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A Vela

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Rua do Barranco 54, Carvoeiro 8400-508, Portugal
16:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The service was excellent. Antonia was very enthusiastic about all the dishes the restaurant had to offer and she talked us through each one. The food was fresh, tasty and plentiful.

Thank wishywashy10590
Toronto, Ontario
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

True Portuguese food - potatoes to die for!! The staff were absolutely great, very kind and knowledgeable. A Vela makes everything fresh as you order it, but it is worth the wait, we had a variety of items (black pork, veal, steak, sides) and everyone was thrilled. Hands down the best meal of the trip, and reasonably priced. Highly recommended!!

Thank Marciev86
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

EXPERIENCE: Booked on line TABLE: Lovely Table (round) and plenty of room AMBIENCE: Enjoyed the piano player FOOD: Brilliant - especially the deserts HOST: Antonio - lovely manner and cared about her food and her customers This restaurant scored 2nd top from 8 restaurants we ate out on our 8 day holiday

Thank Riley1958
Somerset, England
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140 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Just eaten here as everywhere was packed, hard to believe in October. This restaurant seems to get a bit overlooked as it's not on the main strip. Probably the best meal of the holiday. Duck in mango sauce and cheesy potato gratin to die for. Husband had mixed meat kebab, also really good. Fresh,crisp veg too. Just walk that little... More 

Thank Allenshouse
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Locally owned and run portugese restaurant in Carvoeiro. Well presented and well prepared meal from Antonia and her staff. Always a warm welcome here. Meals and service excellent value for money. Advise booking in advance especially in the summer months

Thank Eileen T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Another great place to eat ,they also had a piano player playing some excellent back ground music. Food and service was excellent. You will enjoy.

Thank Rude G
Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The prawn cocktail starter was beautifully presented on a dinner plate but a huge portion for a starter (12 euros) The spaghetti with lobster was very good and the chocolate cake dessert really was the best. But at 90 euros for 2 people with a bottle of wine, I felt this was an over priced dinner compared to other restaurants... More 

Thank Caroledj2015
Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

If you happen to be in Carvoeiro when A Vela is offering the suckling pig, then by all means go there. Reserve a day or two prior as it is made to order for the number of reservations. Truly wonderful.

Thank WorldwideThree
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Worth a visit if you want Portuguese food. Nicer inside than out, because the restaurant is in a very busy street. Inside it is traditional and on the night we visited there was a guy playing a piano on the upper tier. We had stone dishes which were substantial! Lots of choice and good wine list.

Thank Lorraine B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Although we had not booked and the restaurant was very busy we had only a very short wait before being shown to our outside table. Service overall was first rate as was the food. The black pork slices (a house speciality) were oozing with flavour while the Orange Tiramisu was equally mouth watering. One final note Antonia The Manager(Owner?) is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua do Barranco 54, Carvoeiro 8400-508, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Carvoeiro
  • Phone Number: 351969607116

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?