For those of you who dont know, I live near Tavira in the East Algarve and I would like to share my favourite restaurants in my area. If you are coming out this way, please try to stop by and give them a try.
Mariscos & Petiscos - Cabanas. This is a seafood restaurant, which is very good. They actually have two restaurants separated by a courtyard, which is open in the warmer months. One restaurant is the seafood and the other is more fish. The quality is very good, set on the front of Cabanas facing the water, its a very pleasant place to be. Very popular with locals here and from across the border alike. You will find many beach dwellers stopping here for lunch in the summer months. Good selections of wine, very family friendly with children's menu and other dishes aside of seafood and fish. Highly recommended. Average spend €20 per head. They also have a very good value take away offering a good variety of dishes, including steak (picanha), fish and chips and grilled ribs.
Restaurant da Bairrada - Tavira, on the EN125 towards Vila real Sto Antonio. This is another good restaurant, serving the speciality of Leitao or Suckling pig. They also do a good varied menu with good steaks, I recommend the 'Steak on the Stone' (bife de pedra), pork dishes and omelettes, salads etc. Again, another popular restaurant for locals and visitors due to their speciality. They have a nice terrace open in the summer with a small play area for children. Average spend €15 - 18 per head.
Sol da Praia - Conceicao de Tavira. This is our small local restaurant / bar, very typical type of place, popular with locals but increasing frequented by local expats and visitors. The attraction is the food, very good food, that people come from miles around. They offer the typical 'dish of the day' (prato da dia) which includes bread, butter, cheese and olives, a drink, whether it be a beer, house wine, soft drink or water, main course, dessert and coffee, all for €7!! Typical portugese dishes, but very tasty. Childrens portion at a fraction of the price depending on age. They also have another snack menu with sandwiches, burgers etc. Service is good, quality and value is excellent!
So next time you're in the area, give them a try.