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“Entertaining waiters, good food”
Review of Taberna Ruel

Taberna Ruel
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Ranked #68 of 688 Restaurants in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $68
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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. 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 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.
Reviewed January 20, 2014

Ate here twice - excellent fish dishes on both occasion and the house white wine is very palatable. Eat in the garden if you want to chill out, or out front if you want to watch the world go by and banter with the staff.

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In restaurant Taberna Ruel, we thank you very much for your comment. We are glad that you enjoyed our service. Our goal is to make you happy. We hope to see you soon!



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Reviewed January 12, 2014

All the restaurants we visited during our week in Funchal were very good - but we decided that the experience that we had here was so enjoyable - to go there again on our last night. It did not disappoint. The service is excellent and the food (we all ate fish from the bbq) is fantastic. Simple grilled fish with rice and fresh veg - fantastic. On our second visit we shared a fresh crab between 4 as a starter and it was really good - although rather filling....
They have a small garden area , where the bbq/grill is out the back of the restaurant. Inside of the restaurant is modern and smart - good atmosphere on both nights that we were there.

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Tiago T, Guest Relations Manager at Taberna Ruel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

In restaurant Taberna Ruel, we thank you very much for your comment. We are glad that you enjoyed our service. Our goal is to make you happy. We hope to see you soon!



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Reviewed January 6, 2014

It took the staff almost 15 minutes to get us some bread with garlic butter, then another 15 minutes to bring two soups, and another 15 to bring two portions of lapas. It took us almost an hour to have a "quick" lunch. And the restaurant was 1/4 full. The food was ok, but nothing special. Maybe a bad day?

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Tiago T, Guest Relations Manager at Taberna Ruel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

In restaurant Taberna Ruel, we thank you very much for your comment. We are glad that you enjoyed our service. Our goal is to make you happy. We hope to see you soon!



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Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

We booked for New Year's Eve. The place was heaving, and we were next to a party of 25! However there was an abundance of staff to cope, and the garden setting was wonderful. The service was friendly and efficient and the food served promptly. The waiters made a point of topping up our wine no matter how busy ....the evening was most enjoyable....we will definitely eat here again.

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Tiago T, Guest Relations Manager at Taberna Ruel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

In restaurant Taberna Ruel, we thank you very much for your comment. We are glad that you enjoyed our service. Our goal is to make you happy. We hope to see you soon!



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Reviewed January 1, 2014

It was the opposite of our first visit which was excellent.
This time the food was half coked and when it came back they had reheated the food and it was overdone. The waiter did offer to bring something else but I refused as my wife had finished her dish which was just ok.

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Tiago T, Guest Relations Manager at Taberna Ruel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

In restaurant Taberna Ruel, we thank you very much for your comment. We are glad that you enjoyed our service. Our goal is to make you happy. We hope to see you soon!



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