Amares Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Amares

July 18, 2017 Chanda Heide

Amares (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐˈmaɾɨʃ]) is a municipality in Braga District, Portugal. The population in 2011 was 18,889, in an area of 81.95 km².
Things to do in Amares

1. Gosto Superior

Praca Mouzinho de Albuquerque 29, Braga 4710-301, Portugal Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 234 reviews

Gosto Superior

Reviewed By Stella_1834 - London, United Kingdom

We had a great vegetarian meal and I am not a vegetarian so often sceptical but was really pleasantly surprised and would highly recommend it to both vegetarians and non- vegetarians. Amazing value for money and great desserts too - especially the apple crumble. It got busy at around 20.30 so would either book or get there early!

2. Recanto da Minhota

Rua de Cavaleiros 9, 4720-116, Portugal Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible European, Portuguese Dinner +351 253 992 578
Excellent
54%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Recanto da Minhota

Reviewed By Maccsousa - Braga, Portugal

In Amares, 13 miles from the old town of Braga, the city of bishops, on the road that leads up to the Peneda - Gerês National Park, is Churrasqueira Minhota. Good food and friendliness of the staff are part of the menu. Dinner in the summer by the pool makes the experience quite enjoyable. However, despite the quality of food, there is a recipe that certainly stands out from others. The pork ribs. The difference for competion is in the fact that the meat along the bone is reduced to a minimum and the sauce (the secret) that is use. The combination of these two factors gives to the ribs a unique flavor. Diferent from similar recipes of this kind I've ever tasted all over the country. The rice and french fries that are also part of this are made ​​different than usual. That set a culinary delicacy that worth a try if you go to Braga, or surroundings.

3. Naco NA Pedra

Rua Fernando de Oliveira Guimaraes 38 | 4710-392, Braga 4710-392, Portugal Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi European, Portuguese, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner +351 253 218 028
Excellent
55%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Naco NA Pedra

Reviewed By CarlosSantos - Porto, Portugal

For over 15 years that this restaurant is an icon of Braga (the third-largest city in Portugal).
The food is without fail, amazing whether you go for the "Tibornada de Bacalhau (Cod fish)" or for the great success of the Chef Vitor "Posta à Mirandesa".. I can also highly recommend "Espeto de Picanha" (Tender loin on the spit). Among several Deserts I would like to mention the favourites "Crepe à Naco" and "Baba de Camelo ". In addition to a warm atmosphere, some times with live music, the staff is very efficient and courteous. Concerning the wines, they have a wide list to pamper any appreciator. The prices are very reasonable and most of the courses are enough for two. When in Braga look for the NACO NA PEDRA at Rua Fernado Oliveira Guimarães 38 and do not forget to book for dinner. Phone 253218028. Enjoy your meal!|

4. Restaurante O Victor

Largo das Antas 1, Povoa de Lanhoso 4830-671, Portugal Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +351 253 909 100
Excellent
78%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 427 reviews

Restaurante O Victor

Reviewed By Vitor P

I visited this restaurant for a lunch with my wife. It was a pleasant surprise. We were the first to arrive to find a very cosy warm room. Mr Victor is really a charismatic character that makes you feel at home from the 1st moment....MoreMuito obrigado pela avaliação. Até breve o bacalhau esperta o meu Amigo.

5. Restaurante Cruzeiro

Rua de Terreiro | Santa Maria de Bouro, Amares 4720, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European Lunch, Dinner +351 253 371 115
Excellent
33%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 129 reviews

Restaurante Cruzeiro

Reviewed By JohnnyTbravo - Porto District, Portugal

Located in Santa Maria do Bouro and a few steps away from the Pousada, this family run restaurant with traditional granite walls and local decor serves really nice and tasty local food. The menu is interesting and you’ll find delicious fish and meat dishes. However after many years of coming back to this place I usually end up going every time for the typical codfish dish and the Papas de Sarrabulho and Rojões or Arroz de Sarrabulho. These are some of the typical dishes and wonderfully cooked here and the Deserts are fantastic. As for the wine menu it’s reasonable. Overall the food is really tasty and be aware portions are huge! The owners and staff are really friendly and helpful and this restaurant is good for all occasions such as business, with friends, families (might be noisy if any party is going on), etc and it also features wifi. Definitely worth to come back.

6. Quinta Lago dos Cisnes

R. das Almeidas 241, Amares, Portugal Bar, Pub +351 933 992 331
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Quinta Lago dos Cisnes

Reviewed By Polyglouton - Orleans, France

Nous nous y sommes rendus un dimanche après-midi. L'accès à ce parc est gratuit et les familles s'y rendent en foule, mais l'espace et le parking sont suffisamment vaste pour que l'on puisse circuler tranquillement. C'est un endroit un peu foutraque où se côtoient des espaces en friche ou en construction, de superbes structures faites de métal et de bambou qui abritent des paons, des autruches et à une autre époque des singes. Les enfants peuvent s'amuser sur les tapis gonflables ou dans le petit train et les plus âgés se reposer sur les nombreux bancs ombragés. Les plantations sont luxuriantes et inattendues : l'immense chapiteau du bar est entièrement tapissé de cucurbitacées qui pendent au dessus des têtes des visiteurs. C'est frais, un peu fou et très reposant.

7. Restaurante O Vaticano

Lugar da Igreja n0 117, Terras de Bouro 4840-130, Portugal Delivery, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +351 253 351 492
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

Restaurante O Vaticano

Reviewed By Gingerspurs - Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

7 of us called in for the set lunch which was just 6 euros per person, included starter soup & a choice of fish, portuguese sausage or veal wrapped in bacon, it was so filling and tasty, so cheap and included bread basket. Service was amazing and spoke good english as we were poor at portuguese, recommended.

8. Restaurant Carias

Rua da Igreja5, Bouros Santa Maria,, Amares 4720-492, Portugal Television European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +351 253 377 854
Excellent
40%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 62 reviews

Restaurant Carias

Reviewed By indefatigable - Sheffielduk

Bouros Santa Marta is no more than a row of houses along the road on one of the routes to Peneda-Geres National Park. We were staying at the Pousada in the next village where the food was expensive and not to our taste to say the least. Investigating a better deal we made our way West from the Pousada coming across this small unassuming restaurant about 2 or 3 kilometres along the road. It's probably about 5k East of Amares.They have a car park above the main road which was convenient. Making our way up the steps to what really appeared to be no more than a cheap bar we had misgivings but the locals drinking around the doorway beckoned is in to be greeted by the patron. He showed us through to a fairly large but simple dining room which was illuminated by the ubiquitous TV screen but the only table occupied was by the kitchen staff. This was about 7.30pm and our first reaction was that perhaps they had a good lunchtime business and we were too late for a proper meal. We were completely wrong. The kitchen staff were shooed back to their stoves and after a lengthy search a menu in English was presented. There was a large selection of mainly grilled dishes which were virtually all listed as suitable for two persons. We ordered veal brochettes between the two of us and a bottle of red wine. The cheapest wines started at 4euros per bottle, not including the even cheaper wines available by the carafe,so we pushed the boat out and ordered the second most expensive bottle of red available for 6 euros. And very drinkable it was too!
The restaurant was by now busying up with locals calling in to eat so I think we were now becoming aware that the place had a good reputation, when our meal arrived we could see why. A very large serving plate arrived with fried potatoes, rice,some salad, and two large kebabs of veal ,peppers and onions on top. We could barely eat all the meat because of the generous portion size and had to leave some of the fries and rice. All this came to a total bill just over 22 euros including the usual bread and olives, the wine, and a large bottle of water.
This was great wholesome food if you are hungry-as we were, fantastic value, and despite impenetrable language barriers we were made to feel really welcome. Every village across the world needs a bar/restaurant like this.

9. Restaurante Velho Minho

Rua Doutor Manuel Ferreira 8, Povoa de Lanhoso 4830-542, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +351 253 634 522
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Restaurante Velho Minho

Reviewed By Alberto R - Senhora da Hora, Porto, Portugal

From Monday to Friday they served daily lunch menus (bread, soup, plate, dessert and coffee) for 6.5 €. Good Portuguese cuisine, service and a pleasant place.

10. Troia Restaurante

Rua 25 de Abril 27 | Amares, Amares 4720-393, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner HK$141 - HK$290 +351 253 993 240
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Troia Restaurante

Reviewed By Miguel L - Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Local amplo, com 2 grandes salas e uma exterior (fechada qnd a visita).
2 pratos de sugestão, peixe (salmao) e carne, preço acessível 7euros, e qualidade normal. Simpatia normal dos funcionários, estacionamento fácil e gratuito à porta.

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