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“Great views, good service, food fine but nothing amazing”

Palheiro Golf Clubhouse restaurant
Ranked #170 of 644 Restaurants in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The Palheiro Golf Clubhouse Restaurant offers a refined menu of traditional Portuguese and southern European dishes, served with a contemporary twist and spiced with flavours from the orient. The restaurant is situated within the golf course clubhouse and enjoys a reputation as a noted fine dining venue. Golfers can enjoy pre- or post-round drinks and snacks in stylish surroundings and later order anything from a nourishing Club Sandwich to a delicious three-course a la carte lunch or early dinner. The restaurant also welcomes non-golfers to its tables. The panoramic veranda affords some of the most breathtaking views in Madeira, and is a favourite spot for an evening cocktail over a beautiful sunset.
Reviewed February 26, 2014

We ate here a couple of times over the New Year period as we were staying nearby and it was convenient for us. However, we are perhaps a little surprised at how high this comes up in the ranking of Funchal restaurants.

The view cannot be faulted. However for an early evening meal (they stop serving at 7pm) the restaurant was lacking in atmosphere - on a chilly evening why not at least light the big open fire that was there? Service was good and friendly. The food was "OK", but nothing particularly inspired or unusual.

The view aside, we didn't find anything special about it. As it was convienient for us, that was no big deal, but if we'd made a special effort to go I think we'd have been underwhelmed.....

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MO9020FNC, Director of Sales at Palheiro Golf Clubhouse restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2014

Dear Oriel,
thank you for sharing your comments here on TA. With regards to the ranking this depends on the number of reviews people send to TA.

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Reviewed February 4, 2014

After 8 rounds of Golf (with varying success) on a challenging course, it was a pleasure to relax and recuperate in the golf club bar/restaurant. We chose from a wide Menu and were served with good quality food at reasonable prices. All the staff at the Club are efficient and highly courteous and work hard to make one's stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. My wife thought that the cakes baked on the premises were to die for! The views on the balcony looking over Funchal are unforgettable. An experience not to be missed! We will be back next Jan/Feb for the 10th time. Would not miss it.
David R

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MO9020FNC, Director of Sales at Palheiro Golf Clubhouse restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2014

Hello David,
best regards from all of us here and thank you for your feedback. We look forward to see you again.

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Good food and speedy service - on a golfcourse that should have been closed long time ago ...
The menu is not big but adequate - and the prices are fair.

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MO9020FNC, Director of Sales at Palheiro Golf Clubhouse restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2014

thank you for visiting us and for sharing your experience on TA. Looking forward to see you again soon.

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Reviewed November 19, 2013

We only visited after golf on their lovely, challenging course. The ambience is great, made by a very friendly restaurant team, the food was also excellent, but the view from the balcony over Funchal and the harbour is spectacular. It is worth visiting for this alone.

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jonathanfletch, Owner at Palheiro Golf Clubhouse restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2013

Dear Alan,
We are delighted that you enjoyed the food experience on our wonderful verandah. Next time take a photo of the sunset and you could enter our competition to win a stay at Casa Velha.
We hope to welcome you back soon.

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Reviewed November 5, 2013

I have just spent the whole afternoon sitting on the balcony of Palheiro Golf Clubhouse restaurant. Firstly the view is spectacular, showing the port with the cruise ships. It is early November yet still at least 23 degrees, just perfect.
After sitting for an hour or more sipping a drink we ordered food, the food is served all day up to 7pm so there was no pressure to order early. The menu was in several languages and the pleasant surprise was that half the dishes were either vegetarian or vegan, I had not realised that the concept of vegan was understood here on Madeira.
We ordered starters and main, the food was well presented, simple but tasty and the service was friendly. Two courses was ample for lunch so we did not try deserts. Our visit lasted about four hours and a recommended way to spend an afternoon in Funchal.
I have had better meals, but never a better setting.

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jonathanfletch, Owner at Palheiro Golf Clubhouse restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2013

Dear Julian,
Thanks for your great review. I have lived and worked in Madeira for many years now and one never gets tired of the view from Palheiro Golf clubhouse. We are delighted that you enjoyed our new menu with our vegan and vegetarian friendly dishes. This is something quite new which may have been helped by the fact that my wife recently turned vegan!!!!

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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