Top 10 restaurants in Penela, Portugal

December 6, 2017 Leonardo Torrence

Penela (Portuguese pronunciation: [pɨˈnɛlɐ]) is a municipality located in Coimbra District, in Portugal. It contains the town of Penela. The town's main tourist attraction is the Penela Castle. The population in 2011 was 5,983, in an area of 134.80 km².
Things to do in Penela

1. D Sesnando

Escadas da Praca da Republica, Penela 3230-278, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner HK$118 +351 239 561 207
Excellent
39%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 326 reviews

D Sesnando

Reviewed By GoneForLong - Antwerp, Belgium

We arrived here for lunch on recommendation of our friends (Belgians living in Lousa) as one of their favorite restaurants. As always in Portugal people seem to prefer lunch over dinner. We had an excellent experience at D Sesnando. We took the gratinated goat cheese 'Queijo Rabacal' a little pastry bottom with excellent cheese and little honey.For main we had the delicious Bacalhau Donna Ninna, fabulous onion sauce and fine crisply baked potatoes. Accompanied with two nice glasses of white wine, bread, olives ... all for 31 euro. This was our best Portugese meal ever!!

2. Varandas do Castelo

Avenida dos Bombeiros Voluntarios de Penela 3230, Penela 3230-274, Portugal Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +351 916 748 145
Excellent
23%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 68 reviews

Varandas do Castelo

Reviewed By TheManFromLochness - Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom

We have visited this restaurant many times over the years - not just for lunch when generally the restaurant is busy with locals but also in the evenings when it's quieter .
The host is gracious and welcoming trying his best to interpret my broken Portugese and helping with his "tourist English" .
They serve a variety of hearty local Portugese meals and the soup of the day is always excellent . Never once haven we left here feeling hungry and we always feel that we have had value , lunch for 5 with three courses , drinks and wine for 40Euros .
Charming host , good food , great value

3. Restaurante Santo Amaro

St Amaro, Penela 3230-305, Portugal Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast HK$55 - HK$141 +351 239 561 228
Excellent
43%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 58 reviews

Restaurante Santo Amaro

This is a tipical Portuguese restaurant. We serve a meal deal at lunch time from Monday to Friday for the best value, in this deal is included soup, 1/2 dish of the day, a drink and a express coffee, all of this for just 7.00€€!! We have also got a huge variety of a La Carte dishes. The Cafe part of the restaurant is open all day. Please come in and try our delicious food! See you soon.

Reviewed By António M - Lisbon, Portugal

Not a fancy place, I was counting on that! But one of our orders had to go back twice (one of the times came back just the same way, not quite cooked!)... Not even na apology... not an acceptable service... not going back, for sure!We are really sorry to hear that. We have new management now, so please give it another try and we will definitely surprise you this time. Kind Regards, The 'Restaurante Santo Amaro' management

4. Gustatio

Ponte Do Espinhal, Penela 3230-292, Portugal Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi European, Portuguese, Mediterranean, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner HK$118 - HK$196 +351 239 700 740
Excellent
36%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 82 reviews

Gustatio

Reviewed By Maria F

The food is of extraordinary quality. They use home grown products and the food preparation exponentiates the flavours. From starters to Deserts, the experience was great. The service is very competent, fast and attentive. It's a place that deserves a visit even from people that are not staying at the hotel.

5. Esplanada Loucainha

Praia Fluvial Da Loucainha, Penela, Portugal +351 239 551 142
Excellent
16%
Good
68%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Esplanada Loucainha

Reviewed By Paula Q - Porto, Porto, Portugal

O local onde o restaurante se insere é muito bonito e tranquilo. A refeição que nos foi servida estava muito equilibrada e deliciosa, especialmente a sopa de perdiz que é inesquecível. A simpatia do senhor que nos atendeu é também um ponto forte do restaurante. Eramos um grupo de 10 pessoas e todos nós recomendamos o restaurante.

6. O Bigodes

Rua dos Pacos do Concelho, 2, Penela 3230-253, Portugal Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Portuguese Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$157 +351 239 569 129
Excellent
20%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
20%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 10 reviews

O Bigodes

Reviewed By Pontes2013 - Europe

Interesting establishment. Cafe, bar, shop, restaurant. Original unadulterated typical small Portuguese restaurant behind a separation. Friendly staff and a good choice of standard, home cooked fare. Everything freshly made. Good portions and good quality. Open all hours. Value for money.

7. O Cantinho da Clotilde

Rua da Igreja, EN 347-1 | Rabacal, Penela, Portugal
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

O Cantinho da Clotilde

Reviewed By Richard_Milsom - Alexandria, Virginia

Every time I have the chance, I have lunch at this wonderful local restaurant in Rabaçal, O Cantinho da Clotilde. The town is located south of Coimbra in a beautiful part of Portugal, close to the roman ruins of Conimbriga, this is worth the drive through the olive groves and small farms that dot this rocky countryside famous for its cheese and olive oil. The food is typical Portuguese and always wonderful. Often it is full of locals, which is a good sign of good value for the price. The atmosphere is homey and cheerful. This time we all ate feijoada, best described as a combination of beans, sausages, and other stuff. It was delicious. We had a jar of local red wine, some local cheese, and a home made dessert. A perfect lunch. Last time I was there, I had chanfana that was also just superb. This restaurant never disappoints, but you have to be prepared to eat the local traditional foods. Don’t tell anyone about it except your seven best friends!

8. Taverna Viavai

Rua Capela, Penela, Portugal Reservations Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +351 236 621 216
Excellent
73%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 11 reviews

Taverna Viavai

small portugese taverna serving traditional homemade english food.Booking and preordering essential.

Reviewed By Littlealba

Of course when living abroad it is vital to embrace culture, language food etc. But sometimes you need something from home that is delicious. Enter Taverna Viavai. Hidden gem that does require sat nav to find, this restaurant had the most delicious menu which you...Morethank you SO much for your very kind comments!

9. Brunel's

Ponte do Espinhal | Quinta do Poço, Penela 3230-292, Portugal Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating European, British, Steakhouse, Portuguese Brunch, Lunch HK$55 - HK$196 +351 916 193 233
Excellent
63%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Brunel's

A modern British restaurant in the heart of beautiful Penela. Offering Daily Menu and A La Carte. 12.30pm to 8.30pm

Reviewed By graemechorley - Lancashire

Our return visit after we enjoyed it the first time. Poor. 4 different types of steak ordered all wet back virtually untouched and they never said a word. the starters were ok. we wont be going back.

10. Brunel"s

Quinta do Poco, 3230 | Ponte do Espinhal Penela, Penela, Portugal Reservations European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +351 916 193 233
Excellent
44%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Brunel"s

Reviewed By Maggie F - Eckington, null, United Kingdom

Visited twice - once for dinner and once for lunch. Both meals were excellent and incredible value. Very large portions! The staff both English and Portuguese are delightful. The lunchtime set menu is a steal at 7 euros. Lookout for the new downstairs fine dining restaurant opening soon.

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