Please refer to the map of Sal Rei for the location for most of the bars and restaurants listed below
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A small restaurant, on the main square in Sal Rei (map ref:41). It is advisable to book in advance. Speciality is Cape Verde dishes, the highlights being fish and other seafood, caught that day. The bar is open all day. There is a varied wine list. Hosts Santinha and Luca.
Telephone: 00238 2511099
This newly opened bar is Italian owned and run. It is located close to the shore near the port. The bar is very tastefully decorated with comfortable seating including an outdoor area. (Map Ref: 4)
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This newly opened Italian restaurant is close to the shore near the port. The interior is spacious and tastefully designed. As well as the normal fish, the restaurant served a variety of pasta dishes, the service was of a very high standard. (Map ref: 5)
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A local Cape Verde run restaurant with a glorious view over the harbour (map ref:7). Access is rather difficult, up a steep staircase of 4 flights that requires you to bend frequently. Most dishes are available, especially fresh fish. Very popular with locals.
Telephone: 00238 2511730
Possibly the oldest restaurant on Boa Vista Island situated on the main square (map ref:34), it is usually necessary to book. Very simple surroundings. A varied menu, especially fish, mostly grilled.
Telephone: 00238 2511173
Mobile: 00238993 4804
On the pier at the touristic harbour next to Praia Diante (map ref:33). Run by a local Cape Verde man from a container. Basic menu of wholesome dishes. Outside seating overlooking the fishing boats. Lively location and local meeting place at lunch time and in the evenings.
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Telephone: 00238 9918784
Portuguese Restaurant, up the hill from the main square (map ref:10), varied menu, including vegetarian dishes. Speciality is octopus rice. Hosts Pedro and Maria. Please note the restaurant only opens when the owners are resident on the island, please call to check the restaurant is open to prevent disappointment.
Telephone: 00238 2511015
Down hill towards Praia Cabral (map ref:15). Restaurant upstairs, bar downstairs, however meals can be taken in the bar.
Telephone: 00238 9919209
The Italian owned Cocoa bar is in the north-east corner of the main square (map ref:19) between the BCN bank and Morena Tours. There is a long main bar and the walls have Hollywood posters giving it a distinctly European feel. The bar is spacious and has a wooden balcony overlooking the main square.
The home of the Boa Vista Ultra Marathon Club (map ref:61).
Telephone: 00238 2511373
Located in the main square in Sal Rei (map ref:45) and locally run the Esplanade Municipal Silves provides a variety of sandwiches and snacks as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. During the day it is a lively place to sit and watch the world go by. On weekend evenings it becomes the central attraction in town with music and dancing. On Sundays local musicians will regularly play traditional Cape Verdean music.
Tel: 00238 9971264
Located next to the beach (map ref:48) there are lovely views over the fishing boats. Providing mainly fresh fish directly from the pier, lobster is a speciality.
Tel: 00238 2511430/00238 2511341
Located close to the beach on the South side of Sal Rei (map ref:64). Local Cape Verde run restaurant serving local grilled meat and fish dishes.
Tel: 00238 2511309
Fax: 00238 2616380
Opposite the Migrante guesthouse (map ref:13) this locally owned bar provides a range of meals based on local meats and fish.
Tel: 00238 2511242
This is a newly opened Cape Verde owned restaurant (map ref:28) close to the main square providing local dishes of grilled fish and meats.
This is the restaurant located in the Boa Vista Hotel, location 57 on the map of Sal Rei. The restaurant is one of the more spacious in Sal Rei and is bright and colourful with painted walls depicting various locations on Boa Vista. The menu is more varied than some local restaurants and there is a good selection of wines to choose from, the prices are also very reasonable.
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location 47 on the map of Sal Rei is a small locally owned bar that is very popular in the evenings with the local community. The bar pays homage to Bob Marley and regularly plays reggae music.
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(map ref:14) on the map of Sal Rei, this recently opened bar is close to the new Creola Sands development. There is a raised outdoor seating area as well as the main bar lounge. The bar sometimes hosts local bands playing new Cape Verdean techno inspired music.
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(map ref:1) on the map of Sal Rei, this recently opened bar is close to the main port and has great views over Praia Cabral. The décor is modern and there are inside and outside seating areas including cosy sofas and raised bar stools.
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On Estoril Beach, within the Estoril Beach Hotel (map ref:70). The restaurant, managed by Carlo Stefani, is situated on first floor; it has a large veranda where you will be able to enjoy the most gorgeous view of Estoril beach which is just 50 mt from the hotel. The restaurant provides a range of local Cape Verde dishes as well more traditional Italian dishes. Once a week there is a Cape Verde evening with traditional music played by local artists.
The bar and restaurant are set back from the beach behind rows of sun loungers and fixed beach umbrellas. Italian run there is a variety of meals available during the day including omelettes and pizza.Tel: 00238 9930811 or 00238 9918789
Finally opened in June 2009 after a very long wait. this beach club is run by a local Cape Verde man and his English wife (Jose and Harry). The club is planning to provide a place for exhibitions of traditional Cape Verde culture as well as a range of snacks and drinks.
Click here for further information on the Boa Vista Social ClubTel: 00238 2511800
Beach Bar Bahia: situated to the south end of Estoril Beach on a vast expanse of beautiful sand, the ideal location to relax and sunbathe after your meal.Tel: 00238 9817192
This recently opened (late 2008) Italian coffee shop (map ref 71) provides a range of cakes and desserts along with good Italian coffee.
The Alisios Bar/Restaurant provides the perfect atmosphere to relax and take in the scenery on a beautiful stretch of Estoril Beach. A range of hot and cold snacks and beverages are available throughout the day.
A friendly Italian run restaurant/pizzeria close to Estoril Beach (map ref:69) serving a traditional variety of Italian pizzas which includes vegetarian.
Telephone: 00238994 2098/9817191
A newly opened restaurant on the first floor of the existing Bambu Disco building in the Estoril beach area.
Provides a varied menu of Cape Verde dishes including locally made goats cheese. The restaurant is lively and is very popular with the locals.
Click here for further information on the Sodade di Nha TerraTel: 00238 2511048
Fundo das Figueiras
Food can be taken here during tours of the island but it is best to phone two hours ahead of your arrival to place orders or you may face disappointment.
Tel: 00238 2521105
The traditional Cape Verdean dish is cachupa which is a slow boiled stew of Maize, beans, vegetables and marinated meats. There are two distinct varieties of cachupa, rich mans cachupa which will be made with pork or chicken meat, and poor mans cachupa which will be made with fish and greater proportion of beans and vegetables. Cachupa takes a long time to prepare and most restaurants will require a period of notice to serve this dish.
Cape Verde is a fish lovers paradise with lobster a speciality bit also widely available are tuna, octopus, garupa and many other varieties. These normally come grilled with rice or chips and salad.
A speciality on Boa Vista is the locally produced goats cheese which is a must to try and the local drink that is available everywhere is grogue.
If you are vegetarian then you will be limited to omelette in most restaurants, however some of the Italian restaurants such as Il Capriccio and Ca Luisa do serve vegetarian pasta and pizza dishes.