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“It's worth the wait..don't walk away if they dont notice you for 10 mins!”
Review of Gilao Restaurante

Gilao Restaurante
Ranked #35 of 262 Restaurants in Tavira
Price range: $12 - $35
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast
Description: Excellent restaurant with a beautiful and refreshing esplanade resting against Gilao River in the ancient building of Ribeira Market. Taste the fresh grilled fish, clams cataplanas and delicious meat dishes. Great wines and drinks. Fine service.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“It's worth the wait..don't walk away if they dont notice you for 10 mins!”
Reviewed August 17, 2010

The location is right on the river. you see an empty table and sit down. You wait and wait a bit more. And wait again. Then you get a menu ( you could pick one up yourself if you knew, they won't mind) The view over the river and the square keeps you interested.. Eventually they take your order and your drinks arrive maybe 20 mins after you sat down. your food arrives a further 20 mins later but it is worth waiting for. Sardinhas, grilled squid, battered squid all recommended. Best G and T's in Tavira, cold beers on a hot afternoon or balmy evening do the business. They just need to get one or two more staff to take orders and one more inside. So sad to see at least 20 people each hour get up and walk away. Locals or previous visitors stay and wait. They know its worth it. If you want your food in 5 minutes and also be expected to leave 10 minutes after you've finished don't go to this one. If you have the time to slow down and be allowed to relax, pull up a chair here.

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Dingle Ireland
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“doesn't look fancy at first but great food and snacks and service....”
Reviewed August 6, 2010

Hi
This was our favourite place to eat out in Tavira .We thought they were only selling snacks first but we had great stew (wild boar) and seafood.Plenty things for kids too.Staff and Owner very friendly
No fancy setup- simple but delicious!!

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Kinsale, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“great food nice people lovely location”
Reviewed May 13, 2010

When we visited portugal we kept coming back to this restaurant because the food was so great and the people were friendly we sat outside by the river and fed the fish and birds bread.

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