Where to Eat in Vila Real: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 28, 2017 Mollie Coke

Vila Real is a municipality and simultaneously the capital and largest city of the Vila Real District, northern Portugal. The population in 2011 was 51,850, in an area of 378.80 square kilometres.
Things to do in Vila Real

1. Bons Tempos

Rua de Santa Sofia 41, Vila Real 5000-680, Portugal Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar European, Portuguese, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$149 +351 259 322 394
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 211 reviews

Bons Tempos

Reviewed By Krzysztof N - Kolding, Denmark

Our restaurant experience in Vila Real is limited to Bons Tempos and Terra de Montanha.
Bons Tempos wins regarding the food. Especially remarkable are starters and desserts. Main course was a bit too ordinary but good wine compensated all.
Highly recommended.
Please, realize - it is only provisional town and nothing sophisticated expected.

2. Cais da Villa

Rua Monsenhor Jeronimo do Amaral | Estação de Comboios Vila Real, Vila Real 5000-570, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +351 259 351 209
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 305 reviews

Cais da Villa

Reviewed By Paulo R - Lisbon, Portugal

We went all the way to Vila Real just to eat here as we got it recommended. It was a Tuesday late evening and we had a baby. It was quiet which helped a lot the case. The food was delicious. We had the prawn with risotto and grilled fish. The staff was very nice. Worth the 40km in panoramic and curved roads to have dinner.

3. Chaxoila

EN2 Borralha | direcao Chaves / 200 metros saida IP4 Vila Real Norte, Vila Real 5000-063, Portugal Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$118 - HK$196 +351 259 322 654
Excellent
46%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 424 reviews

Chaxoila

Chaxoila Casa de Pasto lets you experience the regional specialities with great local produce, in a relaxed and cared for atmosphere. Visit us during summer and enjoy the Terrace! Or meet us in winter and have a tasty meal in the glass room.

Reviewed By James H - Cape Town Central, South Africa

Having visited this eatery each Summer over the past 4 to 5 years it has now gone downhill in no small measure in the food and wine dept. Firstly, one could always get all dishes on a medium or full basis ( 1/2 or full dose ) but sadly no longer. I had the typical tripe and beans Portuguese style which was as good as ever.
However, it is in the seafood area that the choice is lacking. Always used to have chiperones and calamari but these no longer figure on the menu; only Octopus ! Then the only fish on the menu was sea bass which my wife had; OK, but that is about it as it came with 6 potatoes, 3 small and 3 large. Not exactly exciting.
Asked for the wine list and was handed a scrappy dog eared list full of crosses next to almost every entry on the list meaning it was unavailable. So had to settle for a jug of white house wine which was not bad.
Chaxoila has slipped from #1 on the Trip Advisor list to #2; I believe that it will shortly fall further if this is what they are now dishing up as a first class restaurant.

4. Donatello

Rua Jose Teixeira de Mello e Castro 66, Vila Real 5000-430, Portugal Takeout, Reservations Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +351 259 327 340
Excellent
44%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Donatello

Reviewed By Huuronzecamper

We promised our daughter Italian food on her birthday and are very surprised that Donatello was not yet registered at TripAdvisor. The steward was very forthcoming, especially and not uncommon in Portugal, to the kids. More important, the food was superb and against a very acceptable price.
When in Vila Real, don't miss Donatello!

5. Restaurante Cardoso

Rua Miguel Bombarda 42 4, Vila Real 5000-625, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +351 259 325 329
Excellent
49%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 272 reviews

Restaurante Cardoso

Reviewed By Prestigius - Lisbon

Arriving at 11,30 PM without many alternatives, received by very nice waiters, with fast service food, very cheap prices and fresh food in na popular restaurante. COOOOLLL

6. Restaurante Residencial Maria Do Carmo

Abambres-Mateus, Vila Real 5000-063, Portugal Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +351 259 240 989
Excellent
36%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 101 reviews

Restaurante Residencial Maria Do Carmo

Reviewed By sdmb51 - Malmesbury, United Kingdom

This was a party of eleven and we all enjoyed an excellent meal and friendly service.Portions were generous and the speciality was codfish.We should have realised but it was probably best to share starters.Located in a quiet area this would be ideal for business or pleasure.

7. Vinho & Tretas

Largo dos Condes | Mateus, Vila Real 5000-290, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Portuguese, European, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$94 - HK$141 +351 259 378 444
Excellent
81%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 109 reviews

Vinho & Tretas

Jantar Apenas Mediante Reserva. Dinner Only By Reservation. Dîner Seulement Sur Reservation.

Reviewed By hydrojoe - Ottawa, Canada

This little gem is nothing to look at from the outside but it offers great Portuguese platters. The main floor is a little gift shop offering souvenirs and a very good variety of wine and port. The restaurant is upstairs where you will be met...MoreObrigado pelo vosso comentário

8. Casa Lapao

Rua da Misericordia 53 55, Vila Real 5000-653, Portugal Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, European, Portuguese Breakfast +351 259 324 146
Excellent
59%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Casa Lapao

Reviewed By LuizDutraNeto - Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

If you are in Vila Real, you cannot miss Casa Lapão! It is small and cozy, with the very best Portuguese traditional sweets. Break your tour for a little while and taste these delicious sweets, all made out of sugar, eggs and love: "Cristas de Galo" (the most famous and traditional sweet of Vila Real - with almonds), "Pitos de Santa Luzia" (with pumpkin and cinnamon), "Tijelinhas de Laranja" (with oranges), "Antoninhos" (also with pumpkin), and many many others, Order a double expresso coffee and get ready to continue your visit! And don't forget that you can always order some sweets to take along - they are excellent for unforgettable night bites. Bon Appétit!

9. Tralha Wine Tapas Bar

Avenida de Almeida Lucena, Vila Real 5000-660, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, Mediterranean, European, Pub, Portuguese, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +351 961 685 715
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 203 reviews

Tralha Wine Tapas Bar

Reviewed By Nathan P - Ely

We was recommended this restaurant by our hotel owner and we wasn't disappointed a lovely modern place with great tapas we had a mixture of fish and meat dishes and each one didn't disappoint cooked to perfection and very tasty would recommend to anyone wanting a modern twist on tapas would love to go back on our next visit to Villa Real

10. La Forneria

Avenida Carvalho Araujo 22, Vila Real 5000-657, Portugal Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +351 259 321 130
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 154 reviews

La Forneria

Reviewed By southerntraveller49 - Andalucia, Spain

This is a good eatery a few meters from the Town Hall. They offer unpretentious food at very good prices. Wonderful thin dough pizzas and also Portuguese dishes and snacks. Young and informal atmosphere. Fast and friendly service. Good option if you´re visiting the town but don´t want a formal lunch.

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