Vila do Conde Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Vila do Conde

March 18, 2018 Marissa Gamble

Vila do Conde (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvilɐ du ˈkõdɨ], locally [ˈbilɐ du ˈkoŋdɨ]) is a municipality in the Norte Region of Portugal. The population in 2011 was 79,533, in an area of 149.03 km². The urbanized area of Vila do Conde, which includes the parishes of Vila do Conde, Azurara and Árvore, represent 36,137 inhabitants. Vila do Conde is interlinked to the north with Póvoa de Varzim, forming a single urban agglomeration. The town is on the Portuguese Way of the Camino de Santiago.
Things to do in Vila do Conde

1. Bodegao

Rua Paulo Barreto 2, Povoa de Varzim 4490-673, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$149 - HK$204 +351 252 624 716
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 624 reviews

Bodegao

Reviewed By Goldings23 - Wrentham, United Kingdom

The restaurant is on two levels surrounded with a plethora of old bits and pieces. eg: lanterns, radios and other things. The waiter was really good, speaking quite good English and enthusiastic about the food and wine. The food was excellent, good portions and beautifully seasoned. Lovely selection of wine and port! We wnt once and then back two days later.

2. Restaurante 31 de Janeiro

Rua de 31 de Janeiro 163, Povoa de Varzim 4490-533, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner HK$157 - HK$424 +351 252 614 116
Excellent
54%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 183 reviews

Restaurante 31 de Janeiro

Cosmopolitan restaurant, with long tradition on Fishes and Seafood, located in Póvoa de Varzim (20km from Oporto) northern Portugal, with table service list of local cuisine. Smoking and non-smoking rooms. Good for groups, and children friendly.In front the Lapa Church with private parking, 50 mts from the beach road Póvoa de Varzim/Vila do Conde (near the marina).

Reviewed By desiree s - Beneden-Leeuwen, The Netherlands

Lovely restaurant. Good food excellent fish, but also very tasty meat options. Staff had to be reminded that there is an english card and were obviously not used to many non-portugese speaking visitors. On the other hand, that was also part of the charm of...MoreMuito obrigado pela sua avaliação, os nossos melhores cumprimentos!

3. Romando

Rua n02 n0221 | Areia-Arvore, Vila do Conde 4480-088, Portugal Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +351 252 641 075
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 469 reviews

Romando

Reviewed By Totte B - Lund, Sweden

It is not easy to choose from the tempting menu, but don't worry; you'll get god advice from the friendly and knowledgeable staff. Besides - whatever we tried was exquisite: seafood tapas, grilled meat or lobster flambé with sepia linguini (se picture) served with excellent wines. All in all a very enjoyable experience.

4. o cangalho

Rua do Cais das Lavandeiras 48 | Frente à marina de vila do conde, Vila do Conde 4480-789, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +351 252 110 898
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 212 reviews

o cangalho

Reviewed By David F - Olympia, Washington

Some recent reviewers have complained of slow or perfunctory service. This isn't the case. The staff move at a pace appropriate to a seaside Portuguese environment.
I arrived a wee bit early for lunch on the annual celebration of the region's patron saint Sao Joao (Saint John). The menu was more limited than usual, and the price a bit higher than the standard menu (at which I peeked). However the grilled sardines could not have been fresher or better prepared.
My Portuguese is limited, to say the least. However, in contradistinction to my experience over the past couple of days in Porto, the waiter here took the trouble to speak slowly and clearly so that I had no trouble understanding what was and was not available, and that although the restaurant would not take dinner Reservations for dinner that evening, I'd have no trouble being seated if I arrived early for dinner (and he then corrected my understanding of what "early" means here).
The service was sedately paced, to be respectful of the fact that the diners were on holiday and not rushing off to return to work after lunch. The view of the river from the sidewalk Seating area was fabulous.
There was nothing all that special about what I was served. But it was most pleasant.

5. Praia Mar

Avenida Infante Dom Henrique 58, Vila do Conde 4480-670, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +351 252 644 523
Excellent
36%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 212 reviews

Praia Mar

Restaurante especializado tanto en marisquería como en carne de buey y esta en frente del mar.

Reviewed By MijnlieverdFH - Amsterdam

We did not make a reservation but came there earlier to get the space. This restaurant was so close to the residential accommodation we occupied at the next avenue. Have seen this when we arrived so we agreed to dine here in the evening.
True it was full house good; it was good we came earlier. We got only the table not by the boulevard but a bit farther already. The menu mostly sea foods looked delicious and all tempting to the palate. We ordered the assorted seafood and fish fillet with vegetable salad. Wine from this region is superb.

6. Adega da Vila

Rua Comendador Antonio Fernandes da Costa 57, Vila do Conde 4480-740, Portugal Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$102 - HK$196 +351 961 258 237
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 451 reviews

Adega da Vila

Very Important. It is necessary to reserve a table every day in advance. The cellar of the villa is a small but cozy restaurant, where you can find the best of Portuguese cuisine, good meat, good sausage, good seafood, good cheese and fine wines. The fact that it allows a small family-type care near where guests feel almost at home. The Adega da Vila's decor is very typical wine honors the traditions and Portuguese.

Reviewed By Catherine C - Huddersfield, United Kingdom

We were made very welcome when we were the first to arrive this evening. The food was delicious and I had the plumpest mussels I have ever eaten. The service was attentive and it was a great value, authentic, Portuguese meal. Highly recommended.

7. Restaurante Praca Velha

Largo Antero de Quental N0 33, Vila do Conde 4480-701, Portugal Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$196 +351 252 612 121
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

Restaurante Praca Velha

Reviewed By KarenLKirkham - London

My husband has been raving about their set lunch for some time. There are many tourist restaurants in Vila do Conde to cater to your expectations of Portuguese food, in fairness some of them very good. Praça Vehla are doing something different: Portuguese cuisine with a twist, bringing a delicacy and subtlety not always found in the average restaurant. Generous portions but not off puttingly huge. The house starters are of a familiar type but a cut above. Hand carved presunto, herbed queijo fresco, and (in a nation which often serves the same frozen ones home and away) the best home made bacalhau croquettes we've ever eaten, light, fluffy, delicately crisp in the outside, creamy and herbed on the inside. My accurately described 'hunk' of veal was beautifully peppered and caramelised on the outside, rare on the inside, the skinless take on 'bread sausage' side delicately flavoured. My husband's mini lamb rack was equally delicious. The puddings were new takes on traditional Portuguese dishes - the egg semi freddo was a light meringuey ice with not to many bolacha and a lovely sweet egg custard, the lemon tarte a light cheesecake with berries. There is a carefully chosen wine list. The decor is lovely. We sat outside in the square under fairy lights suspended from trees. Immense care is taken with everything including the table clothes and embroidered napkins. The service, just as much as the food, was of the standard normally found in high class London restaurants. This is a family business and clearly has a loyal local clientele, but welcoming to visitors. Well worth diverting from the tourist track for. But above all these deserve to be congratulated for doing something a little different with traditional Portuguese menu, which is why I am sure we will go back time after time.

8. Garfo Torto O Restaurante-Bar

Avenida Marques Sa da Bandeira 500, Vila do Conde 4480-916, Portugal Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Mediterranean, Sushi, European, Portuguese, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$141 - HK$337 +351 914 135 850
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 243 reviews

Garfo Torto O Restaurante-Bar

Reviewed By Graham F - Colchester, United Kingdom

We visited at lunchtime at the end of a week in the area. Refreshing change, seemingly very professional at first - we ordered, had a few nibbles then waited 40 minutes for our food.
Lots of waiting staff and not enough chefs/cooks.
The positive side is that it is a nice space and if you have a window seat you have a view of the river.

9. Salitre

Avenida dos Banhos 10, Vila do Conde 4485-691, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner HK$141 - HK$290 +351 22 928 2918
Excellent
56%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 279 reviews

Salitre

Reviewed By CanadaMapleSyrup - Oakville, Canada

This seafood restaurant was recommended by our hotel host. It is a short drive from the Casa Mindela Guesthouse (near Porto airport) to the little village of Vilo do Conde, on the west coast, north of Porto. We are Canadian so we don't mind eating earlier than Europeans, and this meant that we arrived early and got one of the tables beside the window. The owner Patricia, spoke perfect English and was very helpful with the menu, and wine list. We enjoyed a mixed seafood platter, fresh catch of the day, lightly grilled to perfection. The strawberry pavlova for dessert was exquisite. All of this followed by an amazing sunset view (see picture).
Arrive at 7:00 pm opening or make Reservations to get best table.

10. Restaurante Doca

Largo do Ribeirinho 5, Vila do Conde 4480-709, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi European, Portuguese, Mediterranean, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +351 252 642 106
Excellent
39%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 196 reviews

Restaurante Doca

Reviewed By John C

They keep bringing starters you haven't ordered which are charged for. The pork came raw which they acknowledged but when it came out again it was so over cooked had trouble chewing it. They made no concession on the bill. With all the lovely friendly restaurants in vila do conde give this one a miss.

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