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Rui Paula DOP

#45 of 1,446 Restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
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Largo Sao Domingos 18 | Largo de S. Domingos, 18, Porto 4050-545, Portugal
+351 22 201 4313
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:30
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Tue - Sat 12:30 - 15:30
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Lorain, Ohio
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2015 via mobile

Contrary to a previous reviewer's comments, this place is not overrated or overpriced. It is a fine dining restaurant with fresh food made in a designer fashion. We arrived just after 9pm and though without reservations, we immediately seated in a cat-bird like seat overlooking the kitchen. The staff was super polite and no fewer than five engaged us at... More 

1 Thank FoxChavez
Sanur, Indonesia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2015 via mobile

We were very excited to go here after all the reviews but we found the meal to be overrated and overpriced. The portions are very small, which can be expected in a fancy place, but couple that with awful service and we were not happy with our experience. The servers took forever to bring us small things like water and... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2015

Wow is all we can say--except maybe perfection! The food was fabulous, every course. It was innovative and different while at the same time welcoming and exciting. It is difficult to select one dish which everyone thought was the best as they were all great. The wine sections were outstanding for every course. Of course the service was wonderful, as... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2015

Even though I found the atmosphere of the restaurant a bit cold, we really enjoyed the culinary experience. Impeccable service and excellent food. Each dish was original, tasty and nicely presented. Highly recommended for food and wine lovers.

1 Thank Sebastien B
Taipei, Taiwan
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015

Absolutely great!!!! The meal, the service, the interior decoration. Especially one of my friends is a vegetarian, and turned out she likes the risotto very much. It’s a release for me, because it is very difficult to find vegetarian food in Portugal. I personally like the grilled garlic shrimp a lot, it’s the best one I had in Portugal.

Thank Quei-hua
Columbus, Ohio
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231 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015

Everything here is absolutely wonderful: the atmosphere, the service, and of course, the food. I had one of the best pastas I had ever tasted. My husband started with mouth watering clams followed by sea bass. Every dish is prepared in a creative manner. We were shopping for a restaurant to hold a rehearsal dinner. This restaurant could not accommodate... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2015

We already made a review of this restaurant last year. Coming back in Porto we visited it again. The food was even better than last year. This is one of the best restaurants of Porto. So far - after the Yeatman in Villa Nova - the best we visited in several years

1 Thank ELJMG
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2015 via mobile

We had been told that Rui Paul was an exciting chef, and we were not disappointed. We were allowed to create our own tasting menu, featuring some gorgeous octopus cerviche and bream, and the sommelier chose a wonderful range of Portuguese wines, and a couple of cheeky madeiras, to compliment them. The welcome was warm and the service was amazing!... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2015 via mobile

Food taste really nice, staff are very friendly, you get fantastic choose of local wines. Prices are high. Dressing like a tourist with jeans and jackets on a rainy day is probably the wrong outfit to get there and to notice that your jacket was left intentionally on the floor by the receptionist and not hanged properly is very disappointing.

Thank SajaChu
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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2015

Went here after a match and we combined food with a wine tasting. Excellent food well prepared, very attentive service and the wines that accompanied the meal were well chosen

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
19:30 - 23:00
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:30
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:30
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:30
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:30
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Largo Sao Domingos 18 | Largo de S. Domingos, 18, Porto 4050-545, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Porto
  • Phone Number: +351 22 201 4313
In the first quarter of 2010, Rui Paula returned to his homeland, OPorto, with the opening of the DOP restaurant. The new space is situated in the Palace of the Arts - Talent Factory, in Largo de S. Domingos in the historic city center, classified as World Heritage. This building is full of history.
It began as the S. Domingos Convent and remained active since the fourteenth century, as a venue for auctions and council meetings. In 1834, served as the headquarters of the Lisbon (later Portugal Bank), and between 1934 and 1989 hosted the Douro Insurance Company.
The Palace of Arts, now under the jurisdiction of the Youth Foundation, aims to "establish itself as a center of creativity and innovation of national and international excellence, professionally promoting young designers / artists, and be the dynamic center of the historic center as a cluster of arts and creative industries, enhancing its ability to attract creative professionals and tourism."
The concept of the Palace of Arts fits perfectly in the Rui Paula project, who understands the gastronomy field as a creation with a strong cultural component. DOP has been designed to operate as a good taste, space cosmopolitan and yet familiar, and the generator of exciting dining experiences.
The restaurant, with capacity for 65 people is provided with the latest equipment and has two distinct and complementary spaces: one show cooking, where the service is faster and more economical, and a traditional but innovative cuisine and dinning room.

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