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“Great new restaurant from an established team”
Review of Taberna Ruel

Taberna Ruel
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Ranked #40 of 616 Restaurants in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $50
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Located on one of the oldest streets of Funchal, the Taberna Ruel Restaurant aim to be a mark in the historic center of Funchal. This location grants a special atmosphere so you can enjoy an unforgettable experience. The widely recognized gastronomic quality is a must under Ricardo Ruel signature. Working with local ingredients of high quality, passion for what we do and innovative cooking techniques are what distinguishes us. The wine cellar with a wide selection of Portuguese wines are carefully framed in a secular cistern. The historical building where you find the Taberna Ruel Restaurant was fully renovated and prepared for a unique environment looking to offer unforgettable moments. The restaurant by its unique location in the heart of the Funchal historical center, was initially launched as Taberna da Esquina, today the restaurant is Taberna Ruel a natural evolution by the recognition of our guests to Richard Ruel great passion in the use of products from Madeira and its constant search for new flavors. The renovation of the building was awarded with the prize for "Heritage Recovery of Funchal City Historical Center - 2011" by the Municipality of Funchal.
Ham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“Great new restaurant from an established team”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Excellent quality fish restaurant in the Old Town, not far from Gavio Novo of the same management.

Stunning fresh fish and genuine (and illegal) laurel skewers for their quality Espedata.

Friendly and classy service. Comfortable ambiance.

Quiet so far but this one's a winner :-)

Visited February 2013
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Tiago T, Diretor de vendas at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review, March 17, 2017
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“Well worth a visit for good food and service”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

New on the scene this restaurant gives you a very warm feeling and they have created a lovely atmosphere. Very nice decor with calming colours and natural stone walls. Service was excellent. We had some very nice home made bread which was a nice touch and a good talking point. The olives very nice, with an excellent Portuguese Wine List at sensible prices. Starters are a little expensive but main courses are on a par with other restaurants. Food was of a very good standard, nicely presented and the Espetada was cooked exactly as requested. Finished off with a superb coffees. Will go again and take our visitors.

  • Visited February 2013
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Whitby, England, United Kingdom
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“A fine addition to the Madeiran dining experience.”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

I have been to this new restaurant twice and had a good experience there on both occasions. On the first occasion I had onion homemade onion soup followed by filet steak (blue) with a pepper sauce. Both steak and sauce were perfect to my taste. On the second occasion I had Limpets (Lapas) as a starter followed by Espetada Filet Steak (rare) cooked on a laurel stick, from which it was removed to serve on the plate. The espetada steak was excellent, again perfectly cooked to my taste.

These days for health and safety reasons the Lapas served in Madeiran restaurants all seem to be frozen whereas there were some, in past years, that served them fresh. The difference is that it seems not to be possible to cook frozen Lapas without their being of a slightly rubbery consistency when served.

There is an excellent wine list at this restaurant and though the setting is formal the Staff are friendly and helpful. On both occasions I dined in the courtyard at the rear of the premises. On my first visit I had no difficulty in moving tables when I realised that my back was too warm from the barbecue and on the second occasion having asked to sit on the road side of the restaurant, I quickly asked for a move when I realised that there was a problem from fumes from cars passing in the narrow street on the other side of the screening.

A first class restaurant at reasonable prices with a lovely ambience and good service. On the way out I sneaked a look at the kitchen. Impressive and state of the art.

  • Visited January 2013
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Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review, March 17, 2017
Thank you for your kind words, is very important to have independent reviews from our customers, we are very pleased to know you enjoyed a fantastic gastronomy experience with us and enjoyed our wine selection.
Hope you can visit us in the near future.
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“A new venture from the owner of Gaviao Novo”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

A newly and beautifully restored exceptionally large restaurant for the area with a large inner courtyard, 'The Tavern on the Corner' in Rua Santa Maria is a new venture by Rui, the owner of the nearby Gaviao Novo, with a new and more upmarket cuisine but similar pricing and the same high standard of cooking one has come to expect from the smaller place.

Visited December 2012
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Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review, March 17, 2017
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“First class restaurant excellent food and service”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We stumbled upon this restaurant in the old town of Funchal and decided to give it a try. The food was the best we had in Madeira freshly cooked, beautifully presented and extremely tasty. We returned 2 nights later and were greeted warmly by the friendly staff and again had an excellent first class dinner. In our opinion this restaurant compares to top restaurants in our home Island of Guernsey. Well done and wish them every success. Martyn and Ann Seabrook

  • Visited January 2013
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Tiago T, Gerente de relações com clientes at Taberna Ruel, responded to this review, March 17, 2017
Thank you for your time on writing a very pleasant review, that makes us very proud of our service. Hope you can visit us in the near future.
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