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Cruel Restaurante

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#180 of 1,900 Restaurants in Porto
Travelers' Choice


$16 - $32
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Contemporary
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed today via mobile

We ordered a few starters for one of our table to have as their main course, they are vegetarian, and then we ordered 2 other starters and 2 mains. 3 starters were delivers to the table ( out of the 5 ordered) and then quite...quickly we were asked if they could bring the mains to the table. We said that we were still waiting for 2 starters, which seemed like a surprise to the waiter. A 4th stater was delivered Probably 10 minutes later another waiter asked if everything was ok and if they could bring the mains out . We explained that, at this point, we were still waiting for 1 starter. Again this was a surprise! The final starter arrived When that was finished they then delivered the 2 main courses that we feel sure had been sitting on the pass since we were first asked if they could bring them out. The main cod dish was so dried and salty that is was quite unpleasant to eat, the rest of the food was actually quite good. So a restaurant with potential to deliver a good food experience but let down by terrible service. What a waste We paid and left, thankful that nobody actually asked us if we had had a good time. This all probably explains whey they havd a number of tables available when everything else around was fully booked/occupied The staff all wear T Shirts that state that ‘Tips are not included’. Just as well in our caseMore

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was good, but could use a tad more seasoning. We had the duck and pork cheek and both were cooked well. The service was friendly and the outdoor seating is covered in all sides, so there is little air flow.

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small, atmospheric, good service, sensible prices They have three menus (and you can pick and mix if you want) - 'Cruel' is the risky one, 'Cauteloso' the catious one and 'Medroso' the traditional one. From the risky menu, the Carpaccio with electric flowers and the...Magic mushroom risotto were brilliant twists on well known dishes. Book in advance and please, do give this place a shot.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am a local and until yesterday a regular customer. As always I chose the pork cheek. The meat was badly defrosted, cold with too much fat in it. It’s expensive for Portuguese standards, not a problem if the quality is there. Unfortunately never again...and to you all planning to visit, careful with the pork cheeks.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed February 6, 2022 via mobile

Picked this restaurant for my last night in Porto as I liked the sound of the different menus. The waiter was amazing, very attentive and helpful and we had a great chat about Porto and what I'd been up to while I was here. The...whole meal was a delight but I especially recommend the duck leg, so crispy yet tender and the sticky sauce was perfect. Also had the aded bonus of being literally round the corner from my hotel which was great, nice and easy to roll back after such a filling meal!More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed December 19, 2021

This isn't your typical restaurant! There are three menus, one which is the most adventurous, another which is the middle-adventurous, and the last page is for those who want more traditional Portuguese cuisine. My boyfriend had the steak tartare which he said was the best...steak tartare he had ever had (and it's once of his favorite dishes). Our waiter Vinicius was very helpful in choosing a delicious wine that suited our palette. Highly recommended, we will come back!More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed November 14, 2021 via mobile

The food was just amazing, I was unsure about going thinking it was to posh or I would get a fanfair for a slice of rabbit but how wrong I was. The food was brilliant, some nice drinks and the staff are so friendly. Don’t...miss out on this. There are three menus, which can be switched between for each course. If they still have it you must try the cappacio which is just a tastebud experience.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed October 4, 2021 via mobile

I have to be honest the food was amazing the mushroom risotto and the duck was gorgeous. But the service left a sour taste that may have ruined the experience. From waiting for menus from 10 minutes and then an hour between starters and mains...with the plates from the starter still on the table and the same again with our dinner tainted what would have been a lovely meal. We all know that covid affected the service industry and there was a huge efflux of previously well trained staff however I'd recommend the place for the food but bring your patience if you are attending.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed July 30, 2021

Oh my - an abject study in style over substance! Firstly - the food is fine. It's OK. Some very pleasantand nothing toxic. But if you study the menu you'll be in for a very rude awakening as for all the hyperbole - it's just...fairly average tapas. Not one dish stood out. Where truffles were adorned; you couldn't taste them. One week on and I couldn't remember a single dish we had. Just pleasant average. Not expensive so no rip-off except for the fact you'll have expected this dining explosion and it's just simply - okMore

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed June 7, 2021

I was recommended this restaurant by my hotel and I was not disappointed. As a matter of fact I went for lucnh and it was so good I came back for dinner. You have 3 menues to choose from: experimenterial, moderate experimenterial and traditional. I...opted for the experimenterial one. The food was very good and very exiting. My best dishes very tempura from cocochas, wonton with salmon and the mushroom risotto. Actually the ristotto were made with "magic mushrooms" that were "alive" when served. All dishes were very well made. I also enjoyed an excellent albarinho green wine. The service were very friendly. New favorite place I will definitely come back to.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed April 16, 2021

My family and I had dinner at Cruel last night (April) the concept is interesting. 3 menus: adventurous food to standard fair. We ate a mix of all three menus. Some great some OK Desserts were the weak point of the menu. overall though it...was solid and worth a visitMore

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed January 15, 2021 via mobile

The dishes are incredibly well-thought-out, both in flavour and creativeness. The portions are also very, very generous (which I loved). And the staff is just nice, we arrived near closing time and they still gave it their all. Certainly to repeat!

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed July 31, 2020 via mobile

We went for dinner to this place. You need to book in advance. The waiters are nice and helpful, the menu is only in Portuguese. The concept is interesting: three types of menus but you can mix them: a "wild" and extraordinary one, medium wild...and "normal" or classic. We took the hummus and duck as a starter - both were great. Then I had the risotto which actually looks crazier than it tastes. The portions are huge, I think we would have been fine if we just ordered the risotto. My husband asked for wine recommendations, but the red wine that was recommended with the main dish was quite bad. All in all, I think it sounds more interesting and exotic than it actually is. Not bad really, but I think you can find better places.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed March 16, 2020 via mobile

I was looking forwards to visit this restaurant for a while now. However, the experience was not better then average. The star dish of this restaurant must be the risotto because of the moving mushrooms, the rest of the food quality is the same as...homemade or worst. We’re weren’t told about the electric flower. We were 4 people shared one starter and one desert and paid 100€ for the meal.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 3, 2020 via mobile

This restaurant is an experience. The concept with 3 segments of dishes from experimental to traditional was a home run for us. The prices are above average but it’s worth it.

Date of visit: November 2019
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February 27, 2016|
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Yes. They have vegetarian meals.
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Cruel Restaurante is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4