There are a surprising number of excellent restaurants in the area.
Restaurante Avenida: In downtown São Brás de Alportel. Local Portuguese kitchen with a large menu and good food. An interesting mix of locals and tourists. The house wine is both inexpensive and delicious. The staff speak a bit of French and English.
Luis dos Frangos: In downtown São Brás de Alportel. Local Portuguese kitchen, specialised in charcoal barbecue-grilled chicken. Be sure to taste the squid à la casa.
Sabores do Campo: Northwest of São Brás de Alportel, just outside the city centre. Nice restaurant with a lounge and fireplace (winter). Limited menu with exquisite Portuguese and international dishes, and a delicious house wine. The staff are friendly and they speak English.
Ysconderijo: Small and intimate restaurant, located in the old center of São Brás. More formal and modern surroundings. Exquisite Portuguese fusion cuisine featuring fresh fish and meat and loads of vegetables. Famous for its huge Tomahawk de vitela (Côte à l’os).
Restaurante Leonel e Filhos: Along the road to Loulé, before entering Loulé’s city centre. This Churrasqueria (speciality: chicken) almost seems like a cafeteria, but the atmosphere is great, the place is usually completely full and the food is both inexpensive and extremely delicious.
Lagar da Mesquita: In downtown Mesquite Baixa (take a right on the N270 road to Tavira), in a truly stunning old olive press building. Superb dining areas and food. Refined and very tasty. Friendly staff and an extensive Portuguese wine list. They speak French and English.
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