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“The food is good when you get it!”

Restaurante Do Forte
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Ranked #25 of 615 Restaurants in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $39
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Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Restaurante do Forte Linking the Soul of Restaurant do Forte to the Essence of the São Tiago For- tress (17th Century) is a rare encounter between history, architecture and gastronomy. These spaces can be interpreted, in a genuine experience distinguished by its gastronomic diversity, that combines an international cousin with typical Madeiran ingredientes. We have the most varied services from pick-up with Classic Cars, Live Music and Exclusive packages such as our Golden Package and Romantic Package. From the informal and intimate to the spectacular and glamourous, Restaurante do Forte has a range of unique spaces, whether you’re planning a private party, wedding or corporate event. The Restaurante Forte Events team is highly experienced at designing and delivering unique and bespoke events. Contact us if you’d like to talk through how we can help you host an unforgettable event.
Lancashire
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108 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“The food is good when you get it!”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

We had an advance reservation based on reviews here. Taxi driver dropped us at the entrance to the fort and although there's a display board there the restaurant is not, clearly, signed. We asked a yound lady if she knew where the restaurant was and she replied "we close at 2.00". Maybe just a language problem because she had to find a waiter - who greeted and seated satisfactorilly. Summary of the meal is; food very very good, service OK but slow - especially as they were far fom busy. The major negative is that when the bill came vat at 22% was added to the prices shown on their ads. and menu. I double checked and there was no reference to "tax extra" That is not satisfacry as it happened nowhere else on the island.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank LancashireVoyager
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Grupo Forte R, Manager at Restaurante Do Forte, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your review, which we have taken under great consideration.

Let me express our deepest apologies for the slow service delivered and thank you for pointing out what requires our immediate attention.

Your opinion is very important for us to correct our faults and prevent them from recurring in the future.

Regarding the taxes you mention, we can assure you that all prices on our menu and advertisements include the 22% VAT that we have to charge by law. What may have caused confusion is that on our bills, at the end you have a summary of what amount paid is VAT and what is not.

We hope to be able to exceed your expectations next time and look forward to welcome you again at Restaurante do Forte.

Kind regards,

The Manager at Restaurante do Forte
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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Brilliant value and great location”
Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

We ate here during the restaurants valentine option and really enjoyed it. For €35 each it was exceptional value and the food was delicious. Being in the old town was also fun. Highly recommended.

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Grupo Forte R, Manager at Restaurante Do Forte, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Dear TripAdvisor member,

Thank you very much for having chosen Restaurante do Forte for the Valentine's Day.

We're so glad that you had a good time with us and sincerely thank you for your feedback and kind recommendation.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Best regards,

The Manager at Restaurante do Forte
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West Sussex
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Fantastic meal”
Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

We visited this restaurant and Mozarts, which are owned by the same people and offer similar menus. The forte was outstanding and I do not think the two can really be compared. The 39€ concept menu is fantastic value. Appetiser, starter (any choice from the menu), sorbet, main course (any choice from the menu), dessert and coffee. Wine and water is also included with your class being constantly refilled. The prawn in filo pastry starter, seabass main and macaroon dessert were simply delicious. It was a popular and busy restaurant so probably advisable to book. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and would visit again when we return to funchal

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Grupo Forte R, Manager at Restaurante Do Forte, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for submitting your review.

With much of our pleasure we understand that following your visit at Restaurante do Forte your perceptions have turned to be a delightful experience.

Sincerely hope to welcome you again in the near future!

Warm regards,

The Manager at Restaurante do Forte
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Darlington
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57 reviews
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“Magnifico !!!”
Reviewed February 14, 2014

If there is another restaurant better than this in Madeira I fail to see how it could be !! From our greeting to our departing everything was perfect. The lady Maitre D was extremely nice and informative and made us feel very welcome, as were all the staff. The violinist added to the atmosphere along with the sea lapping up nearby. We chose an outdoor table as the heaters were adequate to take the chill off although blankets were also provided. We were recommended to try the concept menu at 39 euros each, which initially didn't appeal but when it was explained that we could choose anything off the menu and would include amuse bouche, starter, sorbet, main and dessert and wine throughout the meal plus coffee, it was a "no brainer". I know what you are thinking "where's the catch?" There wasn't one, it was all there and more. I could go into every detail of every course but my advice is just go and experience it. A few years ago we tried a michelin star restaurant in North Yorkshire and was extremely disappointed with the "arty farty" portions, the high cost (£120) and the lack of detail. The Do Forte delivered on all counts, we could not fault anything about this magnificent restaurant. We booked again for our last night thinking it couldn't get any better, it did !! I'll go as far to say, it is the best restaurant we have ever had the privilege of eating in. If you are expecting huge plates full of food then go to one of the disappointing places we visited but if you want an all round dining experience without the high price tag, go here!! I would go back to Madeira again and again just to eat here. Thank you for making our hoiliday complete.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank djc14b
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Grupo Forte R, Manager at Restaurante Do Forte, responded to this review, February 16, 2014
Dear TripAdvisor member,

Greetings from Restaurante do Forte! We take this opportunity to thank you very much for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor and also recommend us.

It was a pleasure and more over a delight to read your wonderful comments on the services by our team and concept.

Comments such as yours are always very encouraging and we will not miss to share them with the team to carry out their services even better.

We certainly look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back to Restaurante do Forte during your next visit to Madeira Island and do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance.

Best regards & Thank you for having booked again for your last night!

The Manager at Restaurante do Forte
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“'excellent'”
Reviewed February 13, 2014

Absolute fantastic restaurant, first class service, venue and food. Wine and water free flowing throughout the meal, food delicious and presented beautifully, with extra courses added.
For the volume of alcohol consumed and the quality of the food served, it would have cost £100-150 in the UK per couple. However, when the bill came it equated to £65 per couple, fantastic value for money!!

Visited February 2014
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Thank _xXElleXx_2014
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Grupo Forte R, Management Representative at Restaurante Do Forte, responded to this review, February 15, 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your review. So pleased to know that you had such an “excellent” experience at Restaurante do Forte and thank you very much for taking your precious time to share your thoughts on Trip Advisor following your recent dinner with us.

Your well being is our concern and we shall assure you our best services at all times.

We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future.

Kind regards,

Manager at Restaurante do Forte
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