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Rui Paula DOP

#40 of 1,281 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 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We booked this restaurant when passing by the day before. The service is impeccable, the food is fantastic; both creative, delicious and includes the best of local cuisine. The atmosphere is very pleasant and beautiful. I think this restaurant is an upcoming Michelin star restaurant to a very low price. The value for money is just unbelievable. I would go... More 

Thank sommar-sol_2009
Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff is very knowledgeable, have a lot of knowhow and are very kind. The service was really memorable over a 3 week travel through Portugal, definitely one of the best service we had. Very attentive to my birthday as well! Food, delicious and creative but still rather accessible for foodies of all levels. Great wines and cool place. Definitely a... More 

Thank LeonievS
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined here on the recommendation of a Lisbon restaurant owner and had a lovely meal with friends (total of 5 people). The service was excellent and the food was quite good. The menu has some fairly traditional Portuguese fare that's been updated a little... maybe a little lighter... and served in a modern but warm dining room. The portions... More 

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is a great way to experience high quality Portuguese food. I had the tasting menu which is excellent value for a restaurant of this quality. I especially loved the fancy Francesinha, which is a local sandwich that is very popular in Portugal. The service was impeccable and everything was delicious from the amuse bouche to the mignardises.

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Yorba Linda, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This rather pretentious, modern, crowded restaurant was suggested to us by our concierge. They don't open until 7:30 exactly so no need to arrive even 5 minutes earlier as the doors are locked and you will be ignored! We had a lovely table upstairs, overlooking the lower dining room. Although beautiful inside, there were a few things (some beyond their... More 

Thank Christine H
Rochdale, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the restaurant very early, but without a reservation. We were told there were no tables available but we could sit outside and have a drink. We ordered two drinks and waited for 20 minutes. There were no diners in the restaurant so the staff could hardly complain they were rushed off their feet!! We tried to find a... More 

Thank JennyJones52
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A famous chef opens a restaurant and then leaves it to the kids to run - do not waste your money here! Service was non-existant, our glasses were always empty, we asked for plain water and got sparkling, could not get servers attention. 3 Servers were covering 25+ diners. Food was average at best, crunchy couscous, improperly cooked filet that... More 

Thank Alan C
Morristown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I have been enjoying Portugal now for over a week, with many memorable meals and wines along the way. This restaurant is the best so far, and actually one of our most memorable meals ever. Ever includes meals in NYC, San Francisco and beyond ... I am saying exceptional! Great, not fussy, solid wine list and outstanding... More 

Thank budmuse
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were very impressed with the quality of the food and the attention to detail in it's presentation. Modern decor and reasonable ambience. Not the cheapest place to eat in Porto but worth the money. Would definitely eat here again.

Thank 007DB1
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is fine dining. The impeccable service compliments an extraordinary menu. My husband and I tried alternate tasting menus (Memory and Mar) with the suggested wines. It's an excellent way to sample the menu the way the chef intended and the wine pairings are as delicious as they are generous. A delight from start to finish. It is easy to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
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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