our guide to some of the best restaurants in praia da luz
From local cuisine to international dishes - Praia da Luz offers food to suit all tastes
Whether you are looking for fine dining or just a quick bite to eat, Praia da Luz has an excellent and varied range of restaurants to suit all tastes - Portuguese, Italian, seafood, Chinese, Indian, Tapas and even Fish & Chips on a Friday! We simply cannot list every great restaurant in Luz (we are spoilt for choice) but below are some of our guests' favourites.
A full list of Praia da Luz's restaurants, cafes and bars can be found on www.algarveluzbay.com
(+351) 282 789 177
Rua 1 de Maio, Edificio Luztur (Commercial Centre up the hill from the Spar)
This is the only restaurant in Luz to have acquired the accolade of a recommendation in The Michelin Guide. Fantastic food and a great atmosphere created by Sergio who is a wonderful host & Vitor a fantastic chef. The open kitchen always has typical Portuguese dishes on the menu. Try the Chef’s couvert for a gourmet’s delight. This has long been one of the top restaurants in Luz. Fine dining at very affordable prices. Set in an intimate environment, it is essential to reserve a table. Closed on Sundays. Open from 19:00
Boaty’s Tapas & ZaZu
(+351) 282 010 851
Av. Pescadores and/or Rua do Poco
Boaty’s is a beachfront restaurant serving hot and cold Mediterranean tapas. All dishes are ‘freshly homemade’ and include a range of vegetarian options. Its location makes it perfect for a drink and tapas whilst overlooking the beach and enjoying spectacular sea views. Open from 12.00 – 21.00!
ZaZu Beach Club is located on the 1st floor of Boaty’s with fabulous panoramic sea views from the terrace. The restaurant serves delicious Portuguese, Mediterranean and Asian dishes. Open from 13.00 – 21.00! Closed on Wednesdays
(+351) 282 789 992
Rua da Calheta, 14A (just one minute’s walk from Ocean Villas)
Established in 1997 by his father, Wim and his wife Zenrika are charming hosts who combine the delights of South African cuisine with traditional Portuguese dishes. This is one of the most unusual and best choice menus in Luz. Why not try Ostrich, Kudo Fillets, Beef Sosaties (cubes of filet), Babotie (curried beef mince) or Potjerkers (lamb stew) or the ‘Steak Forestiere’, ‘Surf and Turf’ or a ‘Carpetbagger’ steak. So many mouth-watering choices! Open from 16:00 for snacks and drinks, with dinner served from 18:00. Closed on Sundays
(+351) 282 761 334
Rua de Varzea / Rua Direita junction
Chicca’s restaurant takes great care in preparing homemade, tasty Portuguese food with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options also available. Francesca (known as Chicca) is renowned for her ebullience and passion. Expect large, appetizing portions and attentive service. Check the blackboards for a daily change of menu. Takeaway also available.
(+351) 282 788 584
Av. dos Pescadores 6
With an enviable beachfront location, A Concha’s speciality is fresh fish and seafood. What started as a small kiosk in 1964 has developed into one of the best restaurants in town. Take in the wonderful sea views from the roof terrace as you tuck into Cataplana d`Ameijoas (clams in the cataplana pan) or a monkfish kebab.
(+351) 282 761 492
Rua da Praia 18
A Fabrica (the factory) pays tribute to the sardine canning factory that originally stood in its location from 1884. It is now a bistro-style cafe offering an excellent international menu with a contemporary flair. The service is impeccable and the range of wine and craft beer is excellent. Highly recommended if you’re looking for something a little different.
(+351) 282 789 926
Rua da Igreja, 3
There is no doubt that Fortaleza da Luz restaurant has the prime location in town. Set within the exotic gardens of a 17th century fortress, it is bolstered by magnificent ocean views. It’s menu focusses on traditional Portuguese food but with a contemporary edge. Every Sunday in summer for the past twenty years, they have held a ‘Jazz lunch’ in the gardens which has received huge acclaim. Open for lunch every day from 12.00 -15.00 with both A La Carte and set menu and 18.00 – 22.00 with daily ‘chef’s’ specials.
(+351) 282 761 316
Rua da Calheta 6/8
‘Look’ describes itself as a ‘Steak Cafe’ offering the highest quality cuts from Portuguese and foreign meats. The ambience is casual and friendly and is ideally located just 60 seconds from Ocean Villas Luz. The perfect restaurant for steak connoisseurs. Table reservations are recommended in summer. The restaurant is closed in winter. Open Mon – Sat from 15.00, food available from 18.00.
Arte (+351) 282 792 736
Intimate and ever-friendly, Arte offers a wide range of sumptuous dishes. Look out for the daily special which is both delicious and great value.
Ondaluz (+351) 282 767 350
Ondaluz has a convivial and inviting atmosphere as well as an impressive range of seafood and local dishes.
Paulo’s (+351) 282 792 355
An excellent choice if you are looking for a family-run restaurant with a consistently great menu. Many happy Ocean Villas guests have enthused about their experience.