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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 75
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

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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Porto, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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