Restaurants in Douro Valley you don’ t want to miss
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Douro Gastronomy: a genuine sensorial experience!
Get to know the best restaurants in Douro Valley and meet the flavors of the rich and varied Douro gastronomy where Mediterranean cuisine stands out. Our cuisine reflects the people’s history and delights its visitors with several regional specialties: the succulent lamb with rice and roasted potatoes cooked on wood ovens, the marrã, the various codfish dishes, broad beans with chouriço and the bôla of Lamego, among many, many other typical gastronomic delicacies. As for the desserts, the wide conventual sweets such as milhos doces, the toucinho-do-céu pudding, the burnt leite-creme and sopa doce are required.
“Amazing food and great Douro wines…” Pam
With a suspended terrace looking over the river Douro and a magnificent view to your delight, Chef Rui Paula’s cuisine absorbs inspiration from the Northeast Douro region with the chef’s personal touch. There, contemporary and traditional gastronomy combine in a perfect symbiosis. The restaurant offers a relaxed and exquisite environment for the degustation of your meal. You must have the milk-fed goat kid, maronesa veal, the fresh fish, the octopus and shelfish, each with their own wine pairing, since this is a wine restaurant.
This traditional restaurant in front of Tua railway station with views to river Douro serves both river fish and game dishes like veal and wild boar.
CASTAS & PRATOS
Placed on the old railway warehouses of Peso da Régua train station, this restaurant with appealing and sui generis decoration serves traditional dishes as well as regional tapas. It’s worth mentioning the excellent wine variety and exterior space where you can order your degustation menu.
Placed in Alijó, this restaurant is still a reference when it comes to gastronomy by using the very best local goods; don´t miss their maronesa veal and roasted lamb.
This typical restaurant is situated in Provesende Wine Village. Graça is the soul of this homy space, where you can taste regional snacks and delicacies made by her. Once there, one should try the roasted pork knee, the honey, the jam, the local olives and a bunch of other things made with Port wine.
QUINTA DA PACHECA RESTAURANT
Integrated in the magnificent Pacheca Winery, the restaurant offers traditional dishes reinvented and made by the Chef Carlos Pires. The harmonization is a match made in heaven with Pacheca wines, in a perfect combination between the green theme decoration and the Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro’s pottery. We suggest the codfish dishes, the vegetable risotto and the roasted octopus. For dessert, ask for the chocolate duo, the fruit cup or the creme brûlée.
TASCA DA QUINTA
Manuela and her son welcome us in their little restaurant close to Douro’s Museum in Peso da Régua. With a regional decoration, you can count with a handful of snacks and treats such as a mushroom açorda, various cheeses and presunto, scrambled eggs, just to name a few, all accompanied with very good wine from regional small producers of outstanding quality. For dessert, order the apple pie.
TOCA DA RAPOSA
The warm welcome by Maria do Rosário and her mother, D. Maria da Graça (the house cook) is by itself a good reason for a visit to this restaurant. The dishes are rich and plentifull: the cod with corn, one of Douro’s oldest recipes; the broadbeans’ stew, the boar chanfana, the fox’s stew, the grape harvest bread, the codfish açorda with cabage, the quail açorda… For dessert we recommend the one made with dried fruits (mainly pinions and lagar wine) or the Port pudding. Don’t forget to try their awarded wine list too.
SIX SENSES RESTAURANT
The restaurant of the famous Six Senses Hotel in Lamego bets on the quality of their ingredients, both coming from the region and their own biological vegetable garden. With various interior and exterior spaces to have your meal, game meat included on the menu, the restaurant is a reference for its authenticity and produce freshness. It is also possible to book a cooking class for groups.
On Pinhão’s wharf, this restaurant with slate walls has terrace over the douro river. Awarded several times in regional gastronomic contests, its menu presents both grilled meat and fishes, as well as a good selection of salads. For dessert, order the drunk cake.
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