Where to Eat in Braga: The Best Restaurants and Bars

February 15, 2018 Tambra Mccollister

Sometimes called the “Portuguese Rome” for its many churches, Braga is an ancient town in northwest Portugal. Its history and livelihood are tied to Christianity dating to the 3rd century. The city’s 12th-century Sé (Cathedral) is still one of the most popular attractions. Just outside of town lies the renowned Bom Jesus de Monte pilgrimage sanctuary, with its striking Baroque stairway. After dark, the stoic town turns upside down, with a rich nightlife thanks to its many university students.
Things to do in Braga

1. Gosto Superior

Praca Mouzinho de Albuquerque 29, Braga 4710-301, Portugal Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 234 reviews

Gosto Superior

Reviewed By Stella_1834 - London, United Kingdom

We had a great vegetarian meal and I am not a vegetarian so often sceptical but was really pleasantly surprised and would highly recommend it to both vegetarians and non- vegetarians. Amazing value for money and great desserts too - especially the apple crumble. It got busy at around 20.30 so would either book or get there early!

2. Restaurante Cozinha da Se

Rua Dom Frei Caetano Brandao 95, Braga 4700-031, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +351 (0)253277343
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 977 reviews

Restaurante Cozinha da Se

In the land of Archbishops and the edge of the Cathedral is a house that lives differently day and night. Restaurant during mealtimes, turns into a bar with live music the night away. The decor is a mix of various styles and eras, beginning with the ancient stone walls, contrasting with modern lamps and bold, colorful paintings as well as contemporary art. In the table, the art goes through dishes like feijoada octopus, cod and skewered with bread sticks bull laurel.

Reviewed By bnbass - Hilversum, The Netherlands

Nice place and a good crew that gove you a great night out. The Portugese kitchen seems simple but it is all in the small details and herbs. That is what they understood in this place with touches of safraan, coriander and other spices gracing your taste buds. And for desert, the waiter refused to let us go before we tasted the famous Podim Abade de Priscos. If we tell you what's in it you probably don't want to eat it...but do...in one word marvellous.

3. Paulo Padeiro

Rua Americo Ferreira de Carvalho 94, Braga 4715-001, Portugal Takeout, Reservations Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +351 965 242 333
Excellent
59%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 170 reviews

Paulo Padeiro

Reviewed By Maphysto - Bonn, Germany

This is a place we would never have found without tripadvisor. Located in a residential area quite a bit off the main tourist routes, this is an inconspicuous place with little effort wasted on decoration. Costumers seem to be mostly local families who enjoy the delicious goat that is the house specialty. We were delighted. Simply good meat perfectly prepared, with excellent roasted potatoes, a nice tomato salad, and a truly excellent red vinho verde to go with this. The service was very friendly, too. Well worth the rather long walk.

4. Sao Frutuoso

Rua Costa Gomes 168 | Real, Braga 4700-262, Portugal Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$141 - HK$290 +351 253 623 372
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 900 reviews

Sao Frutuoso

Situated just outside Braga, near the chapel of St. Frutuoso of Visigothic Montélios, this space is where the art of cooking and hospitality are always present. Restaurant with more than 30 years, a landmark in the city, bleached so original, presents an extremely welcoming.

Reviewed By yupersik

We found this restaurant thanks to reviews on TripAdvisor in other way it is quite complicated to find it because it is situated a little bit off the beaten pass.
Once we entered it was clear that it was a very ancient traditional restaurant due to its interior. Rocky walls and wooden furniture. Later we found out there also was an inner open Terrace.
The menu was written by hand in Portuguese so it was quite hard to understand what was it about but the waiter kindly explained us all the positions and stressed the ones that were specials that particular day. We had a Coq and a Veal. Both stewed and garnished with some vegetables. The waiter also recommended us the size of the dishes and its appropriate quantities. Everything with desserts and a bottle of wine summed up to about 60€.
Both dishes tasted greatly! It was the real Portuguese home cooking. If we ever return to Braga, we will be sure to come back to this restaurant.

5. Naco NA Pedra

Rua Fernando de Oliveira Guimaraes 38 | 4710-392, Braga 4710-392, Portugal Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi European, Portuguese, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner +351 253 218 028
Excellent
55%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Naco NA Pedra

Reviewed By CarlosSantos - Porto, Portugal

For over 15 years that this restaurant is an icon of Braga (the third-largest city in Portugal).
The food is without fail, amazing whether you go for the "Tibornada de Bacalhau (Cod fish)" or for the great success of the Chef Vitor "Posta à Mirandesa".. I can also highly recommend "Espeto de Picanha" (Tender loin on the spit). Among several Deserts I would like to mention the favourites "Crepe à Naco" and "Baba de Camelo ". In addition to a warm atmosphere, some times with live music, the staff is very efficient and courteous. Concerning the wines, they have a wide list to pamper any appreciator. The prices are very reasonable and most of the courses are enough for two. When in Braga look for the NACO NA PEDRA at Rua Fernado Oliveira Guimarães 38 and do not forget to book for dinner. Phone 253218028. Enjoy your meal!|

6. Tasquinha Dom Ferreira

Rua de Sao Vicente, Braga 4705-341, Portugal Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +351 253 262 870
Excellent
65%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 135 reviews

Tasquinha Dom Ferreira

Reviewed By selos10 - los angeles

Our party of four ordered 3 dishes: arroz pato (duck rice), feijoada with white beans and pork chops. They were all very good but I specially enjoyed the duck rice. It is a worthwhile choice and given a chance i would order it again. The dishes were well prepared and presented. The prices were also very reasonable!

7. Restaurante Tia Isabel

Rua Engenheiro Afonso Jose da Fonseca, Braga 4715-123, Portugal Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Healthy, Portuguese, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$94 - HK$243 +351 253 053 740
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 428 reviews

Restaurante Tia Isabel

The restaurant aunt Isabel's Mission is the relentless pursuit of the best quality/price ratio with regard to the services it provides. In fact, this is the only way we make sense, and we must realize that, from this point of view, our Mission is never depleted! That is our main challenge and our biggest motivation factor and it is with that spirit that we open the doors every day. Come meet our specialties as we are sure you will like it. Or rather, there is at least one certainty that we take for granted and that nobody takes: is that we will always, always, our best, to provide you an excellent meal. For many years we've been on the other side, and we know well, how satisfying it is, reach the end of a meal and say ... I'M GLAD WE CAME HERE!!! We fought for it!

Reviewed By Bobby416

Visited the restaurant on advice of trip advisor. Fairly small establishment so would recommend making a booking. Very pleasant staff, nice ambience. We were presented with a computer tablet to view the menu & drink options in English, and order what we wanted. A nice idea with pictures and descriptions, although sometimes a little confusing to get right portion sizes. Many locals present and appeared to have the roast lamb, their specialty, we opted for the chicken and veal rollover, both delicious. Pleasant meal but not sure we would go back a second time.

8. Bira dos Namorados

Rua Dom Goncalo Pereira 85 | Rua D. Gonçalo Pereira, 85, Braga 4700-032, Portugal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Bar, European, Portuguese, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$78 - HK$78 +351 253 039 571
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 965 reviews

Bira dos Namorados

Bira dos namorados - a space with love in Braga Situated in one of the prime areas of the city of archbishops, near the Cathedral of Braga, Bira dos Namorados is a space blends tradition with innovation in a space that joins fast food with a Regional Store and Coffee Concert. With signature dishes of a hamburger, Bira, as it is commonly known, offers prices that are friends of the purse, to prowl around the house from € 5 to € 8. "It's a very nice space, an inviting space with a modern versatility and sympathy in attendance," said Jose Baptista, one of the customers. Despite recent, Bira dos Namorados space has conquered the heart of Braga, fulfilling one of the objectives of the project. Food With names of Portuguese dances, each dish cooked by the chef acquires the essence of a traditional Portuguese dance. The "Bailinho" is the hamburger that most distinguishes in the portfolio from Bira, grilled burger with beef, cheese island, caramelized banana, bacon and garlic mayonnaise. Already elected nail is the "Danca na Roda" which features grilled beef, brie cheese, ham and garlic butter. Team Owned by a young and irreverent couple, the team at Bira dos Namorados is composed of new people, the kitchen is led by chef Joao Tiago Sa that, despite 23 years, cooked products with different textures and flavors. Mariana and Diogo, owners and lovers, consider this space reflects the pride they have in their country and the love that unites them.

Reviewed By Paulo C

It's a small and very peculiar restaurant where the specialty are "home made" burgers.
Each Burger has a funny name and they have a very good mix of ingredients to achieve very tasty and unique burgers.
It's a unique experience and not to miss when visiting Braga.

9. Retrokitchen

Rua do Anjo | No 96, Braga 4700-305, Portugal Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +351 253 267 023
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 418 reviews

Retrokitchen

Reviewed By davyboy56 - Wigan, United Kingdom

portions small pre heated food not for me called here because of the reviews sorry can't agree found them to be misleading

10. Twine Wine & Tapas

Largo de Santa Cruz 28, Braga 4700-322, Portugal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Portuguese, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$47 - HK$196 +351 253 138 658
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 252 reviews

Twine Wine & Tapas

We reinvented the traditional Portuguese cuisine providing you a gastronomic journey. Twine Tasting Life Please note that at lunch hours we work only with a 7€ menu of two dishes (one of fish or one of meat).

Reviewed By xristosoikon1994 - Patras, Greece

perfect meal,wonderful atmosphere,affordable prices and fantastic pastries!! In TWINE restaurant love good wine!! ..I worked there in the context prongramatos erasmous and would like to do it again Thank you for perfect hospitality and for the opportunity to meet so many NEW TASTES

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