well as phenomenal food. When leaving, he gave us a handshake, a nice personal touch, and we were grateful to eat here. If you travel to Ponta Delgada, you must visit this place.

Excellent Chef!

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1  Thank Jonny R
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Reviewed March 29, 2017

So much enjoyed every aspect of this very special restaurant! The food was really wonderful - beautifully presented with so much care, with perfectly blended flavours, and wines to complement each dish are suggested by the serving staff.
Book ahead as it clearly gets very busy! On the night we were there, only one person served every table - there were around 16 people in for a meal. This chap was amazing! So professional and knowledgeable about the wonderful food on offer - and genuinely pleased when it was appreciated! Despite only one person doing every task, we were never kept waiting - a big thank you from us!

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1  Thank 102maggiemay
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Reviewed March 23, 2017

If you are in Ponta Delgada do not miss going to this restaurant , if you get there early there may be a table available but make a reservation to be sure. The Chef/owner does everything and does it amazingly well, the food, service and ambience are are second to none. if you are looking for a quick bite go elsewhere.

1  Thank PhilM14
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Reviewed March 11, 2017 via mobile

Went there for dinner based on recommendations from TA reviewer. We showed up one evening for dinner at seven and were turned away because the restaurant was already fully booked. We made a reservation for the following evening and glad that we could eat here. The owner/cook was very friendly, the restaurant atmosphere was peaceful and spacious, service was prompt but unhurried. Most importantly, the food, service and price were excellent - as most other reviewers have attested. Four of us shared our dinner. We ordered two appetizers- a pan-fried shrimp and deep-fried calamari, three mains - crispy octopus, wreck fish and a fish basked inside a pastry and cheese cake for dessert. All delicious and the portions quite large. The order was more than enough for us. I found the cooking here distinctly different from all other restaurants we ate in Ponta Delgada. In fact, we haven't taste anything quite like the dishes we had. All four of us came away very satisfied. The appetizers were 7 and 8 Euros each, the crispy octopus 18 Euros, the other two mains were 16 & 17 euros. Quite reasonable. Only complaint I have is that the octopus dish only came with two tentacles, not a particularly generous serving, but very tender and tasty. Go to Boca de Cena if you want a special dinner; but make sure that you make your reservation a day in advance.

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Reviewed March 8, 2017

The venue - romantic. The service - very good. The food - !!!! We had tried twice to get reservations over the weekend but always booked. Instead, we wandered in on a Tuesday evening - less people around and, voila! The presentation is lovely and the flavors were wonderful. I had the "surprise of the day", which turned out to be shark. My husband had the roast beef. Both were fabulous. Dinner came with a salad. We shared a bottle of wine. With dessert, our tab was under $60. A dinner like this, with this type of setting would be well over $125. Save this one for a special night during your visit.

2  Thank artistjuana
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