Pôr-do-Sol, a restaurant in Alvor (Algarve)

In Alvor, one of the most popular restaurants is Pôr-do-Sol. I go there often with my family.

Clean, with decent food, reasonable prices, and a fantastic staff, the place has been a hit since the eighties, especially among British and German tourists.

Interesting suggestion, Damas. By the way, what does the name mean?

Good question. The restaurant’s name means “sunset” (sol = sun) in Portuguese.

Before or after sunset, come with me now to see the restaurant.

Front of the restaurant in Alvor.


Staff & Atmosphere

People feel a family atmosphere, with a decoration that looks like a dear “grandma’s house.”

The staff is competent, kind, lovely and even funny, talking to the customers and sometimes making them laugh. Cândido, Rui, and other servers become our new friends.

Entrance of the restaurant in Alvor: Pôr-do-Sol.
A restaurant in Alvor with a charming, family atmosphere.
Main room of the restaurant.
Cândido (looking at the camera) is the soul of the restaurant. So is Rui, at the left, cutting a piece of meat.

The staff is one of the best in the Algarve

The food

The proprietors like to keep the kitchen exposed to the clients, allowing everyone to see how clean and organized it is.

Steak and fish come in the most popular meals. And I suppose you will choose fish because fish and seafood are a tradition in the local gastronomy. For example, consider trying the popular cataplana and a part of fried shrimps with garlic and pepper.

Before the main course, do not dare (oh, no!) to ignore the delicious olives they serve, especially the black ones. You know: Portuguese olives are the best in the world, so you can’t miss the opportunity. The taste is even better while we drink the great Portuguese beer — and I recommend Super Bock.

I presume you will enjoy the dessert too. Sometimes, a staff member uses fire to prepare it before the client’s table. The cooking turns out to be a show, and people love to take pictures.

Some customers and the kitchen.
A meal (with shrimps).
One other meal.
Other meal.
Beer and olives.

Damas, what about vegetarians and vegans?

Oh, well. If you are a vegetarian, there will be only two simple options on the menu, and, honestly, they are not good. If you are vegan, there will be no choice. Sadly, restaurants in the Algarve rarely pay attention to this.

Typical in a restaurant in Alvor: Old wine being served.
Ask about old Portuguese wine like this one a Vintage 1980.
The bar.
The bar.

There’s the spirit of Portugal here


Location & Contact

The address is Estrada de Alvor — Vila Marachique. Follow this link to find the restaurant on Google Maps.

Telephone number: +351 282 459 505.

If you’re going to the Algarve in Summer, book a table in advance.

Before you go

Have you ever seen an almond tree? They are abundant in the Algarve, coloring landscapes with white flowers.

There is an almond tree in front of the restaurant, so this is one more chance you can’t miss.

Almond tree.

Have a delightful meal.

» I live in the Algarve (South of Portugal).

» My first fiction books, for young adults, were published in the early 2000s in Portuguese — a time travel adventure and a drama about child adoption, both with thousands of readers. I also wrote books and guides about travel and technology. Screenplays are my greatest passion.

» This blog is the English version of my G.P. DAMAS (Portuguese language, online since 2010). English is not my native language.

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