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 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1128 reviewsTripAdvisor (1128)
    $$ | Steakhouse, European, Portuguese
    Rua do Almada 149A, Porto 4050-037 Portugal
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  • #2
    Travesso Restaurante & Bar
    #2 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 99 reviewsTripAdvisor (99)
    $ - $$ | Bar, European, Portuguese, Wine Bar
    Rua da Picaria 16 Baixa Porto, Porto 4050-477 Portugal
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  • #3
    Do Norte cafe
    #3 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 72 reviewsTripAdvisor (72)
    $ - $$ | European
    Rua do Almada 57 59, Porto 4050-036 Portugal
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  • #4
    Curb
    #4 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 600 reviewsTripAdvisor (600)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    Rua do Belomonte 70, Porto 4050-096 Portugal
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  • #5
    Tapabento
    #5 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4478 reviewsTripAdvisor (4478)
    $ - $$ | Fusion, Contemporary, Healthy
    Rua da Madeira, 222, Porto 4000-330 Portugal
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  • #6
    Dama Pe de Cabra
    #6 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1121 reviewsTripAdvisor (1121)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Deli, Portuguese
    Passeio Sao Lazaro 5, Porto 4000-507 Portugal
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  • #7
    Petisqueira Voltaria
    #7 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 876 reviewsTripAdvisor (876)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
    Rua Afonso Martins Alho, 109, Porto 4050-018 Portugal
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  • #8
    Restaurante Rito Cozinha Regional
    #8 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 307 reviewsTripAdvisor (307)
    $ - $$ | Portuguese, European
    Rua Antero de Quental No 783 A frente da bifurcação de rua., Porto 4200-069 Portugal
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  • #9
    NATA Lisboa - Rua das Flores
    #9 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1460 reviewsTripAdvisor (1460)
    $ | Cafe, European, Portuguese
    Rua Flores 291, Porto 4050-267 Portugal
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  • #10
    Euskalduna Studio
    #10 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 202 reviewsTripAdvisor (202)
    $$ | European, Contemporary, Portuguese
    Rua de Santo Ildefonso 404, Porto 4000-466 Portugal
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  • #11
    Mood Restaurant & Sushi Bar
    #11 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 171 reviewsTripAdvisor (171)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Contemporary, Fusion
    Rua da Picaria 93, Porto 4050-478 Portugal
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  • #12
    A Despensa
    #12 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1062 reviewsTripAdvisor (1062)
    $ - $$ | Italian, International, Mediterranean, European, Fusion
    Rua Conde de Vizela 141, Porto 4050-640 Portugal
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  • #13
    Rua- Tapas & Music Bar
    #13 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1074 reviewsTripAdvisor (1074)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Portuguese, Gastropub
    Travessa de Cedofeita 24 R/C Loja, Porto 4050-183 Portugal
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  • #14
    Bacchus Vini
    #14 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 449 reviewsTripAdvisor (449)
    $ - $$ | European, Portuguese, Wine Bar
    Rua da Lada 14 16 Ribeira Do Porto, Porto 4050-328 Portugal
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  • #15
    Wine Quay Bar
    #15 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2476 reviewsTripAdvisor (2476)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Portuguese, Wine Bar, Deli
    111 and 112 Muro dos Bacalhoeiros, Porto 4050-080 Portugal
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  • #16
    Hungry biker
    #16 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 492 reviewsTripAdvisor (492)
    $ | Cafe, International, European
    Rua das Taipas 68, Porto 4050-597 Portugal
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  • #17
    Laurear
    #17 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 566 reviewsTripAdvisor (566)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
    Rua Fabrica n 20, Porto 4050-245 Portugal
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  • #18
    Rosa do Porto
    #18 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 98 reviewsTripAdvisor (98)
    $ - $$ | European, Portuguese, Mediterranean
    Rua 15 de Novembro 23, Porto 4100-421 Portugal
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  • #19
    Porta 4
    #19 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 347 reviewsTripAdvisor (347)
    $ - $$ | European, Contemporary, Portuguese, Mediterranean
    Rua Doutor Barbosa de Castro 4, Porto 4050-090 Portugal
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  • #20
    Mesa 325 - Cafetaria
    #20 of 2,207 Places to Eat in Porto
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 161 reviewsTripAdvisor (161)
    $ | Cafe, European
    Avenida Camilo 325 R/C, Porto 4300-096 Portugal
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