Best Restaurants in the Douro Valley: From Fine Dining to Hidden Gem Tabernas

When organizing your Douro Valley tour, seizing the chance to have lunch at one of the region’s fantastic new and traditional restaurants is a must.

Over the past few years, smajor wine companies like Sogrape and Symington and teamed up with renowned Michelin-star chefs bringing culinary excellence to spectacular locations in the Douro Valley.

I have listed a number of interesting new restaurants by praised famous chefs and young rising stars as well as excellent traditional family-run establishments offering a genuine taste of the region’s culinary heritage. 

Booking reservations in advance is highly recommended to ensure you secure a spot at these sought-after dining establishments.  Keep in mind that some restaurants are closed on Mondays and Sundays.  Off-season hours may vary as well. 

Bomfim 1896 is located at Quinta do Bomfim in Pinhão, which has been the home of Dow’s Port since 1896. This restaurant is a collaboration between the famous Porto-born chef Pedro Lemos and Symington Family Estates.

Chef Pedro Lemos became well-known through his restaurant, “Pedro Lemos,” in the prestigious Foz area of Porto, which earned him a Michelin star in 2014.  He is known for focusing on local products of the highest quality.

The restaurant has a lovely design and offers excellent views. The open kitchen at Bomfim 1896 lets you see the chefs at work.  With views of the Douro River, the atmosphere is warm and romantic, making it a great place for a special dining experience.  For the best experience, I recommended booking a table by the window. 

The wine list is one of the best in the area, and the menu is simple with only several choices all of which are quite impressive. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a delightful dessert on the terrace with a view of the Douro River.

I came to Cozinha da Clara twice and had excellent lunch both times.

Situated on the shore of the scenic Douro River at Quinta de La Rosa, it offers breathtaking views of the river and the hills providing an idyllic backdrop for dining.  

The restaurant has modern design, however the menu is based on Portuguese traditional foods and features cod, octopus, ribeye and goat meat stew.  Pair them with the wines of Quinta de la Rosa produced on site and finish your meal with a glass of their fantastic port wine.

Parking was a bit difficult there.  However, if the weather is nice you can stroll along the river from the village of Pinhão for 15-20 minutues.  

Service is not the very fast, but very friendly and helpful.  Highly recommended!

Terrace of Seixo restaurant. Courtesy of Quinta do Seixo.

Nestled atop a picturesque vineyard at Quinta do Seixo, the new restaurant by chef Vasco Coelho Santos offers exquisite food, phenomenal service and breathtaking views.  In my humble opinion, some of the best views in the entire Douro Valley are from the tasting room of Quinta do Seixo and from the terrace of the new restaurant.  

The concept of the restaurant is a refined spin on traditional Portuguese dishes, each artfully executed to perfection.  

Seixo features an excellent wine list as well.  All Portuguese wine regions are presented here.  Of course, at the top of the wine list is the legendary Barca Velha by Casa Fererrinha

Aneto & Table is a restaurant by the Aneto Wines company, a family business in the Douro Valley.  The restaurant can be found nearby Peso da Régua train station.  I recommend Aneto & Table to those who look for quality meal at reasonable prices in a cozy environment.

Aneto & Table creates high-quality dishes with a modern touch and pair each of them with one of the Aneto Wines.  The pairing suggestions are on the menu, just enjoy the combination suggested by the chef. 

This is a a cozy place with friendly table service and a fresh vibe.  I definitely recommend booking in advance as the restaurant has just a few tables which gets reserved fast. 


Established in 2011, Toca da Raposa is situated in the heart of the village of Ervedosa, right alongside the scenic N-222 road that winds its way through the picturesque Douro Valley. The journey to reach this charming restaurant is a true delight, providing captivating views throughout.

At Toca da Raposa, indulge in traditional homemade Portuguese cuisine. The restaurant boasts an outstanding wine selection, and the service is both amiable and efficient.

My personal favorite from their menu is the roasted pork leg, perfectly complemented by incredibly flavorful potatoes.


Courtesy of Castas e Pratos

Castas e Pratos is a higher end dining spot with modern and creative cuisine.

Located in a cozy barn near the Peso da Régua train station next to Aneto & Table, this place serves top quality food paired with excellent wines.  This is a true wine-lover paradise as implied by its name translated from Portuguese as Wine Varieties and Dishes.

Expert advice: do not forego a dessert at Castos e Pratos.  They are delicious!

Castas e Pratos require a reservation.

Address: Av. José Vasques Osório, Peso da Régua, 5050

+351 254 323 290


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Polina Spirova

A sommelier and a wine tour guide. I travel all around Portugal collecting the best wineries to visit, best places to stay and eat.

I organize wine tours in the Douro Valley.

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