5 best restaurants in Funchal
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
Ristorante Villa Cipriani
For the best views
Set on a hilltop above the Atlantic, Villa Cipriani is Madeira’s best Italian restaurant, boasting a beautiful open-air terrace with fabulous panoramas over the bay. The intimate atmosphere is perfect for a romantic meal accompanied by an extensive wine list, and with dishes ranging from rack of lamb to cannelloni, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Also known for its attentive service and decadent desserts, the restaurant has all the elegance you’d expect of Reid’s Palace Hotel.
Belmond Reid's Palace, 139 Estrada Monumental, Funchal 9000 098
Tel: 351 291 717 100 www.reidspalace.com/web/omad/restaurants_in_funchal.jsp
Beef & Wines
For steak and sophistication
This award-winning Portuguese steakhouse and wine bar is by no means a budget option while staying in Madeira, but it’s certainly worth splashing out on. Take advice on which of the array of wines to enjoy with your meal, whether that be a rare steak accompanied by classic side orders and vegetables or tender Picanha (skewers of beef). A modern and classy eatery with friendly service, this place is a must for meat-lovers.
60A Avenida do Infante, Funchal 9000 015
Tel: 351 963 041 993 www.beefandwines.com
Tel: 351 291 225 344
Simple but special local cuisine
For fresh, authentic Portuguese food, your best bet is this little fish restaurant by the market. The unassuming façade is almost hidden amidst a myriad of other restaurants on Rua de Santa Maria in the Old Town. The host, the affable Senhor Luis, will inform you of the day’s fresh catches rather than giving you a menu, with options like the local tasty scabbard (Espada). Wash it down with a chilled beer in this immaculate venue where the emphasis is on great quality rather than huge choice.
5A Rua de Santa Maria, Funchal 9050 040
Location, location, location!
A perfect setting with sea views gives Cidade Velha an edge over the other restaurants on this busy street in the Old Town before you even sit down to eat. But, when you do, you’ll discover specialities like cornbread crusted cod, Chateaubriand, stuffed piglet and Madeira-style swordfish. Dine within the warm interior, out on the covered deck or in the open-air square, watching ships cruise by and taking in the traditional ambience of Funchal.
21 Rua Potao de Santiago, Funchal 9060 250
Tel: 351 291 232 021 www.restaurantecidadevelha.com
Solar Da Ajuda
For international flavour
The bustling Solar Da Ajuda is one of the island’s friendliest – and consequently most popular – restaurants. With its ever-vibrant atmosphere, it serves a host of international cuisines, with specialities including the signature Steak on Stone and sizzling fajitas. Local dishes don’t go amiss, so try the fresh scabbard or the area’s traditional grilled limpets. The tourist set menu includes wine and dessert (including a huge crème caramel!). Great value for money.
Hotel Belo Sol, Rua da Casa Branca, Funchal 900 113
Tel: 351 291 762 318 www.solardaajuda.com