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Solar do Arco

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Rua de Santa Maria, 48-50, Guimaraes 4810-443 , Portugal
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12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Nice little restaurant close to main square in historic centre

We had a good meal here - my wife in particular had a delicious dish of Dorado fish in a light batter with rice. Attentive and friendly staff, in an unpretentious and authentic setting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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English first
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37 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a good meal here - my wife in particular had a delicious dish of Dorado fish in a light batter with rice. Attentive and friendly staff, in an unpretentious and authentic setting.

Thank templar79
Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

They have very attractive tourist menu to get you inside but once they lured you in they get you. The waitress brings two appetizer dishes saying it's from the chef . Once you receive the bill they charge you for the dishes as extras . Also what is even more upsetting is that they have signs that they take all... More 

1 Thank Fausto R
Delft, The Netherlands
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413 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Looked better than an average Portuguese eating please and thought we deserved this. The food was not bad, but the waiters seemed not really interested though they were pushing a bit to take things we did not want. Wines are expensive. The music noisy and horrible (but this seems to be the standard in many Spanish and Portuguese restaurants, as... More 

Thank jooplent
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82 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We found this place bases on TA reviews and weren't disappointed. We were the first customers of the evening at 7:20 but more people came later. We started with shrimp salad and for main course had garlic shrimp and a strip steak. Both well prepared and presented and very tasty. Service very good as well.

Thank organizedplanner
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132 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

With just a day to experience as much as we could of this wonderful town, we walked most of the town and visited the historical sites and worked up a good appetite. By shear luck, we selected Solar do Arco for our meal. It looked very appealing from the outside, the interior lovely and the posted menu enticing. Fortunately we... More 

Thank foxieCalifornia
London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Well located in the historic centre. Food was ok but was expecting more traditional/local dishes given the previous reviews. Staff was very attentive and recommended well a very good local vinho verde.

1 Thank dicamos
Singapore, Singapore
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The restaurant is nice just since the entrance, their walls in stone are just amazing and reveals part of the historic center of this city. The service was excellent, very kind and on time. The food was very taste, for dinner they have several options that include meat, fish, rice, salads and vegetarian options with a good variety of wines,... More 

Thank LatinAsianCouple
Ribeirão Prêto, São Paulo, Brazil
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

It was a nice surprise. We got in attracted by a Michelin indication of 2012... Not really a Michelin restaurant, but the best bolinho de bacalhau (fish croquettes) I ate in Portugal. And I ate many of them. Give it a try. Simple and good food. Do not expect anything very fancy, but enjoy fried stuff.

Thank CarolZanette
Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Just happened on this little restaurant, and enjoyed a very nice meal. Starter prawn and salad (expected a prawn cocktail type dish) beautifully cooked warm prawns served with salad and pickled vegetables. We then had the days special, white beans chorizo and bacon, very nice. Very reasonable cost, and excellent service, I would defiantly recommend a visit.

1 Thank Susan B
Toronto, Canada
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108 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We made a day trip to Guimaraes and looked out for Solar do Arco based on a recommendation my husband found on-line and we were not disappointed. It is a small restaurant, very traditional and most likely family run. The waiter was wonderful and the food was really very good. The fish is prepared and seasoned perfectly. I had the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rua de Santa Maria, 48-50, Guimaraes 4810-443, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Braga District  >  Guimaraes
  • Phone Number: +351(253)513072


Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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