Here you have several possibilities. The Club Riu Resort is made up of 2 hotels, so you will have access to twice as many restaurants! This is rather nice, as you will be able to try many different specialities: Asian, African, and of course, Cape Verdean! The meals are served as a buffet in the various restaurants dedicated to each cuisine, where you will have to book a table if you are interested... As for the main restaurant, the Ponta Petra, it offers international dishes also served as a buffet, where you will find a large choice of appetisers, hot dishes prepared show-cooking style (several types of meat and fish, steamed vegetables, grilled peppers, starches, etc.), cheeses, fruit, pastries, and ice cream. Breakfast is served from 7:30am till 10:30am, lunch from noon till 3:30pm, and dinner from 6:30pm till 10:00pm.
Those who would like to enjoy their meal in a more airy and less crowded environment can opt for the poolside restaurant, the Santa Maria, where lunch is served from noon till 3:30pm. This service is 'extended' by a 'snack' formula (the same buffet as at lunchtime but in smaller quantities) from 3:30pm till 5:30pm.
The theme restaurants are open for dinner only (just remember to book a table in advance). At the Cape Verdean restaurant, for example, there are lots of specialties to be discovered: the chicken accompanied with a chilli sauce, "Magnaletas", or a fish cassolette (2 specialties from Saõ Vicente), but also the tuna filet with garlic and onions (a specialty from Sal) or the essential cachupa (a traditional Cape Verdean dish). All of the dishes are served with a choice of sides: rice with beans, chips, or steamed potatoes. As for desserts, pastries, fruit, cheese, and ice cream are all on offer.
Finally, as far as the bars are concerned, all of the drinks (local, with or without alcohol), like the meals, are included in the all-inclusive formula. The one located on the lobby level (open 10:30am - midnight) is quite practical, as it has a self service area (for those who would like a soft or hot drink). A second one is located by the pool (10:30am - 6:00pm), a third one is on the beach level (10:30am - 6:00pm), without forgetting Bar Teatro (7:00pm - midnight), where the shows are put on, and the one in the nightclub (11:00pm - 2:00am), to rehydrate those who plan on tearing up the dance floor...