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Arco Iris

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Rua Candido dos Reis 65, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-072, Portugal
+351 963 524 630
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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164 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Sought refuge during a downpour and were rewarded with a lovely cheap lunch.Excellent veg soup, great bread and a classic francesinha ( a must-do, a large sandwich with beef,sausage and ham coated in grilled cheese and swimming in a piquant soup) a coke and a beer all for 14euros.Obviously beloved by locals who all seemed to have the set lunch... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

The food was great and the service was fantastic. I highly recommend this restaurant especially since pricing is good.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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233 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Situated in a busy little street off the main riverside at Vila Nova de Gaia, this little restaurant offers traditional Portugese food at very reasonable prices. I had already read the recommendations before we passed by on our first evening so the following evening we called in. In the evenings it was quiet, in the afternoons it is packed with... More 

Thank scousemouse
Modderfontein, South Africa
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68 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

A small restaurant where the locals eat. Great value for delicious local food. It was interesting sitting amongst the locals and experiencing the vibe.

Thank Erna A
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

When you see a menu in the local language, jugs of wine on tables, and elderly (usually female) chefs, it's worth exploring further if you like something genuine in a tourist area. Our limited Portuguese and their limited English ( with smiling service) established 'cover style' starters of smoked meats and cheese with really crisp fresh bread, a half litre... More 

Thank Richard A
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

We stumbled across this restaurant more by accident than design and were really pleased with it. It's very much a neighbourhood restaurant with lots of local picking up dishes to take home. It specialises in traditional Porto dishes with a lot of offel on the menu. I tried the chicken with rice and chicken blood which wasn't gruesome but absolutely... More 

Thank tripbug
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

We had the monkfish and prawns. There was still sand inside the prawns and the sauce was rather bland. Can't recommend.

Thank Fynn E
Bath, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

A gem of a restaurant in the side streets of Porto on the port houses side of the river. We arrived just before 1pm and got one of the last available tables. We went for the tourist menu. It was delicious. Freshly cooked sardines, sumptuous salads, tasty bread and fresh, fruity vinho verde. Sometimes, you expect smaller portions for a... More 

Thank PixAl
Istanbul, Turkey
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

When we were walking at the mainstream of Porto, we asked a local person if there is a local restaurant to eat. They suggested this one and when we entered, we asked for an English menu. "Not available" they said, means we were at the right place. The food was incredibly delicious and I like the homemade wine very much.... More 

Thank basartuncel
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015 via mobile

Food is great and fresh Liked it a lot. We came at15:40 it was open and welcoming. The food came really quick and we didn't have to wait to long Great local and cozy resturant

Thank gary g

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Candido dos Reis 65, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-072, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Phone Number: +351 963 524 630

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?