When it comes to dining out, Comporta is best-known for its excellent beachside eateries – most notably the pioneering Restaurante Sal – but the village itself is also home to a fantastic line-up of restaurant and bars. Some are open all-year-round while others pop up just for summer, bringing a seasonal buzz to the otherwise drowsy Portuguese village. From high-end produce-focused restaurants to hip beach shacks and low-key cafes, these are the best bars and restaurants in Comporta.
Sitting at the heart of the village in an old stable house, Cavalarica is undoubtedly the most popular restaurant in Comporta, and with its beautiful decor and carefully crafted food menu, it’s easy to understand why. Large group tables sit within the individual stables – now painted in glossy white and decorated with nautical blue and white striped cushions – while exposed beam ceilings, rustic wooden furnishings and teal window shutters complete the design-led interior. Aesthetics aside, the food is a real standout and will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on every diner. Putting the focus on sustainability and the biodiversity of Alentejo, the menu utilises local produce to create refined yet robust dishes. Everything from the bread to the yeast-flavoured crackers is made on site and stand-out dishes include the brioche with chicken liver parfait and orange and the Iberian pork with apple and roasted onion. Expert sommeliers are also on hand to advise which of the local wines to choose.
Gomes Casa de Vinhos & Petiscos
Run in partnership with the high-end mini-market located opposite – accurately depicted by some as a mini Harrods – Gomes Casa de Vinhos & Petiscos serves melt-in-your-mouth cold meat plates and flavoursome cheese boards. A large variety of grilled sausages are also available along with a selection of Portuguese tapas, all to be washed down with good quality, locally produced wines. The pretty summer beer garden is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner aperitif while the beautiful interiors – think rustic wooden furniture, bottle green velvet curtains and cow skin rugs – complete the attractive setting. It’s also more affordable than Cavalarica with the same bottles of wine available for around half the price.
Popping up just for summer, Piadinas Zanotta is run by young Portuguese couple Joe and Nicki, who left the fast-paced world of hospitality in London to set up this hip summer bar. Backing onto an undeveloped field at the edge of the village, the bar is a great spot for sundowners with the soft orange sun beaming through the trees. The benches, tables and the bar itself have been made from single pieces of wood while a wooden canopy completes the rustic design. Cocktails and Superbock make up the drinks menu while the bright yellow food truck serves traditional Italian sweet and savoury piadinas.
Sitting right at the heart of the village, in the middle of the crossroads, Oba is another seasonal spot. The outdoor decking is decorated with colourful furnishings, oversized plants and a bright yellow wood shack bar, giving it a paradise island vibe, while the cosy indoor lounge has a bohemian aesthetic with mismatched furnishings. Live music and DJ sets get the party going and you can go and explore the art gallery that the bar backs onto while enjoying your drink.
Open during the daytime only, Jardin Minerva serves a fantastic, albeit quite pricey, lunch menu consisting of burgers, sandwiches, salads and small plates – the falafel burger is not to be missed. Run by two hipster Belgians, it also has a selection of international craft beers and cocktails. Huge wooden tables are ideal for groups while the pretty swing chairs and foosball table will entertain adults and children alike.
Popping up at the entrance of Lavanda Concept Store, Colmo is an all-day spot that transforms from a healthy cafe by day into a lively bar by night. Stop by in the morning for a smoothie bowl, yoghurt parfait or freshly squeezed juice and then come back early evening for a sundowner cocktail. Colourful cushioned benches and thatched roofs set against a traditional white and blue building make it one of the most picturesque spots in the village.
Located within Casa da Cultura – a gallery and shopping destination in one – Pisco Pizza serves freshly baked thin-crust pizzas from its tiny wooden kitchen. Choose from options such as a Margherita or a chorizo-topped Diavola or, alternatively, opt for a meat and cheese board. There’s also a range of small snacks including olives and houmous served with pizza sticks.
One of the most affordable places to eat in Comporta, Eucalyptus is a charming little cafe/bakery frequented by both locals and tourists. Indulgent cheese and ham toasties are available for just €3 and the large outdoor seating area makes it a great spot for a low-key lunch. The real highlight, however, is the gooey and flaky pasteis de nata. Tuck in at the cafe alongside an espresso or take a few to go.