As you step into Cantinho da Ria, you'll immediately feel the warmth and simplicity of the rustic ambiance. The restaurant exudes a genuine care for the food it serves, and you can sense the dedication that goes into every dish. Run by the lovely owner, Helga, who hails from Italy, the menu reflects her passion for Italian cuisine.

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Indulge in a delectable array of dishes, ranging from mouthwatering pastas to the classic Eggplant Parmigiana.

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The menu also features options for meat and chicken lovers, ensuring there's something to satisfy every palate. Even though there may not be a specific vegan option listed, the accommodating staff will happily prepare a customized plate for those with dietary restrictions, like Elyas, who can choose his favorite fruits and vegetables.

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Mains between 12 -22 euro

Savor your meal on the terrace, overlooking the marina, and take in the views of the island and estuary. The serene setting, reminiscent of the charming eateries found in Geneva and Evian on Lake Geneva, adds to the overall dining experience.

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Helga, along with her team, (Kitchen Susanna and Fernanda two chefs, Sareeta help kitchen, Gagan wash dishes. Bar Kyis Pedro, Comis Raoul), ensures that every guest has a wonderful time at Cantinho da Ria. Their attentive and friendly service enhances the dining experience, making you feel welcomed and cared for. The eggplant parmigiana, in particular, will transport you back to happy memories of Italy.

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Cantinho da Ria offers not only exceptional food but also great value for your money. You can enjoy a lovely lunch for two on the fantastic waterfront terrace for just 30 euros. With such an inviting atmosphere, excellent cuisine, and the warm hospitality of Kyis Pedro and Helga, it's no wonder this restaurant comes highly recommended by visitors and locals alike.

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Next time you find yourself in Tavira, be sure to make a stop at Cantinho da Ria. You won't be able to resist the allure of this charming riverside eatery, where delightful Italian flavours and a friendly atmosphere await.

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Rating: 8.6 Price: $$ Vegan friendly: 1/5

Food 8.5 - Service 8.5 - Price/quality 8.5 - Atmosphere 9.0


Meet Peter Cruiming, an Algarve-based food blogger. Residing in Almancil with wife Marlot Anna, a professional photographer, and their 7-year-old son, Elyas. Explore daily Algarve dining stories at, focused on Peter's passion for healthy and vegetarian food.  Photo by

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