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“A Wonderful Dinner”

Solar Moinho de Vento
Ranked #134 of 1,661 Restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $28
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: A select choise of quality products served by our helpful staff, enable you to appreciate a large variety of regional gastronomy such as our unmatchable dishes of daily fresh fish and meats, including the world famous Tripas à Moda do Porto, the exquisite Arroz de Cabidela and the delicious Pataniscas de Bacalhau.One of the most respected Restaurants in Downtown Porto, here you can taste Portuguese Specialties that have put Portuguese Food on the Map. The place is gorgeous and cosy,food is typical and delicious and it's the place where in the Sixties once echoed the voice of the Fado Diva, Amália Rodrigues.
Ottawa, Canada
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“A Wonderful Dinner”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

We were told about this restaurant by a Porto native who said that it was a great place to experience traditional Portuguese cuisine.

We almost missed it on our holiday, but when we stumbled across it quite by accident one midday, we made the recommended reservation for dinner that night (and it was necessary)

We ate in the upstairs dining area. The servers were friendly and very patient and accommodating. There were three women cooking away in the lower kitchen and if I understood our waiter correctly, the menu is a guideline and the ladies of the kitchen cook what is fresh and available.

Wait staff spoke good English (or French) and tolerated well my terrible Portuguese. With help from the servers, we started with cocktails accompanied by a nice goat cheese and the traditional, but very good salt cod cakes. A dry Douro Valley Riesling-styled white wine was enjoyed with our dinner of pork and clams with rice for two and we had a very well brewed coffee with creme caramel for dessert.

All of this was incredibly reasonably priced and served in a very friendly and professional fashion, but was not at all rushed. We got the impression that we were welcome to linger at our table for as long as we wished.

I'm glad we found Solar Moinho de Vento. I would recommend searching it out to others.

  • Visited July 2012
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“Nearly missed this gem”
Reviewed July 5, 2012 via mobile

This restaurant is really nothing to look at from outside, but peer through the door and you see 3 old Portuguese women in the kitchen. They are creating lovely typically Portuguese tapas and bigger plates. We had the tapas selection (€15) with some potatoes and greens and shared it. Plenty of food and all with lovely flavours. This and a bottle of wine with bread and oil to start = €40. Well worth it.

Oh and atmosphere: full of locals with loads of discussions going on giving the upstairs dining room a real buzz.

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“Excellent”
Reviewed June 27, 2012

Excellent food, great atmosphere, famile friendly........................................

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Porto, Portugal
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“Portuguese typical food”
Reviewed June 8, 2012

A lot of options of typical portuguese meals, with a very good quality and a very good service.

I went to Moinho de Vento in a Wednesday, and in this days, have also the typical portuguese music "Fado".

It´s a very good place to dinner, with a good location, in the centre of the city.

Visited May 2012
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Porto, Porto, Portugal
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“Great Food”
Reviewed February 28, 2012

The food is fantastic and service to, typical Portuguese food.

  • Visited February 2012
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