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Whether you're looking to try some of the best local traditional cuisine, its more updated version, or the most refined contemporary international cuisine in the city, Porto offers a variety of restaurants for all tastes and budgets. Below is a list of the ones worth looking for:


A Cozinha do Manel

Rua do Heroísmo, 215
Tel: 225 363 388
(TRADITIONAL PORTUGUESE CUISINE)
The rustic-style interior, decorated with tiles and lots of wood, is an indication of what's on the menu. It offers good-old traditional Portuguese cuisine, much of it prepared in a wood oven. Many of the dishes are Porto specialities, but the extensive wine list covers all of Portugal's wine regions.

Bacalhoeiro

Avenida Diogo Leite, 74
Tel: 22 375 9408
www.bacalhoeiro.com.pt
(PORTUGUESE CUISINE)
This restaurant, located in a century-old granite building, specializes in cod. Sit at one of the long benches under hanging chandeliers, and choose one of the 15 cod dishes which vary throughout the year (it's said that there are 365 ways to prepare cod in Portugal -- one for each day).
Many of the starters also include cod, and the desserts often add some Port wine.

Bugo Art Burgers

Rua Miguel Bombarda, 598
Tel: 226 062 179
(INTERNATIONAL CUISINE)
This trendy spot serves a creative (and healthier) variety of burgers to the artsy crowds of the neighborhood. The choices include many Asian inspirations but also a few local traditions.
The décor is attractive and contemporary, adding to a cool, relaxed ambience.
It closes on Sundays.

Cafeína

Rua do Padrão, 100
Tel: 22 610 8059
www.cafeina.pt
(CONTEMPORARY/INTERNATIONAL CUISINE)
Although over a decade old, this restaurant continues to be one of the trendiest in Porto.
It's located in a 19th-century manor house covered in yellow and black tiles, close to the sea in the Foz district, and has a sophisticated and cosmopolitan ambience.
The décor consists of dark colors and warm lights, and the menu is modern or contemporary European. There is also a tea room open in the afternoon, with several options of hot beverages.

Casa Aleixo

Rua da Estação, 216
Tel: 225 370 462
(TRADITIONAL PORTUGUESE CUISINE)
This is a classic for traditional Portuguese cuisine, especially famous for the fish fillets. It's found by the Campanhã train station, with a cozy dining area with bare stone walls.
The wine list concentrates mostly on fine selections of local wines from the Douro.

Casa de Pasto da Palmeira

Rua do Passeio Alegre, 450
Tel: 226 168 244
www.casadepastodapalmeira.pt
(CONTEMPORARY PORTUGUESE CUISINE)
Very inviting and unpretentious, this charming restaurant readapts traditional Portuguese food and service to the present. It has an open kitchen from where the "petiscos"/tapas are made and then served throughout the day.
It also offers wine by the glass at reasonable prices.
Closed on Mondays.

Casa D'Oro

Rua do Ouro, 797
Tel: 226 106 012
(ITALIAN CUISINE)
With a privileged riverfront location looking out to Arrábida Bridge, this is an especially good choice on warmer sunny days, when you can eat outside. The owner is also responsible for two of Lisbon's most popular Italian restaurants, and here she presents the same flavors of Italy. One level is for pizza, and another is for other Italian specialties, which change every season.
It's closed on Mondays.

Chez Lapin

Rua dos Canastreiros, 40-42
Tel: 22 200 6418
(PORTUGUESE CUISINE)
Don't be misled by the name and assume this is a French restaurant. This is as Porto as you can get, serving traditional Portuguese and local cuisine.
It's an emblematic restaurant, having served the city for 70 years. It's located in a 16th-century building, in the Ribeira district, and includes an esplanade where you can contemplate the river.
The interior has a very charming and rustic look.

Costume Bistrô

Travessa dos Congregados, 17
Tel: 222 015 015
(INTERNATIONAL CUISINE)
Located downtown, this restaurant has an intimate and rather romantic dining room, with candlelit stone walls and often with a jazz soundtrack at night.
It uses traditional products in a menu of international cuisine, somewhat influenced by France.
Closed Sundays.

Da Terra

Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, 249
Tel: 223 199 257
www.daterra.pt
(VEGAN CUISINE)
Vegans, or simply the health-conscious, will want to check out this restaurant downtown. It serves a buffet of excellent vegan (many organic) choices, including soup and desserts.
It's a very relaxed place, and is open throughout the day.
Opens daily.

D'Oliva

Rua Brito e Cunha, 354, Matosinhos
Tel: 22 935 1005
(ITALIAN/MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE)
If you enjoy Italian or Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, it's worth stepping outside old Porto to the seaside suburb of Matosinhos, for this former warehouse that was transformed into one of the trendiest spots in the region.
The well-designed space features a wall with over 200 bottles of wine, to accompany the fresh pastas and pizza.
The tiramisu dessert is a classic.

DOP

Largo de São Domingos, 18
Tel: 222 014 313
www.doprestaurante.pt
(CONTEMPORARY PORTUGUESE CUISINE)
This is one of the acclaimed chef Rui Paula's success stories, found in a 14th-century building right in the center of the city. He presents his signature dishes based on Portuguese flavors, both contemporary and traditional, in a well-designed space. It includes a show cooking area where you can have lighter meals, but always accompanied by good wines from a list of literally hundreds of choices.

Galeria de Paris

Rua Galeria de Paris, 56
Tel: 934 210 792
(CONTEMPORARY PORTUGUESE CUISINE)
This former textiles warehouse is now one of the trendiest spots in town, open throughout the day as a café-restaurant, and later as a bar.
The décor features the original cabinets, now holding vintage pieces.
The menu varies daily, and includes "petiscos" (tapas).

La Ricotta

Rua Passos Manuel, 18
Tel: 222 023 300
www.laricotta.pt
(ITALIAN CUISINE)
The name is Italian, but this restaurant also mixes Portuguese touches in the menu consisting of carpaccios, pastas, risottos, meat and fish. The wine selections naturally include many from Italy and Portugal, but you'll also find a few options from Chile, Argentina, Australia and United States, which may be served by the glass.
Many of the bottles are part of the décor of the welcoming dining area, which also includes a display of Italian cheeses.
Closes on Sundays.

O Caçula

Praça de Carlos Alberto, 47
Tel: 222 055 937
www.ocacula.com
(INTERNATIONAL CUISINE)
It's in business since 1969, but you wouldn't tell by the modern makeover it had in more recent times. It has also moved from its original location, but still offers a good selection of meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes. It also serves pizzas from a wood oven, and lists a variety of fruit-based desserts.

O Comercial

Rua Ferreira Borges
Tel: 22 339 9000
www.ocomercial.com
(MODERN PORTUGUESE CUISINE)
Found inside one of the city's most monumental landmarks (the Stock Exchange Palace), this refined restaurant serves a contemporary Portuguese cuisine mixed with Mediterranean traditions interpreted by the chef who also owns the place.
The classy décor matches the magnificence of the rest of the interior of the building, with classic furnishings and details.
There's an à la carte service as well as a tasting menu, which you may consult on the website.

O Marinheiro

Praça Dona Filipa de Lencastre, 187
Tel: 22 205 8760
(PORTUGUESE CUISINE)
With indoor and outdoor seating, this restaurant is a pleasant choice for a relaxed, informal meal. It offers traditional Portuguese dishes to the sound of live Portuguese music, presented in a reasonably-priced menu of daily specials. Those include four meat and four fish dishes, and there's also a good selection of wines and some wonderful homemade desserts.
You'll find it not far from the central Avenida dos Aliados and the landmark Clerigos Tower.

Pedro Lemos

Rua do Padre Luis Cabral, 974
Tel: 220 115 986
www.pedrolemos.net
(CONTEMPORARY PORTUGUESE CUISINE)
One of the city's finest restaurants (it's been awarded a Michelin star), it presents Portuguese cuisine reinterpreted by the chef, after whom the place is named. It only uses fresh seasonal ingredients, so the menu changes frequently, but you'll always find curious, creative dishes, including those in two optional tasting menus.
The wine list is excellent, offering almost 200 options.
The dining area is tastefully designed in golden brown, and also displays gourmet products which may be purchased.
Closes on Sundays and Mondays.

Pimms

Rua Infante Dom Henrique, 95
Tel: 222 015 172
(TRADITIONAL PORTUGUESE CUISINE)
An almost completely white interior and tables outside facing São Francisco Church make this restaurant one of the most attractive in the center of Porto. The cuisine mixes traditional Portuguese and international flavors (think plenty of meat and cod), at reasonable prices.
Closed on Tuesdays.

Portucale

Rua da Alegria, 598
Tel: 22 537 0717
(PORTUGUESE CUISINE)
This restaurant is "hidden" on a 13th floor, but is a treasure worth seeking. There are magnificent panoramic city views, antique furnishings, and instrumental background music enhancing the special and relaxing ambiance.
The cuisine is Portuguese, and many see this as perhaps the best place for great traditional national dishes. The excellent wine list offers both Portuguese and international labels.

The Yeatman

Rua do Choupeiro (Vila Nova de Gaia)
Tel.: 220 133 100
(CONTEMPORARY PORTUGUESE CUISINE)
With an elegant décor to match the sophistication of the rest of the building, this restaurant with two Michelin stars is found in the The Yeatman Hotel across the Douro River from the center of Porto.
You'll have magnificent views of the city, a creative menu of contemporary Portuguese cuisine, and this being in a wine-themed hotel, a monumental wine list. It lists around two thousand choices, most of them top-quality Portuguese labels.
Opens every day.

Traça

Largo de São Domingos, 88
Tel: 222 081 065
www.restaurantetraca.com
(SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE CUISINE)
Inspired by Iberian cuisine (with Spanish meat and Portuguese fish choices), this restaurant is found in a classic Porto building downtown and manages to look contemporary despite the old decorative pieces.
The wine list consists mostly of Douro wines.
Closed on Sundays.

Vinhas D'Alho

Muro dos Bacalhoeiros, 139-140
Tel: 222 012 874
(TRADITIONAL PORTUGUESE CUISINE)
Found in a centuries-old building on the riverfront, this restaurant is especially attractive if you can get a table outside. But wherever you sit, you'll enjoy a fine menu of Portuguese cuisine especially strong on fish and seafood.
Late at night it's also a wine bar with "petiscos" (tapas) to accompany the drinks.
Closed on Tuesdays.



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