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Ora Viva Restaurante

#78 of 1,291 Restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
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Rua Fonte Taurina 83, Porto 4050-270, Portugal
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Pickering, Canada
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

With so many restaurants to choose from Ora Viva does not stand out in any way. The staff seem tired and uninterested in making the customers visit an enjoyable one. The food is typical Portuguese fare. It seems the notoriety they have enjoyed lately has made them complacent. Next time I go to Porto I would look for a restaurant... More 

Thank David Ross B
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

This place has a nice vibe to it. We had grilled squid, grilled Portuguese swordfish and açorda, all of which were excellent value for money. This is one of those places that is worth moving away from the Cais.

Thank Els D
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We chose this restaurant as it appeared to have a better range of traditional food than those restaurants looking out onto the river and we were not disappointed. The quality of the food and the service were excellent and the prices were very reasonable. In terms of service, the young waiter serving my wife's soup spilled a tiny amount onto... More 

Thank briango2015
Perth, Australia
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

There are so many of these little restaurants in the narrow streets of Porto but this one stood out - I had the grilled prawns and my husband had the monk fish curry. We both got stuck in and obviously enjoyed our meals - took some of it away with us on our clothes. Great atmosphere and service. It's in... More 

Thank Marlene1949
Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

We visited as a couple on successive evenings in July 2016 and really enjoyed the feel of the place and the very friendly guys who worked hard to deliver a very good service. It felt authentic Portugal in terms of the decor (we ate inside), welcome and banter, and the food was quite memorable. It was a bit of a... More 

Thank KevinOBY
Palos Verdes Estates, California
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179 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

It was nice to walk down a shaded alley on a very hot day. We ate inside, although they also had tables set up outside. It is a small restaurant. The service was excellent and the price was reasonable. We got one shellfish rice and one monkfish rice. The shellfish rice was better. The portions are large. We couldn't finish... More 

Thank cliffview12
Scarborough, Maine
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

We had a really good time here. It is a nice, comfortable, homey place..very "European". We sat near the kitchen and felt like we were part of the action. Talk with Daniel, he'll take the time to share some inside tales. And, do not miss the pears for dessert. This is like something you've never tasted before, kind of addictive.... More 

Thank SnowDrifter108
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

WE found this restaurant in June 2016 while exploring Porto. It is small but full of atmosphere, the lunch we had was fantastic, we both had fish, the portions were large and tasted great. Extremely good value and we would recommend a visit.

Thank Barry H
Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

we were lucky and found a table for 2 early in the evening - food was lovely the best cheese I tasted in the 11 days in Portugal good servcie and excellant wine which was chosen for us. Would head back there when next in Porto

Thank andy04_t
Gold Coast, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

We dined here two nights in a row it was that good. We had the shellfish stew and for dessert pears in red wine the first night. Just fantastic. The second night was octopus and then coconut cake. Again just fantastic. The service was spot on and friendly and the wine list the best local fare. Prices were good and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Fonte Taurina 83, Porto 4050-270, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Porto
  • Phone Number: 222052033

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