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Rui Paula DOP

#34 of 1,195 Restaurants in Porto
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European, Portuguese
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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: Late Night, Dinner, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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
From the beginning to the end, one word: exquisite!

I have been there already two times. I must say it is one these unique address in the world. service is fantastic. The menu is just awesome. The plates that are used for the dishes is just beautiful. And the wines from the region is just going perfectly with every dishes you taste. 10/10 for the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Matthieu A
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been there already two times. I must say it is one these unique address in the world. service is fantastic. The menu is just awesome. The plates that are used for the dishes is just beautiful. And the wines from the region is just going perfectly with every dishes you taste. 10/10 for the experience! I strongly recommend... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner, both my friend and me ordered chef's seafood menu. Food is great, dishes presentation very elegant, and flavor very subtle. A great and hearty restaurant to go in the cold winter night in Porto.

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1 Thank aiyi w
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful night in Porto. I had the "menu memória" with suggested wines. Nice Portugese cuisine with a modern touch. Fantastic wine choices as suggested by sommelier Mickaël, lovely Porto to end the night. Very friendly and young staff made it a lovely experience! Would recommend this to anyone who is visiting Porto.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

Quite simply this place is WOW amazing! The service is fantastic, wait staff friendly, knowledgeable and on point when you need/want them. The food was incredible, good size servings & super tasty! In short this place is on par & worthy of a Michelin star. Do your self a favor and check it out before everyone finds out about it!

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1 Thank paulieL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Great food and service in an extremely convenient location. There are 2 full menus available but you can also choose different entrées and staters from those menus.

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Thank Pedro C
Leiden, The Netherlands
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We managed to be squeezed in on a Saturday night, and loved every second of it. Their staff is young, friendly, and very professional. The food and wine pairings were great, and we would definitely return the next time we'll visit Porto.

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1 Thank frankiest2015
Kusel, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

The staff was very friendly. The food was sublime, the sommelier, Miguel was amazing. Dinner started with amuse-bouche that was very intriguing. The prawns in garlic sauce and the crab ravioli were wise choices in appetizers. But the piece de resistance was the cabrito, and the veal with smoked pumpkin. We were there on a very busy night and Chef... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Very good food. I had vegetarian pasta. The wines weren't that expensive. More details and photos on my blog - nycbonvivant on wordpress. Link is in my profile.

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1 Thank Bon V
Sandbach, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Unfortunately first impressions were poor. We arrived 10 minutes early and were sent away to return later. When we did return we were kept waiting in the hallway while one of the girls dealt with customers in front of us - we were ignored completely. Then when shown to our table we asked for a jug of tap water to... More 

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Great experience, everything was a surprise, many tastes and flavours, really friendly staff taking care of us. Best food experience in Porto! Obrigada!

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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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