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Leonardo Cafe Italian Restaurant

Traversa Pousada 22 | Ihla Do Sal, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal 4111, Cape Verde
+238 981 00 57
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good32%
  • Average16%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (48 reviews)
“tiramisu” (13 reviews)
“fillet steak” (8 reviews)
Opens in 22 min
All hours
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Traversa Pousada 22 | Ihla Do Sal, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal 4111, Cape Verde
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Leonardo Cafe Italian Restaurant
1. Amazing place to eat!!
"Excellent meals from all of us, starters were amazing"
Harry M
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2. Italian food 100%
"Popular eating house with many tables outside .Prebooking advisable"
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3. Dessert and wind from Italy
"The restaurant was very beautifully decorated with a large picture"
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1 - 10 of 259 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Came here for our last night, for a change from hotel food. Food is highly overpriced. €2.50 for a coke is ridiculous. The service is slow, we waited about 10 minutes just to order drinks. We both ordered fillet steak. One well done & one...More

Thank LDandAS
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Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Visited twice on our stay once on the first floor open topped dining are and once downstairs. Lovely place for a couple or a family. Brilliant food with fish and meat quite fresh. Try something other than a boring old pizza there's so much to...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 3 days ago

We got dragged of the street to go here by a really nice chap. Surprised they were employing these guys as restaurant was rammed anyway. Got shown to a really nice table and our waiter was very attentive and served our food and drink very...More

Thank DavePChelt
Reviewed 5 days ago

We decided to eat here one evening. We were taken to the top floor for our table and it was like an outside/inside terrace. It was really nice surroundings and you could see the stars from your table. We both had a pizza, which was...More

Thank mcink
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice Italian restaurant but also the most expensive place we ate at in Sal. The mood lighting and juxtaposition of the fancy restaurant next to a common pathway with locals carrying the days fish past does add to its charm. Don't get the house...More

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Leonardo is a hidden gem in Santa Maria with great pasta dishes and nice staff. Make sure you get a table up the stairs and outside. Simple a great dinner experience!

Thank Frida R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lasagne was the Chef’s recommendation. Well, it was no higher than 1cm & hard round the edges like it had been plated up & microwaved. The white wine was rather disgusting - even the 2 women who were next to us baulked & said no...More

Thank ALISON d
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the food. The Tiramisu is highly recommended. The waiters were pretty fast, but not in a annoying way.

Thank Niek V
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

A typical Italian restaurant. Had an ok pasta dish, but their pizza was awfull. One from the staff was laughing when she gave me wrong drink. Further the waitress was Rude and arrogant, not even an 'hello' when we got there , we were neither...More

Thank Kund2528
Reviewed 1 September 2017

If you enjoy Italian food Leonardos is a great find, hidden down a little side street on the main strip this restaurant is decievingly big, with lots of space inside and out for diners. We chose to sit in the roof garden which provided a...More

Thank Kelly B
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Response from Leonardocafe | Property representative |
Good evening to all the people that wrote about the feedback ok mr o ms Nannalynne. Thanks a lot for a good feedback and we respect also the bad feedback and the comparison with Basil Fawlty...sit com very famous.....like... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 18
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Traversa Pousada 22 | Ihla Do Sal, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal 4111, Cape Verde
  • Location: Africa  >  Cape Verde  >  Ilha do Sal  >  Santa Maria
  • Phone Number: +238 981 00 57
  • E-mail
Chic and comfortable, the Leonardo Cafe can give its customers the taste the flavor of "made in Italy". Located in the center of Santa Maria a few steps from the sea, you'll enjoyintimate and relaxing atmosphere for lunch and dinner, with a wide range of wines. With these words Leonardo da Vinci referred to his hometown and to the areas on the hills of Montalbano where the land yields genuine products and good will.Here, where hills, villages, priories, villas and farmhouses are surroundedby vineyards and olive groves, the presence of the Great Genius can still be felt.
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