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Mediterranean, European
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Lunch, Dinner
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Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, 有泊車位, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Waterfront
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A gastronomic paradise by the sea! Here, the buzzword is excellence, something that chef Dieter Koschina attains by reinterpreting the classic dishes o...
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Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!
Extremely comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fulfilling what has been a rewarding ritual, this summer, we returned to the Vila Joya restaurant, in order to enjoy the fantastic delicacies created by the brilliant chef Koschinna. All the conditions were met, including of course the idyllic setting, in order for us to...be treated to another unforgettable taste experience. I can say that our best expectations were surpassed until the last of the hot dishes, a fantastic “Madam Burgaud’s duck”, approaching perfection. And I’ll never forget the lobster in two servings, a real masterpiece. But then came the desserts. Not one, not two, but three desserts (excluding the final mignardises), and the picture got drastically worse. None managed to go beyond the usual aesthetic refinement. The first caused undisguised displeasure, due to the intense flavour ranging between pistachios and bitter almonds, a non-consensual pastry creation, to say the least. The two remaining desserts were affected by the excessive presence of sugar. As if that wasn’t enough, a Vintage Port and a Malvasia (Malmsey) Madeira, which is the sweetest of all Madeira wines (the sommelier didn’t forget to mention it), were served in the wine pairing, hence aggravating the over-sweet nature of the last two dishes. From this I may conclude that the Vila Joya sommelier still has to go through a long learning process. And with regard to wine harmonization, it is regrettable that the restaurant does not take the initiative to previously inform customers about its composition and the price charged for it. Such a decision would avoid unpleasant surprises the moment the bill arrives on the table. It will be up to the customer, if he or she so wishes, to request the information in order to make the best decision. I didn’t do it, my mistake. The issuing of an invoice also lacks the customer’s order. I didn’t do it, my mistake. For all these reasons, we are unlikely to return to Vila Joya.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

should definitely take ur loved ones heres , such a beautiful environment and the food is delicious as well!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have wanted and planned to enjoy a meal in this restaurant and expected so much. While I must agree a restaurant of this calibre may not normally expect families, when on holiday dining experiences is what our family enjoy. From first contact with the...restaurant, via email I explained we would be bringing our children and we understood that full cover charge would be expected. Even with that I was a little taken back by a follow up phone call for my credit card details to book the restaurant. Clearly from the email I understood the 195 euro cover charge per person so I was perplexed by the follow up email and demand for credit card details. Pushing forward to the meal, clearly the staff took the opinion we had not been in a restaurant of their calibre before and while some people might say the service was attentive I would argue this service was good to poor. Lacking the comfort and feel of a true great restaurant. I felt I was in a training night rather than the real deal and I was paying for the real deal. The four course meal with chief surprises, as explained to us. Was good. A far cry from what is should be. The lobster was tough and overly acidic but the duck was a wonderful dish. The pinnacle of the night. The chocolate orange desert was devoid of taste. The vista from our table was beautiful, the forward view of the sea and the sun setting in the west given a beautiful warm glow to the night. Each and every tablecloth was disappointingly course and not ironed. This added to the “training night” feel. Restaurant with 2 star awards should offer not only exceptional food, exceptional service, exceptional environment but combined create an experience that lasts. An experience that wills you to return. The experience we had felt cheap, not rehearsed. However the price finishing over € 1,000.00 for four, two adults and two children under 12, excluding tip demands much much more. An experience I hope to forget.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 30 May 2021

This restaurant was the best culinary experience of my life. The setting was simply stunning, on the terrace looking out over the sea. The service impeccable - warm and welcoming, and the food was simply sublime. All in all with a number of amuse bouche...prior to the lunch itself, there were about a dozen dishes to taste; everything from foie gras, to caviar, to quails egg, to lobster. Everything was beautifully, and creatively presented and tasted wonderful. A party for the senses. Make sure you ask for a table on the terrace as that just adds to the experienceMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 16 August 2020 via mobile

Disappointed that they cannot cater for one vegan diner in a party of 7 Email response: “Keeping this in mind we would be able to offer vegetarian options if you prefer. I am afraid we are not in a position to offer vegan options at...this time.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 30 July 2020

It is always a great pleasure to return to Vila Joya, which has been considered, over the last three decades, one of the best restaurants in the country. This is precisely why any kind of deceptive behaviour is hardly understandable in such a place. Let...me explain: When a costumer is served a second flute of champagne, it’s necessary to make it clear that this is really an independent one, with its own price, and not a refill of the first flute, a perfectly natural gesture in a restaurant with the distinctiveness of Vila Joya. Unfortunately, that was not the case. No questions were made to me by the member of the staff. The second flute was served without any warning, and was deceptively charged in the final bill. I would say that the high standards governing Vila Joya’s cuisine and service do not deserve this kind of behaviour. This sad episode, as well as the long delay between two dishes of the menu, prevented us from having a perfect lunch.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 21 July 2020

The 3th time we visited this restaurant. And again it didn't disappoint. The place is magical at the border of the cliffs and view over the ocean. This year they only accepted in house guests (so we had to stay at the vila joya hotel:...memorable but at a memorable price ;-) ). Service is spot on: professional, friendly, non obtrusive. Perfect. Food is impeccable: tasty, refined, wonderful ingredients. Wine pairing is high class but a bit too pricey (we ended with 315euro drinks for 2 people). All in all a memorable evening. We certainly will be coming back !More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 13 December 2019

Best dining experience, all staff are knowledgeable, professional and courteous, amazing experience I couldn't ask for anything else, service and food are on a top level.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 November 2019

This was our number one place to eat across Portugal over 10 days and really out shined the three Michelin 2 star restaurants we ate at. Why? First the views are stunning...make sure to sit and have your first cocktail at 1/2 hour before sunset....And asked to be seated outside. Second, the staff is incredible. Third, the food possibly even better. A few odd things but you have to come to expect that with a tasting menu. We celebrated our anniversary here and were so glad we did.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 28 October 2019 via mobile

Managed to secure a table for dinner the previous evening about an hour before I was due to dine at Ocean in Porches. The menu on offer was the 6 course tasting menu, which was what I also opted for at Ocean to compare like...for like. A completely different set up, the outdoor terrace was not an option, but the snug, low ceiling space where I dined was both intimate and yet spacious. I liked the fact that interaction with other guests, if so desired, was easier than Ocean. From start to finish, each course just got better and better, just when I thought i said wow for the last time, the next course or amuse bouche produced another wow. I did not realise that the celebrated chef, having held 2* for twenty years (some achievement) creates a new menu every day. Now, it's unlikely that a patron is going to be dining there more than 2 nights in a row (the body just couldn't cope) so it's hard to say whether a dish is repeated or tweaked from one evening to the next. Either way, my eyes were welling up with the sheer deliciousness of each course and, the fact that my other half was not there to enjoy it with me. The staff here are more relaxed yet still professional. Not the starchiness that i referenced in my review of Ocean. Also, there were more female waiters compared to there being only one at Ocean. The pork main was a lovely sized portion compared to the rather petite duck at Ocean (I even managed to secure the bone before it was thrown into the stock pot). Wine pairings were excellent too. Funnily enough, both Ocean and Vila Joya serve Billecart Salmon as their house Champagne, Nothing wrong with Billecart, just an interesting observation. So, by far, my favourite of the 2 was Vila Joya. I look forward to returning with my other half to enjoy another wonderful evening, and might even stay a night or 2.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Restaurant Vila Joya is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5