Machico Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Machico

March 23, 2018 Stefan Strunk

Discover the best restaurant in Machico, Portugal including White Waters, Marisqueira O Pescador, Restaurante Mercado Velho, O Casco, O Goncalves, Restaurante Lily's, O Piquinho Restaurante & Churrascaria, MareAlta Peixe & Mariscos, O Gala, Gelati Machico
Things to do in Machico

1. White Waters

Praceta 25 de Abril 34, Machico, Madeira 9200-084, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Portuguese, Seafood, Mediterranean, European Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +351 291 969 380
Excellent
50%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
10%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

White Waters

This is a hotel or rooms with a restaurant attached in the centre of Machico in Madeira situated on the little roundabout with a Fountain in the middle.

Reviewed By Foxylinz - Rochester, United Kingdom

Like others, we went to Machico for the day prior to our evening flight home. We are at the White Waters because my husband wanted to check it out in case we return and stay in Machico. Our overall impression was of a modern, light, clean and bright hotel. The restaurant fronts onto a busy little road, and they had the patio doors open, so there was noise from the passing traffic, but it did not detract from the ambience, which was relaxed. We had lunch there and our meals (one 'catch of the day' and one medallion with cheese and Madeira wine) were simple but well cooked. The veg were good and my rice was done perfectly - no stickiness. We had beer because we were possibly driving after the flight and wine might have been too much. We liked what we saw (their toilets were the cleanest we found anywhere) and are considering a stay here when we next return to Madeira.

2. Marisqueira O Pescador

Caminho do Cais, Machico, Madeira 9200-107, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +351 291 966 022
Excellent
37%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
10%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 180 reviews

Marisqueira O Pescador

Reviewed By What85

Not really knowing what was what on our first night out here this restaurant was nice and easy to find being on the Seafront. We thoroughly enjoyed the garlic butter on traditional bread to start and then had lovely meals of Lasagne and Grilled Squid. Would recommend this restaurant.

3. Restaurante Mercado Velho

Rua General Antonio Teixeira de Aguiar 2, Machico, Madeira 9200-094, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Portuguese, Mediterranean, European Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$141 +351 962 574 102
Excellent
26%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
12%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 105 reviews

Restaurante Mercado Velho

Reviewed By Wopstrop

Arrived here at about 12.45 and were sat down quickly. After about 20 mins I started to wonder how long is long enough to wait to be asked what we wanted to drink let alone what we wanted to eat.
After 30 mins I went into the bar and ordered some drinks
Then waited another 20 minutes for a large bottle of water and soft drinks.
Eventually the drinks arrived, and our order was taken.
By now nearly 45 mins passed. All while local people are being served drinks and food who arrived after us!
Then after another half hour, we were told that the gas had gone in kitchen and no food would be out for at least half an hour!
If we had been served as quickly as the locals we would have been out by now.
paid for drinks and left. Went to a nice little place next door call O Gala, which was excellent and much cheaper and far more friendly and attentive.

4. O Casco

Rua Ribeirinho 2, Machico, Madeira 9200-102, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Bar, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night +351 291 962 150
Excellent
55%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 285 reviews

O Casco

Restaurant large , rustic and welcoming, serving regional cuisine . It offers a nice covered Terrace .

Reviewed By Emma M

The traditional beef skewer is wonderful, comes hanging on a huge skewer with plenty of accompaniments and has loads of flavour. There’s a good selection of reasonably priced wines too. The dessert menu didn’t look exciting compared to neighbouring restaurants but I was too full...MoreMuito obrigado! Pela sua avaliação

5. O Goncalves

Rua Ribeirinho | Au bout de la rue vers la plage, Machico, Madeira 9200-102, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol European, Portuguese, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +351 291 966 606
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

O Goncalves

Reviewed By pollyposhpup - Birmingham, UK

Passing by this restaurant on our way to the village centre, we promised ourselves we would visit before we left. In fact what we should have done is try this first, but then we probably wouldn't have gone anywhere else.....Our host, Goncalves was attentive and was generous with his advice regarding the menu which was much appreciated. The usual olives etc arrived at our table without asking. The wine was chilled to perfection and our meals arrived in good time. Our plates were overflowing and I struggled to finish, but I did...... This was probably the only restaurant that offered anything other than the typical menu. As I said, we left there on our last night thinking 'Why didn't we go there at the start of our 2 weeks'. Yummy.

6. Restaurante Lily's

Estrada D. Manuel I, 170 | Caramanchao, Machico, Madeira 9200-143, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Soups, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$63 - HK$126 +351 291 964 014
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 710 reviews

Restaurante Lily's

we are on the way to Portela after the church, of Caramanchao on a bend on the right hand side on the way up, a pink buildind, and we also have car spaces under the building, please find us,we thank you.We are closed on Mondays, please make us a visit from Tuesday to sundayGPSLatitude: 32°43'50.19"NLongitude: 16°47'14.38"W

Reviewed By Margaret1917 - Devizes, United Kingdom

We think this is the best restaurant in Madeira. Lily herself warmly welcomes you; the menu is interesting and varied, the food is great and the prices are good. We particularly like the roast lamb on Sundays! It is a family business with Lily's husband...MoreThank you very much for your comment, is always a pleasure to have you around all, thank you very very much.

7. O Piquinho Restaurante & Churrascaria

Rua Sao Jose 2 | Sitio do Piquinho, Machico, Madeira 9200-120, Portugal Reservations European, Portuguese, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner +351 291 967 130
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

O Piquinho Restaurante & Churrascaria

Reviewed By KilburnKitty

We had a wonderful dinner here on Good Friday, a day when locals were eating fish and so the place was empty but for one other tourist couple. We were extremely well looked after by the friendly Joseph (who is ex cruise industry) and his kitchen staff, who were together nailed the art of being helpful without hovering.
My companion chose the recommended Madeira meat speciality which is a succulent espetada, which seems to be made of large chunks of beef rubbed in garlic and salt and possibly other spices. It was served hanging from a frame which was fixed to the table and it was absolutely delicious. I was in a mood for steak as well, so I tried another option. I'm not altogether sure what it was called - something like 'steak cup' in the English menu, which didn't make much sense to me. It's really fun - they bring the grilled meat to you on a skewer and slice it over your plate. You take a pair of tongs on the table and lift the meat to your plate as they slice it - it's up to you how rare you like your slices to be. Back the meat goes to the grill and they bring it back when it's sufficiently cooked, and so it goes until either you've eaten every last morsel or they take pity on you! I had black beans, salad and fries as sides and I was absolutely chocka full by the end of the evening. The whole bill for the two of us, including mains with sides and a large beer each was less than 35 euros - we didn't have room for desert and I'm glad we didn't go all out on the starters either!
The restaurant enjoys great views over the town as it's got a lovely hilltop location, so try and get a window seat if you can.
The only downside is that it's a bit scary walking up to the restaurant from town. The footpath disappears halfway up and there are loooots of dogs in the houses up the street which go beserk as you walk past - though they can't reach you. If you can handle the Barking and dodging the traffic, you'll make it alive, don't worry, give it a try. But for a more relaxing start to your evening it's probably worth taking a taxi for around 6 euros up to the restaurant from town.

8. MareAlta Peixe & Mariscos

Largo da Praca | Largo Da Praca Machico, Machico, Madeira 9200-100, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +351 291 607 126
Excellent
39%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 351 reviews

MareAlta Peixe & Mariscos

Reviewed By Nik R - Varna, Bulgaria

We decided to try "MareAlta" taking into consideration its good location by the oceanfront. It is predominantly seafood but offers also some vegetarian and meat dishes. My wife had a vegetable soup and roast potatoes and my son loved his pepper steak. I opted for the seafood, simple and really delicious octopus "Polvo Lagareiro". Prices are reasonable for the food and its location, maybe a bit higher, ambience is nothing special and service was, say, indifferent - neither slow, nor fast but not to complain about.
The views are good but they are so everywhere on Madeira :)!
Sometimes, if it gets too hot, they keep both doors open and your table might be in the air draft.

9. O Gala

Rua General Antonio Teixeira de Aguiar No 3 | 9200 720 Machico, Machico, Madeira 9200-094, Portugal Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +351 291 965 720
Excellent
48%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 250 reviews

O Gala

Reviewed By Emma M

Looks very unassuming but the food is very good and I went back a few times for lunch or a light dinner. Particularly recommend the scabbard fish Sandwich (great option if you’re not keen on the usual fruit combination). Very well priced wine and desserts too. The chocolate cake (kind of torte slice) was great.

10. Gelati Machico

Rua da Amargura | Ed. Alameda, Machico, Madeira 9200-085, Portugal Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe Drinks HK$47 +351 291 640 042
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 146 reviews

Gelati Machico

Reviewed By RichardBlakey - Heathfield, United Kingdom

Whistle stop tour of the bars before catching the roller coaster SAM bus back to Funchal.
Polite service , good English when my Portuguese failed me.
Massive single bola ICS cream cone for €1.95. Probably the best way to taste honey cake. About 15 flavours some yoghurt and sorbet included

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