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“Fantastic fish!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurante Ababuja

Restaurante Ababuja
Ranked #32 of 147 Restaurants in Alvor
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Bourne, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic fish!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

This friendly and welcoming restaurant sits amongst a number of others along the riverside of Alvor. Like many others, the staff are on the street trying to entice you in. What made us stop was the gentle but enthusiastic description of todays catch, and the fish on display. We were not disappointed. The sea bass was perfectly cooked, fileted at the table, and a joy to eat. All the fish is weighed and you are told the weight (and shown the fish) inadvance. If you don't likethe look of it, or you want to change your mind, just tell them; the'll help you choose something else.
This late in the season we sat 'inside' what started as an open area was soon enclosed in sliding glass pannels that let in the light but kept the early evening chill out. (On leaving, look out for the living statue; he was good entertainment from our frontrow seat and very polite when one dropped a couple of euro in his box).

Visited October 2012
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Alvor, Portugal
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“You can only come here if you're mad”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

We didn't even started the meal. The owner is a rude donkey abduction should be doing something else. Was our second try and we only went there because we were with a couple that wanted to. Expensive and food not that good. You can pick any other restaurant in alvor and have a better meal.

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Cheshire,UK
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202 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Good location but service worsens as it gets busier.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

This restaurant has the perfect location right at the harbour-side, it is bordered by similar establishments all focussing on fresh fish, in fact there is little point in coming to this restaurant unless you like seafood.(my son had ribs and they were truly awful).
We didn't book but were given a good seat just inside the covered area (outside was too cold, in August, can you believe it !) and initial service was OK, but once it started to fill up the service went slowly downhill culminating in extra tables being slotted in between us and our neighbouring table which made it very cosy indeed.
What about the food ? Good seafood cataplana but very watery, all other dishes come with boiled potatoes and veg...not very creative or inspiring.
By the end of the meal we were glad to get out due to the proximity of our fellow diners (elbow to elbow), there are other better fish restaurants in Alvor, Adega d'Alvor to name one.
I think if you come here you would be best to choose your fish (the waiters will being the raw item to your table) and just have that.
Dont think we would go back.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Cadiar, Spain
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“What a start to our holiday”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

We went on our first night on the recomendation of the taxi driver. Although busy, service was excellent. The red mullet was our choice and it didn't disappoint. Theresa, our waitress, prepared and served an amazing meal. Certainly justifies another visit.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Little Neston
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Fish”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

Has a great selection of fish and helpful staff. If you visiting Alvor on a tight budget then you may avoid as it is not the cheapest restaurant in the town. We visit Alvor annually and eat here at least once per visit. The clams are excellent and although they didn't have any turbot of a suitable size this year recommended some stone bass which was superb. A bottle of wine (Lello) for 12 euros is not expensive.

  • Visited August 2012
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