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Mar 23, 2010 10:04 AM

summer restaurant in Porto


Chowhounder from Toronto, Canada here.

I will be visiting Portugal later this year in the summertime and need a good recommendation on some nice restaurants in Porto or Aveiro areas.

Any help is appreciated...

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  1. A restarant called A Grade in the Ribera neighborhood stands out most from my January trip to Porto. It's standard Portuguese food done really well. The husband/wife who were running things seemed really proud of their place, which is usually a good sign. They were very helpful and friendly - they even gave us two rounds of complimentary firewater of some sort to finish the meal.
    The roasted baby goat was especially good. Good wine too - that was also a point of pride it seemed.
    Rua Sao Nicolau no. 9
    Porto, Porto, 4050, Portugal
    Also for summer - they do have some outdoor seating. The place a few doors down towards the river with the picture of Castro in the window is also good and has outdoor seating.

    1. Cafeina in the Foz do Douro area is a quiet, elegant spot with modern interpretations of Portuguese cuisine...when you've had your fill of very hearty fare.

      1. IMO the best restaurant in Porto is by far Foz Velha, where chef Marco Gomes is reinventing traditional Portuguese cuisine with brio (and very cheap menu prices for the quality)

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        1. re: monchique

          thanks. foz velha has definately caught my eye.

          1. re: dmartins123

            When we were in Porto about 2 years ago we happened upon Shis. The location is outstanding -- on columns right on the sea. The food was delicious with an interesting mix of sushi & continental cuisine! We're going back to Porto in May (My husband is seriously into port and the best can only be found in Porto), and I want to go back and sit at one of the tables overlooking the waves.

            1. re: melachap1354

              I did find that place as well....just unsure if I want our special meal in porto to be sushi.

              maybe a port wine tasting tour followed by a nice meal. do the wineries do that?

              1. re: dmartins123

                I don't eat sushi or any fish or shellfish (my husband loves it) and I ate very well. They have lots of more traditional dishes. Look at their website.

          2. re: monchique

            Going to Porto SUN (8/15) and MON (8/16) both Foz Velha and Pedro Lemos will be closed those 2 days. We are staying on the river and I'm looking for a romantic place. I have a reservation at Cafeina but just looking for what the 2nd restaurant could be. Is it Bull&Bear, O Casa Aleixo charming romantic...too far away?

            1. re: taylorhameggandcheese

              I suggest the Barao de Fladgate restaurant at the Taylor's winery in Vila Nova de Gaia.
              I had a very good dinner there recently during the S.João celebrations, but part of a small group, so it was a set menu & wines. I think you can visit the cellars at the same occasion. The "in" place in Porto is called "DOP" (chef Rui Paula) in the center. Trendy, good food, pretty people...

              1. re: monchique

                We have eaten at the Barao de Fladgate and the food is very good and the location is spectacular. My husband, a serious port lover, finds the Taylor ports, while ubiquitous, are not very good compared to other smaller cellars located there. If this is your only tasting, not the best introduction to port. Calem & Royal Oporto do really great "introductory" presentations on Port, but to really "taste it" go to Wiese & Krohn, or CCVP (makers of Vasconcellos).

                1. re: melachap1354

                  I'm surprised what you say about Taylor's port, I think the Fladgate group (incl. Fonseca, etc.) makes some of the very best. Had a lovely tasting at Taylor's last year and when they realized I was a serious wine lover they pulled out a few open bottles of vintage that are not part of the normal tasting.

                  1. re: melachap1354

                    May be but they don't have a restaurant, which was the original question...

                    1. re: monchique

                      Barao Fladgate restaurant is at the main Taylor cellar on the top of the hill. As far as wine quality, I'm just repeating what my husband says. But of course taste is very individual. A vintage is always the best, but because it must be drunk the same day the bottle is opened, it is not very practical for someone who likes a glass or two every day. His interest is in older Tawny and colheitas. I still recommend trying one of the "bigs" and then moving on to a small limited distribution cellar for a contrast.

                      1. re: melachap1354

                        The only ports that can be open and drunk over several days are the LBVs, (late bottled vintages) created originally by Taylor's for the British pubs market. All other Ports should really be drunk in one sitting (preferably with a friend or two to help...). The original question was about restaurants, not Port wines. I only mentionned the fact that you can visit the cellars at Barão de Fladgate because they are just under the restaurant. Tasting is a different matter...

                        1. re: monchique

                          Sorry, but that's not true for Tawny ports. The can be drunk bit by bit without losing flavor.