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“Very good quality meal, with friendly chef, attentive staff and intimate atmosphere”

Ode Porto Wine House
Ranked #20 of 1,840 Restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$68 - US$98
Cuisines: Portuguese, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, 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.
Reviewed 9 May 2014

This was the best dining experience we had whilst in Porto. Firstly, there is the setting. It was intimate to say the least. The place is locked and we had to knock on a door to be let in. We had a room to ourselves (single table) and at times forgot we were in a restaurant. Secondly, the staff were friendly and attentive. The chef even stopped by to chat and discuss the dishes and the sourcing of the ingredients. Thirdly, the food was of high quality and one could tell that the ingredients were fresh. The lamb curry was cooked just right, with a mild sauce that wasn't buttery or too rich. The steak was tender and juicy. And the desserts? The chocolate fondant + homemade sorbet is worth a mention.

Any missteps? The Portuguese practice of serving bread with olive oil (without balsamic vinegar) needs some getting used to. It just tastes a bit bland when one is used to the vinegar mixed in.

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Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

The food is good and the service is excellent. However we found it a bit pricey comparing to the average Porto food quality, which is quite high anyway. I understand that they want to create a particular dining concept, but due to the high level of intimacy it may result in an uncomfortable atmosphere for somebody. Please let some air in, it was so warm and cosy that we almost fell asleep. What's the story with paying cash only? No clue. Overall a nice dining experience, but I would have been happier paying 30% less.

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Reviewed 1 May 2014

It was a great experience! We had the most natural cooked food with the best ingredients. The menu is not extensive but comprises the main traditional products of the region. Starters are also the typical best products, Portugal can offer. There is an open kitchen where you can see what is being cooked. From what I could experience, Reservations are mandatory. Will be back.

2  Thank Magda96
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Located in heart of Ribeira historic area of Porto. Great setting, especially if you're able to score the window table. Food is fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. Fantastic flavours and (despite what some suggest in earlier reviews) priced appropriately for the quality of the food (20 € for mains). Staff were welcoming and attentive, though attention to the food tended to leave our glasses empty, but nothing we couldn't sort for ourselves! Worth the experience if visiting Porto.

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Lovely welcome from a warm host with a good team that really seemed to care about the food and its origins as well as making guests feel comfortable and valued. Lots of locally sourced ingredients (99% was claimed)- seemed odd though that the only white fish main course was Icelandic Cod - it was a delicious, well cooked piece of fish but seemed out of place on a menu extolling its local sourcing. Would recommend swordfish escabeche starter and also octopus main which was memorable. Great desserts too.

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