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São Miguel: Restaurants & Bars

São Miguel: Restaurants & Bars

We have written these guides to help our guests and visitors to the Azores with some curated tips and suggestions. While we have visited each place, these are just our opinions. Should you have any feedback or places we have not discovered please do email us so we can improve the guide for future visitors.

For a historical walking tour of Ponta Delgada or a historical walk around the Solars (or large mansion houses in English) built from the riches of the citrus trade in the town of Livermento click here

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Central town spots:

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So the name sounds like some odd fast food joint, but don’t let this put you off. This is a thoroughly modern, Portuguese restaurant.  With everything from steak to vegetarian fare, this is a crowd-pleasing place.  Modern, yet not fussy, it is the perfect place for a hearty dinner Google Maps

Taberna Açor
Simple, delicious Azorian and Portuguese food. Should be on the list for any visit to Ponta Delgada Google Maps

Boca de Cena
A one man show resturant. Well liked by everyone. Small and cosy, well located in the town Google Maps

Casa Do Bife O Galego
Great location in town and the steaks are excellent! Well worth visiting but can get busy when a cruise ship is in town or at busy times so best to make a reservation Google Maps

Restaurante Gastrónomo
Well regarded local resturant, focusing on fish. Great service and an unfussy decor make this a firm favourite Google Maps

Supléxio
This is the best burger place in town. A small, cool and hip resturant this cuts back on the frills to focus on what they do best, and that is the burgers. Queues can get long at lunch times so go early or go a little later (after 2pm) and the place is easier to get a table Google Maps

Restaurante O Museu
Unfussy, local fare served at this resturant Google Maps

Mané Cigano
If you’re in Ponta Delgada for lunch, Mané Cigano is a must. A local favourite for traditional Azorean seafood. It’s open for lunch, so get there early or jostle with the regulars for a table. Try the horse mackerel with beans Google Maps

Mané Cigano
This is a local favorite where the food is cheap but locals love it and it is easy to see why when you eat here. With tasty and cheap dishes with friendly service, this is a great place to stop by if you fancy an un-fussy meal Google Maps

À Terra Fornaria at Azor Hotel
The restaurant at Ponta Delgada’s best hotel is famous for its contemporary take on Azorean dishes and glorious marina views. Try the fresh succulent sardines baked in pastry with a cold glass of Azorean white wine Google Maps

A Tasca
This is a favourite restaurant of tourists and well-heeled locals.  Near Ponta Delgada Matriz church, this restaurant presents you the typical Azorean food. It can be difficult to find a table if you don’t book it in advance Google Maps

Casa Marisca
This is a tucked away local, family resturant. Popular with the locals at lunch, it may serve simple food, but it is nothing short of delicious Google Maps

Treze
This is a lovely vegetarian cafe, the best in Ponta Delgada. Friendly service and a central location (great for people watching) make this a firm lunch favourite Google Maps

Varandas Avenida
Nice cafe in the centre of town (close to the fort and Marina) where you can get a light lunch Google Maps

Around the island:

Sunset beach – Resturant & Bar
This is a local favourite. A simply stunning location right on the beach, friendly staff and both inside and outside dining areas. Steaks are reasonably priced and the wine menu is excellent. You really can’t ask for more than that Google Maps

Resturante Cais 20
With everything from steak, fresh fish to vegetarian fare, this is a crowd-pleasing place.  Modern, yet not fussy, it is the perfect place for a hearty lunch or dinner. Go for a window table overlooking the ocean Google Maps

Taberna Saca-Rolhas
This is a cosy place right by the sea wall, serving some of the best fish in the Azores. It’s a 10-minute drive from Ponta Delgada – or hike there along the cliffs to build up an appetite. Reservations necessary Google Maps

À Terra at Furnas Boutique Hotel
People regularly make the 40-minute drive here from the capital. The young, dynamic team is putting Azorean cuisine on the map using local ingredients and cooking methods. Try cheese from São Jorge, fish baked on hot stones, fresh and unusual salads or fantastic pizza straight from their wood-fired oven.
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Quinta dos Sabores
Seek out this wonderful farm-to-table restaurant, where most of what is on the menu is grown or reared on site. Knock on the barn door and you’ll be warmly greeted by hosts and owners Paulo and Inês. Expect a five-course tasting menu at a reasonable price. Vegetarians and special diets accommodated Google Map

O Américo de Barbosa – Best for Octopus
Located in a small town on a quiet street, you would be forgiven for thinking that this restaurant is nothing special. But looks can be deceiving, this place cooks the best octopus on the island.Google Map

Terra Nostra Garden Restaurant
For colzido das Furnas baked in the earth, book lunch at this Art Deco hotel restaurant with views across the botanical gardens Google Maps

Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort
Modern, sustainable, surf-chic restaurant on the north coast, famous for sashimi, surfing and sea views. Natural stone and glass interior with drift-wood decor, hanging log-burner and long suede sofas for nightcaps. Reservations mandatory for Friday and Saturday nights, though it’s a lazy lunch spot at any other time Google Maps

Bar Caloura
Low-key bar for lunch or even better a G&T sundowner with dinner. This unassuming place is one of the best for fresh seafood lovers. It is what they do. Give the burgers a miss Google Maps

Restaurante Ponta do Garajau
Tucked away in the quaint seaside town of Ribeira Quente. This restrurant is well known for its locally sourced seafood. The produce is all fresh, the service is excellent and the place is understandably busy a lot of the time Google Maps

Casa do Abel
From the same people who own Bar Caloura, I think has to be one of my favourite restaurants on the island for meat, specifically steaks. The wonderful food is well matched by the ambiance and staff. What you get here is simply the best selection of meat on the island. A firm favourite so make sure this is on your list for a visit. Reservations essential Google Maps

Restaurante da Associacao
This is a very nice restaurant but it is out of town, so assuming you have a car well worth a visit. Booking (especially at night and at week-ends is highly recommended Google Maps

The Pond Brasserie / Bar
This is a locals bar in Vila Franca do Campo that you won’t find on the tourist trail. Head in, grab a couple of beers and sit outside on the steps of the church and watch the world go by – Google Maps

Restaurante Ponta do Garajau
This is a simple and beautiful place specialising in seafood. Caught fresh s a few blocks away, the food is matched by the ambience. Lovely outdoor seating area Google Maps

Tony’s Resturant / O Vale das Furnas
Tony’s Restaurant is one of the most well-known places to try “cozido das Furnas,” roughly translated as food out of the volcano. And it really is from the depths of the earth! Worth booking a table in advance. Be warned: the plates of steaming meat and vegetables are enormous Google Maps

Café Canto do Cais
This is a hidden gem of a place, out of the way of the usual tourist crowds near the quaint town of Capelas. Well known on the island by the locals for its fish and meat, cooked in the traditional style Google Maps

Restaurante Borda D’Água
Nice and quiet place, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of most of the island. Great seafood Google Maps

Bar da Praia
Beautiful view out over the ocean. Great for drinks and sun-downers. Gets very, very busy in the summer Google Maps

Botequim Acoriano
A well known local restaurant on the island. Run by Al and his wife, who is the chef. This is a great place, best known for its fish Google Maps

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