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This restaurant in a contemporary - style is beside the Douro river and has an attractive terrace over the river. Enjoy the good views and taste its tr...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Very comfortable restaurant
O DOC é um espaço para “Degustar Ousar Comunicar” onde Rui Paula, com um olhar moderno e inventivo, faz da cozinha um laboratório histórico baseado em várias gerações de receitas culinárias. Aqui, cada refeição é um momento único e especial. Da sala envidraçada ou da esplanada suspensa no rio, a vista é arrebatadora: os socalcos de vinhas e xisto, a pacatez das aldeias ribeirinhas, os comboios a passar na outra margem quebrando, momentaneamente, a quietude do vale, os barcos de grande porte levando os turistas para lá do Douro Internacional… O DOC funciona como uma janela aberta sobre este cenário arrebatador, classificado como Património da Humanidade pela UNESCO, em 2011.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, International
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove from Porto to Doc . Amazing location but very windy . Make sure to take a jacket . Food extremely avarage . We choose the Signature menu & were disappointed . Few plates we sent back untouched . We sat out & then...opted for in as it was windy & chilly . The room in looked like a Cafeteria with no soul ! Truly sad to see . I was with a group of friends about 8 years ago at DOP & we raved about the food & presentation . Chef Rui came to talk to us & I remember saying that his food deserved a Micheline star & he responded , that his clients are his stars …. We were soooo impressed & never forgot that meal . Sadly I cannot say the same now . Chef Rui must supervise this jewel of a place & get better sources for his ingriduents …. Otherwise , i feel all will soon go down badly . Sad after a brilliant startMore

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dined here as part of a group off our River Cruise ship, so we were limited to a set, but excellent, menu. The restaurant is in the Michelin guide, and the chef formerly ran a 2 Michelin Star restaurant. We arrived to cocktails and...excellent hors d'oeuvres on the large, beautiful patio right on the Douro River. We also had a local guitarist and singer performing soft Portuguese music for us. For dinner we moved indoors to the stunning decor with wood and glass and high ceilings. The table settings were beautiful. The set menu for our group was octopus carpaccio......paper thin slices with microgreens and very good olive oil; a large, tasty filet of beef, and excellent dessert, with choice of wine. The setting is wonderful and the food was excellent....and I wish I could go back and explore the menu in greater depth.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Super location and setting although we picked a crazy cold day but battled it out to stay outside. The restaurant provided heaters and blankets which was well appreciated. Service was excellent. Food wise - both great meals but I think I was just a little...too cold to fully enjoy / could have picked better. Would come back but recommend sitting inside if windyMore

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 26 August 2021 via mobile

We had a wonderful Sunday lunch here. Food and service were first class. It is a beautiful setting on and above the Douro river. The outside seating is lovely. Nowhere is better in the Douro.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 25 July 2021

Excellent food and outstanding service. Very nice location: take a seat outside, much nicer, you will sit right on top of the river, pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. Not a five star as one of the dishes was below expectation. Excellent sommelier and wide variety of...wine choices. Reservation a must.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 25 June 2021

Just one big disappointment. From taking the glasses and plates out half full to completely lacking all flavor and an awkward arrogant sommelier. When we expressed our dissapointment on the chicken main course (dry and burnt), and the porc (lacking flavor)., the maitre told us...that it was due to the fact that these werent traditional portuguese dishes. In the end, we did not get any solution and did nor get any apology. Beautiful scenery and fabulous burrata which made this review 2 starsMore

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 5 September 2020

Really great location, beautiful view over the Douro River and really top quality consistent food. Great selection of wines by the glass including some really top bottles thanks to the Vacuvin system they are using that preserve the quality of the wine. I recommend the...Porco Preto ham and the baby goat roasted to perfection. Service was very attentive and effective. The wife of the chef welcome you personally. The menu is really offering a top selection of dishes typically Portuguese with a modern touch. I could have lunch or dinner there every day. Price is very reasonable if compared with the quality of both food and service. Compliment to the chef Rui Paula.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 2 September 2020 via mobile

Reaching out over the great Douro river, this restaurant is an experience of a lifetime. Water views, wonderful staff under the direction of the charming Dona Cristina and the finesse of Chef Rui da Paula . The food is sublime, a carefully crafted menu with...local produce where possible and a great selection of wines. Look for yoursel what is on offer on the changing menu. We have spent many wonderful lunches here , celebratory suppers for our children’s birthdays and it is always an exciting occasion. For food above all, ambience and kind, professional service, this is the best of Portugal in an area really worth visiting. Thank you for our wonderful visits💐More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 31 August 2020 via mobile

Top class food and wine in a delightful location. The platform over the river is spectacular and creates a beautiful setting. Service was first class. A dinner to remember.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 9 July 2020 via mobile

Heaven on the Douro! The food, I mean every single dish, was spectacular. The service was superb and we were never looking around for a server; they magically appeared just when we needed something. A wonderful selection of wines(loved the Sommelier’s pick of Vallegre White...Reserve) and a feeling of contentment. Thank you!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Response from Annie H | Reviewed this property |
Just nice and relaxed clothes :-)
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Response from Paulo S | Reviewed this property |
Boa-tarde, é aconselhável efectuar sempre reserva, para garantir uma mesa.
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DOC - Chef Rui Paula is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5