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“Excellent seafood”

Restaurante Cidade Velha
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Ranked #82 of 735 Restaurants in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Stylish understated restaurant in an attractive building at the far end of the Old Town. The seafood was excellent and we enjoyed the local delicacy scabbard fish along with the seafood kebab both of which were of the highest quality. The home made desserts shouldn't be missed either. With friendly but unobtrusive staff and offering good value for money, the Cidade Velha is well worth the few minutes extra walk through the Old Town. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Visited this place three times over our week long stay. We had such a good experience. The staff were great, even on the busiest occasion when they were literally running to make sure everyone got served. We ended up having 3 courses on every visit because everything was so tasty!

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Thank Joe R
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Excellent food-great stuff, very close to "the forte".
We are traveling a lot, but this place is just AMAIZING! They even accomodate food outside the menu! Go and enjoy!

Thank Claudio V
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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We visited this restaurant on the 12th of April 2017, what a fantastic meal and service we had, could not fault anything and trust me I tried, service was sublime and just attentive enough not to be Intrusive, the food was absolutely divine and we enjoyed every course, just enough food to feel just right, would not hesitate to recommend to anyone staying in or around Funchal to make a point of going there.

Thank Andysutch
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

We had a recommendation for this restaurant from our Travel Rep so had high hopes, sadly it was not the greatest experience.
Saved this restaurant till our second to last night and it turned out to be a bit of a disappointment.
We booked the table well in advance 3 days earlier and were asked which table we would like, so we chose one in the window behind the glass as I feel cold very easily,
Imagine our surprise to find someone already sitting there when we arrived !!Embarrassing !! and not the best start and no real apology from the staff either just asked to choose another table ?
So we chose a table to sit towards the back of the restaurant - bad move as all we heard throughout our meal was constant barking between the chefs & bells for service when food was ready and no staff to collect it !
The food we had was ok but just ok I had Prawn Cocktail- 3 ! prawns and Lots of garnish, hubby had calamari and again lots of garnish, which looks very pretty but would have preferred a bit more of what your paying for.

There was a long wait for mains,why I don't know as they were not busy ?
We chose Chateaubriand to share which we asked for med rare,our vegetables of the day were placed in front of us, and the waitress then set up the flambe station to finish our steak with the spirits- she started carving the steak and it was too rare for me, so she took it away to the kitchen to be cooked a little more. Whilst it was getting recooked my plate, with vegetables on was left to get cold in front of me ??!! Then to add insult to injury the steak came back well over done to eat with my cold veg !

By now we are just wanting to bring the evening to a close feeling totally let down by the whole experience. So we paid the bill, which took ages to get ( couldnt find anyone to ask) and left.

Maybe if there were a few more waiting staff it might have been a different story as they just didn't seem to cope, and they were not that busy, heaven only knows what its like when it is !!
Im not normally in the habit of leaving negative reviews but this was the worst meal/eve of our 10 night holiday.

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Thank vampy53
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