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portland, Ore
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good but inexpensive restaurants in Porto?

Four of us will be staying in Porto for three nites in the middle of December. ( We are staying at the Hotel Rex).

Can anyone reccomend some good, but inexpensive restaurants?

....and ........maybe something with a river view, although it will be dark and probably raining......

We have a car, and we can also travel for good food and wine (and port!)

Porto, Portugal
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1. Re: good but inexpensive restaurants in Porto?


As mentioned on your similar question about Lisbon, Portugal is probably the cheapest place in Western Europe to dine out, so you really shouldn't have a problem.

I always hesitate to recommend restaurants as everyone has their own definition of "good". In Porto you will find plenty of barbeque houses ("churrascos") doing grilled chicken, ribs, steak, fish.

On the waterfront, it tends to be a bit more touristy and the restaurants are somewhat hit and miss, but there really is no shortage of choice on both banks of the river.

For good simple grilled fish dishes, try the Docapesca (fishing port) in the suburb of Matosinhos (note this area is somewhat industrial and not exactly picturesque, but the restaurants are good).

portland, Ore
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We just came back last week from a brief but thoroughly enjoyable visit to Porto. We had 2 dinners in Matosinhos, where fish and shellfish were the mainstay. We personally like O Xarocco (Rua Herois de Franca 507; phone 22 937 94 26) quite a lot, where the seasoning and cooking had a more homey and interesting touch. Dinner for 4 came to about 140 Euros and included lots of very tasty appetizers/small plates, 4 soups, a grilled whole sea bream (which came with a vegetable platter and a fabulous bowl of potatoes drenched in a garlic and parsley sauce), desserts, and a few glasses of wine. Other posts have warned us about the fact that those small plates at the table are not free, which is true, but those at O Xarocco were sooo tasty -- fried whole tiny sardines; fried small green peppers; tiny shrimps; etc. Mariazinha is another place on the next street over that was highly recommended, but we did not have a chance to try. The other place we ate at was Marisqueria Mauritania, which came highly recommended by our local hosts and which definitely was a larger operation with many, many locals eating there and also constantly coming in for massive take-outs. We thought the food there was also good, but the seasoning and cooking were a little more heavy-handed for our tastes.

Enjoy your visit to Porto! Just remember that the portions at some of these places are quite large. We actually had to cancel one order at Mauritania ...

portland, Ore
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Thanks for the tips! I'l watch to see the size of the portions.

Pontevedra, Spain
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This Saturday we were having dinner at Cafeina 2 people with 2courses,desserts,coffee and 2 glass of wine (because we have to drive) around eur 70. The place is lovely and the atmosphere is great...

Brighton, England
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6. Re: good but inexpensive restaurants in Porto?

Two places I would recommend having eaten at both on several occasions are:

Peixes & Co. Rua do Ouro 133 - this is the road that runs along the river on the Porto side. Great fresh fish served in a small house. No menus, just a chalk board with whatever was caught that day. You could walk from the centre to work up an appetite but it is a couple of miles. Definately a taxi or the bus back!

On the other side of the river in Gaia Nova on Diogo Leite (again the road that runs by the river) between the Port Houses is the Adega e Presuntaria Transmontana. They specialise in boards covered in cold cuts of ham, sausage and cheese, but also have a full menu - try the clams and pork. It is great value because the dessert bar (about a million different sweets, fruit etc) is FREE (yippee).

I would say that even the most unlikely looking cafe is going to take pride in what they serve you and I have only ever had one dodgy meal in three separate visits.

Where ever you do eat I hope you love Porto as much as I do.

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