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July 13, 2011

Name: Caneta

Location: Altares, just past Biscoitos on the same coastal road, the restaurant will be on the left side coming from that direction.

Parking: There is not much for street parking.  Your best option is to turn left on the little street right after the restaurant.  There is a sign that says Parque.  There are a few spots just after you turn on the right side, but if all are taken, drive down a little further to a grass parking lot which is on the left.  There is a sign indicating you an park there.

Phone Number:  295 989 162


Hours: Open noon-3 pm and 6 pm-10 pm; Closed on Mondays

Type of Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese

English Menu: Yes

English Speaking Staff: Yes

Brought to the Table: Bread (including corn bread), Fresh Cheese, Olives, Butter, Sausage

This is a cute, traditional restaurant serving good food in a relaxed environment.  There is a restaurant upstairs, with a cafe downstairs.  There is also a nice courtyard area with a waterfall.  There are many options to choose from for the food.  The steak kebab seems to be a popular choice for both the locals and Americans.  This is one of only a handful of places serving the traditional cornbread, which is different from American cornbread and tastes excellent.  This is a good choice for either lunch or dinner and makes a nice place to go with friends and visitors you might have.  The decor and staff really gives you the traditional experience without feeling outdated.  Don’t pass this great restaurant up just because it is a little further from the base.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Cynthia E permalink
    July 13, 2011 1:30 pm

    Caneta serves one of the best “old school” desserts I’ve ever experienced: Doce de Vinagre (“vinegar sweet”). Ive never seen it anywhere else. Very sweet, difficult to describe: somewhat like the tradtional Indian sweet, Rasmalai, but with egg yolks and lemon zest, with a taste and texture reminiscent of German marzipan (though it doesn’t contain any almonds!). Don’t let the name deter you from trying it. Not to be missed!

  2. July 13, 2011 9:23 pm

    This sounds like a great place!

  3. Manuel & Marylyn Assis permalink
    January 11, 2012 8:42 pm

    My husband and I visited Caneta Restaurant last October/11…We enjoyed an outstanding dinner…We are returning February 1 – 15th this year and will DEFINITELY revisit Caneta !!!!!

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