O Comercial, located in the Palacio da Bolsa, is a relatively formal restaurant with an upscale menu. The set lunch is a fantasic value!
The restaurant is located in a corner of the Palacio da Bolsa, which is Porto's chamber of commerce. The Palacio da Bolsa is one of Porto's main tourist attractions, and we timed our visit (guided tours only) to end in time for lunch.
O Comercial is set in 2 large, vaulted rooms. The lounge is quite ornate, while the restaurant is less decorated. In the restaurant, modern furniture and place settings provide a lovely contrast to the building. The seats by the window provide a view of the River Douro.
The set luunch is offered Monday through Friday. Only 15 Euros gets you an appetizer, a choice of a fish or meat dish, a dessert, water, a glass of wine and coffee. No substitutions: my wife asked for tea, which was charged extra - but for €15, this is understandable and perfectly OK!
Our waiter spoke perfect English and was very friendly, helpful and patient. He provided quite a formal service. This fit in well with the white tablecloths and napkins, and the contemporary dishware. We were very impressed by our waiter!
The food was truly excellent! O Comercial is actually quite trendy in their cuisine: they serve relatively small portions, carefully arranged and decorated. I would describe it as "modern European" in style, but the dishes themselves are based on local favorites.
I would not hesitate one minute to go back!
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