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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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New York City, New York
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When the locals are lining up to get in, you know it's good. We went around 12:30 and we're seated promptly. Even then the tables were packed. Generous portions, very fresh and savory. The staff is warm and friendly. Two entrees and a half bottle came out to approx 30€. By the time we were done there was a line.... More 

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Almancil, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We are English and live in Portugal so we know a little about good Portuguese lunches! After a tour of the port houses we came across this fabulous little restaurant which was packed with locals when other restaurants nearby were not which normally means it must be good food and value. We had a superb traditional lunch of the day... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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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.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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236 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 258 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 

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Modderfontein, South Africa
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68 reviews
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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.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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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 

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london
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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 

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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.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
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?