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“Book to avoid disappointment”

Ode Porto Wine House
Ranked #17 of 1,678 Restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$64 - US$93
Cuisines: Portuguese, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Welcome to a quite, rustic 19th century house, just in front of river Douro, where Portuguese wine and food are the perfect excuse to forget the world and to enjoy the moment. An open kitchen where we love what we do to whom we do. A wide variety of Portuguese wines (15 by the glass) from which you can choose. Far from confusion, protected yet exposed, we look to pay an Ode to those who visit us - our guests. Relax. Fell at home.
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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“Book to avoid disappointment”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

We called into Ode on our first night in Porto and were lucky enough to get a table fir two. The owner and his staff were knowledgable and passionate. The owner intervened to get us a table and insisted that we complain to him if even the tiniest thing was not right.

We had the mixed appetisers followed by the pork in orange sauce and finished with their speciality desert, the Grandmother's pudding. All were excellent. We asked for wine recommendations for each course and had a glass of excellent white and red Portuguese wine.

We had a table for two on a raised platform in the corner of the first floor. The service was excellent throughout.

I had one teeny complaint which, as instructed, I shared with the owner at the end of our meal. An unsightly strip light was visible from our table. He said he would have it fixed.

We so much enjoyed our meal that our last task was to book for a second night. Again we had an excellent meal and service. Oh and the owner explained that he had already commissioned an electrician to change the lighting.

If you are going to Porto, do yourself a big favour and book a table at this restaurant. It is small so I would book as early as possible. Note that they are closed Sunday and Monday and only take cash.

PS. They also sell a range of excellent ports they make themselves under the Ode label.

  • Visited April 2014
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Vantaa, Finland
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“Don't miss this”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

If you're in Porto, this place is a must. If you can, get a table on the second floor, by the window. The view is nice. Even if you can't, it's still a nice place with a nice mood, great food and a friendly service. Perhaps a bit pricey for Portugal, but you gladly pay a bit more for a meal of this quality.

  • Visited April 2014
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ODEPorto, Proprietário at Ode Porto Wine House, responded to this review, 19 April 2014
Dear Tommi462

Thank you for your feedback. We´re glad we´ve met your expectations.
Please feel invited to visit us again.
Our home is your home.
Best regards.
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Porto, Portugal
2 reviews
“Good restaurant, but €50 per person and must pay IN CASH?”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Everything was good or very good except the octopus. The wine list is big and has very good choices of portuguese wine. Service was friendly but not very professional. Ther price is too high and you must pay in cash???? The bill is writen by hand in a little paper label...

  • Visited April 2014
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ODEPorto, Proprietário at Ode Porto Wine House, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Dear José C

Thank you for your comment. Sadly you neglected some important information. We always inform by phone and by email, as in the outside menu and even in the inside menu: "Payment only by cash" As we always inform that for our guests comfort, there are 2 bank machines at less than 1 minute away. Walking!
Sadly you also forgot to mention what is written in the welcome letter: "please feel at great ease to ask for any advice or to inform us if something isn’t as expected." regarding the octopus issue or service faults? We would have appreciated and therefor improved in the moment, for exemple, serving another dish.
There is no mandatory 50€ consumption. The prices reflect what our kind guests ask for.
The bill is proudly written by hand in a little paper label, that happens to be very rare, like in the very old times. We consider it as a tribute to our guests. Please excuse our fault.

Best regards. At your service.
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Zürich
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Amazing!!”
Reviewed 9 April 2014

My partner and I visited this place two years ago, but it just occured to me that I never wrote a review. It was incredible (so good, we went twice!) The food, the service, the atmosphere. The owner has a very clear concept, including local produce and design, and it really works. A MUST when visiting Porto!

  • Visited May 2013
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Sydney
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“Another TA top tip”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

TA comes up trumps again here.

Modern, innovative fresh produce in a funky setting back rom the river.

You need to book as it gets very busy and is only a small resturant.

Entree was a selection of olives/bread and cured pork with olive oil - simple but very good.

The grilled octopus was tender and tasy. Recommended. The pork was good, but did not rise to the lofty levels of the octopus.

Cash only! Great value for the food quality and service.

  • Visited April 2014
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