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“Traditional Azores with a Modern Take”

Anfiteatro Restaurant & Lounge
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Ranked #18 of 182 Restaurants in Ponta Delgada
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $34
Cuisines: Sushi, Portuguese, Contemporary, International
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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107 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Traditional Azores with a Modern Take”
Reviewed May 20, 2014

First of all, I have to say the service here was top notch! We never waited longer than expected, never had an empty glass, and were given great recommendations. The views were also great from our table.

For an appetizer we ordered the 5 sins or something like that. It was 5 different bites of food, definitely recommend it. We also ordered a gin and tonic (which is quite popular there right now) and a pineapple martini, both delicious.

For our main course we ordered the Alcatra pasta and the fish bolognese. The Alcatra pasta was great, it had the traditional beef cooked in a wine sauce stuffed in the pasta, which was perfectly cooked, and in a delicious sauce. The fish soup was also good with a variety of fish, but the Lampash in it was a bit overcooked. Overall they were both great dishes and I would order again.

The wine that was suggested was also great and reasonably priced and went great with both dishes.

We did not feel like dessert so we ordered some sushi which appeared only to be served on the weekends. We ordered salmon and tuna pieces which were very good but we also wanted to try the local sushi so we ordered rockfish and another local fish. Both local pieces were awful and probably not meant to be served as sushi. They were also toped with fish roe which must have been frozen and tasted like dirt.

To sum it up our dining experience here was great and I recommend going for their regular menu. I would however recommend staying away from the local fish when ordering sushi.

Visited May 2014
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Oeiras, Portugal
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542 reviews
365 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
“It is really very good...almost excellent”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Great location, bold architecture, very unusual list, combining tradition with new approaches.
I quite enjoyed our dinner there. It was probably the best meal we had during our stay in S.Miguel island (also the most expensive....).
Service has quality (you notice staff follows all the rules...) but it feels like they're nervous about the fact they have paying customers in front of them.
Try the "5 Sentidos" starter...it's just an amazing, exquisite gastronomic experience.
For the main dishes we had the tuna pavé and the veal steak. Both were very good.
The desserts are also very good. Try the Chocolate Madness....d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!!!!
A visit to S.Miguel "cannot" be complete until you have visited Anfiteatro.
I don't rate it excellent just because the service doesn't look "at ease"....but these guys have a great future in this industry1

  • Visited August 2013
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Mixed feelings!”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

The restaurant was a bit hard to find but the interior was good.
The food was good and the waitors was well trained. When we got there we got an appetizer on the house and not to long after our main dishes. If you are hungry don't go here, it is not much food, more gastronomy and it is quite expensive.
Over all a good experience but we was a bit disapointed.

  • Visited March 2013
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Fine dining - almost”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Restaurant school at the end of the pier next to the cruise ship. Fine dining style, unusual main courses and excellent desserts. Shame there was no freshly made rolls or an 'amuse buche'!

Visited September 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Gourmet Dining in Ponta Delgada? Wow!”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

It is not easy to find Anfiteatro Restaurant. It is hidden underneath (as the name suggests) an amphitheater used for outdoor concerts in the summer in Ponta Delgada -- right near the place where the cruise ships dock. Culinary students are in charge of the kitchen, but you'd never know it. The food is on par with the best restaurants in New York. The service is excellent -- which was an extremely pleasant surprise in Portugal (where bad service is typically a given). The decor is very cool. The menu is varied -- not just the usual cod fish and mystery meat you find in Portugal. And the presentation is top notch. I liked everything about Anfiteatro -- including the price. Just 55 euros for dinner for two with wine and dessert? Wow. I don't know enough about the culinary business to tell if these students are going to be star chefs of the future. But they are certainly raising the quality of food in the otherwise sleepy town of Ponta Delgada. There's not much reason to come to this "city" in the Azores. But if you do find yourself here, do yourself a favor and check out Anfiteatro. The trouble you have finding it will be worth it.

  • Visited April 2012
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