Where to Eat in Madeira: The Best Restaurants and Bars

September 27, 2017 Leida Jutras

Breezy Madeira is an eponymous island in the Madeira Islands, a Portuguese archipelago. The capital city of Funchal was settled in the 15th century and is a colorful collection of gardens, religious sites, and quirky tourist attractions like the thatched-roof Madeira Story Centre. Hike to the summit of Pico Ruivo and you’ll feel like you’ve climbed through the clouds. Unwind over a glass of Madeira wine, an historic fortified beverage that’s musky and subtly sweet.
Things to do in Madeira

1. Sabor da India

Rampa Lido 8 | Near the Post Office and Supermarket in Estrada Monumental, Funchal, Madeira 9000-106, Portugal Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$94 - HK$173 +351 291 765 346
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Sabor da India

"Sabor da Índia" brings to you authentic Indian Delicacies. We offer Vegan and Gluten-free courses aside from Chicken, Fish, Lamb and Prawn delicacies. Spicy... or not! The expression "Sabor da India" literally means "The Flavour of India". That is exactly our slogan, or 'Raison d'etre' of our Restaurant - To bring to you all the exotic and spicy tastes from India to the other side of the world - Madeira Island. Come join us for Dinner. We also offer special deals at Lunch, set menus and Take-out.Lunch is served from 12:00 to 15:00, and Dinner is served from 18:00 to 23:00.We offer full disabled facilities, meaning that our Restaurant is designed and fully equipped for people bearing a handicap.

Reviewed By juliek9876 - Leeds, United Kingdom

Friendly staff, great food and as good as any top uk Indian. Menu looks straightforward, but the food is all freshly prepared. A nice surprise. Strongly recommend!Hello, thank you so much for your tripadvisor review. Our food is indeed fresh, we take pride in offering high-quality courses for you. We look forward to see you again, now that you know us better now! Best wishes, the "Sabor da Índia" team

2. O Polar

Rua Pico da Torre 26 | Câmara De Lobos, Camara De Lobos, Madeira 9300-004, Portugal Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Barbecue, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +351 291 944 442
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 320 reviews

O Polar

Reviewed By Karoline_Crane - Prague, Czech Republic

After walking up to the steep hills and managing all the stairs from the centre of Camara der Lobos we arrived to this great restaurant, yes it was hard :D, and the food was amazing. What a great reward!
The service was brilliant. fast, helpful, smiling waiters.
The place was clean and simple.But the food was so delicious.We took chicken and the special beef skewer- espetada.the melting butter on the top did it even better. The beer was great and very cold!
Thank you for such a great place! :)

3. La Vaca Negra

Rua Velha da Ajuda 12 | Apartamentos Colinas Do Lido RC, Funchal, Madeira 9000, Portugal Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards South American, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks +351 291 764 491
Excellent
79%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

La Vaca Negra

We imform our clients that we not open for lunch, and kitchen close at 22:00.. Informamos aos nossos clientes que nao fazemos almoços,e cozinha encerra as 22:00..

Reviewed By Matthew T - Princes Risborough, United Kingdom

Meat eaters dream. This place is amazing, we had a platter between 2 which included rump, sirloin and fillet steak, washed down with Argentinian Malbec. The meat was accompanied with 3 wonderful sources, home made chips, olives and salad. All this came to around £30 each, a bargain compared to most steak houses. Whilst sat there I noticed the waiter shock the hand of every guess when leaving. All the staff were on top form. I can understand the great reviews

4. Restaurante Goya

Rua Simplicio dos Passos Gouveia | Sao Martinho, Funchal, Madeira 9000-001, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi French, International, Mediterranean, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +351 291 628 969
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Restaurante Goya

Reviewed By linthers - Uckfield, United Kingdom

Have visited many times before but this time we bought two friends who had never been. Once again, everything was just brilliant and our two friends were really impressed. The food was of excellent quality and beautifully presented. The staff are very friendly and professional...MoreDear Guest, Thank you so much for your review and also for have recommended us to your friends. We are glad to know that everything was "brilliant". We're looking forward to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, Joana Sousa

5. 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
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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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!!

6. Taberna Madeira

Travessa Joao Caetano No. 16 | Madeira, Portugal, Funchal, Madeira 9060-137, Portugal Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards European, Seafood, Mediterranean, Portuguese, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$118 - HK$243 +351 291 221 789
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 867 reviews

Taberna Madeira

A new Restaurant with a modern and minimalist space using traditional and local materials with endemic pieces. Food is local to the island of Madeira with a couple of Mainland and international dishes. A high quality service provided by our experienced staff from Los Angeles to London and Monaco. Without doubt a place to visit whilst in Madeira that will enhance your stay in the island.

Reviewed By themacleans2018 - Bristol, United Kingdom

We stayed in the appartment next door and tried this restaurant on our first night - it was so good that we went back several times. We were made very welcome by the staff and every time the food was excellent - particularly impressive was the tuna belly. The house wines were very acceptable and the whole meal was good value for money. We would recommend booking a table as the reastaurant is small and very popular with locals as well as tourists.Well worth seeking out.

7. Gigi Sumos

Rua Dom Carlos I N 20 | Santa Maria Maior, Funchal, Madeira 9060-051, Portugal Delivery, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Cafe, European, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks HK$55 +351 291 220 837
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 165 reviews

Gigi Sumos

Healthy, Vegan and Vegetarian options, Fruit and vegetable Juices made fresh, Smoothies, Slow juices, Detox juices, Açaí bowl, Milk Shakes, wraps, Toasted sandwiches, cakes, Muffins, coconut water and Gourmet Coffee.

Reviewed By Andy H

Nice to see this concept succeeding. Very fresh ingredients and friendly staff. Service good with free shot of juice when I paid, nice touch!Nice to hear a review about the concept. Thanks for the cumpliments! Our staff is very happy to hear that. Thanks again

8. Leeno's Bar & Restaurant

Rua Leichlingen 30, Funchal, Madeira 9000-003, Portugal Takeout, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$47 - HK$141 +351 291 627 184
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Leeno's Bar & Restaurant

Located at the seafront of the Lido (Funchal) Leeno's is a small restaurant that is run by a team of young men who are focused to offer their clients a welcoming experience. Heart warming service and good food that is accessible to all people (locals and tourists) at reasonable prices. Their goal is to give you a reason for you to come back again.

Reviewed By davidpwhittall - Colchester, United Kingdom

We were recommended to this restaurant whilst staying at the Residence at Porto Mare.Great food and friendly staff. A very good view to the sea and we will go back next year for sure.Hi David, thank you for your kind words and review, we are looking forward in welcoming you back again in the near future.

9. Restaurante Planka

Caminho Voltas 110B | Largo do Miranda, Funchal, Madeira 9060-039, Portugal Takeout, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards European, Mediterranean, Grill, Healthy, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$47 - HK$290 +351 291 633 008
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 585 reviews

Restaurante Planka

Some of our specialities are served on hot Oak Planks. The hot Oak Planka maintain a nice temperature of the food during the time the meal is consumed but without any further cooking. Pay us a visit and you will be able to enjoy the best view Funchal has to offer while eating tasty meals prepaired with (antibiotic and groth hormone free) veal so called "Carne Mirandesa". If your preference is fish then we sugest our specialties, the wonderful Tuna fish grilled on charcoal grill or the Oven Baked Cod fish or the salmon. Our wines are carefully choosen and of high quality and taste. For Reservations visit our website or call us directly.

Reviewed By Domingos S - Almada, Portugal

This restaurant was a suggestion of TripAdvisor App, and a very good one, I must say...
The restaurant is located on the top of the mountain, just above Funchal city center.
From the restaurant, it’s possible to have a 180* view of Funchal, including the big cruise ships (the big boats in the harbor).
The Owner of the restaurant is a local citizen, quite friendly, that will provide a quite good and fair description of Planka dishes, and will find time to have few minutes to talk with the visitors.
Once you finish your meal, the Owner will invite you to visit the roof top, where you can take amazing pictures.
I suggest you go around 1 hour before the sunset, so you can enjoy the transition from day into night.
The food is quite OK, although very particular as it is prepared in “low salt” approach, which provide a specific flavor to each plate.
We tried, salmon with a secret combination of aromatic herbs, and the meat was “Posta Mirandesa”, which is a Mainland traditional dish.
The price is mid-range, but the view and the friendly owner, makes it fair.
Enjoy!

10. Indian Palace Restaurant

Estrada Monumental 197, Funchal, Madeira 9000-250, Portugal Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$78 - HK$243 +351 291 756 241
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 803 reviews

Indian Palace Restaurant

Indian vegetarian tandoori karahi balti Spice optional mild medium and hot gluten free vagen free dishes air-condition sea view few table in Terrace but in summer we dont accept any on line booking for terrnace only on confirmation if its available so no one gets upset

Reviewed By norskies - Charlottesville, Virginia

This is a great place to stop if you are getting the urge for some spicy food. The meal started with some free papadums with several sauces to go with them. I ordered one of the spiciest meals, chicken vindaloo, and I was not disappointed. The service was very good, and we got a free glass of Madeira at the end.

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