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Rui Paula DOP

Palacio Das Artes | Largo de S. Domingos, 18, Porto, Portugal
+351 22 201 4313
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Ranked #17 of 809 Restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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.
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Perfect lunch location when you are visiting Ribeira and the downtown area. The food was very good with a lot of options to choose from, it has a sophisticated ambience and nice service. Modern cuisine mixed with traditional portuguese cuisine. It is not cheap but why should it be? The food quality is good and very well presented also. I... More

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New York City, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I had a fabulous meal in an elegant setting. Not inexpensive but worth it. A dining experience I will always remember so I highly recommend this restaurant for a high end meal

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Netherlands
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Perfect location for lunch. Friendly service with a smile. Amazing winelist. The mals are verg well balanced and tastefull.

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Madrid, Spain
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I must admit that this restaurant was incredibly good both in terms of quite sophisticated food and service. It was not cheap (we paid 120 eur for the dinner for two people) but the quality of the food deserves the price. Traditional local receipts were transformed in the way of the "high cousine". I recommend carpacho from octopus, shrimps with... More

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Watertown, Connecticut
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Excellent food, the service was perfect,do not bring your young adult children they may want more food after, but overall very nice

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Amazing food and service. Pricey but worth very euro. Staff extremely attentive and professional. It felt like the minute we took a sip of our delicious wine, someone was there to top it up along with our water. Approximately 80 E. without wine. Began with oysters served with lemon and an unusual cream sauce in a small pot. Breads, oil/balsamic.... More

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London
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We went to DOP based on the recommendations we had read on trip advisor and other websites and were expecting a beautiful meal for our second last night in Porto. It started badly when we were shown to our table and left there for 10 minutes before being shown a menu, offered a drink or even noticed by any staff.... More

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Cordoba, Spain
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Excellent food and polished service from a young hard-working team in pleasant surroundings. The menu offers a modern interpretation of Portuguese home cooking: my slow-roasted neck of pork was one of those dishes you don’t want to end, my wife’s turbot was the best she’d eaten in a country that prides itself on its fish. Each plate with its appropriate... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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119 reviews 119 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

From the moment you walk into DOP, you’re treated like royalty. We were escorted to a table next to the window and my handbag was lovingly hung up on its own little hook on the end of the table by a waiter who treated it as if it were the latest Birkin bag (which it was not, and still isn’t).... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Stylish restaurant located in a completely renovated imposing monastery complex in the old city. It has a modern Portuguese cuisine and fantastic wine list. Here are Portuguese classics reinterpreted. Refined and light dishes.

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