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Grand Cafe Penha D'Aguia
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Ranked #383 of 710 Restaurants in Funchal
Price range: USD 1 - USD 137
Description: Penha D'Aguia Grand Cafe was influenced by all the Grand Cafes that can be found all around Europe, within the main capitals. This venue offers a wide range of services. With its typical cafe concept, it also has its fine dining section that grands visitors a unique Madeirean Experience.
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Description: Penha D'Aguia Grand Cafe was influenced by all the Grand Cafes that can be found all around Europe, within the main capitals. This venue offers a wide range of services. With its typical cafe concept, it also has its fine dining section that grands visitors a unique Madeirean Experience.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We are fans of this popular, long-established Madeira business which has a number of outlets in Funchal and so successful that it needed to move its friendly patisserie and coffee shop on Rua d’Adjuda to much larger premises along the street a few months ago, so we were delighted to learn that they were expanding in downtown Funchal.
The location is great. It’s on the seafront, a stroll from the harbour and close to the Se (Cathedral). The shop fitting and furnishings are elegant and the facilities are superb. We have visited four times since we found it (which took some doing actually, as research online to track it down kept taking us to ancient postings about a completely different cafe at a different address which closed years ago under unfortunate circumstances). I hope this has not adversely affected Grand Cafe Penha d’Aguia’s early months of trading at the new Avenida do Mar site and that the unfortunate misdirection has now been sorted out.

We did find it however and discovered that the staff are friendly, the chef is good and the food is great. I don’t eat meat but that hasn’t been a problem. My partner and I both had the delicious mushroom risotto one day and on other visits I had fish (Dorada I believe) and he selected from the varied meat dishes on offer - with wine and beer needless to say.
We took friends alighting a cruise ship for a strengthening coffee and Pastel de Nata (a traditional Portuguese custard tart) en route to the cable car one morning which was delightful. I haven’t mentioned the fantastic ice cream selection on display yet, nor that the Grand Cafe develops into a more sophisticated venue as the day progresses and the cocktail bar comes into its own.
So it’s all good stuff, with people-watching, a view of the ocean, pleasure boats and cruise ships. I could do without the taxi rank, but people have to make a living don’t they?

1  Thank Williamwickham
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a very pleasant gourmet dinner at the cafe. The chef outdid himself, some of the portions being very large. Everythig we ordered was tasty and excellently cooked. At the end they surprised us with a cake for the birthday girls.

1  Thank Lucia B
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

I've had to give this stunning new cafe on the seafront a 4 star rating as I can't give it a 5. It truly deserves a 4.9. From the outside it looks the same as many other pavement cafes in Funchal but venture inside and both the decor and the service are stunning. We had the set lunch at 9.5euros which was lovely. We each had a different cocktails which were amazing. The only reasons for the non 5 star rating are that they do not serve the local beer on draught...WHY NOT?????? and also that I'm not a fan of the staff sitting down to eat in the same area as the guests..... Will revisit for sure next time

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1  Thank therunners055
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Visited most days just for a beer of two and to sit and relax watching the world go by...Some very polite staff waiting on inside and out serving a massive selection of drinks in style. The olives given complimentary with the beers are exquisite. The place is spotlessly clean both inside and out and tables are soon cleared once customers leave, very well worth a visit but the draught beers ate just basic European types readily available world wide do ask for local beer even though that is only available in bottles but is very good

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1  Thank anthony r
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

A beautiful new Cafe. The interior is exquisite. It's a pity the ambience and menu did not live up to our expectations. The menu is very limited. The staff are still finding their feet, as it has not been opened long. You get different information from different staff. The most disappointing thing is the horrendous music that was playing while we were hoping to have a relaxing drink. Digital drum beats with no real rhythm. It sounded like a washing machine that is not working correctly. The awful music spoiled our second visit. Our first visit was disappointing as we arrived early for a breakfast but there was nothing on the menu that we could choose.

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Thank Joycehird
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