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
3.5 based on 29 reviews
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.
4 based on 216 reviews
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.
4 based on 133 reviews
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.
3.5 based on 126 reviews
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.
3.5 based on 37 reviews
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.
4 based on 139 reviews
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!
4.5 based on 32 reviews
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!
4 based on 20 reviews
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.
4.5 based on 234 reviews
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!
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!
3.5 based on 18 reviews
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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