Top 10 restaurants in Lajes do Pico, Portugal

October 2, 2017 Claudia Navarrete

Lajes do Pico (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈlaʒɨʒ ðu ˈpiku]) is a municipality in the southern part of the Azores. The municipality is located is on the southern part of the Pico Island. The population in 2011 was 4,711, in an area of 155.31 km². It is bordered by Madalena to the west and by São Roque do Pico to the north.
Things to do in Lajes do Pico

1. Troca a Nota

Rua Padre Manuel Jose Lopes 13-A, Lajes do Pico, Pico 9930-153, Portugal Reservations European, Portuguese, Italian, Mediterranean Dinner +351 917 090 085
Excellent
17%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 29 reviews

Troca a Nota

Reviewed By Film G - Aurora

Sporting zero pizzazz, this tidy, hyper-local, family establishment delivers the goods. Meat or fish, potatoes, rice, salad -- You're in the Azores! There is also a better-than-OK pasta selection. If it is decent local food you seek, and want to avoid the bus tours that go to the Lagoa restaurant, this place is just around the corner.

2. Canto do Paco

Rua do Ramal N0 4 | Prainha de Baixo, Sao Roque do Pico, Pico 9940-311, Portugal Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch HK$47 - HK$141 +351 912 363 723
Excellent
48%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 216 reviews

Canto do Paco

Reviewed By Saint_Yves78

We came to this restaurant cause of the good reviews.
We have waited almost 30 mn for the menu. But it's normal... because there is no menu here. You have to wait for the explanations of the chef owner.
Don't expect to eat meat or something else than fish... you have just the choice between 3 grilled fishes. And you don't know the price.
There is no bread, no olives, no cheese. Just a soup of fish as a starter.
Then you have to wait for an other waiter for the drinks....
So we have paid 16 euros for 3 small pieces of potatoes and a small piece of fish.
As there is no menu, for drinks food, you don't know the price.
It was the most expensive price we've paid for this kind of meal in Azores. The drinks are also very expensive...
The previous and good comments for this restaurant definitively belong to the past.

3. Fonte Cuisine

Caminho de Baixo | Silveira, Lajes do Pico, Pico 9930-177, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol European, Portuguese, Chinese, Seafood, International Lunch, Dinner +351 292 679 504
Excellent
47%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 133 reviews

Fonte Cuisine

Reviewed By JTA208 - Ohio

My husband and I stayed on Lages, Pico for 3 nights recently. We had dinner at Fonte Cuisine one night at the recommendation of our Airbnb host & the other guests renting another room at our accommodation.
Unfortunately, it was not my favorite. We did not have Reservations, but we were quickly seated in the bar area. We were seated by a window overlooking the patio. The view really wasn't anything to remember.
My husband and I started with a local Pico white wine, which we thought was delicious. The bottle was much less expensive than we were anticipating. We ordered the local cheese and limpets to start with. The cheese was delicious, but I preferred the selection at Cella Bar. This was my first time trying limpets - and I'll admit - I'm not sure if I just don't like them, or if these were bad. They tasted very much what I would expect licking the bottom of an old boat would taste like. They are barnacles, and they tasted like them. They were smothered in garlic, butter, and oil, for which I was thankful. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to order limpets again during our trip for comparison - but if I visited Fonte again, I would not order these.
For my main dish I had the seafood kabob. The presentation was spectacular and the serving size was generous. That being said, I didn't think anything tasted particularly fresh. To be 100% honest, I was expecting a lot more. My husband had the sausage platter. He said, "it was fine".
All-in-all it wasn't a terrible experience, but I don't think I would recommend it for anyone with limited time on the island.

4. Restaurante Lagoa

Rua de Sao Pedro 2, Lajes do Pico, Pico 9930-136, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +351 292 672 272
Excellent
19%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 126 reviews

Restaurante Lagoa

Reviewed By goyourownway - United States

N38°23,574' W28°15,068' Regarded in many travel guides to have the best options for regional fish, meat and sausages in Lajes de Pico, visiting Restaurante A Lagoa on the south side of Lajes during the festival of the Whaling Men in August 2016 was not the best moment. We entered the restaurant after the lunch peak, due to earlier whale watching trip.
A Lagoa is a big air-conditioned restaurant with Terrace and separate bar. Their summer buffet for €11 offered a choice of special fish and meat options, salad bar and potatoes, rice and French fries. We went for fish and meat, both tasting well but not special, just to fill the stomach. Their food was nutritious in quality, but not stimulating the taste buds in any way.
We were reminded by a staff member not to forget dessert. We were surprised to notice afterwards that the dessert was not part of the buffet. This is the wrong kind of hospitality, guests will always remember when talking about Restaurante A Lagoa.

5. Restaurante O Lavrador Lda

Estrada Regional n3 | Silveira, Lajes do Pico, Pico 9930-177, Portugal Wheelchair Accessible European, Portuguese HK$94 - HK$173 +351 292 672 604
Excellent
10%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
32%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 37 reviews

Restaurante O Lavrador Lda

Reviewed By Piomak64

The restaurant is located on a hill overlooking the bay of Lajes with great view over the village, sea and surroundings. It specializes in catering bigger groups, with open buffet, but can also serve individual customers. It has been recently expanded and modernized, with some small local farming museum and wine shop added.
Good local cheeses for starters, soups and local daily fishes are offered. Meats are very simple, can be skipped. All in all, simple, authentic local food.

6. Bistrot Whale'come

Rua dos Baleeiros, Lajes do Pico, Pico 9930-143, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Bar, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$47 - HK$141 +351 292 672 010
Excellent
34%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 139 reviews

Bistrot Whale'come

Reviewed By Duncan M - Houten, The Netherlands

Visited the Whalecome for dinner at our first day at Pico and for lunch after our dolphin watching tour. The salads are pure and delicious. Now we're waiting for the warm homemade applepie with a scoop of vanilla icecream. It looks and smells whale'icious!
For dinner yesterday we had bacalhau pie and filet mignon. That was good, too. Verry friendly staff and nice atmosphere. You should go here while you're on Pico island!

7. Aromas e Sabores

Rua Capitao-Mor Garcia Goncalves Madruga 9, Lajes do Pico, Pico 9930-129, Portugal Wheelchair Accessible European, Portuguese Breakfast +351 292 672 866
Excellent
73%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Aromas e Sabores

Reviewed By Larry W - Rochester, New York

This little café was located right in the middle of the town where we stayed. It had INCREDIBLE baked goods that seemed to melt in your mouth. I had a mushroom and cheese quiche-like creation that was amazing, while my daughter enjoyed a lemon tart that was equally as tantalizing. The coffee (espressos) in here smelled out-of-this-world as well. I would love to come to this place every day for drinks and snacks...yummy!

8. Braseiro Da Vila

Avenida Marginal 3, Lajes do Pico, Pico 9930-121, Portugal
Excellent
20%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 20 reviews

Braseiro Da Vila

Reviewed By CruisersRus - Mount Albert

We stopped in here after our visit to the Whalers' Museum, just around the corner. They have a few small tables set up and you essentially order from the counter where meal pictures and pricing information is available. Once you complete your meal, you go back to the counter to settle up. Very simple and your order is prepared fresh. Not a fancy place, but the food was good as a lunch.

9. Casa Ancora

Rua do Cais 29B, Sao Roque do Pico, Pico 9940-355, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Full Bar European, Portuguese, Mediterranean, Fusion, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$94 - HK$196 +351 292 644 496
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 234 reviews

Casa Ancora

Casa Ancora is a modern restaurant that opened in August 2016 in Sao Roque do Pico. Architecture and design by world renowned Portuguese architects. Fusion cuisine by a young star chef with background in Michelin restaurants. Fresh local products. Carefully selected wines. Lounge open Terrace right in front of the ocean Casa Ancora - we are open for you!

Reviewed By travels_ahoy - London, United Kingdom

Went for dinner at Casa Ancora with my husband and had a fabulous evening. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, especially with wine recommendations, and the food was fantastic.
We shared the bruschetta with chicken and lime as a starter and both thought it was lovely, and I then had the beef cheeks with marinated pear as a main (delicious, and incredibly tender) whilst my husband had the grilled octopus, which he said was fantastic. For dessert, the chocolate tart (which had coconut in the base) was amazing, and one of the best desserts I've ever had.
Although it was one of the more expensive meals that we had on Pico, it still only cost 60 euros (+ a tip) including wine, which for the standard of cooking I felt was great value. Would highly recommend!

10. Restaurante Ritinha

Avenida Marginal 149, Lajes do Pico, Pico 9930-121, Portugal
Excellent
27%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
11%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 18 reviews

Restaurante Ritinha

Reviewed By Vicky N - Birmingham, United Kingdom

Great fish and omelette. Great view of mt pico. Great atmosphere. Very good Red wine. Lots of locals here too. A little slow in the service but on holiday so not bothered.

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