The Minho restaurants

Top Choice Portuguese in Campo do Gerês

O Abocanhado

With its stunning panoramic terrace high above the Rio Homem, this gorgeously situated restaurant is a temple to the finest ingredients that the surrounding countryside has to offer, including javali (wild boar), ve…
Top Choice Portuguese in Ponte de Lima

A Carvalheira

For superb food and an excellent wine list, head for this charming stone-walled restaurant in pretty countryside 5km southeast of town. Order ahead if you want the regional favourite – arroz de sarrabulho (stewed ri…
Top Choice Tapas in Guimarães

Résvés

The upstairs restaurant and the downstairs bar are equally inviting at this newcomer opposite one of Guimarães prettiest squares. Feast on tapas or grilled meat on the 1st-floor terrace or sip drinks in the grassy b…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Guimarães

A Cozinha

Awarded a Michelin star in November 2018 after only two years in business, António Loureiro's intimate restaurant is Guimarães' newest go-to address. The parade of artfully presented amuse-bouches, market-fresh main…
Top Choice Fusion in Braga

Casa de Pasto das Carvalheiras

This colourful eatery with a long bar serves up delectable, weekly changing pratinhos (small plates), from codfish confit with bok choy and noodles, to mushrooms with creamy polenta, to tasty cakes of alheira (a lig…
Top Choice Portuguese in Viana do Castelo

O Marquês

A tremendous backstreet find, this place is absolutely jammed with locals for the platos do dia (daily specials; €6). Think baked cod with white beans or roasted turkey leg with potatoes and salad. It’s a friendly, …
Top Choice Cafe in Braga

Livraria Centésima Página

Tucked inside Centésima Página, an absolutely splendid bookshop with foreign-language titles, this charming cafe serves a rotating selection of tasty quiches along with salads and desserts, and has outdoor tables in…
Portuguese in Braga

Brac

This gourmet hotspot offers tasty entradas (appetizers) at the backlit bar, along with more elaborate dishes – Brazilian-style moqueca (seafood stew), rice with black pork and pleurotus mushrooms – in the swank ston…
Portuguese in Valença do Minho

Fronteira Gastrobar

Below the fortifications, near the bridge to Spain, this low-key place serves a wallet-friendly 'pilgrim's lunch' (€7) every weekday to recharge the batteries of Santiago-bound pilgrims. There's a lovely umbrella-sh…
Seafood in Viana do Castelo

Casa Primavera

At this authentic fishermen's hole-in-the-wall decorated with framed pictures of boats, locals gather in the late afternoon for small plates of shrimp and other seafood snacks washed down with champarrião, a classic…