Vila Franca do Campo Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Vila Franca do Campo

December 11, 2017 Terina Blouin

Vila Franca do Campo (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvilɐ ˈfɾɐ̃kɐ ðu ˈkɐ̃pu]) is a town and municipality in the southern part of the island of São Miguel in the Portuguese Autonomous Region of the Azores. The population of the municipality was 11,229 in 2011, in an area of 77.97 km². The town proper, which incorporates the urbanized parishes São Miguel and São Pedro, has 4100 inhabitants.
Things to do in Vila Franca do Campo

1. Bar Caloura

Rua da Caloura 20 | Agua de Pau, Lagoa, Sao Miguel 9560-061, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +351 296 913 283
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bar Caloura

Reviewed By Grumpy-3G - DOVER

Visited Bar Caloura on various recommendations from local people. The restaurant is renowned for fresh fish. We weren't disappointed in any way! Fabulous food selection made from helpful staff recommendations.
Fish naturally. Lapas and gambas starter followed by grey mullet and local fish mix. Beautifully cooked and well presented. Service was superb throughout. Divine cheesecake dessert
and coffee to finish. A nice Alentejo Rocim wine accompanied the fish.
A lovely memorable meal. Highly recommended.

2. Restaurante Universo

Rua Doutor Augusto Botelho Simas 11, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680-152, Portugal Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner HK$78 - HK$181 +351 296 583 233
Excellent
27%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
10%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 97 reviews

Restaurante Universo

Reviewed By camaral928 - Woodbridge, Canada

We were a large group (8 in total) so finding a restaurant in short notice was difficult. We called and were accommodated at Universo. The food and service was good, the dishes were all great, but the sides were lacking. Boiled potatoes, carrots and cabbage was a bit disappointing. For the price, I think the sides could have been more interesting. The restaurant was clean and very welcoming.

3. Estrela do Mar

Rua do Baixio No 8 | Junto ao Porto de Pescas Vila Franca do Campo, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680-138, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Dinner, Lunch +351 296 583 060
Excellent
27%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
8%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 180 reviews

Estrela do Mar

Reviewed By Mattomad - Shangri-La County, China

For a restaurant on the marina you would think that fresh food would be very easy to obtain. Sadly, most stuff on menu was frozen. There were only two fresh fish (rock and sword). We ordered the rock fish, which was lacking flavour and was clearly not very fresh. I fought through mine, but my partner gave up on it after 1 bite. Starter of limpets, cooked in a nice garlic sauce, was impossibly rubbery (more so than normal) and became a battle to digest.
Service quite abrupt. Hygiene levels questionable (waiters coughing / sneezing whilst carrying plates etc.)
The writing was on the wall the day earlier when we dropped in for a drink and witnessed a huge public argument between a waitress, her boss and the chef. Almost comical and very theatrical, but quite awkward to be stuck in the middle of.
Location great and there is potential to make restaurant fresh and exciting. However, it is very disappointing currently and very set in its mediocre ways.
Huge need / opportunity for a new restaurant in Vila Franca do Campo that serves local fresh seafood well as other options in the town only marginally better than this one!!

4. Restaurante Praia Cafe

Rua Engenheiro Manuel Antonio Martins Mota | Praia Vinha d'Areia, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680-019, Portugal Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$16 - HK$487 +351 296 539 162
Excellent
43%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 128 reviews

Restaurante Praia Cafe

The Restaurant Praia Café ha a wonderful view over the sea. It offers a cozy kitchen with local products and the fish is our house specialty. From June to September you can have our meals and drink one of the ten top gins of the world enjoying the best music from Thursday to Sunday.

Reviewed By Leonel S

This is an amazing restaurant, that combines local ingredients with creative cuisine. Fish and seafood are great. We have been served with all the kindness.
We are swordfish with açafroa sauce-exquisite.
Very good relation quality price.
We really recommend.

5. Restaurante Jaime

Rua Teofilo Braga 108, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680-180, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +351 296 582 419
Excellent
18%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
10%
Terrible
19%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 144 reviews

Restaurante Jaime

Reviewed By Fpacheco - Tampa, Florida

We were staying in Vila Franca, and decided to take a ride into town to look for a place for dinner.
This restaurant is on a Terrace, but fully enclosed, so you feel like you're dining outside among all the beautiful plants and flowers. It's a pretty big place, but the night we were here there were only a few other diners. Later on in our visit, we learned that the restaurant Estrela do Mar, is also owned/run by the same people.
We had the chicharros grelhados, which were served with boiled potatoes and salad, a bottle of Mare Cheia red, and coffee. The fish was so fresh and simply prepared! We really enjoyed this meal.
We paid 45 euros for dinner, which we felt was a little high. Please note that they only take cash!!

6. Pizzaria-Churrasqueira D' Avo

Rua Visconde da Palmeira N 4, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680-189, Portugal Reservations +351 296 582 072
Excellent
18%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 16 reviews

Pizzaria-Churrasqueira D' Avo

Reviewed By pinkie_elfrieda - Dornbirn, Austria

This little place quickly became our favorite spot and we ended up going there 3 evenings for dinner during our stay. The food is good and the view is unbeatable. The funny waiter "Joe" speaks English fluently and was very entertaining. We already miss him.

7. Cantinho Da Vila

Rua dos Oleiros 62, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680-149, Portugal Lunch +351 296 581 353
Excellent
25%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
14%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 28 reviews

Cantinho Da Vila

Reviewed By terrythy - Bristol, United Kingdom

After a long walk up to Lagoa do Fogo, Vila do Campo was the newest town and I stopped at this one because a parking space opened up in front of me.
As a random decision, I found my way to the restaurant area and ordered grilled tuna steaks.
Three things stood out here compared to all the other traditional restaurants I eat in on this trip - This was the only place to include tinned sweetcorn on the plate. It was the only place to boil it's potatoes and serve them as wedges. It was the only salad that wasn't shredded iceberg, half a tomato and a slice of cucumber - It had some pepper!
The last unique thing was that I finished everything, I removed my hiking boots, drank 2 litres of water, sprinkled my grilled tuna steaks with red wine vinegar and loved every mouthful. Perfectly cooked, perfect fish.

8. Patricio Pizza & Panzzaroti

Carreira de Sao Francisco N0 8, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680-107, Portugal Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, American Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Lunch HK$16 - HK$157 +351 296 583 287
Excellent
43%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

Patricio Pizza & Panzzaroti

Reviewed By JanetBrussels - Brussels, Belgium

I might be wrong, but the pizza bases tasted as if they were mass-purchased, but the toppings were great, and overall we were delighted to have a change from the traditional local fare.
The owner is really friendly, and as there's nowhere to eat inside you sit outside with the locals.

9. Marina

Rua Engenheiro Manuel Antonio Martins Mota, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680-019, Portugal Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Pub, Portuguese Breakfast +351 296 583 003
Excellent
10%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 46 reviews

Marina

Reviewed By beachbuddy10 - Bridport, United Kingdom

They serve great coffee here and it's an ideal spot to sit and watch for when the ticket stall for the islet boat, opens. There's always a good selection of pastries, croquetas, queijos and those naughty little Portuguese Egg Custard tarts. You can throw your crusts in the water to tempt shoals of mullet to the surface.
We called in both before and after our day out at the Ilheu da Vila Franca. Very helpful staff and a nice clean area.

10. Scorpion Cafe

Carreira Antonio de Melo | Ponta Garça, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680-433, Portugal Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi European, Portuguese Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$47 - HK$385 +351 296 587 220
Excellent
54%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Scorpion Cafe

Reviewed By -marko-slovenija - Ljubljana, Slovenia

We stayed in Ponta Garca and had a dinner in Scorpio cafe. Very good service, friendly staff, tasty food.

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