Award winning Portuguese Chef Rui Paula has applied his own creative twist to Portuguese classic dishes. His DOC restaurant in the Douro has gained deserved notoriety for excellence and now Rui Paula has brought his magic touch to his hometown, Porto. DOP is found within the walls of the Palace of arts (Palácio das Artes) and serves such renown dishes such as Roasted leg of goat, black pork, octopus and bacalhau. There are also a good selection of vegetarian options on the menu. The wine menu is extensive, including ports and champagne, sold by the glass or bottle. Look at the economic lunch-time menu.
Tuesday – Saturday: 12h30 - 15h00/19h00 - 23h00
Sunday: CLOSED, Monday: 19h00 - 23h00
Palácio das Artes, 18 Largo de S. Domingos, 4050-545 Porto, Portugal.
41° 08′ 34.1″ N | 08° 36′ 52.7″ W
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O Escondidinho first opened their doors in 1934 during the first great Portuguese Colonial Exhibition which took place in the Palácio de Cristal and have been delighting diners ever since with their French inspired cuisine. Local dishes appear on the menu too including Tripas á Modo do Porto and roasted kid.
During the long history of the restaurant they've served many distinguished customers including King Carlos of Spain . That said the atmosphere remains homely and the staff are jovial and welcoming.
Daily: 12h00 - 15h00/19h00 – 23h00
There are many great fish restaurants in Matosinhos and this one by many peoples opinion is the best. The decor is light and airy, complete with a rowing boat attached to the ceiling. Fresh fish cooked on a grill (na brasa) sold by the KG, check individual price before ordering it will be cheaper. Other dishes, including their fantastic squid feijoada are for 2 people. The food is always excellent and the staff professional yet friendly and welcoming.
Daily: 12h30 - 23h00
Restaurante Piscina Azenhas do Mar, Azenhas do Mar 2705-104, Colares, Portugal.
38º 50" 26.2' N | 09º 27" 44.0' W
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A must for steak lovers, dinning experience of this calibre is hard to beat. The staff are amazingly friendly and accommodating who, along with the fantastic food, will make your evening an unforgettable experience. Amongst the starters look out for their homemade Scotch eggs and cheese gratins. MUU offers various cuts of beef including the mouth watering Black Angus steak. Portions are very generous, which compensates for the high prices somewhat.
Daily: 19h00 - 00h00
Portucale provides five-star service, excellent food and stunning panoramic views. Situated on the top of a tower block in Bonfim Portucale has been serving the same fare since 1969. There's a nod to French cuisine on the menu but traditional local food dominate such as tripas and bacalhau à marinheiro. Dessert is enticed to you from a squeaky trolly. The lunch time menu is great value and worth the effort of travelling here.
Daily: 12h30 - 14h30/19h30 - 22h30
The extraordinary panorama of the River Douro and the historic centre of Porto guarantee spectacular scenery, combined with two Michelin stars, awarded in the 2017 Michelin Guide, makes the dining experience at The Yeatman something unique. The Yeatman Gastronomic Restaurant led by Chef Ricardo Costa, offers imaginative cuisine in which the traditional flavours of Portugal are interpreted and presented with contemporary flair. It showcases Portugal's huge range of fish and other fresh produce as well as its diversity of regional specialities. Fixed seasonal tasting menu consisting of 8-10 courses at €170 per person.
There are two optional wine supplements of €80 and €170 per person to accompany your experience. Chef Ricardo Costa's Tasting Menu is regularly updated and might therefore be changed at any time.
Seatings: 19h00 | 20h00 | 21h00
Located in an alley in the centre of Porto Costume Bistro is a homely relaxed restaurant famed for it's distinctive international touch to national dishes. The decor is warmly lit creating a romantic ambience. The menu is varied which should keep everyone happy. The food is constantly good quality at sensible prices. The staff are warm and welcoming with good language skills. Porto Card: 15%
Weekdays: 12h30 – 15h00/19h30 - 23h00 Saturday: 19h30 - 01h00
Travessa Congregados 17, Porto 4000-179 Portugal. |
41° 08' 50.1" N | 08° 36' 37.7" W
Italian-Portuguese fusion restaurant situated close to Trindade metro station. Clean and tidy but unpretentious. A good selection of steaks as well as pasta dishes. Bring a big appetite as portions are generous. Seating is spread over two floors and friendly staff are always happy to assist.
Porto Card: 10%
Daily: 12h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 23h00
726 Rua Bonjardim, 4000-119 Porto, Portugal.
41º 09' 10.1" N | 08º 36' 30.4" W
Two homely rooms make up the Fish Fixe (cool fish) restaurant complete with balconies and windows over looking the river, bridge and views of the Cais de Gaia on the opposite bank, the second floor has the best views. As the name suggests this is a seafood restaurant serving unpretentious dishes with fresh ingredients, at sensible prices and served with a smile. Porto Card: 10%
Tuesday - Sunday: 12h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 00h00, Monday: CLOSED
22-24 Street Lada, Cais Da Ribeira, Porto 4050-509, Portugal. | 41º 08' 27.1" N | 08º 36' 37.8" W
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After 50 years experience O Caçula have perfected the art of serving excellent food in a friendly and convivial way. There seems to be something on the menu for everyone from tapas, pizzas, traditional Portuguese and vegetarian options. If you find yourself there at lunchtime during the week take advantage of their lunchtime deals. The restaurant's small frontage just off the Praça de Carlos Alberto square hide ample table space inside dispersed over two floors.
43 Rua João de Deus, 2710-580 Sintra, Portugal. 41º 08' 54.1" N | 08º 36' 57.9" W
+351222 055 937 | Website
Adega E Presuntaria Transmontana
Situated in a former warehouse Adega e Presuntaria Transmontana has been delighting diners with great dishes inspired by the Trás os Montes region since 1998. Ideally located on the quayside in Vila Nova de Gaia with great views of old town Porto across the river. Although Adega E Presuntaria Transmontana is one of many restaurants along the strip this restaurant has a more authentic feel about it. The menu has a mountainous rustic theme with specialties such as wild boar, cured hams, transmontano sausages, rustic cheeses and partridge, along with usual Portuguese classics. Service is friendly and welcoming but can feel busy at peak times. Those with room left after their mains can opt for an "all you can eat" dessert buffet for just €7.00.
Daily: 12h00 - 02h00
80 Av. de Diogo Leite, 4400-111 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. | 41º 08' 15.3" N | 08º 36' 49.1" W
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Essência champions the best produce North Portugal has to offer which isn't meat and as such is a rarity in this region where meat is so prized. Just north of Casa da Música and away from the touristy centre the creations at Essência are beautifully presented and thankfully as tasty as they look. Dishes are varied and range from curries to salads and risotto, with vegan and gluten-free options also available. There are a few non-vegetarian items on the menu too.
Step back a few yards from the quayside (Ribeira) where finding a table at a restaurant can be difficult and explore the back alleys you'll encounter little gems like this small family run eatery. A Grade is primarily a fish restaurant with half a dozen tables inside and a few more on a terrace outside, reservations for dinner advisable. Ferreria and Helena are a husband and wife team who make you feel at home. Portions are as generous as the smiles, you won't be allowed to leave unsatisfied. The choice on the menu is extensive and the tables on their wine list are from small unknown wineries. House style bacalhau, rabbit and octopus are their signature dishes.
Monday – Saturday: 12h00 - 16:00/18h30 - 22h30, Sunday: CLOSED
9 Rua de São Nicolau, Porto 4050-561 Portugal.
41° 08' 25.7" N | 08° 36' 53.7" W
+351 223 321 130
Wine Quay Bar
With outside seating on a second level terrace overlooking the quayside which has the feeling t=you have front row seats to a beautiful view and a people-watching performance. Wine Quay Bar is a celebration of Portuguese wines, it's diversity and unique qualities. The petiscos or small plates here are served as compliments to the wine, enjoy delicacies such as cheeses, cured hams, choriço, breads, salads and olives. The atmosphere here is chilled and a stark contrast to the hubbub further along the Ribeira. There are a few tables inside but the terrace is the place to be, especially at sunset.
O Tascö aspires to be trendy, and does in fact draws the in-crowd, with it's cool decor, typographically designed menus and the presentation of the dishes which land on your table. That aside Tascö deserves it's popularity and credit on merit of the food alone. Traditional Portuguese fare with a cheeky twist, well portioned and reasonably priced. The staff are very welcoming and treat you like old friends. For a extensive Portuguese experience choose a selection of Petiscos (small dishes) but it's probably a good idea to make a reservation first.
151A Rua do almada, 4050-037 Porto, Portugal. 41º 08' 50.2" N | 08º 36' 43.7" W
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CHEAP & CHEERFUL
Abadia do Porto
This restaurant has churchy feel about it, the story is it was a pilgrim's retreat. Those walking the caminho trail to Santiago de Compostela would stop here to rest and recoup. Since 1939 it's been serving good ol' fashioned homely meals at sensible prices. Belly-busters on the menu include roast kid, bacalhau à Gomes Sá, Porto tripas, and grilled meat and fish. Portions are large enough to share. Keep some room for their chocolate-flavoured pão-de-ló for dessert. Abadia do Porto is equally popular with tourists and locals alike, booking advisable.
Portuguese tapas offered in a chill setting with decorative tiles & glitzy chandeliers over the bar. Crawling or dinning Caldeireiros is a great choice, with an interesting selection of dishes, look out for the alheira de caça, a garlic laden wild-game sausage. Long communal candlelit tables help form the relaxed atmosphere. Service is swift and very friendly, staff are more than happy to talk you though the menu.
139 Rua dos Caldeireiros, Porto 4050-139, Portugal
41º 08" 41.5' N | 08º 36" 49.9' W
+351 23 214 074 Website
Cervejaria Gazela - O Original Cachorrinho
Cachorrinho translates in Portuguese as puppy or little dog, yet in Porto Cachorrinho means a tasty lunch. This Portuguese take on a hot dog has become popular this past few decades but at Gazela they have been serving them for 50 years and proclaim to be the original. Take a thin crispy baguette filled with a smoked sausage (sometimes an alheira), some cheese and a splash of spicy sauce and there you have it: a Cachorrinho. Chips (batatas fritas) are optional, ice cold beer obligatory. Other items on the menu include Francesinha, Pica Pau, steaks and a range of sandwiches. Now in two locations:
Tuesdays – Sundays: 12h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 22h00, Monday: CLOSED
8-10 Rua de Entreparedes, 4000-4234, Porto. 41º 08" 41.9' N | 08º 36" 23.1' W
4 Travesso Cimo de Vila, 4000-434 Porto. 41º 08" 41.5' N | 08º 36" 27.3' W email@example.com | Website