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Rui Paula DOP

#46 of 1,342 Restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
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Largo Sao Domingos 18 | Largo de S. Domingos, 18, Porto 4050-545, Portugal
+351 222 014 313
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I had chosen this place for a special dinner to celebrate my Porto roots. My husband got the menu and immediately said that it might be necessary to have dinner again in DOP before leave Porto and I must say that we did! The food was 2x flawless... tasteful, colorful and fresh! The chef plays with the taste with perfect... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I had an absolutely delicious lunch at DOP today. We enjoyed the fresh rolls and two complimentary appetizers. The appetizer, Scallops Carbonara, was the best I ever had, cooked just right with a light sauce and salmon roe. For the main course, my husband had veal cheeks and I had shrimp. The veal cheeks were tender and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here on our last night in Porto. There is a definite need to pre book as it is very popular. The reason is because everything is very good. The staff , the advice , the superb food. To top it off the chef is likely to come and say hullo. Even when we left he again greeted us... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The lunch was terrible. It started of ok with an amuse bouche and I said to my self well this is going to be a nice lunch but so ordinary, any home cook can do much better and it looked like the pastry chef was on holiday. Staff, unprofessional and with a touch of arrogance. A shame because the place... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The exquisite modern styling was upstaged by the even more perfect modern staff, who looked after us expertly. Rui Paula is a TV chef who clearly delivers off screen too. He visited all the tables - spreading his twinkly charm and making everyone feel special. The food was outstanding, we put together our own mini-degustation, and the choices were fresh... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How many times we create high expectancies about a restaurant and end up frustrated. That was not the case here. It compares favorably with places in the same category. A real treat

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an amazing dinner at this beautiful restaurant. It was top-flight without being pretentious. The food was amazing and the service was relaxed. My husband had the tasting menu and loved every course. I had an amazing cod entree - and a bite of his incredible chocolate dessert!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I wanted to splurge my last night in Porto and this restaurant satisfied my need! Food and service were top notch. Each dish presented was a work of art. Extensive wine list and table where you can watch the chefs create desserts. Provided amuse bouche before start of dinner and before dessert that were interesting and tasty. I had an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This place is definitely worth a stop for lunch. The €20 3-course lunch meal was fantastic. We didn't have a booking and in the high season that will probably be necessary. The service, aside from the grumpy young waitress, was otherwise impeccable. The sommelier made fantastic recommendations that matched our food choices perfectly. The portions were also quite generous. We... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

Overpriced touristic place, good plates in overall and good service but not synchronised with the customers (wine served before the cocktail was finished, then main course arrived 1 minute after we finished the starter and was not fresh probably because stayed too long under heater waiting before we finish the starter...)

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Largo Sao Domingos 18 | Largo de S. Domingos, 18, Porto 4050-545, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Porto
  • Phone Number: +351 222 014 313
In the first quarter of 2010, Rui Paula returned to his homeland, OPorto, with the opening of the DOP restaurant. The new space is situated in the Palace of the Arts - Talent Factory, in Largo de S. Domingos in the historic city center, classified as World Heritage. This building is full of history.
It began as the S. Domingos Convent and remained active since the fourteenth century, as a venue for auctions and council meetings. In 1834, served as the headquarters of the Lisbon (later Portugal Bank), and between 1934 and 1989 hosted the Douro Insurance Company.
The Palace of Arts, now under the jurisdiction of the Youth Foundation, aims to "establish itself as a center of creativity and innovation of national and international excellence, professionally promoting young designers / artists, and be the dynamic center of the historic center as a cluster of arts and creative industries, enhancing its ability to attract creative professionals and tourism."
The concept of the Palace of Arts fits perfectly in the Rui Paula project, who understands the gastronomy field as a creation with a strong cultural component. DOP has been designed to operate as a good taste, space cosmopolitan and yet familiar, and the generator of exciting dining experiences.
The restaurant, with capacity for 65 people is provided with the latest equipment and has two distinct and complementary spaces: one show cooking, where the service is faster and more economical, and a traditional but innovative cuisine and dinning room.

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