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Porto’s most atmospheric restaurants are found around the riverfront – from traditional adegas (taverns) offering great-value set lunches to more upscale nouveau-Portuguese restaurants. Seafood is wonderfully fresh and delectable, with dried codfish (bacalhau) and sardines appearing on all of the menus. Note that the Portuguese are big meat eaters and if you’re feeling adventurous, you must try the traditional tripa á moda do Porto (tripe stew with sausage, chicken and beans), and the other Porto specialty, francesinha (a beef, ham and sausage sandwich covered with melted cheese and tomato sauce).

Top Restaurants in Porto


Classics are prepared with a creative French twist and the clientele is cool and beautiful at this fashionable bistro in an upscale neighborhood villa.

Rua do Padrão 100, 011-351-22-610-8059, www.cafeina.pt
Tags: moderate | trendy

D. Tonho

Book ahead for this classy Ribeira institution with beautifully spruced up stone interiors, a stellar menu of traditional seafood and meat dishes, a top-notch wine list, and a celeb clientele.

Cais de Ribeira 13-15, 011-351-22-200-4307, www.dtonho.com
Tags: expensive | smart splurge

Foz Velha

Ask for a window table overlooking the Atlantic and order the tasting menu at this chic restaurant, where sumptuous food is the focus.

Esplanada do Castelo 141, 011-351-22-615-4178, www.fozvelha.com
Tags: luxury | expensive | views


This ultra-sleek spot on the top floor of Casa da Musica serves flavorful Mediterranean fusion fare under a sky-lit ceiling.

Av. da Boavista, 011-351-22-609-2876, www.restaurantekool.com
Tags: expensive | smart splurge

O Escondidinho

Sample regional seafood specialties at this intimate spot right by São Bento; its elaborate interiors are matched by pricey entrées like lobster au gratin and sole fillets in Madeira wine.

Rua Passos Manuel 144, 011-351-22-200-1079
Tags: seafood | expensive


The best spot in town to try Porto's homegrown staple: tripa á moda do Porto (tripe stew with sausage, chicken, and beans).

Rua Passos Manuel 195, 011-351-22-200-5886
Tags: moderate | great value | portuguese

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