O Barão or "The Baron" is a restaurant that makes you feel as if you are eating at home with mom or dad as the cook. The place is so cozy and simple, this family owned kitchen adheres to the precepts of the 'Slow Food' movement without regard for anything hastily prepared or served. There really isn't a menu, you have to ask what is in season and fresh, but if you ask for the cataplana, you will not regret it. The Portuguese cataplana is both the utensil (special copper cookware) and the recipe itself, which consists of shrimp, sausage, white wine, onions, clams, tomatoes and a few fisherman's secrets. Served with the crisp white wine varietal in the country called Alvarinho, dinner doesn't get any better.
This small and somewhat inconspicuous building has been a meeting place for many poets, writers and literary greats since its construction in 1930. Known as the Parlamento do Povo, or People's Parliament, the cafe also served as a revolutionary hotbed of sedition and most artists witnessed the turbulence of literary subjugation while the authoritarian Salazar regime was in power. Today, it is considered one of the oldest cafes in the city of Faro and a visit before meandering through the old city makes it a good choice.
Part of the luxurious Vila Joya resort, this restaurant takes patrons on a flavorful sojourn of Portugal. Veteran chef Dieter Koschina presents a harmonious mix of traditional and modern in his diverse menu offerings. The menu is heavy on seafood specialties, with the smoked wild salmon deserving a special mention. The restaurant's wine cellar offers an exhaustive selection of wines. Book a space at the coveted chef's table for a showcase of the chef's skills. Gaining two Michelin stars and a spot in the coveted list of the world's 50 best restaurants, Vila Joya is a must-visit when in the region.
Ruina is, without a doubt, the best known restaurant in the Albufeira region. Located on the edge of a cliff, it is easily seen from the beach. The traditional decor and the excellent service complement the menu's typical Algarve cuisine.
Since it opened its shutters in 1960, Restaurante Brasilia has been pleasing its patrons with its delicious home cooked food. The fish dishes from the menu are much recommended along with the desserts that are popular favorites. The Grandma's pudding and home made almond pie are true delights. The service here is very warm and the ambiance filled with ardent food connoisseurs. So come here for that humble experience.