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Our Favorite Restaurants in Madeira


While Madeira is famous for its wine,  it also boasts some of Portugal’s best restaurants. Here are some of our favorite restaurants in Madeira. 


Principal Bistro 

Address: Rua Da Praia 47, Funchal 

Hours: Mon – Fri, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm; Mon-Sun, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm 

Why we like it: Traditional Madeiran dishes fused with mainland Portuguese and Mediterranean flavors, relying heavily on local ingredients. If you save room for dessert, try the caramelized banana tartlet! 



Address: Edifício Tecnoparque Passeio Público Marítimo Sítio da, R. da Quinta Calaça, Funchal 

Hours: Mon–Sun, 10:00 am – 10:30 pm 

Why we like it: Great service, great food, and a great wine list. The evenings often include live music. 


Restaurante do Forte

Address: Rua do Forte 3, 9060-123, Funchal

Hours: Mon-Sun, 12pm-3pm and 6:30pm-10:30pm

Why we like it: Located inside the historical 17th century Fortress of Sao Tiago fort on the water is unique and beautiful. It has a nice courtyard with outdoor seating.  The food is very good with vegetarian options.



Address: Estrada Monumental 139, Funchal 

Hours: Tues – Sat, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm 

Why we like it: Awarded a Michelin star, William offers phenomenal, contemporary Portuguese cuisine with stunning coastal views. Reservations are required as this is a very popular restaurant in town. 


O Barquerio Marisqueira

Address: Centro Comercial Centromar, 9000-101, Funchal

Hours: Mon-Sun, 12:00pm-10:30pm

Why we like it: The locals will tell you this is one of the best seafood restaurants in town.  The seafood platters for 2 will easily feed 3 and contain every local fish you want to try! Don't miss the famous Madeira 'caviar' and the local scabbard fish with banana.


The Wanderer 

Address: Avenida do Infante, 11, Centro Commercial Olipmo, Funchal 

Hours: 7:30 pm dinner

Why we like it: A 5-course tasting menu featuring local, home-grown ingredients and products from Madeira, it's a culinary journey for all foodies out there and will not disappoint. Reservations are required.


Restaurante Casal da Penha 

Address: Beco da Ataíde 1, Funchal 

Hours: Mon–Sun, 11:00 am – 10:30 pm

Why we like it: This family-run restaurant is known for its simple yet authentic dishes where the ingredients shine. We recommend their famous clams, "à Bulhão Pato," if available – they are delicious! 

Experience the famous food and wine of this beautiful destination on a customized itinerary from Quest Travel Adventures.  Some of our most popular trips include our 5 Day Taste of the Madeira, 6 Day Madeira Adventure Seeker, 6 Day Madeira Discovery, and 8 Day Best of Madeira

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