The town that gave the country (and port wine) its very name, Porto is Portugal’s second-largest metropolis after Lisbon. Sometimes called Oporto, it's an age-old city that has one foot firmly in the industrial present. The old town, centered at Ribeira, was built on the hills overlooking the Douro River, and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 14th-century São Francisco church is a main attraction, as are the local port wine cellars, mostly located across the river at Vila Nova de Gaia.
Things to do in Porto
4.5 based on 2 reviews
„O PAPARICO“ Restaurant is a hidden gem in Porto. It is absolutely amazing in everyway from its interior décor and charming rustic stone walls, to its furniture and tableware design. Superb elegance and taste! For starters we chose oysters and steamed seasoned bivalve molluscs but dinner began with a warm tasty broth, followed by a set of appetizers which included a black eyed beans vinagrette, a type of codfish pasty, 40 years cured smoked ham and olive fois gras. All delicious and amazingly presented. Then came our starters’ order. The bivalve molluscs were well seasoned and the algae gave it a pleasant sea taste. In between came a “home” baked bread and “bôla” - absolutely divine... For main course we had the baked sea bream with a mixed tomato salad. Very light and tasty. For dessert we shared an egg designed dessert which was splendidly presented and tasted heavenly! Accompanying coffee we were presented with a sculpture that had three types of mini macarrons, all delicious (my favorite was the passion fruit flavoured one). The staff are very profissional and attentive throughout dinner. It was a very pleasant dinner with friends that turned out to be superbly amazing and exceeded our expectations! Very highlly recommend it for an amazing gourmet experience!
4.5 based on 1 reviews
We are not strict vegetarians although both our children are so we know the limitations that can cause when we have been on holiday with them in the past. We are also keen to cut down on our meat intake for health and environmental concerns....MoreIt's wonderful that you liked our concept ! Thank you very much for all your review and recomendation . We apologise for the delate that day on the service because one person in the kitchen had to went home... Hope to see you soon.
4.5 based on 2 reviews
We will be closed at the 24 and 25 December, and from the 31 of December till 31st of January of 2018.
Recommended by our son, we visited this superbly located wine bar twice on the same day, for late afternoon drinks and for a light supper. We sat outside at the wall overlooking the Douro taking in the spectacular view of the port lodges and the...MoreThank you Lee P for your review. It was a pleasure to welcome you at our home! We hope to see you soon. Very soon! Cheers!!! Moisés, Filipa and Crew
4.5 based on 3 reviews
We have no other option to announce our holidays: Closed for holidays from 23th December 2017 until the 8th January 2018. Wishes of a great year 2018!
OK, we got in without one, but it was luck. Well worth it. Tuna Tataki was superb, peanut foam dessert excellent. This is modern food, very well done. Service is very good. Not inexpensive, but a better grade of food, so reasonable (to us). Every...MoreDear Timothy, what a pleasure it was for us to read your review and share of experience! Thank you for your very nice and kind words! We do hope do have the pleasure of your visit again very soon :)
4.5 based on 930 reviews
Myself and my friend love a good breakfast and brunch. This cafe met our high expectations! The breakfast was amazing! The carrot bread and pumpkin breads are amazing and the scrambled eggs were divine. The owner and waiter was incredibly sweet - explained everything very well, very gracious. We loved it! We would most definitely return again.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Please take my advice - this is a GREAT place ! My wife and I loved our meal, as well as the ambiance of this small, round restaurant. Presentation is very important to the chef. The waiters are skilled and attentive. The wine selection is very appropriate for the menu. The location can't be beat. Not one complaint. I recommend this place as a first dining stop in Porto.
4.5 based on 303 reviews
Popular wine and cheese eatery at the heart of the action. We got in at the third attempt on Easter weekend.
Staff polite and relaxed.
Cheese plate was good but I found the bread disappointing. Maybe they had run out of the good stuff.
We sampled two good local red wines.
4.5 based on 398 reviews
Tabua Rasa is dedicated to the best portuguese products, with highlight in cheeses, cured meats and wines. A place made of traditions, flavours, passions, friendship and food culture.
Visited with my mom and we both shared a large platter - every cheese on the board was absolutely delicious! One thing we loved even more than the food, was the great service and hospitality! We felt very well looked after and every food item, wine as well as Portuguese cuisine and culture was explained to us with attention to detail and passion for local food! Still, the atmosphere is very casual and laid back! Had a perfect meal, so we decided to come back a 2nd time during our stay in Porto! Couldn't recommend this place more, but make sure you have a reservation in advance!
4.5 based on 708 reviews
Something seems amiss here.
This restaurant has many great reviews. Most of them at best, I can only describe as enthusiastically misleading.
People so caught up in wanting a place to be spectacular that they forget to be objective about the food.
Let’s preempt a few of the obligatory remarks that the owner likes to recant when replying to less complimentary reviews: No I wasn’t wanting a burger or fast food. Slow food is fine, poor service is a not. Artisanal bread is supposed to be a joy.. your bread fails at this spectacularly. Yeast or no yeast it was dry and unpleasant.
I won’t advertise other restaurants we visited in Porto and Gaia in this review, but suffice it to say this place ranked 11th place out of 11 visited. Not one burger was consumed all week btw. ;)
Performance art, or social experiment maybe? Take your pick, just don’t arrive hungry.
5 based on 109 reviews
Came here on our last night in Porto after 3 nights of nice but unspectacular food. This was by far the best food we had in Porto. Nice atmosphere, service, great value and most of all super tasty burgers. We will be back if we...MoreThank you very much for your words! We’re very proud to have been your best experience in our city. We hope to see you again at our restaurant and if possible improve the experience! Cheers, Team Puorto
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