This is the English version of my blog GDAMAS (Portuguese language, online since 2010). I'm still working on it. English is not my native language.
If you’re looking for a restaurant in Alvor, drive your attention to Pôr-do-Sol. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in the Algarve, and I go there often with my family.
Spotless, with delicious food, reasonable prices and an aaaaaamazing staff, the place is a hit especially among British and German tourists since the 80s.
Interesting suggestion, Damas. By the way, what does the name mean?
Good question. The name of the restaurant means “sunset” in Portuguese (sol = sun). They cleverly chose this name because the Algarve is famous for delighting tourists with splendid sunsets.
No matter if it’s before or after sunset, come with me now to see the restaurant.
Staff & Atmosphere
People feel home there, in a family atmosphere that looks like a dear “grandma’s house.”
The staff is more than amazing: They are competent, kind, lovely and even funny, talking to the customers and sometimes making them laugh. Cândido, Rui, and other servers become our new friends.
For all of this, Pôr-do-Sol proudly keeps a high customer loyalty. Tourists who come to Alvor every year usually book tables in restaurants for the next trip while they’re still in the city, and Pôr-do-Sol is no exception. I hear things like “Hey, we’re in October and will be back to Alvor next April, so book a table for me again, please.”
The proprietors like to keep the kitchen exposed to the clients, allowing everyone to see how clean and organized it is.
Steaks and fishes 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 also a portion of fried shrimps with garlic and pepper.
But, 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 fabulous Portuguese beer — and I recommend Super Bock.
I presume you will enjoy the dessert too. They prepare some of them in front of the client’s table, using fire. The cooking turns to be a show, and people love to take pictures.
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, even worse, you are a vegan, there will be no choice. Sadly, restaurants in the Algarve rarely pay attention to this.
Location & Contact
The address is Estrada de Alvor — Vila Marachique. Follow this link to find the restaurant on Google Maps.
The telephone number is +351 282 459 505. Especially if you’re going to the Algarve in Summer, it’s important to 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 at some times of the year.
There is an almond tree in front of the restaurant, so this is one more chance you can’t miss.
Have a delightful meal.