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“great little restaurant away from the marina”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Braganca Mar

Braganca Mar
Ranked #9 of 187 Restaurants in Vilamoura
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Sandbach, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“great little restaurant away from the marina”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

We chose Braganco Mar for our last meal in Vilamoura after reading it was ranked the 2nd top restaurant on Trip Advisor and due to it's close proximity to the marina. We were very excited and had high expectations of experiencing some authentic Portuguese cuisine, which we felt the restaurants on the Marina front lacked. The head waiter was very friendly and accomodating and the restaurant packed out, all were good signs. A little starter of bread, olives and garlic carrots was brought to the table which was delicious. A mouth watering range of specials was shown to us on the board so we decided to choose fillet steak on a hot stone and sirloin steak Portuguese style. We were so excited when the food came but unfortunately for us it fell slightly short of our expectations. The fillet steak on a hot stone was just three pieces of meat you cook yourself on a hot stone and some chipped potatoes. No sauce or veg just a couple of dips. Although the meat was lovely and it was fun to cook, we felt this wasn't really a dish as such. The sirloin steak faired slightly better, it came in a traditional dish cooked with potatoes, and a garlic and gravy sauce which was delicious. Unfortunately, it was bleeding in the middle when I had asked for it medium and I ended up cooking in on my fiancées hot stone which then made it a bit too tough to eat. When the desert trolley came it looked delicious, crammed with homemade cheesecakes, chocolate cakes and a lemon meringue pie which we chose. The consistency was perfect but unfortunately it lacked in flavour and needed a lemon zing which was missing. Service throughout was slow with only 3 waiters serving the entire restaurant. Although we didn't have a ten out of ten experience here, it was clear that it was a popular restaurant with delicious home cooked food, and if we had chosen differently we may have had a better experience here. It was also very reasonably priced with the whole meal plus a half bottle of wine totalling around 45 euros. We would definitely give this place a second chance next time we visit.

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Dublin, Ireland
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77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“A Great Spot!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

This restaurant offers superb food at really decent prices. Very welcoming and family friendly. Much better value than the restaurants at the marina. Steaks, fish etc all beautifully cooked. A brilliant find.

  • Visited August 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

We had a family meal on Thursday 15th August and it was excellent quality with really good service at an affordable rate.
Much better than 90% of places on the marina.
The Basi family

  • Visited August 2013
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cork,ireland
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“excellent, made a return visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

slightly off the beaten track, off the marina, not as flash as the marina restaurants but therefore much cheaper. excellent food so we returned during our stay for a second dinner and it was just as good. chef prawns starter and prawn cocktail were excellent, kebabs are a speciality and my main of monkfish and prawns was also mouth-watering. do get there before 8 to ensure a seat. don't b offended by the waiters sarcasm!!

  • Visited August 2013
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cumbria
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68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“decent food well priced”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

can't complain, sits back from the marina hence cheaper to eat there, a little old and basic but decent food and nice staff would have to say recommended

Visited August 2013
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