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“Stop trying to be something your not”

Restaurante Ruccula
Ranked #1 of 155 Restaurants in Alvor
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Stop trying to be something your not”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

I am sorry to disagree with the majority of reviews bot here is our assessment anyway. We ate here a couple of nights ago, average food with lovely staff, we got the impression they are trying to be something special when they are not. To start with I had the cod goujons and my wife had the goats cheese, both dishes pleasant enough, for mains I had fillet steak wrapped in a potato basket, medium rare, it was a steak on a potato rosti, was not medium rare as requested
, more well done, my wife had the duck and she said it was over cooked, both dishes also had a small pear that had been poached in red wine (I think), quite what it was doing on both dishes I have no idea because it did nothing for the dish, it did'nt bring the dish together, it was just odd. Also the dauphinois potatoes was swimming in cream, when these are cooked the cream normally forms a thick and rich sauce. We wouldn't eat here again, but I must mention the staff who were lovely.

  • Visited October 2013
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Northern Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best in Alvor”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Extensive menu, good food well presented, good ambience, great service from friendly, helpful staff and window seat best!

  • Visited April 2013
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Durham
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Good restaurant”
Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

This is a very good restaurant that has a limited menu however the quality of the food is superb.
The ruccula is very popular with returning guests who always get a warm welcome.
Make sure you book well in advance!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank LJMA08
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Chester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
307 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
“Truly great dinner!”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Our first visit to Alvor staying with our friends who have an apartment there - so were in good hands in terms of being taken to the best places to eat. Ruccula is a first floor restaurant on a quiet street. The décor is nothing special, but that does not matter a jot. The atmosphere and food are truly fabulous. A family concern - front of house were two beautiful sisters and dad is on view doing the cooking.

The menu is relatively small - yet well thought out. Our tip would be to share a starter - we had a wonderful spring roll to share and our friends the chicken livers - both stupendous.

Mains - well everything is first rate - lamb shank (best ever tasted!), filet steak, lamb rump, everything was simply superb all served with a great selection of vegetables. Should you have any room left treacle tart and strawberry and mascarpone cheese-cake proved winners.

No surprise that this restaurant is No1 on Trip Advisor.

  • Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellence: Such attention to detail”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

I don't really have anything that can add to the praises that previous customers have heaped on Ruccula. Their core business is great food and they certainly provide that.

There aren't many frills with the interior. The style is all about what is on the table.

The highlight of the starters was the smoked haddock fishcake.

And of the mains..it is all about the Lambshank.

Very good value.

  • Visited September 2013
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