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“Outstanding service, food and child friendly!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Real Canoa
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Ranked #25 of 577 Restaurants in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Outstanding service, food and child friendly!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

After walking along the waterfront from Petsana Carlton Madeira with two young boys (age 4 and 2) we were looking for somewhere to eat.

The Real Canoa was the first restaurant we found, it was empty (perfect for us with two noisey boys). Both boys and ourselves were given complimentary drinks - the attention to detail and the food were outstanding. They even had the common sense to bring our boys meals out before our own. My husband had the Monk Fish in Curray Sauce (beautiful), I had the Tagliatelli and Prawn (even lovelier) and the boys had Pirates Fish Fingers and Chicken Nuggets - the chicken nuggets were huge!

After our meal we walked down to the end of the road and on our way back an hour later, our waiter came out to greet us and offer a complimentary van back to our hotel! We were thoroughly impressed!

We would highly recommend this restaurant to families.

Looking forward to eating there again.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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norfolk
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Oh Dear Oh Dear.........”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

We are young in comparison to many people who visit Madeira and a night at the Real Canoa highlights that fact. The over efficient staff are annoying to the nth degree, the kitschy entertainment (man playing old tunes on organ and accordian , tulips from amsterdam was the worst) is abysmal. The fact is its so terrible its good if you are in your sixties !! The do ply you with cheap Madeira wine and after dinner liquers which i am sure adds to the experience for some !!

On to the food, we had the skewered beef, we asked for medium to rare just pink as we like it !! one was perfect, the other was still half alive, i am sure it would have mooed if it could !! There was a choice of veg which was ok. The waiter brought the wrong water , the waitress brought the wrong wine, they did both with a lot of enthusiasm though so you cant fault that.

Dont like to be critical ever, and i dont mean to be. However if you are in the younger set who visit Madeira i.e. under 50 avoid this place. Otherwise go for your life ...................

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Superb meal with friendly & helpful staff & good atmosphere.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Whilst looking for another restaurant we came across Real Canoa where even in the pouring rain people were sat outside enjoying live music and eating traditional local food. The place was buzzing. There was attention to detail which makes all the difference to a good experience, where staff were friendly and bringing small tasters to try out which included complimentary drinks of Madeira wine. Would recommend this as a must do!

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TheVicarsSon
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York
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Can't wait to eat here again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

This little restaurant tucked aware near the Pestana Grand Hotel is a gem. The staff are great fun, the food is very reasonable and the service excellent. Good choice, tasty food. It's sort of place where you feel important and cared for.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“We came back”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

Last time we had dinner, this time lunch. The fish stew was amazing: full of fish and great flavour. The great thing about this restaurant apart from the food is the attention given by staff/management. Little nuggets of advice, like nearby walks etc, the local knowledge that you only get from the locals!
Also the extras, like 10% off if you pay cash and the complimentarybefore and after drinks (Madeira wine & liquors).

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank locationspy
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