Faro is the capital of the Algarve, a predominantly tourist area, so you have to be careful that they don't try to bait and switch you or your wallet will suffer. We had good references for this restaurant, but when we arrived we found something much better than we imagined. It's in the centre of Faro, away from the harbour area and very close to the train station. The place is really cozy, decorated like a Portuguese canteen, all in stone and wood. It has two floors, on the main floor the kitchen is on the left and the tables are on the right, then there's a staircase leading to the upper floor with a smaller, more intimate dining area. They offer a long list of daily specials for less than 10 euros and you can also choose dishes from an extensive menu. We decided on two dishes of the day, lamb chops and squid in its own ink, plus almond cake for dessert, beer, soda, bread and coffee for just under 22 euros. The restaurant is frequented by locals for the dish of the day, executives and even people ve opt for takeaway. You should definitely visit this restaurant, it's a safe bet.
The Faro e Benfica seafood restaurant is located at the mouth of the Faro marina. It overlooks the city and bay of Faro, in the Algarve. Their rice and seafood specialty has made its kitchen a landmark in southern Portugal. I recommend having dinner on the terrace overlooking the city and harbour, especially in summer evenings. On the way for bikers travelling to conferences in Faro, it is an annual place of celebration and dates.
Walking through the ancient streets of Faro at lunchtime, after seeing some restaurants and subsequent menus we came across one in which the waiter invited us in very kindly way. This is one of the most original restaurants I have ever seen, it's more or less what we would call a Pizaa-Garden but with a different atmosphere. Despite being very quirky, the décor leaves you very curious. In the back of across a room there is a kind of garden where you can see everything from an old racing bike to an equally ancient coffee grinder to unforgettable movies posters. Great food and exemplary treatment. The star dish as the waiter explained, really lovely, are Monzambique giant prawns with garlic. The meat is a little dry if eaten grilled, but accompanied by a good sauce as in this case, it's delicious. Rice with lobster is one of the best dishes to try. Both the tablecloths and napkins are paper, meaning not any kind of luxury.
The Confraria das Bifanas is a new restaurant specializing in bifanas which is next to the port of Faro, in the rotunda of the Republic Ave. Bifanas are typical Portuguese sandwiches with a slice breaded pork. They offer different menus with different bifanas, chicken or cheese, starting from € 3.50 and special offers where a you can get bifana and a small beer for 2.50 €. Besides the sandwiches, which are very very tasty, you can also choose between different sweets (cakes, baba de camelo/pudding, muffins) and even soup. All products are made by them. A good place to eat a sandwich quickly and at a very cheap price. I visited the bar shortly after it opened, so it I may have been the first Spanish person to buy something here, and the truth is that I was convinced.
We came across this restaurant by chance as everywhere else was closed. This is the restaurant of a hotel and beside it is the bar where you can smoke but they don't serve meals. From the kitchen there is nothing important to mention except the CATAPLANA OF COD, which I have never seen in any menu before. It's pretty well seasoned and at least you can taste the cod, which in other places they put too many spices that you do not have time to do it. In any case it's not worth a visit unless you are forced. It's the kind of place that you take a picture of so you remember not to go back.
Walking through the old town of Faro, we discovered a charming and elegant restaurant very close to the Cathedral. They have all kinds of Portuguese cuisine, and two types of menus at a great price (€11/ €15) to try a bit of everything. We ordered duck with rice, and the famous cod Dourado (both huge plates), and they were delicious and very filling. The menu includes water, also a drink, dessert, and coffee. The treatment was excellent, and Michael was a charming waiter. It is definitely a great place to enjoy the taste of Faro.
This restaurant offers a great meal at reasonable prices. Four people can have lunch for between 35 and 40 euros. The staff gives excellent service. We ate baked pork, one of the highlights of the day, shaved rice and grilled octopus. All were delicious. One downfall though, the waiter brought a small appetizer, which was not ordered, and then they charged us for 6 euros. The place is air-conditioned and is very nice.