Referred as the “capita do Norte” (the capital in the North), Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and has rich and varied culinary traditions. With more than thousands of restaurants in town, it can be difficult to pick the right one to experience the best the city has to offer. We made a selection of the top 10 restaurants for you to try the best of the best and discover this rich cuisine!
1. Mao Travessa
Nestled in a small street close to the larger Rua de Cedofeita, Mao Travessa is a small and charming restaurant with an open kitchen serving a wide variety of crepes, tapas, and a few salads. The staff is very friendly and speak several languages, helping tourists to find their way through the extensive menu. The selection of wine is very large as well and covers local and international wines. We highly recommend the crepes, a pure delight to your taste buds! Make sure to book your table as the restaurant is busy throughout the whole day!
Address: Rua Miguel Bombarda, 38, 4050 Oporto
Facebook page: Mao Travessa
Cafeina serves an “International type of cuisine with Portuguese roots and some trace of French and Italian influence.” Be ready to taste fusion dishes and local specialties revisited by the chefs of this elegant place. The menu changes very often but usually features delicious cuts of meat and fresh fish.
Address: Rua do Padrão 100, 4150-557 Porto, Portugal
Website: Cafeina (in Portugese)
3. Cafe Luso
Featuring local specialties such as bacalhau (cod fish), francesinha (local cheese sandwich) or even grilled octopus, Cafe Luso brings you the best of Porto in extremely generous portions! Most of the dishes for one are actually good to be shared at two. We loved the friendliness of the staff and the wide selection of dishes on the menu. The restaurant, although being nestled in a small street, is usually quite busy.
Address: Praça Carlos Alberto, 92 4050-158 Porto Portugal
Website: Cafe Luso (in Portugese)
4. Adega Do Conde
Nestled in a narrow street close to the Douro river, Adega Do Conde is a small and charming restaurant away from the touristic places closer to the river. Brace yourself for a slow and typically local service but the food is worth it! The menu changes every day depending on the supplies they receive.
Their tripas are the best! This dish is not for everyone but if you like tripe, you will love this restaurant! Their sardines are delicious as well and very big!
Adega Do Conde
Address: Rua Fonte Taurina nº60, São Nicolau, Porto, 4050-269, 4050 Oporto
Lovers of speakeasies and searchers of hidden gems will love this restaurant. Located above a bar of the same name, Camafeu brings you a large selection of local and international dishes in an elegant environment. The grilled octopus is a must try as well as the lasagna and duck. This restaurant is perfect for a romantic night or a chilled evening with friends. Make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment as few seatings only are available and the restaurant is extremely popular.
Address: Praça de Carlos Alberto, 83, 4050-158 Oporto
Facebook page: Camafeu
6. ODE Porto Winehouse
O ODE Porto Wine House deseja-lhe um Feliz Natal repleto de paz, amor e harmonia! ODE Porto Wine House wishes you a Merry Christmas full of peace, love and harmony! #ODE #OdePortoWineHouse #Natal #ChristmasPosted by ODE Porto Wine House on Saturday, 24 December 2016
ODE Porto Winehouse has a very large selection of wine and only brings you dishes prepared from locally sourced ingredients, from local farmers and fishermen. The menu is a selection of local specialties only, served in a beautiful decor made of wine barrels and crates.
ODE Porto Winehouse
Address: Largo do Terreiro 7, 4050-603 Porto, Portugal
Website: ODE Porto Winehouse (in Portugese)
7. Pedro Lemos
Pedro Lemos is one of the most popular restaurants of Porto, proudly serving dishes prepared in the Portuguese traditions. Try on their eight-course degustation menu or order from the à la carte some of the best Portuguese dishes made with the freshest locally sourced ingredients.
Address: Rua Padre Luis Cabral, 974, 4150-459 Porto, Portugal
Website: Pedro Lemos
8. O Caçula Restaurante
O Caçula Restaurante offers local specialties revisited with an international touch. The restaurant has just a few seatings and you will feel at home with the super friendly staff taking care of you. We highly recommend trying the ratatouille polenta!
O Caçula Restaurante
Address: 4050-157 Porto, Portugal
Website: O Caçula Restaurante (in Portugese)
Bacalhau (meaning “cod fish” in English) has, to nobody’s surprise, a large variety of dishes derived from the local specialty cod fish. With an ideal location close to the Douro river and a team of friendly and helpful staff, Bacalhau is a great place to discover Porto’s culinary scene. Try the cod accompanied with dried fruits or cod served with spinach and chestnuts for a taste of Portugal with a twist.
Address: Muro dos Bacalhoeiros 154, 4050-080 Porto, Portugal
10. Bufete Fase
Do not expect a fancy place or an elegant seating at Bufete Fase. Despite its simple and basic decor, the restaurant is renowned by locals to serve the best Francesinha in town. This typical sandwich of ham, cheese, sausage and roast meat covered by a layer of cheese is an institution in Portugal and Porto. If locals say it’s the best, we are sure to get the best!
Address: Rua de Santa Catarina 1147, 4000 Porto, Portugal
Facebook page: Bufete Fase
Time to eat
Now that your tummies are full and spirits lifted up, it is time to discover the city and explore all of its narrow streets and beautiful architectural gems. Discover Porto out of the usual touristic guide and read our article “Greetings From Porto, The City Of Wine, And So Much More!” to know more!
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