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We've got an appetite for the Algarve. And whether it comes to cooking up a storm or dining like royalty, this culinary coastline comes with some delicious eating out options. Here are 10 of the best eateries around...

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1. Rui Marisqueira 

You'll be spoilt for choice by the selection at this popular seafood restaurant in the heart of Silves. Rui Marisqueira has been hailed as one of the best and most affordable seafood restaurants in the Algarve. Plus, it always boasts a full to the brim aquarium to get you salivating. 

2. Àbabuja

An Alvor eatery with a penchant for regional seafood. This former fisherman's house turned restaurant, is home to a fresh fusion of fish dishes. Expect piquant Portuguese centrepieces and unsung local seafood, including briny clams and cuttlefish.

3. Manzo steakhouse

If a juicy steak is your mainstay, then Manzo Steakhouse should meat your expectations. You can find this mighty meat establishment in Olhos de Água - oh, and at the top of its local ranking on Tripadvisor. Big praise from the toughest critics around... 

4. Bistro Rainha

Back in Silves, you'll find Bistro Rainha, who really know how to show their diners a warm welcome. Plus, with delectable dishes across the menu, your eyes will be as big as saucers. And the deserts are to die for if you have the stamina.

 5. São Gabriel

Proving worthy of its Michelin star, attention to detail sparkles at the spectacular São Gabriel. Tucked away in a quaint farmhouse in Quinta do Lago, this eatery boasts 'mmm' moments from place to plate. 

6. Adega Dom Pipas

This traditional Portuguese restaurant prides itself on just that - mouthwatering Portuguese cuisine at fair prices. Close to Old Town square in Albufeira, you'll be in the most scenic place to walk off an unforgettable meal. 

7. Vai e Volta 

Veer towards Vai e Volta in Olhao. This hidden gem serves up a host of top all-around Mediterranean fish dishes. The staff come around and proudly present you with utterly delicious dishes, in a truly rustic setting. 

8. A Tia Bria

A Tia Bria boasts a cosy, family atmosphere - rightly so - translating into English as 'Auntie Bria'. Off the beaten track, but totally worth the trip, it is home to classic Portuguese plates that are a hit with the locals. 

9. Al Bravo 

Bravo to Al Bravo. This cosy cafe in the heart of Lagos does both very well. Both, of course, being sweet and savoury. From tapas to crepes and sangria, this place is a mish-mash of deliciousness. 

10. Oliveira Dourada

Within a stone’s throw of  Vilamoura, local legend Oliveira Dourada boasts an intimate setting and real food bursting with Algarvian authenticity. Especially in *THAT* cataplana. 

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