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“Too many flaws to give it a top billing..........”

Restaurante Aquarelle
Ranked #19 of 151 Restaurants in Almancil
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Situated just outside the centre of Almancil, in a quirky octagonal building on the road to Vale do Lobo is homey restaurant Aquarelle. Surrounded by greenery, whether you choose to enjoy an airy evening at an outside table or retreat to the air conditioned dining room, carefully decorated in tasteful Mediterranean colours, you���ll be ensured a relaxing evening, hosted by friendly and welcoming staff. On menu you���ll find a host of glorious French delights, all attractively served with great attention to detail. Don���t miss the fabulous homemade ice creams from the dessert menu ��� even if you don���t think you could eat another thing they really are unmissable.
Stratford upon Avon
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Too many flaws to give it a top billing..........”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Interesting one this. Some great reviews on Trip Advisor was enough to get our booking. First warning sign for us was the taxi drivers response when he asked us where we were going, which is always unnerving! He told us that it used to be great, but following a recent change of ownership, he was not so sure. I do not know how recent, so if you are considering this, check the most recent reviews first.

We arrived and were promptly seated in a relaxed outdoor area, with a nice ambiance. A little too close to the busyish road for me, as much as I appreciate the roar of an Aston V12, I draw the line when I am just tucking into my goats cheese salad.......

Menu was broad and priced in line with most other restaurants in the area, I.e. 20Euro or so for a main. The interesting point was their fixed price menu at 28 E for three courses(you get a choice of dishes) which then makes things much better value (and in line with the ambiance/service). The waiters were more than courteous at all times. Food was all good quality, well presented and well cooked.

I did have an issue with the chap who appeared to be the head waiter sitting down at the table next to us with three mates and proceeding to smoke during our mains and dessert, upwind of us. This really was off putting and he should have been more considerate - a disappointing twist to otherwise exemplary service.

Overall, a good value option, if you go fixed price, particularly for families. If you are looking for a more intimate ambiance for couples, I would suggest possibly looking elsewhere.

  • Visited July 2013
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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent value”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

My wife and I have enjoyed many visits to Aquarelle Restaurant and would strongly recommend a visit. The menu is interesting and varied and with everyday specials is excellent value. At Lunch time or on a balmy evening the opportunity to eat under the pergola on the patio is an added bonus. The staff are all very professional and yet relaxed making everyone feel at ease. We took three friends there for Lunch and they couldn't wait to go back 3 days later.

  • Visited May 2013
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York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is a super place to eat, with wonderful service too.
The fish is especially recommended but we hav now eaten there a couple of times (and our friends often) and its all delicious!

  • Visited July 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Fun evening, friendly service”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

Had a late night meal here with a group of 4.
Excellent service, very good English spoken so the dishes all explained in detail.
I had the goats cheese followed by the lamb rack and would recommend both.
All the food was delicious, the service was fun and friendly and the wine list very extensive and with lots of cheaper options.

  • Visited July 2013
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“Balmy evening”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

A beautiful meal in pretty patio surroundings with lovely music and attentive staff. Fish was straight out of the sea and delicious and the stuffed guinea fowl melted in your mouth.

  • Visited June 2013
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