Serpa (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɛɾpɐ]) is a city and a Concelho (municipality) in the central Portuguese region Alentejo. The population in 2011 was 15,623, in an area of 1,105.63 square kilometres (426.89 sq mi). The Guadiana River flows close to the town of Serpa.
Things to do in Serpa
4 based on 130 reviews
tele 284-543-436 zip? 7830-322 serpa
Restaurant Pedra de Sal (Stone of salt) lays just outside the historic centre of Serpa.
Nice interior with about 30 places. We went on a Wednesday evening around 8 o'clock and only one table was already taken. Later two more tables entered so with us this meant 4 tables taken. Not crowded.
Friendly reception and helpful waitress.
The classical bread and olives were put on the table as we sat down. We decided to go for meat. I took “secretos à Pedra de Sal” and my wife a rabbit stew served with rice.
Secretos are small slices taken from the back of the shoulder of the pig (dixit the waitress). Do not compare meat of Porco preto (Black Pork) with that of ordinary pork. The meat is much more tender and red coloured. You could mistake its look for beef.
The Secretos were delicious.
The rabbit stew also tasted excellent but had one problem which is common in Portugal. Eating meat on the bone in Portugal is risky business . The butchers (or chefs) just chop through the bones in a way that splinters stay in the prepared dish. It really can become messy and you have a hell of a job to politely take all the splinters out of your mouth.
The wine card was a very long list of Portuguese wines, most of them unknown to us so we ended up taking the one recommended by the waitress. It was an Alentejano red wine of 2009 “Paço do Conde. Hold the middle between body and softness. Good recommendation and a very decent price (9,5 €.).
As dessert we asked for a cheese plate (which was not on the menu card, but they kindly prepared one for us.)
We ended the meal with a tea and licor. The total bill was 42,30 € for two.
When leaving we had a nice chat with the owners who are also dog lovers . They came outside to caress our border collie who stayed in the car (Dogs are not allowed in restaurants in Portugal).
We firmly intend to go back to the charming historic village of Serpa in the future and then Pedra de Sal will be our restaurant of choice.
4.5 based on 437 reviews
WOW! what amazing service! Everybody was so friendly and attentive. I truly felt very welcome and appreciated at a guest. The food was absolutely delicious, and not very expensive. Really tasty .Recommend this place to everyone it truly is a great experience.
4.5 based on 26 reviews
The place is quite anonymous from the exterior but it is defintely worth a visit.
O Gato is a nice restaurant that serves typical food from the Alentejano district. Specialties are petisques and seafood, but all food on the menu is tasty.
I am travelling to Serpa on regular basis and I am always impressed about the food, the great service and the nice atmosphere at O Gato.
I would strongly recommend a stop by this restaurant if you are close by. Bring your travel dictionary because the english skills are relatively limited.
4.5 based on 190 reviews
4.5 based on 47 reviews
This place was recommended by Felix, and we were happy we waited for Anna to arrive and open up. She is a wonderful host and despite some language challenges we managed to communicate! We really felt we were enjoying true Alentejo cuisine. The salad, the appetizers (fresh cheese with lemon, and marinated red peppers - a nice change from the ever present olives) were delicious. Cod fritters were excellent; the favas de Alentejano is a very large portion - more than one person could eat. Anna has made some excellent house wine and interesting dessert of pine nuts on an orange leaf. A tiny place which we had to ourselves that Friday night, and really enjoyed the experience.
4 based on 42 reviews
Well, in my hometown there are plenty of good restaurants and bars. I personally know them all, since childhood, and I have even worked part-time in some of them. Back in childhood, and especially during holidays, I used to work to earn some money, and I clearly remember working in this nice restaurant entitled "The Pools" (directly translated from portuguese). To begin with, I must explain that this restaurant has more than 20 years, and has its name from the neighbourhood public pools of the beautiful city of Serpa. The pools and the restaurant were built in the same time, and till the date, this is one of the 'must-visit' restaurants in Serpa. Primarily focused on fish and sea food dishes, the restaurant also englobes some of the very traditional local and national dishes. Being close to the camping site, it is a great spot for all year long. As I mentioned, I used to visit it during all my childhood, and I've even worked for some time. This time, studying abroad, I came to visit family and friend, and of course, I had to drink a nice cold bubbly bear, and some sea food. Let's go steps:
1- Restaurant facilities: The restaurant has a sea/fisherman theme, with plenty of seats, both inside and outside. Inside, it has two parts: the dinner area, and the bar/chill area. In the dinner area you are invited to seat and to face the pools and the lovely sunset, usually with the wide windows opened (during the summer). In the chill/bar area you are invited to have a sit and to calmly order beer after beer, and possibly some snacks (see food highly recommended - especially since this is the only place that has see food in the town). Full with local people, and some tourists, the ambient is nice and cozy, and it is very inviting. Then, you also have the outdoor area, with some nice seats in the sun and in the shadow, depending what you are looking for. Some tourists are fans of the sunny spots (to get some Sunshine of course), while perhaps the locals are trying to get some shadows to drink their beers after a hard working day. Toilets are awesome, clean and spacious! To be honest, very inviting :)
2- Food: In this restaurant, as I had the chance to already explain, you might be invited to try out seafood, or local traditional dishes. with different prices, depending on the type of food you are looking for, the selection is rather awesome and tasty! I personally ate Sardines. here the trick is that this dish does not have finite number of sardines. You eat what you can! For a fixed price, the kitchen is cooking as you are eating, and you only stop once you are full and done! They are just juicy and tasty, and they come with some nice baked potatoes and a nicely dressed simple salad. I personally ate about 10. Let me know if you can eat more :) Then you also have the local traditional appetisers, varying from ham to cheese, to the well-made crab-sauce! There is also plenty of fresh fish, and you are invited to stand-up, and to see the fish in the 'showcase' and select the type of cooking and seasoning. All in all, here you can eat quietly, cozily and tastily!
3- Service: The service is of an extreme importance for me personally. The owner of the restaurant, Mr. Rogério, isa great professional, always wanting the guests to have a great time! He will always come smiling, holding plenty of jokes and nice tricks to make our day even greater! I am amazed that still to this date he is able to surprise me! You will definitively feel what i am talking about. The overall service is fast, elegant and quite cool. Do not be worried with the huge amount of clients in the restaurant. The service flows quite normally, even during busy times.
Do not forget to see the seafood and the fish in the fish tanks before eating, and please enjoy the coffee or the desert in the esplanade, where you will find a calm and enjoyable environment.
All in all, a must-go place that you really won't regret!
4.5 based on 40 reviews
We were taken here by the owners of monte de morena where we were staying as we asked for totally traditional portugese food away from the tourists..Its no restaurant but the food served here is to die for and the wine totally delicious..service was by the guy who owned it also serving the bar..its a small place tucked away up in the old town..well worth the hunt..do not expect a fancy place because it is not but you will not be dissapointed here .
4 based on 18 reviews
Not many choices but the food we ate was very tasty, it was a huge amount of food and the price was very appealling, The service was very friendly and there was flexibility to change the plates as we asked for. Try the migas.
5 based on 21 reviews
4.5 based on 16 reviews
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