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Taberna Ruel

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Rua Santa Maria 119 | corner Travessa João Caetano, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
+351 291 231 720
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12:00 - 23:00
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Lichfield
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454 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a large restaurant in the old town with a choice of 3 seating areas - on the street, inside and in the rear garden patio. It is very popular so the street tables were already full and the rear garden was a bit noisy so we chose to eat inside in a lovely modern room which was spotlessly... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was recommended by a friend so we decided to try something new. Menu is extensive which should be a warning sign and tell you that it is one of the many tourist restaurants in the area. Main course - from the list of day's recommendations - was a lobster and crab linguini. Pasta was wet and overcooked and... More 

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Funchal, Portugal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Party of six for an amazing dinner and wine selection. Octopus, squids, risotto and nice white wine Paulo Laureano!! Fabulous service from Harold and Diva!!! To return and always recommend!!!

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Thank MadeiraIsland
United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The service and presentation at Taberna Ruel are excellent, and the Chateaubriand IS DEFINITELY worth writing home about! The menu presents a wonderful selection of starters and mains - and we made the most of both for lunch one day and dinner another day. If there is a weakness on the menu it is dessert - it simply did not... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good humour and friendly staff. Not knowing my fish very well I let the waiter help me decide which was pork fish. Delicious! I had chestnut soup to start which was nice. Cappuccino at the end finished off a great meal.

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Wolverley, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had A great meal last night in the old town. We were offered a table inside or out we chose out as there's a great atmosphere on the street. Every door way has a painting/peace of art on it down this street. We ordered the house wine red, fish soup for starter( exultant choice) my wife had some small fish... More 

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely friendly service and superb fresh fish. We ate outside, a very enjoyable experience. Can't fault it

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went Easter Sunday for a special meal. Setting was nice out on Patio. Staff were very pleasant and happy to help. Food was underwhelming and quite bland. Much better places on the island- had expected more

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Thank mallymoo2015
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food and excellent service! Nice to seat inside and outside, lovely back terrace. The portions are smaller than in other places, but good quality. The strawberry cheesecake was amazing. The price tag is according to the quality ££££

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Halifax
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to this restaurant 4 times during our holiday because the food was so good, as was the service. Always managed to get a table inside as weather was a little cool for eating outside - though many people were braver than us. Would recommend the seafood rice, scabbard fish - grilled or fried, prawns or octopus. All beautifully cooked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 13 - US$ 49
Cuisine
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Santa Maria 119 | corner Travessa João Caetano, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Madeira Islands  >  Madeira  >  Funchal
  • Phone Number: +351 291 231 720
Description
Located on one of the oldest streets of Funchal, the Taberna Ruel Restaurant aim to be a mark in the historic center of Funchal. This location grants a special atmosphere so you can enjoy an unforgettable experience. The widely recognized gastronomic quality is a must under Ricardo Ruel signature. Working with local ingredients of high quality, passion for what we do and innovative cooking techniques are what distinguishes us. The wine cellar with a wide selection of Portuguese wines are carefully framed in a secular cistern. The historical building where you find the Taberna Ruel Restaurant was fully renovated and prepared for a unique environment looking to offer unforgettable moments. The restaurant by its unique location in the heart of the Funchal historical center, was initially launched as Taberna da Esquina, today the restaurant is Taberna Ruel a natural evolution by the recognition of our guests to Richard Ruel great passion in the use of products from Madeira and its constant search for new flavors. The renovation of the building was awarded with the prize for "Heritage Recovery of Funchal City Historical Center - 2011" by the Municipality of Funchal.

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