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“Very friendly service and good food”

Jimao Tapas e Vinhos
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Ranked #22 of 1,630 Restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $32
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: The Jimao is a restaurant that combines the best of Portuguese cuisine and offering tapas dishes with carefully chosen by our chef
Toronto, Canada
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282 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Very friendly service and good food”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

Thiswas 200 metres from our hotel, the Carris, and what a great choice. The staff were very welcoming and truly seemed to appreciate that we were there. We had a platter of serrano ham and manchego cheese to share, was excellent. The couvert of breads, olives and tuna spread was better than most. The wine was excellent. We has a few other tapas disnes that were excellent, we tried tomgo back another time but it was closed, unfortunately.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Feyenoorder
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JimaoTapaseVinhos, Proprietário at Jimao Tapas e Vinhos, responded to this review, November 21, 2013
Thank you very much Feyenoord for your kind comments.

We are very happy to know you enjoyed our food, wine and company. It is very rewarding for all of us...!

So sorry to know you try to visit us again and we were closed! It must have being Tuesday, our day off!

Hope to see you back in Porto, meanwhile have a nice winter and a wonderful Xmas. Season!

Sincerely,

Jimão(Carmen)
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San Luis Obispo, California
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Perfect for Us”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

I had looked at the good reviews on Tripadvisor and on our first night in Porto we found this lovely little restaurant. The lite choices were perfect for us. That evening we were not in the mood for a heavy dinner, but ordered tapas and then ordered more. We all enjoyed our food. Everything was just right and when we returned a few nights later, the owner was, once again, wonderfully polite and helpful. She remembered everything about us and her interest was genuine. She could not have been more lovely to us. On our second trip there we were hungry for salads and not only did they have choices, but the two we chose were excellent.
I was concerned that the restaurant would be difficult to find, but it is along the water and at the upper end of a short street, not difficult at all to find. One just needs to walk by three other restaurants to get to it.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank sandytraveler93405
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JimaoTapaseVinhos, Proprietário at Jimao Tapas e Vinhos, responded to this review, November 21, 2013
I do not know how to appreciate, sandytrav... the nice words you have written about us!

It was very nice to host you in our house. Having such a nice customers as you are, makes our job very rewarding and satisfying...

We hope to see you back in Porto! Meanwhile, have a nice winter and a wonderful Xmas Season.

Sincerely,

Jimão(Carmen)
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Brighton UK
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148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Not worth the money”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

After a couple of nights of very mediocre food in Porto based on good reviews from TA, thought we would give this place a try.
Looked nice from outside and reasonable choice on the menu.
Cannot truly comment on the quality of the food as just had mixed sharing board (avoid as only comes with fairly small portion of serrano ham and what tasted like cheddar cheese - not good value at all!) and some appetizers recommended by the friendly waitress (although again, I wasn't keen on these and should have just stuck to my guns and ordered what I wanted!!).
Desserts however were delicious.
As everywhere in Porto - drinks good value.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank MorfeasBrightonUK
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JimaoTapaseVinhos, Proprietário at Jimao Tapas e Vinhos, responded to this review, November 21, 2013
Thank you very much MorfeasBr for your review.

We are sorry to know about your disappointment about our mixed board (Iberic Jam and Manchego cheese) We will look into the amount of the service ...that we thought to be proporcional to its cost. Thank you for your advice.

Glad to know, though, you enjoyed our desserts and wines!

Sincererly,

Jimão(Carmen)
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Florida
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328 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Perfect!”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

Just what we were looking for. We enjoyed a nice casual lunch here. We bypassed the large, more touristy places on the square and found this place to be just right. It had a few outdoor tables, and inside there were tables on the first and second floors. The dining rooms were rather intimate, not too large. There is a nice view from some tables on the second floor. We ate on the first floor and it was fun to watch the activity in the open kitchen. The restaurant is newer and super clean. Service was excellent with English spoken (as needed) and English on some menus. We decided to share tapas and a "jarra" of wine. We had a nice selection of cheese and meats and a few other things. All were excellent! The bill was @ 29 Euro--a great value. The restrooms were very nice. This was one of our two best meal experiences on this trip!
Carmen, if you read this, could you please tell us what the sauce was on the Batatas a Jimao--it was wonderful!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Kim54
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JimaoTapaseVinhos, Proprietário at Jimao Tapas e Vinhos, responded to this review, November 21, 2013
Thank you very much Kim54 for your kind words!

It is a great satisfaction for us when we read these comments...and they give us a great amoung of energy to keep hosting this way!


So glad you enjoyed our food, "jarra" of wine and our Batatas Jimão. Hope you keep the secret of our Francesinha´s sauce ;):

Onion, carrots, garlic, linguiça, chouriço, pork meat, beer, bay leaf, tomato sauce, piri-piri (hot sauce), brandy and Porto wine and salt.

Sauté with olive oil the first 6 ingredients finely cut. Add the rest and let them boil for a while (About 3|4 of an hr.) Remove the bay leafs and liquify.

Don´t despair, after a few tries will be perfect. :)

Wonderful Xmas Season!

Sincerely,

Jimão(Carmen)
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Looked good but food inedible.”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Friendly staff, menu looked good but the experience was not good. Overpriced food and drink and some of the food inedible. We ordered tapas dishes, one being an onion dish with a fried egg on top. We waited a long time for it and the onion was hard and the egg also hard and overcooked. The wine was more expensive than in other local restaurants and we were really disappointed with the restaurant. Would not return.

  • Visited October 2013
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JimaoTapaseVinhos, Proprietário at Jimao Tapas e Vinhos, responded to this review, November 21, 2013
Thank you very much Mrs Jennifer for your review.

We are very sorry about your disappointing meal in our restaurant.

With all my respect, I have to disagree with some of the critics you are reviewing but even so we will take them in consideration.

Sincerely,

Jimão(Carmen)
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