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

April 10, 2018 Jasper Kershner

Discover the best restaurant in Sao Jorge, Portugal including Cafe Restaurante Acor, Fornos de Lava, restaurante velense, Restaurante Amilcar, Cervercaria Sao Jorge, Restaurante Mare Viva, Dona Amelia, Quinta Da Atafona, Naval Restaurant, Ponto De Encontro
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1. Cafe Restaurante Acor

Rua da Matriz no 41 | em frente da Igreja Matriz, Velas, Sao Jorge 9800-534, Portugal Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$24 - HK$589 +351 295 432 463
Excellent
19%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
8%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 220 reviews

Cafe Restaurante Acor

Reviewed By NoeB1 - Antwerp, Belgium

Went for dinner several times in restaurante Acor. Warm welcome by a lovely waitress. The food is nothing special, but is well prepared. Nice liquor after dinner. You can also order pizza to take away.nosso muito obrigado pela visita.

2. Fornos de Lava

Travessa de Sao Tiago N0 46 | Hotel Os Moinhos - São Jorge, Velas, Sao Jorge 9800-347, Portugal Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$141 - HK$290 +351 295 432 415
Excellent
43%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
11%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 190 reviews

Fornos de Lava

Restaurant Fornos de Lava" with panoramic view, fresh fish, meat , seefood and organic vegetables & salads from the garden.

Reviewed By JeSuiGourmet - Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

With some significant differences from what we were accustomed to in previous years can be said without fear of error that a significant improvement is underway. The snapper in the oven was divine and I wish this family-run restaurant would follow the route of success.

3. restaurante velense

Rua Conselheiro Doutor Jose Pereira, Velas, Sao Jorge 9800-530, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Portuguese, European Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
23%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 38 reviews

restaurante velense

Reviewed By GLS-ALS - Geneva, Switzerland

Unimpressive restaurant from the outside, has a large and well lit area upstairs. Excellent food overall, grilled fish (enchereu) especially good. Copious amounts of food. The Frei Gigante white wine from Pico is an excellent dry that will go perfectly with the fish. Very good desserts with an excellent passion fruit mousse/pudding. The best choice in Velas, we kept returning.
I noticed that this restaurant prepares lunch boxes for hikers - if in line with the rest of the food definitely to try!

4. Restaurante Amilcar

Faja do Ouvidor, Norte Grande, Velas, Sao Jorge 9800, Portugal Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Portuguese, Seafood, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner +351 295 417 448
Excellent
15%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
15%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 64 reviews

Restaurante Amilcar

Reviewed By reisender3 - München

Only few of the restaurants of the island offer the ameijoas – clams which are growing in the Azores only at one place of Pico. They are not cheap (500 g 18 Euros), but they are cooked very well, and for a starter just to taste them it is enough to order the small portion (500 g) for two (everyone gets about 8 pieces). Delicious! Also top was the Abrótea, style of the house, crispy and covered by a lot of cooked onions which have been so tasty – it must be a secret how they are prepared!. Also the big slice of mero, superb!

5. Cervercaria Sao Jorge

Rua Francisco Lacerda, Velas, Sao Jorge 9800-551, Portugal European, Portuguese Dinner +351 295 412 861
Excellent
18%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
10%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 37 reviews

Cervercaria Sao Jorge

Reviewed By NomadicTraveller7 - Fuerteventura

On our 4 week trip to Portugal and the Azores we ate in a total of 19 different places. This enabled us to make good comparison between them in terms of food, service, atmosphere and value.
After Reading about the other possibilities in Velas and casing some of them out, including looking at their menus, we decided to eat in the place we had coffee outside at lunchtime. What motivated us to eat there was that it was almost full at lunchtime with what looked like locals having the lunch special menu. On our first night we both had tuna steak and it was very good value for 7.50 Euros, especially given the portion size. The perfectly drinkable red wine was superb value at 3.60 Euros a litre! Our meal on the second night was even better. Once of us had a huge portion of chicken fillets for 6.50 Euros and the other two very good veal chops for 8.50 Euros a litre. Both were served with nice fried sliced potatoes and a nice side salad. On both nights we had two big plates of good food, bread and a litre of good red wine for 18.60 Euros for the two of us. We would definitely go back again as this place was probably the best value for money out of the 19 restaurants we ate in.

6. Restaurante Mare Viva

Faja das Almas, Sao Jorge 9800-021, Portugal Serves Alcohol, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Delivery Portuguese, Seafood, European, Soups Lunch, Late Night, Dinner +351 295 414 275
Excellent
44%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
15%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 26 reviews

Restaurante Mare Viva

Reviewed By Ricardo A - Coimbra, Portugal

We had a great dinner here! Fresh fish, very tasteful! The staff was very nice. We were there at the night of the local festival, the staff was very busy cooking for the celebrities, but still served us very well! I really appreciated our dinner...MoreThank you verry mutch, you are always welcome!

7. Dona Amelia

Rua de Sao Joao 14, Velas, Sao Jorge 9800-539, Portugal Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Healthy, Soups, American Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner HK$94 +351 295 432 644
Excellent
64%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
9%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Dona Amelia

This is a place where you can find yourself in a nice and quiet enviroment What will you find in our space : Pastries and traditional sweets A variety of tea and herbal tea flowers and fruits The famous Donas Amelias We also have snacks, such as, soup, sandwiches, salads and fresh fruit juice A friendly smile

Reviewed By vans998 - uk - midlandss

A superb little gem of a cafe, serving all homemade cakes, cookies and desserts along with a range of fresh sandwiches, soft drinks and beers. Lovely decor, comfortable and really very clean. Be sure to try the individual chocolate cakes! All very reasonably priced and...MoreThank you so much for the visit , for the beautifull revew and im looking foward to recceive you again ! It´s such a pleaure to meet people like you ! take care. Amélia sousa

8. Quinta Da Atafona

Faja de Santo Amaro 93, Velas, Sao Jorge, Portugal Wheelchair Accessible Lunch, Dinner +351 295 432 590
Excellent
17%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Quinta Da Atafona

Reviewed By JaninedeBric - Denver, Colorado

We had the good fortune of visiting São Jorge for the first time with a true local, and she took us to Atafona for lunch on our first day. The service was warm and casual, with our entrada a mix of choriço and morcela and queijo made on the island. These littles bites set the tone. Then, a dose of the local clams (amêijoas), the only true natives to the Islands, from what I understand. Tasty, chewy treasures. After running through the options for fresh fish (none, really), we settled on beef steaks, mine with the mushroom and cream sauce. The beef on the Açores is typically inexpensive and delicious (a product of the dairy industry) and the steak came malpasada (rare to medium rare) a little more cooked than we had ordered but still juicy and pink inside. Delicious. The local white wine from Pico Island went well with it all, and only €6,50 a bottle.

Rua Conselheiro Doutor Jose Pereira, Velas, Sao Jorge 9800-530, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Portuguese, European Lunch, Dinner +351 295 098 091
Excellent
14%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 47 reviews

Naval Restaurant

Reviewed By elaineinsomerset - Somerton, United Kingdom

The food was fine, the fish better than my steak. Its just by the harbour which is being extended so the cargo container setting does not help and the lighting is a bit gloomy

10. Ponto De Encontro

Canada Dos Vales Persecas, Sao Jorge 9850-228, Portugal +351 295 417 045
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Ponto De Encontro

Reviewed By Larry W - Rochester, New York

This is a simple restaurant on the island of Sao Jorge that serves a buffet lunch consisting of the traditional Cozido, the food cooked in the thermal grounds around the volcanic activity. There is nothing fancy to this restaurant, but it does offer the basic island food that people appreciate. It also had soup, cheese and bread out for the taking. I found it to be sufficient, although I probably would have ordered something a little more imaginative, Still, the owners are very friendly, and it was an enjoyable stop on our tour. I would go back for a future lunch.

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