The Best Restaurants You Must Try in Porto, Portugal

There are many spectacular places to eat in beautiful Porto, including some with views of the River Douro
There are many spectacular places to eat in beautiful Porto, including some with views of the River Douro | © Stefano Politi Markovina / Alamy Stock Photo
Ellie Hurley

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Great dining in Porto is about more than custard tarts. This northern Portuguese city dishes up rib-sticking delights with aplomb – from flaky, savoury bacalhau (salted cod) to hearty francesinha sandwiches, all followed up with plummy local port wine. But there’s a refined, modern side to the local dining scene, too. Michelin-starred restaurants and trendy lunch spots mingle with the traditional stalwarts, creating a deliciously rich food scene. Whatever your budget, whatever your tastes, these are the best places to eat in Porto, Portugal.

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Restaurante Casario, for an elegant and contemporary meal

Visit Restaurante Casario to enjoy sumptuous food on the banks of the River Douro

Kick off your time in Porto with a perfect culinary introduction, at this elegant restaurant on the banks of the Douro River – dishing up classic Portuguese dishes with a seasonal, contemporary twist. The trendy interior, dressed in warm woods and deep orange, spills out on to a sunny terrace made for long, lazy lunches. Chow down on pumpkin ravioli, bacalhau casserole or sea bass with Serra da Estrela cheese, crafted into a savoury mille-feuille.

The Yeatman, for exclusivity

Food at the Yeatman doesn’t come cheap but serves up some of the finest food in Portugal

When money is no object, you book into the Yeatman – the most exclusive hotel in Porto, with elegant suites, a decadent spa and a seriously impressive two-Michelin-starred restaurant. The tasting menus, crafted by celebrated chef Ricardo Costa, take classic Portuguese flavours and inject them with 21st-century style, resulting in artful modern plates with showstopper quality. Ask for a seat by the window to take in sweeping River Douro views, and consider splashing out on the wine pairing; you’ll be rewarded with rare, elegant local tipples.

A Cozinha do Manel, for a family-run favourite

As you’ll quickly find out, not everything in Porto is new and trendy. For a traditional Porto food, try this family-run dining establishment that has been cooking up a storm since 1985, dishing out wood-fired lamb, fish, veal and creamy spuds to diners in search of a hearty feast. If you’re here as a twosome, snag a spot at the counter to be right in the thick of the action, and for the perfect sweet ending be sure to order creme do céu: biscuits, custard and mousse galore.

Mito, for great lunch deals

For a taste of Porto food culture, head up to Mito. Cosy atmosphere, friendly staff and a fabulous, bargainous lunch menu (three courses for around €12!), there’s nothing not to love about Mito, a centrally located restaurant with a neighbourhood vibe. Grab a seat at a booth and tuck into a juicy burger, fish tacos or pork belly. You’re a block over from hip restaurant strip Rua da Picaria here, so you can carry on afterwards to Asian-inspired Bao-Bao or Mood sushi bar if you’re not too stuffed.

O Buraco, for regional Portuguese cuisine

Near Trindade subway station, O Buraco is the place to go for traditional dish ‘tripas à moda do Porto’

Want to try a Portuguese classic? O Buraco dishes up tripas à moda do Porto, the traditional-style tripe stew that might not necessarily be a tourist crowd-pleaser, but gives you a proper taste of regional cuisine. Other options in this throwback, casual spot include codfish with chips, duck rice and breaded pork steaks. For all its retro charms, and convenient location near busy Trindade station, this is certainly not a place to be heading when you’re on a diet.

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Casa Ferreira Porto, for friendly service

Super-friendly service makes lunchtime a joy at this popular spot to the west of the old town core. But the homely, down-to-earth cooking – just what you’d expect from a family-owned restaurant – is what attracts diners too, with saucy rice dishes and codfish sausage, washed down with crisp vinho verde wines. Look out for the daily specials, and don’t miss the comforting desserts, which taste like the kind of puds your grandma (if she was Portuguese) would make.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Claire Baker.

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