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Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Seafood
Dinner, Lunch
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 January 2020 via mobile

My family and I had a TERRIBLE experience here. The location on the beach is what brought us here, but, there are much better places to get food. It took over 90 minutes for our starter and meals to arrive (all came at the same...time) and the food was horrible. Three people had the “burger on a plate,” which was inedible. The lobster rice dish was not cooked (rice was hard). On top of everything, the service was horrendous. The staff argued with me, claiming we had not waited long, and were rude and unhelpful. Enjoy Nazare, but, do yourself a favor and avoid this restaurant.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Awful restaurant. They brought us undercooked, raw calamari and didn't even apologize or offer to change. They told that everything is ok. (However, we are eat lovers and we do know, how well done calamari look and taste). The second thing, they put snacks on...your table, not asking if we need it and taking money for it. At the table near us there were also some problems. Be careful!More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Having around 1 hour and 1/2 to find a place to eat during the tour we had we chose A Bussola. There were no empty tables outside so we sat inside. Service was acceptable not too fast nor too slow. We ordered pork and steak...dishes - they were acceptable . The credit card machine was not working so good thing we had cash to pay for lunch. Overall average nothing major - i recommend you try another place at Nazaré.More

Date of visit: May 2017
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Haven't eaten here but love the beach bar, it is tourist twee faux Caribbean but a very comfortable spot on the beach with good service. Prices high for Portugal but about par for Nazaré. I can recommend the Caparinhas on a hot day although the...alcohol content is scary. All in all a nice spot to sit on the beach and watch the world go by.More

Date of visit: October 2016
Reviewed 14 October 2016

This restaurant is definitely on the tourist route on the main street in Nazare. The service has been described by other reviewers as poor and at first ours was like that. Then our waiter once he had time paid more attention to us and we...had a very pleasant eating experience. My wife had the fish catch of the day and I had the house prawn dish and both were outstanding. I was surprised for 12 euros to get a dozen huge prawns that were amongst the best I have ever eaten. All in all our eating experience was very good. Just be patient as there are so many tours coming to Nazare with tourists wanting quick meals that I can understand the frustration of the servers.More

Date of visit: September 2016
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

But ...Very good fish of the day ( dorado) however, the fourth dish 'steak house' was very ordinary. Service was friendly and they serve good wines.

Date of visit: September 2016
Reviewed 29 July 2016

This place not only looks like a tourist trap, it is a tourist trap. We had lunch with 3, also to enjoy the wifi that we didn't have in our appartment. The waiters seemed indifferent to our presence, in fact it felt like they didn't...want us there. "Suddenly" the wifi on all our phones did not work anymore, I suspect they switched it off to speed up our departure. Food was under par.More

Date of visit: July 2016
Reviewed 2 June 2016

We discovered A Bussola ( The Compass) on our last night in Nazareth and wish we'd found it sooner. Atmosphere is relaxed, and the food was freshly prepared, good quality and value, and well presented. The waiters spoke and understood English, were friendly and humorous...without over stepping the mark. Situated on the sea front, we would recommend a visit here. Look for the sign of the compass. ( Hint: we found that in all the restaurants we visited, that if you don't order a starter, lovely bread, olives, butter and fish pastes are usually brought to your table with your drinks. These are very nice, but they are not complimentary and will be added to your bill. You could send them back, but for the few euros charged we just tucked in!). Enjoy!More

Date of visit: May 2016
Reviewed 26 April 2016

We have eaten here very often. Staff greet us by name now. Fish dishes excellent. Sea bass superb, sardines also superb. Fabulous position overlooking the beach

Date of visit: April 2016
Reviewed 14 April 2016

Our visit to A bussola was a good way to end an otherwise busy day. The staff was friendly and playfull. The food was delicious, the prices were right and the location superb.

Date of visit: April 2016
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  • A bussola is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 3.5
    • Value: 3.5
    • Atmosphere: 3.5