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Av Diogo Leite 5, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400 , Portugal
+351 223701797
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  • 22
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  • 54
    Very good
  • 27
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  • 6
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average food and incredible nice view

The food itself is average, even the famous "Francezinha", typical for Porto is just average in this place. But the view is spectacular and worth the visit!

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
Orlando R
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  • Late Night
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117 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

There are only two positive points in this restaurant: the view and the staff. I've ordered a francesinha and it was one of the worst in my life. I classify this restaurant as a tourist trap. It's a shame since it has everything most restaurants seek, but ruin everything at the kitchen.

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The food itself is average, even the famous "Francezinha", typical for Porto is just average in this place. But the view is spectacular and worth the visit!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

As we say the eyes also eat, in fact the best of the dinner was the view, the tipical francesinha is normal but it as normal restaurant with nothing special, the service was not friendly it seemed like being in a very normal pub but without the music and the environement and the plus is the view, you can go... More 

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São Paulo
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We arrived here without much expectations and we were surprised by the delicious food and friendly service! As a starter we had the best soup - caldo verde - of our lives! Then we had grilled fish with vegetables - no words!! Gorgeous!! And for dessert: toucinho do céu - a typical dessert from Portugal. What a wonderful surprise! We... More 

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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This is the kind of restaurant I look for when I travel to a different city. Great food and amazing views over Douro river and Porto's ribeira. Had a classic francesinha (must try) and everyone in my table was super happy with food (fresh fish, soups, desserts) and service. It is a busy place with the local Portuguese so it... More 

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Porto, Portugal
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This restaurant is a glass box on the Gaia side of the river, with a stupendous view from all the tables. It is owned by the same people as Caves de Cervaja and Capa Negra, so the food is good and generous, the beer good, and the francisinhas are famously good. You can also sit outside for drinks / snacks.

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Metz, France
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

You're sitting on the docks, watching the sun goes down on Oporto ! What else ? The food ? Regular. Just like the drinks. Nothing special to tell about that. Prices are quiet Nice just like the waiters. Come in for the sight and to spend some time wasting it.

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Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

A local friend advices us to order the acorda de bacalhao (€18), which was way more than enough for two persons. A delicious Portuguese dish! The restaurant is situated right next to the Douro river, and at night the view is spectacular.

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Yerevan, Yerevan, Armenia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This is a quiet a good restaurant to have a lunch. What we loved about it is that it has outdoor seating and you may enjoy the great view of the river and its cost. The prices are average, the food is not bad, service is good. Nothing special about this restaurant - just like many others.

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Milano
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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I stopped with some friends for a pre-dinner beer and we got a nice out-door table on the banks of the river. The view over the city of Porto is terrific, expecially at sunset. In fact, we liked the atmosphere so much that we decided to stay over for dinner, provided that we could keep the same table. Our only... 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
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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