Faro has a great variety of local restaurants with delicious Portuguese food. Some are very humble and simple when it comes to décor, but not at all modest in flavor. If you’re looking for sun, fun and good food away from the resorts and main tourist attractions, Faro is certainly the place for you.

    Sadly (or not) Faro is frequently bypassed by visitors on their way to the most popular beaches and resorts. That’s a pity because they’re certainly missing out. Even so, it means that you get to peacefully enjoy this charming cultural city and the irresistible food locals like to eat. This list tries to cover a variety of places offering the traditional seafood dishes this region is well known for, as well as meat and vegan options.


    O Ramos

    Enjoy some of the best grilled fish in town

    O Ramos is a great local restaurant to start your gastronomic journey in Faro, especially if you’re arriving at Faro’s airport just in time for lunch or dinner. You will be only a short 15-minute walk or 5-minute drive away from tasting some of the best-grilled fish dishes in town.

    Ramos has a large dining room and a covered terrace that you can enjoy all year round. The aesthetic and the service are very simple and modest but you’re sure to find the true flavors of the Algarve region, with incredibly fresh fish grilled to perfection. Try the grilled golden fish – or another fish of your choice – served with baked potatos and a refreshing traditional tomato salad, salada montanheira. If you’re not a seafood lover, you’ll still find great meat options on the menu.

    Location: Rua Prof. Dr. Egas Moniz 179, 8005-277 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Daily from 10am to 4pm and from 7pm to 11.30pm

    Phone: +351 289 818 481

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    A Tasca Do João

    Take a seat and enjoy the restaurant’s large tapas menu

    Tasca do João is all about showcasing the regional products and flavors in a tapas-style menu. Located in a quiet square in downtown Faro, the restaurant has a discrete entrance that hides an amazing interior, with a cozy and intimate atmosphere. The décor is very well thought out with plenty of traditional-style furniture resembling an authentic Portuguese home, but with a modern twist and eye-catching pops of color.

    Make sure you go in with an empty stomach and a large appetite because there are almost 30 tasty options to try on the menu. You will not be disappointed with the octopus salad, the mackerel toast or the black pork strips with garlic, just to name a few. You’ll also find an exceptional wine list with some of the best Portuguese wines.

    Location: Largo do Pé da Cruz n.27, 8100-154 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 6.30pm to 11pm

    Phone: +351 964 992 414

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    Os Manos

    Try a variety of fish from the region skilfully grilled on charcoal

    Os Manos is a local favorite in Faro for its fish and meat grilled on charcoal dishes. The restaurant is away from the city center, but well worth the trip. Due to its location, the restaurant is usually not crowded with tourists and is a great spot to enjoy an authentic Portuguese dining experience.

    The star of the menu is the fish mix, an “all you can eat” option where you can try the different fish available on that day. The fish is grilled and served straight to your table by the cook himself still sizzling. The restaurant is very close to the airport so you might want to stop by on your way for a comforting meal before or after traveling.

    Location: Rua Prof. Dr. Egas Moniz 94, Faro, Portugal

    Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 11pm

    Phone: +351 289 817 335

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    O Alminhas

    Step in to enjoy an authentic Portuguese dining experience

    O Alminhas has a lot to offer food-wise and you will hardly find a more authentic Portuguese spot than this. Don't be deceived by the modest look and the sign at the entrance saying O Alminhas – Snack Bar and Take Away. The host is well known for his fun and entertaining reception and the place is frequented mostly by local people.

    At O Alminhas you can find a variety of grilled fish, such as sardines served with baked potatos and tomato salad. You’ll also find several grilled meat options like steaks or pork chops, as well as other traditional Portuguese stews and soups. The taste is guaranteed and at very affordable prices. Located in the city center, this is a place you don’t want to miss if you are looking for a truly local experience.

    Location: Rua do Alportel 46, 8000-129 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Daily from 12pm to 11pm

    Phone: +351 968 593 125

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    Cidade Velha

    Explore Faro Old Town and indulge in some local food

    Cidade Velha is the place to go for some local food and much-needed rest, after exploring Faro’s charming Old Town. Set right next to the city’s main cathedral, this restaurant is a calm, modern and welcoming place to try some of the region’s best flavors alongside some international cuisine options.

    Faro’s traditional food revolves a lot around seafood, mainly fish, shellfish and molluscs, and Cidade Velha is no exception when it comes to showcasing the region’s best products. Try the seafood rice with lobster, fried shrimp with garlic or a fish cataplana (fish casserole dish) and you’ll understand what we are talking about. The many steak options and the pork loin won’t also disappoint meat lovers.

    Location: Largo da Sé 11, 8000-138 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9am to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +351 289 827 145

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    Restaurante XIC

    Try the francesinha – loved in Portugal from north to south

    Restaurante XIC is a traditional Portuguese cuisine restaurant and a local favorite in Faro’s city center. Though it has many fish and meat options, packed full of regional products and flavor, this restaurant is famous for its francesinha, a meat sandwich stuffed with fresh sausage, ham, steak or roasted meat and covered with gooey melted cheese, a fried egg and hot and spicy tomato sauce. While originally from the North, the francesinha is loved throughout Portugal and locals say that XIC has the best one in Faro. There’s also a tuna and vegetarian option if you don’t fancy the original meat option.

    Try and save some room (not easy, but possible) and taste one of the many traditional Portuguese desserts the restaurant has to offer, like the bolo de bolacha (a traditional wafer cake) or farófias com ovos moles (similar to a meringue with a sweet egg cream).

    Location: Rua Dr. Cândido Guerreiro 44, 8000-151 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Thursday–Monday from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm, Wednesday from 7pm to 11pm

    Phone: +351 910 909 950

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    Tertulia Algarvia

    Where you can eat, learn how to cook and buy local food

    Tertulia Algarvia is discreetly inserted in a sunny square in the old town. It doesn't only serve delicious traditional dishes made with regional products but also teaches how to make them and even sells them in its own store. This restaurant, café, and shop offers workshops, exhibitions, performances and more – always focused on promoting Algarve´s culture and traditions.

    Sit outside enjoying the sun or head up the spiral stairs that lead to the restaurant to enjoy local specialties such as octopus cataplana (a traditional casserole dish), mackerel fillets with Mediterranean spices or a variety of molluscs from the Ria Formosa. There are also excellent meat and vegetarian options to try if you’re not in the mood for fish.

    Location: Praça Dom Afonso III 15, 8000-167 Faro

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 10am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am to midnight

    Phone: +351 289 821 044

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    Álef Burger Bar

    Hearty meals in the narrow streets of downtown Faro

    Álef Burger Bar is a great local spot in Faro when you want to take a break from traditional cuisine and eat a juicy, tasty burger. This burger bar is small and cozy, with modern and simple décor, but it’s never too crowded and noisy. The menu is not extensive but includes several hamburgers and a vegetarian burger option, all served with irresistible crispy chips. It’s popular with Faro locals for a hearty meal.

    Despite being located in downtown Faro and very well known, this restaurant is set in a very narrow street where it easily goes unnoticed. Keep your eyes open because you will not regret finding this place.

    Location: Rua do Compromisso N1, 8000-252 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 6pm to 11pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +351 925 162 757

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    A motorcycle club-turned-restaurant

    At Bocaxeia restaurant you can eat a variety of fresh fish, perfectly grilled, at a very affordable price. Quality and good price don’t always go hand in hand, but in Faro sometimes they do. The restaurant Bocaxeia has a menu option where you can eat different types of grilled fishes, “all you can eat” style, for about €10.

    The grill is one of the first things you see, placed outside of the restaurant. Inside you’ll find a showcase of fresh fish. The fish available depends on what fisherman catch each day – sardines, sea bass or golden fish, to name a few. You might not always find what you want but the quality is guaranteed and it’s as local and traditional as it can be.

    Location: Rua do Alportel 328, 8005, 8005-448 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 10am to 10pm, Sunday from 10am to 3pm

    Phone: +351 289 802 213

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    Outro Lado

    A pop of color in Downtown faro and on your plate

    Outro Lado is the local place to go in Faro when it comes to vegan options. In a land of Mediterranean cuisine, quality regional produce is mandatory, and you’ll find the freshest ingredients mainly from the region at Outro Lado. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner. For lunch, there are always 3 options available, one of them gluten-free.

    Located in a narrow street downtown, in what almost looks like an abandoned alley brought to life through the colors of graffiti on the walls, it’s safe to say that you’ll easily find this restaurant. It’s almost impossible not to be captivated by the bright blue and purple facade that certainly adds character to the space.

    Location: Tv. da Madalena 6, 8000-461 Faro, Portugal

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 12.30pm to 3pm, Thursday–Saturday from 12.30pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 10pm

    Phone: +351 911 000 359

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    Anabela Peixoto | Contributing Writer

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