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Ar de Rio

Av Diogo Leite 5, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400 , Portugal
+351 223701797
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The food was very good, very friendly service and value for money. Much less touristy as compared to the restaurants on the other side of the Douro! In general, I would recommend restaurants on this side of the river. You have a great view on Porto, the river and the bridges, and ideally located for the sunset.

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Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This restaurant is quite pleasant, with a fantastic viewe, since it is on the border of Douro River, and it has glassed walls. It has a nice atmosphere, and it is also very pleasant to sit on the outside, facing the river. The food is not so great, only average. The best thing to have are the "francesinhas", very well... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Great food, great service, and not expensive. We had a great time, the service was polite and eficient. The food was just perfect. Will be back for sure.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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130 reviews 130 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014 via mobile

Here on a business trip and was taken here by the firm I was visiting. We had a local speciality which is a posh style sandwich. It's a thick white bread with thin beef steak ham and sausage, cheese sarni. It's served with fries and some gravy. To be honest it's a carb fest and a tad heavy but it's... More

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Paris, France
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

We had a bad feeling going in, but because it was highly recommended by the tourist office of Gaia, we went in anyway. The food was inedible, we sent both plates back (franchesina, and shrimps with garlic). The unrequested appetiser was as bad (cold dry bacalhau balls and bread with speck). Only thing we consumed was the beer. Great view.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

With its panoramic windows overlooking to Duoro, this place offers probably the best view in Porto (well, it's actually in Vila Nova de Gaia, but it does look towards the main city of Porto). The real plus is that despite the prime location, Ar de Rio's food is pretty good value for money. The food is hardly exquisite, but it's... More

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Krakow, Poland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Food and service are cheap...but not the bill. Expensive and not worth. You also pay 8 € for the antipasto

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London
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This place was a nice stop right by the river after a visit to the port cellars. The weather was great so we got to sit outside with excellent views. The food was very nice (we had a lot of grilled seafood, and I mean a lot, portions were huge!). Service was a let down though. Bread and the tapas... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

best calamari ever with great outdoor seating along the river .... two of us had the gorgonzola steak, and another tried the local speciality, a hot sandwich called "Francesinha" . You have a beautiful view of the Porto riverfront, directly across the Douro. wonderful wine were recommended by the friendly staff.

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Porto, Portugal
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

The restaurant has a amazing view to the Douro river and Oporto. The food is not very good comparing to the price. The staff are really not nice!

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