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.
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5 based on 155 reviews
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.
4 based on 1755 reviews
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!
4 based on 306 reviews
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 âtourist trapsâ 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 !
4 based on 602 reviews
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.
5 based on 1401 reviews
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.
4 based on 206 reviews
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 â 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 âhalf doseâ 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 âcomplimentaryâ 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 34â¬. 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 22.25â¬. Practical Hint: We were probably the only tourists in the restaurant at that time and the location is âoff the beaten tourist path.â 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 ânormal portionâ price and the second number is for what they actually call the âhalf-dose.âWe have had kindly waiters suggest that we split a half-dose (we do not look emaciated or tiny â we think of ourselves as âgood eaters.â 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 based on 2574 reviews
We will be closed at the 24 and 25 December, and from the 31 of December till 30th of January of 2020.
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.
5 based on 132 reviews
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 .
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! :)
5 based on 193 reviews
We will be closed for holidays between 11th and 24th of June. We reopen on June 25th.
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 "rodÃzio 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.
We are food bar in the downtown Ã¡rea of Porto â 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
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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