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Rui Paula DOP

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Largo Sao Domingos, 18 | Largo de S. Domingos, 18, Porto 4050-292, Portugal
+351 222 014 313
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: In the first quarter of 2010, Rui Paula returned to his homeland, OPorto...
In the first quarter of 2010, Rui Paula returned to his homeland, OPorto, with the opening of the DOP restaurant. The new space is situated in the Palace of the Arts - Talent Factory, in Largo de S. Domingos in the historic city center, classified as World Heritage. This building is full of history. It began as the S. Domingos Convent and remained active since the fourteenth century, as a venue for auctions and council meetings. In 1834, served as the headquarters of the Lisbon (later Portugal Bank), and between 1934 and 1989 hosted the Douro Insurance Company. The Palace of Arts, now under the jurisdiction of the Youth Foundation, aims to "establish itself as a center of creativity and innovation of national and international excellence, professionally promoting young designers / artists, and be the dynamic center of the historic center as a cluster of arts and creative industries, enhancing its ability to attract creative professionals and tourism." The concept of the Palace of Arts fits perfectly in the Rui Paula project, who understands the gastronomy field as a creation with a strong cultural component. DOP has been designed to operate as a good taste, space cosmopolitan and yet familiar, and the generator of exciting dining experiences. The restaurant, with capacity for 65 people is provided with the latest equipment and has two distinct and complementary spaces: one show cooking, where the service is faster and more economical, and a traditional but innovative cuisine and dinning room.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Not the best I have had but rather close to it!

Book a table. Staff is knowledgeable, helpful, nice, smiling and professional. Le sommelier helped with the wine and did not suggest the most expensive, but what he though would be best with the food. It was. We were two, one had a full fish menu and was entirely satisfied, I had two very good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The quality of food, creativity and service were ESPETACULAR. The only problem is the size of the dishes. I have already visited many gourmet restaurants and I have never seen such small dishes. I left dinner after had paid almost € 200,00 (for a couple, no wine, only two aperitif). We were both hungry. I am sorry, I was expecting... More 

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Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Book a table. Staff is knowledgeable, helpful, nice, smiling and professional. Le sommelier helped with the wine and did not suggest the most expensive, but what he though would be best with the food. It was. We were two, one had a full fish menu and was entirely satisfied, I had two very good starters and the best rack of... More 

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Bombay
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The restaurant is run by one of Portugal top chefs and he did not disappoint. We had lunch here and the food was very good. However, the dessert was amazing. We had the chocolate fondant with curry ice cream and the curry ice cream was out of this world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We found this restaurant thanks to TripAdvisor. Fine rood, great service. One of the best places to have dinner. Portions are not very big, but the food is delicious!

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant is located in downtown Porto.The ambient is nice,relaxing.The food very tasty,refined and flavored.The beef tartar was one of the best that I ever eat (and I am a fan of this dish).Also the beef portugheza was delicious,very good done and the flavor of smoked slice of beef wich was on top create a nice taste.The staff is very... More 

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Maputo, Mozambique
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

special place, amazing Rui Paula mixed flavours, good to very exigent people, in the Porto downtown, beautiful environment

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Porto, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Good food, average service, can't understand the prices. The food was good, but not extraordinary, the service was ok, but too stiff, without the necessary professionalism that should come with the brand. It seems Mr Rui Paula is selling it's name but the result is not up to the expectations (I would reccomend to stick to Régua) Bottom line: overall,... More 

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Milan, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 325 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

came for lunch. asked whether we had a reservation. said no. restaurant was empty . were given a nice table . the menu included several dishes with lasted done "a la ..." when asking what that meant, the waiter -waitress did not really know but said "it is very good". so we chose and everything was excellent . the atmosphere... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

So glad we reserved dinner here! A great location at the bottom of a small square, excellent wait staff and phenomenal food, well presented, great desserts, great wines.one of the best meals we have enjoyed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

A very good service with emplyees which have the right knowledge and service altitude. The waitress was very good and suggesting the right wine the diffrent courses from our menu. The service was very discrete and not disturbing. The quality of the food was extraordinary. We have been several times there and we were more than satisfied. A special thank... More 

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Additional Information about Rui Paula DOP

Address: Largo Sao Domingos, 18 | Largo de S. Domingos, 18, Porto 4050-292, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 222 014 313
Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Porto
Open Hours:
Monday 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm  12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm  12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Thursday 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm  12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm  12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Saturday 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm  12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Cuisine: European, Portuguese

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Largo Sao Domingos, 18 | Largo de S. Domingos, 18, Porto 4050-292, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Porto
  • Phone Number: +351 222 014 313

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European, Portuguese

Description

In the first quarter of 2010, Rui Paula returned to his homeland, OPorto, with the opening of the DOP restaurant. The new space is situated in the Palace of the Arts - Talent Factory, in Largo de S. Domingos in the historic city center, classified as World Heritage. This building is full of history. It began as the S. Domingos Convent and remained active since the fourteenth century, as a venue for auctions and council meetings. In 1834, served as the headquarters of the Lisbon (later Portugal Bank), and between 1934 and 1989 hosted the Douro Insurance Company. The Palace of Arts, now under the jurisdiction of the Youth Foundation, aims to "establish itself as a center of creativity and innovation of national and international excellence, professionally promoting young designers / artists, and be the dynamic center of the historic center as a cluster of arts and creative industries, enhancing its ability to attract creative professionals and tourism." The concept of the Palace of Arts fits perfectly in the Rui Paula project, who understands the gastronomy field as a creation with a strong cultural component. DOP has been designed to operate as a good taste, space cosmopolitan and yet familiar, and the generator of exciting dining experiences. The restaurant, with capacity for 65 people is provided with the latest equipment and has two distinct and complementary spaces: one show cooking, where the service is faster and more economical, and a traditional but innovative cuisine and dinning room.
Open Hours
Monday
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Saturday
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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