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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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7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Superlative experience!

I was in Dop restaurant with my girlfriend. We have had a really great experience. The meal was excellent and the service very good. We really enjoyed the food (tenderloin, seabass with lobster rice, cheesecake with apple and cinnemon, creme brulè with white chocolate and raspberry sauce) and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
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Roma, Italia
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  • Late Night
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Roma, Italia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I was in Dop restaurant with my girlfriend. We have had a really great experience. The meal was excellent and the service very good. We really enjoyed the food (tenderloin, seabass with lobster rice, cheesecake with apple and cinnemon, creme brulè with white chocolate and raspberry sauce) and the price was not so high for the high quality of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We had lunch there and enjoyed very much. Food, service and everything were very very good. I really recommend this experience.

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Paris, France
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Gorgeous food, but for desserts which ok, not exceptional. Service a bit too cold and serious, which makes the experience a bit less exciting. Great interior design.

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Toronto
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73 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

The interior of the restaurant is elegantly contemporary, the service is impeccable and the food was the best we've had in Porto. Rui definitely knows what he's doing by giving traditional Portuguese food an upscale treatment. One of us had bacalhau baked with a crust on top, which was first-rate, and the other had partridge with chestnut purée, a really... More 

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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled on this area of Porto after a morning of walking. A friend had recommended this restaurant and the reviews were positive. One of us ordered a prix fixe menu and the other ala carte. Definitely order the specialties. The pork neck that the waiter recommended was inspired. The crisp, flavor-packed outer meat gave way to a center that... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

Very much enjoyed the food & wine here. We Chose to have the menu with a selection of wines for each course, good sevice & great food & naturally being Porto some excellent wines.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We were pleased with the delicious lunch. The pork shoulder was immensely tender as was the grilled Octopus. The carrot soup had a serene texture but was tasteless. The desserts weren't innovative. The Nytimes unfairly built expectations and they also forgot to mention the tasting menu is 65 euros and the 'locals' daily menu is 20. However, I will return... More 

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Porto, Portugal
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The smell of toilet stone in the entrance area is not the best proof for a restaurant of one of the famous chefs of Oporto. But this might be a temporary problem. But being arrogant and making honeurs only at the tables of VIP or so-called VIP´s and don´t say anything to the crowd is poor habit or shall I... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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162 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Very nice restaurant. Modern and delicious remakings of traditional portuguese cuisine. Attentive and professional staff. Comfortable and almost informal setting. Very good wine list. Very well located in the city historical centre. Worth going. Bravo the chef and staff!

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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Stopped by for lunch with friends. Had an amazing meal, food excellent - presentation beautiful - service impeccable. It is not cheap, and maybe on local scale it can be called expensive, but if you look at the quality of experience and compare it to similar quality in other countries - this is a very fair price. The meal of... More 

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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

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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