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Estamine Restaurant

#50 of 263 Restaurants in Faro
Certificate of Excellence
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Ilha Deserta | Ilha da Barreta, Faro 8005-554, Portugal
+351 917 811 856
10:00 - 19:00
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Why have so few people found it? Excellent food and service and a setting to die for. The starter selection is so tasty and the fish fresh and delicious.

Thank Wilks_13
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Cheryl and I visited the Estamine restaurant on Ilha Deserta in the 3rd week of December 2016. We thought it was fabulous. At first, we were the only people in the restaurant, but with a setting like this and the views of the surrounding lagoons, that was barely a consideration. Later on, another family came in, but we still had... More 

Thank petewolstencroft
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Lisbon, Portugal
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155 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Unfortunately or fortunately only by boat you can reach the desert island where this restaurant is the only building on the island. As it is the only restaurant we thought that probably they would not care much about the quality by lack of competition but we were totally wrong. All dishes were very well cooked and fish was very fresh.... More 

Thank Vitor A
Leiden, The Netherlands
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129 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This place is the only restaurant in the island but they do not make you feel that you have no choice. We found shelter from a hard rain and decided we may as well have lunch there. The waiters were not pushy and let us make up our mind. Then the service was fast and efficient. The food was good... More 

Thank Kelilans
Southampton, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

This restaurant was the only one on the island of Deserta. It was low season and not very busy. House red wine was excellent and quite an extensive menu with choice of fish of the day. Tuna salad was small but okay with onion and fresh bits of tuna in a vinaigrette dressing. Calamari was very nice and the chicken... More 

Thank Bridget S
Dublin, Ireland
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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We had lunch here early this week. Being an island, we expected a more expensive meal than usual. However, the main course which was fish of the day, with house wine, a beer and olives came to €85. In hindsight, I would recommend having wine and nibbles in Estamine (so you can use the bathroom) and hold off your main... More 

Thank Catriona33
Essex, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

It's the only place to buy anything on Ilha Deserta, so has a captive audience, food is OK if a little overpriced, and they do provide free access to wc's which is useful! Main problem is if you want a main course fish dish you need to order it from them a couple of hours in advance... and for first... More 

Thank Katy---Essex
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

we were looking for some light lunch but are unfortunately no seafood fans. when we came in, the waiter showed us to the worst table in the restaurant in spite of empty tables right at the window. when we then asked for the other table, the waiter was very dissatisfied and neglectful. when we finally managed to order, we got... More 

Thank Madeleine S
Truro, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Take the ferry to this desert island and enjoy a pleasant meal in this peaceful oasis. We went on a quiet Monday lunch time and the place had just a few diners. We had a very short wait for our starters, which was the octopus salad and the tuna. Followed by the black linguine with razor clams and pork with... More 

Thank Martin W
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107 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

The food was good as was the selection of wine.However the prices were not good value at all.The service was poor with the restaurante staff forgetting requested/ordered items.Although a good selection of seafood and very fresh the prices were rather prohibitive.This is the only restaurante on the Island!!! so there you have it ...a total captive clientele.The restaurante owners operate... More 

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Dear 8richard903, We are very grateful for your comment. Hope to see you next visit. Best Regards, Bruno Lima Marketing Dep. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 22 - USD 32
Seafood, Mediterranean, Healthy, Portuguese
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ilha Deserta | Ilha da Barreta, Faro 8005-554, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Faro
  • Phone Number: +351 917 811 856
There are very few places where one can appreciate the freshest fish and shellfish among other genuine algarvian specialities, set in a background of a desert island and a sight of an ocean until the eye can see. The Estaminé is more than just a restaurant. It is a unique experience of the natural beauty that surrounds it.The new Estaminé, totally made of wood is the only building built on the Ilha Deserta (Desert Island). The restaurant is involved in the tranquillity of the Island, and through the panoramic windows, the view joins, the Dunes, the Coast and part of the Algarvian Mountain Range.The restaurant serves, apart from Gilt-headed Sea breams, Breams and Groupers a variety of other fresh Fish too: Clams, Prawns, Cuttlefish and traditional “Estupeta” salads of Tuna or Octopus. These are cooked using their very own recipes or refined from experiences of algarvian generations.There is a snack-bar at the Estaminé where we serve sandwiches, ice-creams, jars with sangria and other cool drinks.

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