Where to Eat in Calheta: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 28, 2017 Roseanne Arnett

Discover the best restaurant in Calheta, Portugal including Casa de Cha O Fio, Restaurante Convento das Vinhas, Casa Grelhados Prazeres Rurais, Manifattura Di Gelato, Restaurante Olhar Do Campo, Portinho, Pizzeria Ristorante Naye, Restaurant New Era, Restaurante Chico, Restaurante O Forno
Things to do in Calheta

1. Casa de Cha O Fio

Caminho Lombadinha de Baixo, Ponta do Pargo, Calheta, Madeira 9385-232, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks +351 291 882 525
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 341 reviews

Casa de Cha O Fio

Tea House with amazing views over the ocean.

Reviewed By Hans H - Gothenburg, Sweden

We were on our way to the west coast, leisurely driving on the highway. Something "compelled" me to follow a sign to a lighthouse in the village of Ponta Do Pargo and I'm so glad we did. This tiny but beautiful restaurant sits smack on the westernmost point (or a km away from the actual lighthouse) overlooking the cliffs of western Madeira. Not to come here is missing out. When we got here, we were almost alone, but later more people found their way. The owners are super friendly and grateful for some business. We first only stopped for some "support the local business coffee" before we went for a walk down to the lighthouse and back. We decided to stay for lunch to enjoy the Sunshine and the fresh air, not to mention those views...
The food is simple but delicious. We weren't super hungry so opted mostly for sandwiches and salads. Sadly the place is for sale and has been for a while. So who knows what the future holds...

2. Restaurante Convento das Vinhas

Sitio do Convento, Calheta, Madeira, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
56%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 221 reviews

Restaurante Convento das Vinhas

Reviewed By Ddraig_fawr - Hove, United Kingdom

We found this restaurant in a guide to the area in our rental villa, and booked in advance for a Friday night. We were not disappointed, from the extremely friendly welcome to the enormous portions of delicious food. We had various meat and seafood dishes, including a massive paella which was boxed up for us to take away as we couldn't finish it.
The setting is high on a hill with beautiful views of the town and sea, we got a taxi up as walking would have been challenging. I would highly recommend eating here.

3. Casa Grelhados Prazeres Rurais

Estrada Prazeres 72, Prazeres, Calheta, Madeira 9370-611, Portugal Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Portuguese, Soups, Grill Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$94 - HK$141 +351 963 966 818
Excellent
60%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 325 reviews

Casa Grelhados Prazeres Rurais

Traditional Portuguese and Madeiran Food. Closed on Thursday. Kitchen Schedule from 12:00 to 16hoo / 18h00 to 22h00. Closes on Sunday and Holidays at 18h00.

Reviewed By Mark F

if you want to experience authentic madeiran cuisine this has to be the number one choice. i visited it a few times with friends during a recent trip to Madeira and we had amazing food and loved the wonderful atmosphere of this unique family owned restaurant. the green wine (which is served from a tap not a bottle) was some of the best i have tasted, the staff (although busy) were always welcoming and friendly, and the portions are very generous. the fish stew with tuna was my favourite, the potatoes and sweet potatoes were some of the best i have tasted in my life (yes i'm a potato connoisseur).
i'm so glad places like this still exist and remain true to a philosophy of good, honest food, locally sourced and beautifully cooked. a real gem.
(if you visit the restaurant you should take time to explore Prazeres village - the community farm with tea shop and gallery is ideal for a short visit with children.)

4. Manifattura Di Gelato

Calheta - Marina | Porto de Recreio da Calheta, Calheta, Madeira 9370-133, Portugal Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$47 - HK$157 +351 291 823 645
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 433 reviews

Manifattura Di Gelato

Manifattura Di Gelato is a natural homemade ice cream shop and an authentic italian restaurant: original thin & crispy italian pizza, pasta, salad and a large variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Opening Hours: every day from 11 am to 10 pm. The kitchen is open all day from 12.30 pm to 9 pm. Reservation recommended. AT THE MOMENT UNDER CONSTRUCTION, WE ARE OPENING AGAIN AT THE END OF MARCH. LOOKING FORWARD!!

Reviewed By DC2florida - Washington, DC

We thought we'd just stop for gelato, but we were so glad we ordered more! The locally flavored Mel de Cana pizza was out if this world! A white pizza with pine nuts, mushrooms, goat cheese and the perfect drizzle of mel de cana. Just amazing. On great dough and served by friendly staff. That and the great gelato made our day!

5. Restaurante Olhar Do Campo

Caminho Lombo da Rocha, Prazeres, Calheta, Madeira 9370-612, Portugal Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Portuguese, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +351 291 823 120
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Restaurante Olhar Do Campo

Restaurante Olhar Do Campo offers a variety of the tradicional especialities like Espetada,Espada fish with banana,Tuna,soups and salads.Lovely atmosfere were you can enjoy a lovely meal, relax in our Wine and Tapas Bar or just have a snack toasts, pregos and try the special coffees and poncha.

Reviewed By Jenny D - Northampton, United Kingdom

All the reviews were good and we too were delighted. Traditional food cooked beautifully. Poncha best yet. The waitress was charming too.

6. Portinho

Rua do Portinho, Jardim do Mar, Calheta, Madeira 9370-411, Portugal Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Bar, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Excellent
38%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 170 reviews

Portinho

Reviewed By MadExpat22 - Calheta, Portugal

We have eaten here many times in the past but not for a few years. Quick change of plan as Joe's Bar was closed.
Four of us had Bolo de Caco and Picado. The menus arrived quite quickly and our orders were take quite quickly as well. Drinks arrived, except for the glass of water that was also asked for. The food arrived and was plentiful and good. The waitress made no attempt to offer more drinks or even ask if everything was OK. It wasn't that busy but the staff need to up their game.

7. Pizzeria Ristorante Naye

Estrada Regional 222 no 448, Arco da Calheta, Calheta, Madeira 9370-702, Portugal Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Grill, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$157 +351 967 197 564
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 250 reviews

Pizzeria Ristorante Naye

Pizzeria Restaurant. Good pizzas, excellent service, great prices. Come and visit us.

Reviewed By Vera T - Zurich, Switzerland

Food: For starters we had the typical garlic bread and a mixed salad. The garlic bread was still hot with delicious homemade bread. The mixed salad was okay, but the dressing was disappointing, because it didn´t have much taste to it. The main dishes were delicious. We had a Pizza Hawaii and a Pizza Quattro Formaggi. Both had a thin, crisp crust, which we loved! Overall great food, but we can´t recommend the salad.
Location: A small and cozy restaurant with a cute padio. It is very easy to reach by car.
Price: Fair Prices.

8. Restaurant New Era

Avenida Dom Manuel I | Porto Recreio Calheta Loja 8, Calheta, Madeira 9370-135, Portugal Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$71 - HK$157 +351 291 098 138
Excellent
49%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 555 reviews

Restaurant New Era

Reviewed By Neil281258 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

A very relaxed restaurant with very friendly staff. Very attentive to all details. Staff prepared to take time to explain the menu. Delicious, well presented food and a very good wine selection too.
Table-side flambe dishes add a touch of real theatre to the experience. Look forward to returning.

9. Restaurante Chico

Rua Igreja | Prazeres, Prazeres, Calheta, Madeira 9370-626, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +351 291 822 836
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 383 reviews

Restaurante Chico

quero mudar a categoria da minha empresa. Está como café e chá.. mas o estabelecimento é restaurante.

Reviewed By ransid_sparky - Essex, United Kingdom

We stopped here on a hotel tour to taste the best poncha in Madeira. They made it from freshly squeezed oranges, lemons,local honey and local rum. It was delicious. So much so that we ordered some to go and also a box of their delicious ‘Chico Balls’. Very friendly service and a lovely cosy restaurant. Definitely will visit again on our next vacation.

10. Restaurante O Forno

Rua Cruz do Salao, Ponta do Pargo, Calheta, Madeira 9385-201, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer Barbecue, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$47 - HK$173 +351 291 098 341
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 434 reviews

Restaurante O Forno

Outside traditional oakwood smoked BBQ. Come & enjoy a celebration of big exciting flavours served alongside true Madeiran favourites. Full menu & daily specials board, including tasty vegetarian dishes & Grandma's signature homemade desserts. Fresh from our BBQ to your plate, BBQ cooking at its best!!!

Reviewed By Venuslowly - Hungary

After the lighthouse visited, just passing by this restaurant, totally can't describe how marvelou they are. Reasonable price, staffs are friendly, must try it out yourself, trust me, you will believe what's am said!!

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