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Av Diogo Leite 5, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400 , Portugal
+351 223701797
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Stamford, Connecticut
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112 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the location. Was recommended by Rick Steve's guidebook. Had to wait for 15 min for a table outside on the water. And its literally on the water. I ordered the famous francesinha sandwich which is a Porto specialty. Loved it. Went with the recommended douro red to go with it. Couldn't be happier. Great way to finish my Porto... More 

Thank pragueresident
Dublin, Ireland
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92 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four of us dined here, accompanied (and recommended by) a friend who lives locally. The unanimous consensus was that it was not one of the best restaurants we had visited in Porto. The food was so-so (overcooked fish, bland flavours); and the gents' toilets were dirty and did not even have running water. No reason to return, despite the nice... More 

Thank eddielennon
Dresden, Germany
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016 via mobile

Went to this place when we needed a location for dinner. Ordered lasagne and a other noodle dish + fries. The italian dishes were ok just the fries were a little bit lubricious. All in all was it OK

Thank jamdan22764
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142 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

This is a prototype of I usually call "turist trap"!!!! It was rainy day, and we wanted to kill the time with small lunch. This "restaurant" is situated by the bank of the river, so we decided to go there without checking TA. What a mistake!!! Service zero, food ---- sh---t. We had soup full of flour, no taste, junk.... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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323 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Overall a better than average lunch, we asked about and was told this place was pretty good and we were quite pleased. It was just what we wanted, a quick lunch, a great view and decent standard of food. All were matched, I had the "Special Hotdog" and it was. A hot dog smothered in the sauce of the local... More 

Thank SGP83
Trondheim, Norway
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Went there with GF one afternoon to kill some time whilst we waited for a tour of one of the portwine cellars. Discovered this place by chance. When we saw the deck chairs outside, overlooking the river and the old town, it was clear that this was the place. We had a great time there, drinking our first Porto Tonics... More 

Thank Arne R
Porto, Portugal
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

This is one of the best places in Porto to have a Portuguese meal and enjoy the view to Porto! Food is typical and well cooked (tasty). Price is not expensive (arround 15€ per person).

Thank mialfetu
Evesham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Amazing food, amazing views and amazing service! Can't fault anything at all. We had a bife do lombom and my word, It was out of this world. The entree and dessert were very good indeed andservice was fantastic!

Thank Susana R
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The Ar de Rio is situated on the south bank of the Douro. The owners/some staff moved here from another bar/restaurant, the Caves de Cerveja, which closed toward the end of 2014 because Viking cruisers decided to moor in front of it and spoil the view. The Ar de Rio is right by the river with seating inside and out.... More 

Thank rudyardkipper
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

Service was good, environment was OK (they were working to improve it... While were eating), food was clearly improvable, but it could also be that we selected the wrong dish (francesinhas)... Anyway, we would not give it a second chance I fear!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Portuguese, Bar, European, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Av Diogo Leite 5, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Phone Number: +351 223701797

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