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“Great Restaurant”
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Taberna Ruel
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Ranked #37 of 606 Restaurants in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $48
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant”
Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

We stayed for one week in Funchal and visited this restaurant twice. The food was fresh and the clams were to die for! The service was probably the best we experienced during our stay. We had been recommended to go to Gavaio Novo which is owned by the same person. In my opinion however this one was streets ahead. Looking forward to visiting again next year

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A gem...”
Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

What a lovely discovery. We have often been disappointed by, and wary of tourist restaurants in various Old Towns around Europe. They usually begin with 'charmers' trying to entice you in, and then go downhill from there! However this restaurant was a delightful experience from beginning to end. The setting was lovely, the food was fresh, really well prepared, and thoroughly enjoyable. The staff could not do enough to make it one of our best dinners in Madeira.

Visited February 2014
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 546 helpful votes
“Wonderful fish restaurant”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

Back in Funchal after a 2-year gap we were delighted to visit this newish restaurant which is apparently associated with the ever-reliable Restaurante Gavião Novo just up the road. We were warmly welcomed and shown a delicious - and extensive - selection of fish of the day and ended up choosing Charuteiro (Yellowfish). This was grilled to perfection on the barbecue and served with fresh vegetables and a sort of rice stew. All washed down with a nice bottle of Douro white wine. Dessert was a fabulous home-made caramel pudding that melted in the mouth.

Service relaxed and friendly - the waitress even wrote down the name of the fish for us, as we knew we'd not be able to remember its Portuguese name. This is a must-visit restaurant when in the Old Town.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Gordon2112
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“Good food, but ask the price if eating the fish”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

We had a lovely meal here, but having shared a shellfish starter and then eating fresh fish for main course I was surprised at the size of the bill (my fault, I should have asked the price before ordering). The food was lovely, but be careful what you order as it can be pricey.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Martin and Sue C
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great place in a street full of restaurant s, recommended by our taxi driver and now by us!”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

We had the steaks but there are some wonderful fish options as well
Very clean and excellent friendly service
Pity we only found this place on our last evening

  • Visited February 2014
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