What to Eat in Porto

Porto's local cuisine features lots of seafood (because of its seat along the Atlantic Ocean) accompanied by lots of wine. Traditional dishes in Porto range from the Francesinha (a toasted meat, cheese and beer-based gravy sandwich served with fries) to tripas à modo do Porto (tripe cooked with white beans, sausage and vegetables). You can find appetizing tripe dishes at most restaurants, but travelers say Café Santiago (just southeast of Mercado Bolhão) and Caves Da Cerveja (along the riverbanks of the Douro in Vila Nova de Gaia) serve up some of the best Francesinhas. Cod (or bacalhau) is also a popular main dish in Porto — a common saying is that there are more than 365 ways to cook cod. It can be served with potatoes and chick peas (bacalhau com batata e grão), with scrambled eggs, potatoes and olives (bacalhau á Brás), or boiled with tomatoes and garlic (bacalhau á portuguesa), among other variations.

The city's namesake sweet dessert wine, port, is especially popular in the region, so be sure to sample some. Meanwhile, visitors with a sweet tooth should try the pastries, gelato or reqeijão com doce de abóbora (a ricotta pie-like dessert with pumpkin jam) at any of the bakeries.

Overall, some popular restaurants that get rave reviews from travelers for succulent Portuguese cuisine and impressive ambiance include the Michelin-starred Yeatman restaurant in Vila Nova de Gaia, Praia da Luz in Foz do Douro (west of the city center) and Chez Lapin along the Porto waterfront near the Dom Luís I Bridge.

If you're on a budget, you should still be able to find a great meal in Porto. Many restaurants feature pratos do dia (or plates of the day) for lunch, with the daily specials typically including fresh fish or meat dishes (and sometimes even a glass of wine and dessert) for a set price starting around €4 EUR (about $5.50 USD). Keep in mind, meals are served a bit later in Porto, with diners sitting down for lunch between 12:30 and 3 p.m. and eating dinner between 8 and 11 p.m.

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  • #1
    MUU Steakhouse
    #1 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1223 reviewsTripAdvisor (1223)
    $$ | Steakhouse, European, Portuguese
    Rua do Almada 149A, Porto 4050-037 Portugal
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  • #2
    Viva Creative Kitchen
    #2 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 141 reviewsTripAdvisor (141)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, International, Contemporary, Healthy, Wine Bar
    Largo Sao Domingos 33, Porto 4050-545 Portugal
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  • #3
    Do Norte cafe
    #3 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 123 reviewsTripAdvisor (123)
    $ - $$ | European
    Rua do Almada 57 59, Porto 4050-036 Portugal
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  • #4
    Dama Pe de Cabra
    #4 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1137 reviewsTripAdvisor (1137)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Deli, Portuguese
    Passeio Sao Lazaro 5, Porto 4000-507 Portugal
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  • #5
    Tapabento
    #5 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4595 reviewsTripAdvisor (4595)
    $ - $$ | Fusion, Contemporary, Healthy
    Rua da Madeira, 222, Porto 4000-330 Portugal
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  • #6
    Petisqueira Voltaria
    #6 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 943 reviewsTripAdvisor (943)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
    Rua Afonso Martins Alho, 109, Porto 4050-018 Portugal
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  • #7
    Travesso Restaurante & Bar
    #7 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 134 reviewsTripAdvisor (134)
    $ - $$ | Bar, European, Portuguese, Wine Bar
    Rua da Picaria 16 Baixa Porto, Porto 4050-477 Portugal
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  • #8
    Restaurante Rito Cozinha Regional
    #8 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 367 reviewsTripAdvisor (367)
    $ - $$ | Portuguese, European
    Rua Antero de Quental No 783 A frente da bifurcação de rua., Porto 4200-069 Portugal
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  • #9
    A Despensa
    #9 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1121 reviewsTripAdvisor (1121)
    $ - $$ | Italian, International, Mediterranean, European, Fusion
    Rua Conde de Vizela 141, Porto 4050-640 Portugal
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  • #10
    NATA Lisboa - Rua das Flores
    #10 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1528 reviewsTripAdvisor (1528)
    $ | Cafe, European, Portuguese
    Rua Flores 291, Porto 4050-267 Portugal
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  • #11
    Mood Restaurant & Sushi Bar
    #11 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 202 reviewsTripAdvisor (202)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Contemporary, Fusion
    Rua da Picaria 93, Porto 4050-478 Portugal
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  • #12
    Patio do Duque
    #12 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 261 reviewsTripAdvisor (261)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
    Avenida Rodrigues de Freitas No 411 Loja i, Porto 4000-422 Portugal
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  • #13
    Rua- Tapas & Music Bar
    #13 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1112 reviewsTripAdvisor (1112)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Portuguese, Gastropub
    Travessa de Cedofeita 24 R/C Loja, Porto 4050-183 Portugal
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  • #14
    Curb
    #14 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 661 reviewsTripAdvisor (661)
    $ | American, Fast Food, Street Food
    Rua do Belomonte 70, Porto 4050-096 Portugal
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  • #15
    Salve Simpatia Porto
    #15 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 120 reviewsTripAdvisor (120)
    $ - $$ | Brazilian, Bar, Pub, Contemporary
    Rua da Picaria 89 Baixa, Porto 4050-478 Portugal
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  • #16
    Euskalduna Studio
    #16 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 209 reviewsTripAdvisor (209)
    $$ | European, Contemporary, Portuguese
    Rua de Santo Ildefonso 404, Porto 4000-466 Portugal
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  • #17
    Bacchus Vini
    #17 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 464 reviewsTripAdvisor (464)
    $ - $$ | European, Portuguese, Wine Bar
    Rua da Lada 14 16 Ribeira Do Porto, Porto 4050-328 Portugal
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  • #18
    Laurear
    #18 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 609 reviewsTripAdvisor (609)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
    Rua Fabrica n 20, Porto 4050-245 Portugal
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  • #19
    Porta 4
    #19 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 361 reviewsTripAdvisor (361)
    $ - $$ | European, Contemporary, Portuguese, Mediterranean
    Rua Doutor Barbosa de Castro 4, Porto 4050-090 Portugal
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  • #20
    Wine Quay Bar
    #20 of 2,262 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2502 reviewsTripAdvisor (2502)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Portuguese, Wine Bar, Deli
    111 and 112 Muro dos Bacalhoeiros, Porto 4050-080 Portugal
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