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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: 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
gastronomic heaven

We had been told that Rui Paul was an exciting chef, and we were not disappointed. We were allowed to create our own tasting menu, featuring some gorgeous octopus cerviche and bream, and the sommelier chose a wonderful range of Portuguese wines, and a couple of cheeky madeiras, to compliment them... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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  • Late Night
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had been told that Rui Paul was an exciting chef, and we were not disappointed. We were allowed to create our own tasting menu, featuring some gorgeous octopus cerviche and bream, and the sommelier chose a wonderful range of Portuguese wines, and a couple of cheeky madeiras, to compliment them. The welcome was warm and the service was amazing!... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Food taste really nice, staff are very friendly, you get fantastic choose of local wines. Prices are high. Dressing like a tourist with jeans and jackets on a rainy day is probably the wrong outfit to get there and to notice that your jacket was left intentionally on the floor by the receptionist and not hanged properly is very disappointing.

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Mountainview
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Went here after a match and we combined food with a wine tasting. Excellent food well prepared, very attentive service and the wines that accompanied the meal were well chosen

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Some amazing dishes (pasta with shrims and pasta with rabo de toro) one of the best ever. Some of the starters (octopus carpaccio) and a slow service together with a high price for Porto standards made it a great dinner but short of the best in town.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I was very excited about this restaurant when booking it. It was to be the highlight of our trip to Porto. One of my friends who is Portuguese had recommended it, although he hadn't been to the same restaurant, he had experienced the same menu and chef at a different DOP in another city. We went for the menu degustacão... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Sophisticated food with Portuguese flavors. A well decorated space where we can enjoy a meal without hearing the conversations of other tables. To experience and enjoy, at least, on special occasions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Service is great. The Staff is friendly And professional. Request the help of The sommelier for a good Portuguese Wine experiente. The food is inventive and surprising.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

With a nice central location and a menu based on traditional recipes, this is a nice place for a quiet dinner, but I must admit that after having heard of Rui Paula's reputation we were a little disappointed not to have much innovation in the menu. Dont get me wrong, we had some well prepared Portuguese classics and some delicious... More 

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Maia, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Nice restaurant proposing modern Portuguese cuisine. The service was pleasant and attentive but not overwhelming. We accepted the suggestions proposed for our meal: one fish and one meat dish to be shared. The quality of all the meal was good, but the pork neck was superb. The price is a bit steep for Portugal but not excessive for the overall... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

It was the second time we went to this restaurant and we love everything. The food is very tasty, the atmosphere is nice and the service is the best. They make us feel like kings and queens. Will visit this place again.

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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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