Olives Restaurante

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Rua Brigadeiro Oudinot, No 2 Edificio, Funchal, Portugal

Serves meat, vegan options available. A English speaking chef owner offers a separate vegetarian and vegan menu, including pumpkin soup, mushroom and cashew salad, avocado and tamarillo salad, stuffed pepper with wild rice, crispy seeded bread filled with organic tofu, chickpea and roasted pumpkin stew, among others. As of June 2016, has a vegan wine on the menu called Ribafreixo. Located on the third floor of an art deco building in the city centre, and has a terrace for seating on warm days. Reported to have irregular hours - call ahead.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, International, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

20 Reviews

First Review by Veganolive1

geweldig en met liefde gemaakt en aangepast op dieetwensen - Edit

Er is hier een gewone en een vega/vegan kaart. Ook weet het personeel welke wijnen vegan zijn. Ik mag ook geen gluten en ze passen het gewoon aan zodat je het wel mag. Supervriendelijk personeel en mooie locatie.

Pros: veel opties , vers bereid

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Delicious food - Edit

I would give this place 5 stars if I could! Amazing food and super friendly staff. Vegan options are clearly marked and chef even offered to make another option we fancied vegan.

Pros: amazing food, super friendly staff

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Great find in Funchal! - Edit

Vegetarian menu. Had three courses all vegetarian very pleased with taste, presentation service and overall cost. Would definitely recommend.

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Vegan and veggie menu - Edit

This restaurant has good views high above Funchal. Service was great. The owner has very good vegan knowledge and the vegan wine option was a real find. My two starters were excellent. At lunch two small dishes are plenty. The pumpkin soup was very nice. The mushroom and cashew nut salad excellent.

Pros: separate vegan/veggie menu with clearly labelled v

Cons: go there for a leisurely lunch to linger over. ser

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excellent - Edit

We had diner here with our 3 children ( 12-14-16). The food was excellent, with regular, vegetarian and vegan options. We all really liked our food. They cook fresh, and so they need their time, but on a very relaxed roof top that was not a problem. The price was low, we don't understand how they survive, because quality was high!

Pros: vegan and regular, high quality fresh food, low price

Cons: you need time

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Fantastic dinner - Edit

They not only have a separate veg menu, but this menu is full of creative and less typical dishes! It was hard to choose! The food looks really good as well, as all the photos show. The staff and chef are super-friendly. Nice sitting outside on the terrace.

Pros: Creative, interesting veg menu, helpful staff, vegan clearly labelled

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amazing food, lovely staff - Edit

Really great recommendation in Funchal, rather hideous faux deco building that will knock your socks off food wise! The chickpea curry in a bread bowl was amazing (vegan) and the filo with veg stack and mozzarella was a real veggie treat. Full menu for veggie /vegans including some lovely desserts. Not the fastest service if you need to be somewhere so relax!

Pros: staff, separate menu , view

Cons: a little slow

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Lots of vegetarian options! - Edit

It's hard to get a good vegetarian or vegan dinner on Madeira. Olives is an excellent exception to this rule.

The food is fantastic. There is an entire, separate menu of choices for vegetarians, with vegan options as well. As a starter, we had the papaya and wine risotto, and the mushroom and cashew salad. Our mains were mixed vegetables with mozzarella wrapped in filo pastry, and a stew of tofu and chickpeas inside a small bun. Everything was presented beautifully and it was all cooked to perfection.

For dessert, we had the vanilla crème pot and the molten chocolate cake. They were to die for, especially the chocolate cake. It was so good, we had to order a second one! See picture below to get an idea of how good it was :)!

The view of the harbour is very nice, as is the little herb garden. To top it all off, the staff is super friendly and courteous. The chef came out to every table, to check in with the guests. We had a good laugh with our waiter Jack, who is full of stories. It's this kind of attention to detail that makes a good meal a great meal. If HappyCow didn't limit non-veg restaurants to 4/5, I'd rate Olives 5/5.

Pros: Many vegetarian options, Some vegan options, Reasonably priced

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excellent - Edit

Ce restaurant se trouve au troisième étage d'un immeuble de bureaux. Il dispose d'une terrasse. Le patron est un fin cuisinier et de plus il est charmant. Les plats vegan sont excellents et très fins. Les prix sont très raisonnables. Le crumble aux pommes vegan est délicieux.

Cons: aucun

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Fantastic meal - Edit

We had a great meal here. The owner lived in the UK for 18 years and the menu is delectable. I had the best vegan cheese ever!

Pros: View over the bay, Veggie menu, Great service

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Wonderful - Edit

This place is a vegans dream in Madeira, they have a few vegan options, and the food is delicious.
It is in a bit of a funny shopping centre type building, but once you are in it's fine. They have a lovely balcony with nice views.

Pros: Vegan options , They know what a vegan is , Good prices

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Hidden gem - Edit

This is a wonderful little restaurant hidden from street view in the 2nd floor of a non-descript building that looks like an office block. The restaurant has an outside patio area that looks out onto Funchal harbour and upward to the magnificent mountains.
They have 2 separate menus - one for meat eaters the other for vegetarians and vegans. It is obvious the chef and waiters understand vegetarianism and veganism and are able to discuss and advise on menu choices. The chef was able to offer all the vegetarian options as vegan which enhanced choice substantially. The chef and waiting staff are very attentive and interested in customer questions and comments. All wine choices are vegan and local which is fantastic.

Pros: Attentive, interested staff and chef, Roof terrace, Vegan wines

Cons: Anonymous city centre location, Challenging to locate without a bit of persistence

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Vegan Menu In Funchal - A Life Saver - Edit

I visited Olives again for lunch in December 2016 during another cruise. I ordered mushroom and cashew salad, as a vegan option, not realising it was served warm, with mini corn cakes and tomatoes. Luis's presentation is always topnotch and appealing to the eye and the dish was an excellent choice.

I then had a vegan version of the vegetarian filo parcel dish, its stunning presentation, topped with a paper thin wafer on top, filled with finely shredded sauteed vegetables was outstanding. Apparently the filo pastry contained egg, so Luis made this specially and how he created the shape I have no idea, its a trade secret, it was crisp, light and added texture to the dish. The main component was chickpea flour cooked like wet polenta, layered with roast vegetables and pesto, wow it was good and how inventive.

Luis is so enthusiastic about his vegan cooking, he said he found it challenging for him as a chef, instead of vegetarian and I take my hat off to him for his interest. Apparently there is a growing vegan community in Madeira, so how lucky are they, to have Olives to dine and be looked after by the ever conscientious Luis, who knows what vegan means.

I cannot recommend Olives highly enough and I will definitely be back, when next in Madeira.

Olives Restaurant is located on the third floor of an art deco building, right in the middle of Funchal and is accessible via a lift inside. I contacted chef/proprietor Luis Oliveira, who informed me they had a vegetarian and vegan menu, with choices for both starter and main courses. I have been to Funchal loads of times and never dined out, as I have been unable to find anywhere offering vegan options so Olives is a life saver.

I chose the avocado and tamarillo salad with a hot chilly sauce, it was delicious and beautifully presented. I really wanted to try the organic tofu and chickpea stew with seeded bread, but with allergies to soya and sunflower seeds, I went for the stuffed pepper, an excellent choice, it was so tasty.

I chose a Portuguese rose wine by Ribafrexio which has Vegan Society registration, so I really was in vegan heaven. I had lovely fruits with sorbet for dessert which was looked as fantastic on the plate as my other two dishes and was light and refreshing to finish.

Olive's Restaurant is a fantastic place and Luis and all the staff are so friendly and welcoming, so any vegans visiting Funchal, Olives has to be top of your priority list if you want to dine out.





Updated from previous review on 2017-01-03

Pros: Vegan Options On The Vegetarian Menu, Outside Terrace Overlooking The Town, Serves Vegan Wine

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pricy, kinda fancy, worth it - Edit

This was the only restaurant that we found in Madeira which actually labeled vegan items on their menu. The food was really fantastic and laid out beautifully. They didn't have a vegan dessert on their menu, but offered an apple crumble which they made on the spot. The view was lovely and the food was really good. They even garnished the desserts with mint growing on the terrace next to us. It was certainly one of the more expensive meals we had, but worth it.

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Super Restaurant - Edit

Tasty vegan food. The service was friendly and courteous. If you are in Madeira or especially in Funchal, you have to visits this place.

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Great place with vegetarian/vegan options - Edit

This really is a gem of a place to have on Madeira Island.
I went with my partner who is omni and we both had a fantastic three-course lunch which was beautifully presented. We were stuffed but what the heck - we were celebrating our 17-year anniversary! Really good vegan options for me - I normally have one or two choices so was spoilt! The vegan apple crumble with sorbet was the best I have ever had.
The staff were amazing - we had a greeter, a waiter and a chef all to ourselves who all came to check all was ok (the restaurant was empty apart from us, which is odd as it was around 1 pm so a normal time for lunch in southern Europe).

Pros: Great range of dishes - something for everyone., Fantastic staff - very attentive., Vegan wine available!

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Excellent vegetarian meal - Edit

Excellent vegetarian (and vegan) food, creatively presented. Deserts specially recommended. Friendly and well-informed staff. Also covers for gluten allergy. Spacious balcony with a great view and a beautiful little herb garden.

Pros: Range of options in vegetarian and vegan food, Presentation of the food; looks splendid

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A must if in Madeira - Edit

Had superb vegetarin meals at Olives while on holiday a few weeks ago. Not your normal 'tourist' restaurant- was top class, and proprietor was happy to cater for specific needs (nut allergy/gf). It's not solely a vegetarian/vegan menu, but catered for us well and imaginatively - no veggie lasagne in sight! The owner shows a real passion for quality food, including growing his own produce around the outside veranda, from where there is a great view down to the see.

Pros: Quality of food & imaginative veg recipies, Passion of proprietor , View from veranda

Cons: Does also serve meat/fish

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Great restaurant - Edit

Great restaurant with lots of great vegan and vegetarian options!! The super friendly chef made me a great raw vegan dinner according my wishes which tasted delicious. Other staff is super nice too. It's not expensive and the quality is very good!

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Offers selection of vegetarian & vegan dishes - Edit

We struggled to find Olives Restaurant at first as we had no mobile network connection & access to navigation but after looking at the veggie items on offer at other restaurants, we were so glad when we finally DID find it.

It was pretty late for lunch by then and during the week, so the restaurant was very quiet. The layout is a bit unusual with the tables on the floor arranged around a staircase from below - the restaurant can be accessed via the lift.
The service was very good and the food beautifully presented and tasty. The chef came to check-in, which was nice. Vegan options were clearly marked. I just wish they would have been a little bit more exciting. Having said that, I opted for a dish served in a bread roll, which I've never had before. It was tasty.
There did not seem to be a vegan dessert option...although we were so full from starter and main that we didn't check with the staff if there was.
All in all, a very good option for veggies in Funchal - my rating is based compared to other restaurants I've been to outside of Funchal/Portugal.

Pros: Very friendly staff, Good value for money, Seperate veggie menu - also in English

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