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Bistro Central

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Largo da Liberdade 24, Salema, Portugal
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Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

This used to be our favourite restaurant , now under new management , food quality good but service very very poor , only one waiter and the manager who seemed to be under the influence of alcohol was oblivious to his guests and sat socialising with friends rather than support his only waiter who was trying to do his best... More 

2 Thank pansy300
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Four of us called in after being enticed by the 'lunch time special board', we had a table on the terrace, very pleasant, the meal was fish soup ( excellent) half a grilled chicken (bit skinny) rice and chips, a glass of wine all for 9.50 euros, service was good as there was 1 waitress and 1 waiter. My wife... More 

1 Thank merseyscouse
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

My husband introduced me to central bistro 6 years ago, we holiday in salema every year and we frequent central bistro everyone. We went back last week and here are my thoughts after reading recent feedback. 1. There has been a management change over. The food and menu is exactly the same and the evening service is excellent and is... More 

Thank Shelley M
Kildare, Ireland
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Visited this restaurant last night with my family and we all ordered different fresh fish from the daily special menu. The owner took our orders and we had to wait for 45mins for any food to arrive - even the kids plain bowl of pasta! When we enquired about the delay the owner was incredibly rude and agressive to us!... More 

Thank Lisa_N329
Caren R, Geschäftsführer at Bistro Central, responded to this review

Dear guests, if you order in the bistro central, you will get your meal prepared in an absolute fresh manner. Vegetable, rice, noodles, meat and fish – evreything is done freshly. It is no secret that preparing fresh fish needs about 30 minutes . Further we are always concerned to serve a group of people (here fresh fish was ordered... More 

Salema, Portugal
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73 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

This place is fabulous for sitting inside or out. The view is lovely. The food is amazing and really freshly prepared. The staff are very friendly and happy. The sangria is to be recommended.

1 Thank MrsMuldoon
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Food was very, very good. Staff extremly nice and polite. Thanks! The german Owner did take a lot of time for every person in the Restaurant.

Thank Gert M
Vantaa, Finland
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Take tapas place. First slow service, but then they see me. And after that service was superb. Food and drinks where average price. Location is ok. Nea everything.

Thank Markku21
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

I had the veggie breakfast here last year and have thought about it ever since! Went back this morning - still lovely. All the usual bits plus grilled vegetables, goat's cheese and stuffed mushrooms. I've been with some plant-based family too, and they were more than happy to accommodate. Staff very friendly and efficient. Opens at 10 so if you're... More 

Thank FiggyLizzy
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Just called in by chance and were rewarded with a really lovely meal. The sea bass with veg and potatoes au gratin were fab. Great value and a great experience. Topped off with a lovely port and brandy on the house. Mein host Daniel and his team please take a bow. Ausgezeichnet !!

Thank Mark F
Bedford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Have visited this Bistro in the past, before it was acquired by its new owner. The new owner seems to know very little about customer service. The main objective seems to be to get the order in for the main course and wine, after that you are on your own! Had to ask for steak knife and condiments. Whilst waiting... More 

Thank carolinebuchanan89

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, International, Portuguese
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Largo da Liberdade 24, Salema, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Algarve  >  Faro District  >  Salema
  • Phone Number: 351934194215

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?