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Bistro Central

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Largo da Liberdade 24, Salema, Portugal
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Had the 3 course evening special for €17.90. Great value for lovely food. We had filleted fresh fish which was excellent. We had a great young waiter who did his best despite being harassed by his more grumpy German colleague.

Thank MPB112013
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

First the good things. The staff was friendly, the price for the amount of food you get (especially for the set menu) is great, the location is very nice and the setting also. Now the bad thing completely unseasoned and especially unsalted food. We had fish soup, onion soup, chicken kabab with rice and sea bass with potatoes gratin. Everything... More 

Thank Klemen G
Oakland, California
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Visited at lunch time, enjoyed the appetizer plate tremendously! Flavorful, perfect quantity and variety!Right next to the beach and has a great view.

Thank STLL7
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

It's been 2 years since we've stayed in this part of the Algarve and so 2 years since we last had dinner at Bistro Central in Salema. In that time, the restaurant has changed hands with the French owner having been replaced with a German owner. However, the very warm welcome is still there, the food is excellent as is... More 

1 Thank Phil H
Cork, Ireland
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

Last day in Salema, there were flies everywhere. Sat inside the decked area of Bistro Central for lunch and could not fault the food. Absolutely excellent quality and taste. Our lunch was however totally ruined by the flies, couldn't relax and enjoy our lunch - such a pity!

1 Thank Eithne O
Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

This used to be our favourite restaurant , now under new management , food quality good but service very very poor , only one waiter and the manager who seemed to be under the influence of alcohol was oblivious to his guests and sat socialising with friends rather than support his only waiter who was trying to do his best... More 

2 Thank pansy300
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Four of us called in after being enticed by the 'lunch time special board', we had a table on the terrace, very pleasant, the meal was fish soup ( excellent) half a grilled chicken (bit skinny) rice and chips, a glass of wine all for 9.50 euros, service was good as there was 1 waitress and 1 waiter. My wife... More 

1 Thank merseyscouse
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

My husband introduced me to central bistro 6 years ago, we holiday in salema every year and we frequent central bistro everyone. We went back last week and here are my thoughts after reading recent feedback. 1. There has been a management change over. The food and menu is exactly the same and the evening service is excellent and is... More 

Thank Shelley M
Kildare, Ireland
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4 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Visited this restaurant last night with my family and we all ordered different fresh fish from the daily special menu. The owner took our orders and we had to wait for 45mins for any food to arrive - even the kids plain bowl of pasta! When we enquired about the delay the owner was incredibly rude and agressive to us!... More 

Thank Lisa_N329
Caren R, Geschäftsführer at Bistro Central, responded to this review

Dear guests, if you order in the bistro central, you will get your meal prepared in an absolute fresh manner. Vegetable, rice, noodles, meat and fish – evreything is done freshly. It is no secret that preparing fresh fish needs about 30 minutes . Further we are always concerned to serve a group of people (here fresh fish was ordered... More 

Salema, Portugal
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76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

This place is fabulous for sitting inside or out. The view is lovely. The food is amazing and really freshly prepared. The staff are very friendly and happy. The sangria is to be recommended.

1 Thank MrsMuldoon

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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, International, Portuguese
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Romantic, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Largo da Liberdade 24, Salema, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Salema
  • Phone Number: 351934194215

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