Where to Eat on Madeira

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Kampo

The stylish Kampo serves consistently good food, most of it locally sourced and plated with contemporary flair. Portuguese chef-patron Júlio Pereira’s Kampo menus were so in demand that he opened a sister restaurant, the nearby Akua (below), where it’s almost impossible to get a table on the weekend. If you like watching the kitchen brigade in action, book a table at the bar, where you’ll get a cooking lesson in addition to a great meal. 

Address

Rùa do Sabão 6, 9000-058 Funchal

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Akua

Chef Júlio Pereira’s Akua is a great spot to sit outside and feast on fresh tuna caught just hours before, served up in the form of a fantastic tuna tataki. Last time we ate there, a local fisherman brought in his catch and received in return a slap-up dinner at a neighbouring table to ours. Vegetarian and meat options are every bit as good as the seafood and fish, and desserts worth leaving room for.

Address

Rùa Dos Murcas 6, 9000-058 Funchal

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Belmond Reid´s Palace

Flit from cocktails and tapas on the hotel’s famous marble-chequered terrace to a gourmet dinner at the Michelin-starred William, or chill out over finely tuned Italian favourites at Villa Cipriani. A fabulous breakfast is served daily down by the pool (non-guests welcome), while lunch can be spent people-watching poolside, attempting to spot the famous faces hiding behind huge sunglasses and hats. The real showstopper at Reid’s Palace, however, is the afternoon tea, where the dainty chairs are are made of wicker and sweet, bite-sized morsels are served on fancy cake stands, the champagne flows freely, and guests can enjoy the same glittering island views appreciated by Churchill when he visited.

Address

Estrada Monumental 139, 9000-098 Funchal

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Avista

Celebrating the win of a second Michelin star this year, Benoît Sinthon has blossomed into one of the best chefs in Portugal. He brings a light-hearted version of his Il Gallo d’Oro menu to Avista, sometimes with show-cooking in the gardens. The salt-baked fish is divine, as is the French spin he gives to local dishes. Book a seafront table on the terrace’s periphery when the weather is good, so you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the tropical gardens, cliffs and ocean below.

Address

Estrada Monumental 145, 9004-532 Funchal

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Lá Ao Fundo

Located beside the historic fortress of São Tiago, which was built in 1614 to protect the island from pirates, Lá Ao Fundo serves up the creations of talented head chef Jaime Cruz. Taking inspiration from his Indo-Portuguese heritage, his fusion menu is a flavour sensation. The menu ranges from steak cooked and dramatically served on volcanic stone, to curries cooked to his family’s secret recipe. Sit outside if you can, and watch the world going by while you linger over your meal.

Address

Rùa Portão de São Tiago 17A, 9060-250 Funchal

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Gavião Novo

Set on the history-rich Rua de Santa Maria, the buzzy restaurant mecca of the old town, this is a tried-and-tested local favourite where you can enjoy traditional Madeiran recipes in a cosy setting. Just be careful not to bang your head on the century-old stone arches inside: the interior is petite, as is the outdoor patio, so book ahead to be sure of a seat. We love the octopus carpaccio, fish soup and lobster rice, the last of which has to be ordered in advance. 

Address

Rùa de Santa Maria 131, 9060-291 Funchal

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Kampo

The stylish Kampo serves consistently good food, most of it locally sourced and plated with contemporary flair. Portuguese chef-patron Júlio Pereira’s Kampo menus were so in demand that he opened a sister restaurant, the nearby Akua (below), where it’s almost impossible to get a table on the weekend. If you like watching the kitchen brigade in action, book a table at the bar, where you’ll get a cooking lesson in addition to a great meal. 

Address

Rùa do Sabão 6, 9000-058 Funchal

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Akua

Chef Júlio Pereira’s Akua is a great spot to sit outside and feast on fresh tuna caught just hours before, served up in the form of a fantastic tuna tataki. Last time we ate there, a local fisherman brought in his catch and received in return a slap-up dinner at a neighbouring table to ours. Vegetarian and meat options are every bit as good as the seafood and fish, and desserts worth leaving room for.

Address

Rùa Dos Murcas 6, 9000-058 Funchal

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Avista

Celebrating the win of a second Michelin star this year, Benoît Sinthon has blossomed into one of the best chefs in Portugal. He brings a light-hearted version of his Il Gallo d’Oro menu to Avista, sometimes with show-cooking in the gardens. The salt-baked fish is divine, as is the French spin he gives to local dishes. Book a seafront table on the terrace’s periphery when the weather is good, so you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the tropical gardens, cliffs and ocean below.

Address

Estrada Monumental 145, 9004-532 Funchal

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Lá Ao Fundo

Located beside the historic fortress of São Tiago, which was built in 1614 to protect the island from pirates, Lá Ao Fundo serves up the creations of talented head chef Jaime Cruz. Taking inspiration from his Indo-Portuguese heritage, his fusion menu is a flavour sensation. The menu ranges from steak cooked and dramatically served on volcanic stone, to curries cooked to his family’s secret recipe. Sit outside if you can, and watch the world going by while you linger over your meal.

Address

Rùa Portão de São Tiago 17A, 9060-250 Funchal

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Gavião Novo

Set on the history-rich Rua de Santa Maria, the buzzy restaurant mecca of the old town, this is a tried-and-tested local favourite where you can enjoy traditional Madeiran recipes in a cosy setting. Just be careful not to bang your head on the century-old stone arches inside: the interior is petite, as is the outdoor patio, so book ahead to be sure of a seat. We love the octopus carpaccio, fish soup and lobster rice, the last of which has to be ordered in advance. 

Address

Rùa de Santa Maria 131, 9060-291 Funchal

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Atlantic 

Location is key here, this being one of only a few restaurants in Funchal to have a terrace with sea views that isn’t housed within a hotel. Although it’s owned by the local members-only sports club, Clube de Turismo, the restaurant welcomes everyone. Lunch and dinner menus feature well-executed international dishes including the likes of Café de Paris steak and black-ink seafood linguini. The venue is in high demand at weekends, so seafront tables are best booked well in advance.

Address

Estrada Monumental 179, 9000-100 Funchal

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Doca do Cavacas

Doca do Cavacas ticks all the best Madeira-dining boxes, offering a seafront location high above the beach, views over the natural rock pools and fishermen’s huts below and an authentic offering of seafood and fish fresh from the boat. Service is efficient, decor simple and the dishes a joy to behold. Dining alfresco is best: arrive before sunset to watch the orange-red sun sink slowly behind Cape Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe, and second highest in the world. 

Address

Rùa da Ponta da Cruz 66, 9000-250 Funchal

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Abrigo do Pastor

Located in the centre of the island, on the road from Camacha up to Arieiro mountain, this mountain lodge is adorned with hunting trophies and, in the winter months, has roaring log fires. The menu features hearty Portuguese dishes – everyone loves the leitão (roast piglet), traditional espetada (beef on skewers) and filling mountain soups. Sunday lunches are very popular with the locals, as are weekend dinners, so book ahead or risk a long, hungry journey back. 

Address

Estrada das Carreiras, 9125-080 Camacha

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Santo da Serra Golf Club Restaurant

This is a good option for a pit-stop when driving around the island, thanks to its beautiful countryside setting. Set in a mountain village called Santo da Serra, visitors are very welcome and can have lunch on the terrace or clubhouse of the prestigious golf course, host to over 20 European Tour golf events. The far-ranging views over the Deserta Islands, Machico valley and sea are unforgettable. Restaurant favourites include the prego on bolo do caco (steak on local bread) and mountain soups. If you’re only stopping for a coffee, try the homemade black cake, which is legendary. 

Address

Santo António da Serra, 9200-152 Machico