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Restaurants in Porto

If there is a group of people who positively, definitely and absolutely love their food, then it would be the Portuguese. No wonder author Robert Wilson said “The quickest way to get trampled to death is to come between the Portuguese and their lunch.” in his book A Small Death in Lisbon. Food plays an important part in the lives and the culture of the Portuguese people, and although various regions of Portugal have their respective specialties, all locals share the same passion for traditional dishes made from simple ingredients.

Portuguese food is typically calorie-laden, as most of the dishes are either made of meat or seafood. One thing that needs to be said about the people of Portugal is that they do not like wasting their food, especially from the sources they themselves have raised, so it is not unusual to include offal and body parts like chicken blood, pig ears or beef tripe. Consider this a warning, especially if you have a weak stomach.

That said, traditional dishes are a must-have. If you want to have a truly authentic experience of food, especially in Porto, then you need a local to steer you to the right direction as you look for eateries and restaurants that serve the dishes you should sample. Better yet, your local host will not just cook for you but will also share with you Porto’s culture.

Top home dinners in Porto

Try Cataplana - The Best of Seafood


€25.00 p.p.

Try the authentic Porto's food!


€30.00 p.p.

Top Off-the-Beaten-Path Restaurants in Porto

  • Have a Terylene sandwich, Porto’s version of Slow Food, in Flor dos Congregados, one of the oldest restaurants in Porto.
  • From the São Bento Station, walk to Adega Vila Meã and sample its various delightful offerings of traditional dishes, one of which is the Cozido à Portuguesa, or Portuguese stew.
  • Have the best codfish pataniscas (codfish fritters) in the whole of Porto in Taberna Santo António, and finish it off with a chocolate mousse and a glass of aguardente.
  • Every Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm, you can enjoy Tasca da Piedade’s petiscos, bifanas and iscas de bacalhau as fado singers serenade you with traditional Portuguese music.
  • Have your fill of the best octopus salad in Adega Quim, a small restaurant that has been serving petiscos and panados for more than 50 years now.
  • Fancy a sandwich? Head to Conga(Casa das Bifanas) in Rua do Bonjardim and order a bifana, pork meat with deliciously spicy sauce.
  • If you want a great tasting octopus dish, go to Casa Aleixo in front of the Campanhã train station and ask for their octopus fillets.
  • Rei dos Galos de Amarante offers Arroz de Cabidela – stewed chicken with vinegar and chicken blood – which is prepared with chicken bred by the owners themselves in a farm 60km away from Porto, which is why you need to call two days in advance just so you could eat this lovely dish.
  • Casa Nanda offers traditional Portuguese fare, including rojões, tender and juicy fried pork belly cubes with fried potatoes and pickles.
  • If you like cheese and wine, Taberna do Largo is the place to be. Another must-try is their muxama, smoked tuna that comes with tomato jam and scrambled eggs.

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Melanie Nuno

​Complete Oporto Experience in only 5 hours

Nuno's deep knowledge of the tiles of Porto is remarkable, and his eagerness to share these insights with you is such an asset for your trip!
Trained as an architect, with a love of food and his home town, Nuno will walk you through Porto, teaching you to "read" the tiles and all they tell you about the city's history of conquest, characters, and style.
It is a priceless 5 hours!
Without it, you are really missing the true Porto.
You can walk and admire and photograph the tiles, but without Nuno's interpretation, you'll love 90%.

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Jeff Anselmo

Porto/Gaia Bike Tour

This was a great way to get out and around Porto. After a long flight and train ride to to get to Porto, it was nice to stretch you legs. I slept great that night as well. Anselmo takes you on safe routes, with out missing much detail of the city. The great surprise was being able to see both sides on the Douro River. He has the knowledge of being raised locally and a passion of biking. It was great sharing a beer, and recieving information about how and where to visit after the tour. We took the tour on a Thursday and were able to squeeze in a trip to Bacelos in the afternoon for the weekly market. Anselmo, explored our best options to do this trip in advance. Thanks again Anselmo. Cheers

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Linda Luis

Passionate Porto Food Tour

Luis gave our group of 4 a great tour of Porto! We went on this tour on our first day in town and he gave us a great introduction to the city and favorite foods. As he said, this isn't a guidebook tour of the places the books tell you to go. More like visiting your friend's hometown and having them show you around. He took us to varied places and locations and helped refine our itinerary to get the most out of our stay. Excellent suggestions, especially loved 7Grams Roasters. Fabulous coffee! Luis is fun and entertaining and very easy to talk to. He was very great about email communication both before and after our tour! Would love to do another tour with him and will not hesitate to recommend him. Thanks, Luis!

Must-try Porto Specialties

  • Francesinha- Different meats sandwiched between two thick bread slices, covered in melted cheese and a spicy sauce.
  • Bacalhau- The country staple food which is served in hundreds of ways.
  • Bolo de Arroz- Small round cakes made of rice flour.
  • Café cortado- Espresso with a little steamed milk.
  • Pastel de nata- Egg tart pastries famous all over Portugal.
  • Petiscos- Portuguese tapas or small dishes that go great with wine.