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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, 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
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This amazing restaurant is just down from where we are staying. We arrived about 8.20 without a booking but were welcomed warmly and seated at a table in a full length window. The service and attention to detail is really quite special. All the staff seem to be multi-lingual and made us feel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The cooking at this modern Portuguese restaurant was good. The duck, John Dory and scallops were all very nice. What let this place down was slow, inattentive service. We waited an hour for our starters and the wine (which was fabulous once it arrived) and the staff, whilst apologetic, seemed lost and befeft of leadeship in a busy restaurant. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This amazing restaurant is just down from where we are staying. We arrived about 8.20 without a booking but were welcomed warmly and seated at a table in a full length window. The service and attention to detail is really quite special. All the staff seem to be multi-lingual and made us feel comfortable asking questions about the food and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Excellent service. Innovative food that was presented well. Great wine list. A chance to meet the chef. I enjoyed the meal but sadly was not 'wowed' for the price.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

1st.... Forget the Black Pudding starter... so small you need magnifying glass. Disappointing. Moving on. Great looking Restaurant in a nice area of Porto . This was the most expensive restaurant of our 4 night stay in Porto & our lease favourite. I guess you're paying for celebrity driven food. In this case Rui Paula, and its just not worth... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

When you pay more than 100 euros p p you expect to be surprised, to have a dinner over your expectations... With so many good restaurants this definitely it is not one that I would recommend no one to go... Nothing was wrong...but nothing was good enough... It was not a pleasure and I will not go back again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I took my clients to Rui Paula DOP. First of all, they were great when I booked the table. And second, on the actual evening - the staff made our night a great night – with great service and fantastic food, and were very compliant to all of our “special needs” (allergies, intolerances, pregnancies etc). I'm definetly going back next... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This was a black mark at the end of 4 wonderful days in Porto, eating in generally very good, very reasonably priced restaurants. ALL the staff, with the exception of the greeter at the door, looked miserable and annoyed all evening (17th June). Not a smile ever from any one of them, no help with the menu and wine list... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We had had a few bad meals in Porto and came across DOP by accident. The Restaurant design is contemporary and I had doubts initially as the staff seemed more pretentious than in other restaurants in Porto. We ordered the 3 cheese pasta and the John Dory with lime risotto; the pasta was good but the fish dish was delicious... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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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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Restaurant Details

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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