O CANTINHO ALGARVIO
Name of establishment
O Cantinho Algarvio
Traditional Portuguese restaurant in the heart of the old town. White tiled walls make it surprisingly light and spacious inside, and the ‘live’ seafood tank is always a good talking point - and attracts plenty of passers-by indoors. The tables outside are literally in the middle of the street, so you’re right in the thick of things.
A friendly and warm welcome from the most genial of hosts. Great for any occasion, be it a casual lunch or dinner with friends, romantic evening for two, or a big celebration. Casual wear is fine, although you can dress up a little if the occasion calls for it.
A wide variety of Portuguese dishes such as monkfish rice, a range of cataplanas, fresh fish, seafood rice, kebabs and steaks. House specials include leg of lamb marinated with onions, potatoes and white wine, and pumpkin with monkfish, prawns, clams, coconut milk and ginger.
A good selection of Portuguese wines are on offer, and Carlos will guide you through the choices to complement your meal. The house wine is good and inexpensive and wines like Douro Curva Reserva provide a refreshing alternative. A big selection of vintage Port and liqueurs round the meal off nicely.
The chef and proprietor, Carlos Ramos, has been in the business for over 20 years. He has a wonderful enthusiasm for his trade and gladly creates special dishes to order. He is a member of the “Confraria dos Enofilos e Gastronomica do Algarve,” recognising his culinary talents and knowledge of fine wines.
Why do you like it?
This place is all about the proprietor and his good, honest, wholesome food. Everyone is made to feel so welcome that you leave after your first visit as old friends. It has a lively, fun atmosphere that turns a dinner into an occasion. People just keep coming back.
With such a strong and devoted following, it is advisable to make a reservation, especially in peak season. Some people have been coming here for 10 years, and one of their most loyal customers comes to their holiday home twice a year for 10 days and eats at the restaurant every night. Sound dull? Not when you consider that the chef prepares a different speciality every night to surprise them!
Throughout the year, the restaurant also organises a number of special events including Tapas Night and Gourmet Night, as well as celebrating key dates such as Easter with special dishes.
Approx 50 in the main restaurant plus another 20 in an adjacent room, often used for parties and groups. Outside there are around 20 seats.
Rua Alfonso de Almeida 17-21, Lagos. Just off the main square, Praca Gil Eanes. Park in the underground car park on the Avenida dos Descobrimentos, along the waterfront.
An average three-course meal will cost €18-€25 per person, although you can spend more. With wine on top from just €9 a bottle for the house choice, it’s not expensive.