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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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196 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were told by some locals to pay it a call and we did so on a Saturday evening. The first time we passed in front of it at 7ish it was crowded so we decided to have a drink somewhere else. Later, at 8.30 we went back and saw a couple of tables free so we popped in and... More 

Thank stendek
Preston, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great local food and a reasonable cost. Nothing not to like! It looks quite basic but has a nice relaxed atmosphere. Cuisine in Portuguese - lots of meat & fish dishes. Delicious. It does get busy.

Thank WellBrungedUp
Thornhill, Canada
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unpretentious place in Gaia, recommended to us by our B&B hostess. We are a family of five, so value becomes an important consideration. This is the place for good Portuguese food, wine, and all in good value. We loved some of the tapas and mainly the main dishes. Everybody was happy by the Portuguese Sandwich, chorizo on the grill, and... More 

Thank Rigatoni01
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

A local recommended us to come to this restaurant and it did not let us down. Great food, great portions and reasonable prices. It's off the main promenade with all the touristic restaurants over-looking the city of Porto, but worth it.

Thank Mister5214
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

We were in Oporto with family and the owner of another restaurant that was full recommended this one and since it was next door he did the reservation for our 9 person group. We showed up, the reservation was on the book but we were told to wait until the table was clear in 20mins. We went for a walk... More 

New York City, New York
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118 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 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 

Thank aroundjenn
Almancil, Portugal
1 review
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 

Thank christopherstretton
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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163 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
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 

Thank ian h
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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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246 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
European, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?