Top 10 Portuguese food in Vila Nova de Gaia, Northern Portugal, Portugal

October 3, 2019 Tynisha Seiler

Find out what Portuguese restaurants to try in Vila Nova de Gaia. Vila Nova de Gaia, or simply Gaia (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvilɐ ˈnɔvɐ ðɨ ˈɣajɐ]; Proto-Celtic: *Cale) is a city and a municipality in Porto District in Norte Region, Portugal. It is located south of the city of Porto on the other side of the Douro River. The city proper had a population of 178,255 in 2001. The municipality has an area of 168.46 km². and a total population of 302,295 inhabitants (2011), making it the most populous municipality in Norte Region. Gaia together with Porto and 12 other municipalities makes up the commonly designated Porto Metropolitan Area.
Things to do in Vila Nova de Gaia

10. Artesao Bistro

Rua de Mouzinho da Silveira 218, Porto 4050-417 Portugal Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer [email protected] +351 913 753 002 http://www.facebook.com/Artes%C3%A3o-Bistr%C3%B4-2007599379544179
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5 based on 155 reviews

Artesao Bistro

Reviewed By Phil G

Wandered in at random without a reservation, and were completely blown away by the fantastic food and terrific service. The menu is small plates, meant to be combined & shared; very thoughtful and delicious reimaginings of traditional Portuguese dishes. It was so good, we returned with a friend and were able to verify that it wasn't a fluke! My suggestion is that if you have any questions on food or wine, let Leandro decide - especially the wine, he'll pick the best possible selection for your dinner. We look forward to returning on future visits to Porto, and wish them all the best!Thank you Phil G, we hope see you soon.

9. Ribeira Square

Praca Ribeira 16, Porto 4050-513 Portugal Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +351 912 491 771 http://www.facebook.com/ribeirasquare2015/
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4 based on 1755 reviews

Ribeira Square

Reviewed By niyeshar

We picked this spot after walking past many very busy restaurants next to the riverside. It is quite small and easily missed and definitely not a tourist trap! When were got there it was about an estimated 45 minute wait, but since no other place around the area that looked promising was available we decided to hedge out bets and wait. Bruno our waiter was so kind he brought us drinks outside whilst we waiting on the paved steps outside. He was very attentive even though we didn't actually have a table yet. Once we were seated he was very helpful to choose what he recommended out of the menu. The food was excellent and very filling and worth the price you pay. It is a small restaurant and can get very busy - go early!

8. Restaurante D. Luis

Avenida Ramos Pinto 266, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-266 Portugal Mediterranean, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service +351 22 375 1251
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4 based on 306 reviews

Restaurante D. Luis

Reviewed By phillipg601

There are many tourist restaurants on this side of the river Douro , if you are walking from the river level after the bridge just keep on walking past all the “tourist traps” on your left and carry on to the cable car boarding station, restaurant D.Luis is opposite the cable , it is worth the walk ! The restaurant is small but immaculately clean with spotless table cloths and very nice staff , everything is freshly cooked and prices very reasonable, we came for lunch and the waiter told us that 1 main course is enough for 2 , we ordered the hake that was served very lighted battered with fries and salad , it was huge (see the photo) and plenty for us 2 and unbelievable value at 18 euros, before the main we were given 6 complimentary croquettes, 3xsalt cod and 3x meat . Superb !

7. D. Gancho Restaurante Pizzaria

Rua Francisco Alexandre Ferreira 188-F, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-469 Portugal Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +351 22 375 0986 http://www.facebook.com/dgancho.restaurantepizzaria/
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4 based on 602 reviews

D. Gancho Restaurante Pizzaria

Reviewed By Claudia D

My husband and I dined at Gancho on a Thursday evening. What a delight! We enjoyed excellent vinho Tinto, "Cortes de Cima" Alentejano 2013. The awesome garlic bread was actually a mini pizza- so yummy! The servers, Henry and Luis were attentive and kind. We shared Rigatoni Bolonegese and a Tiramisu. Tasty! We will definitely return to try other entrees as well.

6. MUU Steakhouse

Rua do Almada 149A, Porto 4050-037 Portugal Steakhouse, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +351 914 784 032 http://www.muusteakhouse.com
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5 based on 1401 reviews

MUU Steakhouse

Reviewed By shanc590

From the moment you arrive you feel welcome and special. The food and service are outstanding. From the scotch egg to perfectly cooked steak it was a very memorable experience. They get very busy and you MUST make reservations at least a couple of weeks in advance to ensure you can get a spot. It is worth going for a great meal with an incredible experience. Make sure you leave room for dessert.

5. Mesa Com Tradicao

Rua 5 de Outubro 2792, Vila Nova de Gaia 4430-798 Portugal Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Table Service +351 22 013 1495 http://www.facebook.com/mesacomtradicao/info/
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4 based on 206 reviews

Mesa Com Tradicao

Reviewed By donaldg221

This family style restaurant succeeds in every important way. The food tastes very good and there are many good wines available. The staff and the chef could not be more pleasant or effective. The setting is pleasant and clean, but simple. They have a menu in English and our waiter could effectively speak English. I am gluten intolerant and the waiter and the chef were easily able adjust the veal dish that I wanted — to substitute a delicious flavored rice and vegetable pot for the gluten containing sauce that the menu offered. It was delicious. We had a good soup made with turnip and other vegetables. We split a large mixed salad (fresh and delicious). We shared a “half dose” of the veal and rice dish and a very good mango mousse with big walnut pieces embedded for dessert. We had a bottle of excellent old vine Douro tinto and a bottle of still water with our food. The restaurant provided a “complimentary” and good Port and Tonic while we examined the menu and a pleasant liquor after the dinner. The total dinner with everything was less than 34€. We had a latte before we easily summoned Uber to beam us back to where we were staying near the Mosteiro da Serra Pilar in Vila Nova De Gaia. The total for two Uber trips with tips was 22.25€. Practical Hint: We were probably the only tourists in the restaurant at that time and the location is “off the beaten tourist path.” So the price for the meal went down to what the Portuguese might usually pay for an upscale dinner. The usual portion size in a restaurant used primarily by Portuguese people often seems about double the already more than ample portions served in an average American restaurant. The Portuguese and their restaurant owners understand this portion issue, so we often see two parallel rows of prices beside the entrees. The first number is the “normal portion” price and the second number is for what they actually call the “half-dose.”We have had kindly waiters suggest that we split a half-dose (we do not look emaciated or tiny — we think of ourselves as “good eaters.” In what I call an authentic Portuguese restaurant, the waiters do not blink, act surprised, or get offended if you ask for a half-dose or even to share a half-dose. So the cost comes down, we get all that we can eat, we do not carry left-over food to a hotel room without an adequate refrigerator, and less food will be wasted.

4. Wine Quay Bar

111 and 112 Muro dos Bacalhoeiros, Porto 4050-080 Portugal Mediterranean, Portuguese, Wine Bar, Deli Dinner, Drinks Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Table Service, Waterfront [email protected] +351 22 208 0119 http://www.winequaybar.com
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4 based on 2574 reviews

Wine Quay Bar

We will be closed at the 24 and 25 December, and from the 31 of December till 30th of January of 2020.

Reviewed By hassan_1800

We read so many great reviews about this place and it exceeded expectations. The wine list is phenomenal, especially the wines by the glass. Joana looked after us during our 3.5 hour stay here. We tasted so many lovely protuguese wines thanks to her recommendations. The view is so beautiful. Perfect place to hang out if you love wine. Come early for an outside table, it gets busy. Thank you Joana for making our experience memorable.

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3. Vila Mar Restaurante Pizzaria

Avenida Beira Mar 1769, Canidelo, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-382 Portugal Italian, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Pizza, Wine Bar Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar [email protected] +351 935 085 932 https://www.facebook.com/vilamarrestaurante/
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5 based on 132 reviews

Vila Mar Restaurante Pizzaria

Our restaurant is located in front of the sea. Come and try our pizzas and dishes au gratin in the oven. With a magnificent terrace with a lovely view .

Reviewed By AdelaCristea

We visited Vila Mar Restaurant in July, during our holiday in Vila Nova de Gaia. The food is delicious, the service is great (very friendly staff) and the whole atmosphere in the restaurant is very nice. If you go there, it's must to try the Tiramisu with strawberries. You won't forget it! :)

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2. Torcatu's

Rua Laborim Baixo 574 Largo Da Escola Primaria de Laborim de Baixo, Vila Nova de Gaia 4430-129 Portugal Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Digital Payments, Table Service, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +351 964 832 583 http://www.facebook.com/torcatus/
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5 based on 193 reviews

Torcatu's

We will be closed for holidays between 11th and 24th of June. We reopen on June 25th.

Reviewed By BLMG

If you search for a restaurant in Porto / Gaia area, you will certainly be drawm to the restaurants by the river. A lot ot them are quite nice but if you have the chance to visit this restaurant, you will not be disappointed. It is managed by a very nice couple and they provide an excellent experience of portugues traditional cuisine. I recommend "sangrias", the fabulous "rodízio de tapas", all tapas but also their daily suggestions, usually served in a beautiful and careful fashion. Very good quality for a very acceptable price.

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1. Cookery Food Bar

Rua do Almada 275, Porto 4050-038 Portugal International, European, Asian, Portuguese, South American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Reservations, Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +351 966 974 119 http://www.cookery.pt
Cookery Food Bar

We are food bar in the downtown área of Porto – baixa. We asked some of the best and most famous chefs and food lovers from Portugal to create delicious recipes that were able to be served in bowls! We have now delicious and original bowls from Chefes Cha

Reviewed By Sushibabo

Great snacks and jummy bowls, they also have many dishes for vegetarians/vegans. The service is warm-hearted and fast!The shop offers reeeeally nice interior, fabrics, portugese stuff, clothes and so on. This place is just perfect - for real.

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