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“Good but slightly expensive”

Casa de Pasto Adega Ribatejo
Ranked #311 of 1,657 Restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $28
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Porto, Portugal
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good but slightly expensive”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

for portuguese standards.
Nevertheless, the quality of the food is 5stars. A number of not so common dishes are present in the menu and in spite of the name (Ribatejo is a region in the center of the country), the menu is mainly north Portugal's cuisine.

Visited December 2011
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“Our most memorable meal in Porto”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

On my recent visit to Porto with my father and sisters, a local friend recommended this restaurant to us as "someplace special" for dinner. At first, we wondered about the choice because when we walked in the place was empty of any diners. Of course, we arrived early by Portugal standards; it was only 7:45 pm on a Saturday evening. The host informed us that practically every table was reserved for guests arriving at 9:30 or later. We requested an outdoor table on the back patio beneath a canopy of grapevines and bunches of grapes. Early or not, the staff welcomed us warmly and provided friendly, personal service for our entire visit. After some time, large families with children gathered on the patio and we felt right at home.

On the way to our table we passed a display of desserts that took our breath away...all homemade, including some exquisite regional specialties. We made a mental note to save room for dessert. Our waiter spoke English pretty well and guided us through the menu that featured several seafood options and local meat dishes. We ordered a bottle of branco (white) wine from the nearby Douro River valley as a change from the vino verde wines we had been enjoying with previous dinners in Portugal and it was delicious with the cheeses, olives and bread on the table (note, you pay for these appetizers in Portuguese restaurants; they are not complimentary). I ordered hake, a mild Atlantic white fish and while it was good, there were a lot of bones to remove. My sisters shared orders of grouper and beef steak and they raved about the fish. Our dad had a local kingfish dish featuring pieces of the fish lightly breaded and fried, along with a type of porridge (for lack of a better word) from breadcrumbs, kingfish roe, garlic, cilantro and an egg that the waiter stirred into the hot mixture table side. Very rich and very tasty. All of the dishes were accompanied by absolutely fresh vegetables: long,thinly sliced green beans or cabbage, depending on the meal.

We had only a little room left for dessert, and the woman who seemed to be the owner of the restaurant, and proudly admitted that she made the sweet dishes, helped us select a good assortment of half portions that our waiter assembled on a plate for us to share. After making our choices, we passed by the open door into the spotless kitchen and noticed the chefs preparing an interesting fish croquette. We inquired what it was (it was cod), and the chef insisted on sending a sample of it to our table...one more delicious nibble before the desserts arrived. We enjoyed all the desserts but one of them made a particularly strong impression, a combination of soft meringue and caramel that the woman who made it called "molotov," which she described as a bomb of calories!

We were staying in the historic Ribeira district by the Douro River and took a taxi to and from the restaurant. It was a bit too far to walk there from our hotel and some of the streets are quite dark. However, a walk from that area would be shortened if one took the funicular uphill from the base of the bridge.

  • Visited October 2011
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