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Ar de Rio

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Av Diogo Leite 5, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400 , Portugal
+351 223701797
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 50
    Excellent
  • 92
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Just what we wanted!

Overall a better than average lunch, we asked about and was told this place was pretty good and we were quite pleased. It was just what we wanted, a quick lunch, a great view and decent standard of food. All were matched, I had the "Special Hotdog" and it was. A hot dog smothered in the sauce of... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2015
SGP83
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Slovakia
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132 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

This is a prototype of I usually call "turist trap"!!!! It was rainy day, and we wanted to kill the time with small lunch. This "restaurant" is situated by the bank of the river, so we decided to go there without checking TA. What a mistake!!! Service zero, food ---- sh---t. We had soup full of flour, no taste, junk.... More 

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Thank jojosr
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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305 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Overall a better than average lunch, we asked about and was told this place was pretty good and we were quite pleased. It was just what we wanted, a quick lunch, a great view and decent standard of food. All were matched, I had the "Special Hotdog" and it was. A hot dog smothered in the sauce of the local... More 

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Thank SGP83
Trondheim, Norway
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Went there with GF one afternoon to kill some time whilst we waited for a tour of one of the portwine cellars. Discovered this place by chance. When we saw the deck chairs outside, overlooking the river and the old town, it was clear that this was the place. We had a great time there, drinking our first Porto Tonics... More 

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Thank Arne R
Porto, Portugal
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

This is one of the best places in Porto to have a Portuguese meal and enjoy the view to Porto! Food is typical and well cooked (tasty). Price is not expensive (arround 15€ per person).

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Thank mialfetu
Evesham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Amazing food, amazing views and amazing service! Can't fault anything at all. We had a bife do lombom and my word, It was out of this world. The entree and dessert were very good indeed andservice was fantastic!

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Thank Susana R
UK
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The Ar de Rio is situated on the south bank of the Douro. The owners/some staff moved here from another bar/restaurant, the Caves de Cerveja, which closed toward the end of 2014 because Viking cruisers decided to moor in front of it and spoil the view. The Ar de Rio is right by the river with seating inside and out.... More 

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Thank rudyardkipper
Tarragona
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

Service was good, environment was OK (they were working to improve it... While were eating), food was clearly improvable, but it could also be that we selected the wrong dish (francesinhas)... Anyway, we would not give it a second chance I fear!

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Thank Pipo P
scottie
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79 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

The age old question, do you sit in the view (probably in a characterful restaurant/bar), or enjoy the quayside of Porto from over the river(hence the very good rating)? Ar de Rio is a steel box with windows, but the weather was good enough to sit outside. The steak sandwich (rump) was tender and delicious. The cover items which we... More 

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Thank greenScottie
Porto, Portugal
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Nice restaurant with an amazing view over Porto and Rio Douro. The food is good, including the tipical francesinha. Fair price (less than €20/pax).

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Thank DB2828
South Wales, Uk
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

Called in here today after reading a pleasent looking menu. Half the inside was blocked off so took a table inside which was only one of 2 in use. Very breezy so asked the Adrian Mole lookalike waiter to shut the glass doors a bit to which he replied no!!! Obviously couldn't give a toss about our custom,,,, needless to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Av Diogo Leite 5, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Phone Number: +351 223701797

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Portuguese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?