A guide to the best restaurants in Tavira

Tavira is a down-to-earth locale that embraces the finest traditions of Portugal, and that never rings more true than when you’re enjoying the food. We’ve put together some of our favourite restaurants to help you plan where to dine during holidays to the Algarve.

Make a reservation at Restaurante O Castelo

O Castelo is far and away one of the most popular venues in Tavira. Booking ahead is recommended to take advantage of its plush interior, sumptuous seafood and mouthwatering steaks, as well as to sample that flavourful house wine the locals so love.

Taste tradition at Restaurante Migu's

Pork, beef, chicken, seafood and stews are among the treats in store at Restaurante Migu’s, which utilises homegrown cooking talent. Its warm walls and rich, varnished furniture are modern yet sublime, and the service is swift without skimping on the details.

Savour the spices at Kohinoor Indian Restaurant

The unique flavours of India are always a treat for the senses, and enjoying a holiday to Portugal doesn’t mean you have to go without. From lamb rogan josh to blazing curries and sumptuous samosas, Kohinoor offers a showcase of gastronomic delights well worth your attention.

Say 'bonjour' to La Petite France

La Petite France is ready and waiting to bring some continental flair to your meal. The interior evokes the feeling of old fashioned streetside places in Paris, while the menu offers all manner of delights. The chocolate mousses here are renowned, served in big jars and piled high with cream and temptation.

Catch a fisherman's feast at Vela 2

If you love seafood then head to Vela 2, where the menu specialises in fish dishes of every flavour and description. Seabass, haddock, sardines and salmon grace a menu as rich in options as you’ll ever find, with some vegetarian options for those not after fillets and seafood steaks.

Eat like a local at Restaurante Avenida

Situated on a street corner, the traditional exterior style of Restaurante Avenida gives it away in an instant as a Tavira venue as traditional as they come. Good news, because the rich flavours here evoke home-cooked class – the stews and soups come particularly recommended.

Get a taste of the eccentric at The Food Factory

Just a few seconds is all it takes to learn that The Food Factory isn’t like other restaurants. Kids get a specialised creativity area for drawing, colouring and creating their dream meal, and the menu takes its cues from European and American meals as much as Portuguese classics.

Eat pizza and steak in the sun at Restaurante Dona Ines

Inside the crisp white walls of Restaurante Dona Ines, you’ve got a choice of kebabs, thin and crispy pizzas, pork cutlets and sumptuous steaks. The tables open out onto a patio that basks in the glorious Algarve heat.

Take time for tapas at Pausa

A beautiful little place in one of Tavira’s classic cobbled streets, Pausa is as well known for its tapas and hospitality as its pork cutlets and sirloin steaks. Patatas bravas and fried chicken round off a decently varied menu, and everything is brought to your table by smart and savvy staff.

Bite into barbecued meat at Xicken PiriPiri

The spicy piri piri sauce we’ve come to know and love was first refined in Portugal, and it’s particularly tasty at this venue. If spices aren’t your thing, there’s still plenty to enjoy here. Barbecued ribs, hand-cut chips and plenty of poultry is yours to savour in spacious and welcoming surroundings.