Porto’s best restaurants for large groups

Food & Wine

November 28, 2016

Asked by Vilja, Finland

Asked by Vilja, Finland

I organize private tours in Porto

private tours porto
Check this page for more information or send an email to sara@portoalities.com.

Here is my top list of restaurants for large groups in Porto, with photos, close by attractions, transport and parking information. Enjoy!

The best restaurants in Porto for groups are:

Abadia

Rua Ateneu Comercial do Porto, 22/24
Photo taken from Abadia's facebook page.

Photo taken from Abadia’s facebook page.

Located in the historical centre of downtown Porto, Abadia (which translate to abbey) was founded in 1939. It is said that the name begun in the abbeys where pilgrims, who demand from Santiago de Compostela, rested a few hours, before continuing their way.

Abadia is a rather large restaurant specialised in traditional Portuguese dishes such as Bacalhau à Gomes Sá (grilled codfish), Polvo grelhado à Abadia (grilled octopus) and cabrito assado (roasted lamb), to name just a few. It has at least two large rooms and the service is both friendly and fast, making Abadia the ideal place for both dinner parties, Christmas dinners, anniversaries and even bachelor parties.

Reservations / bookings: Call (+351) 222 008 757 or send an email to geral@abadiadoporto.com
Close to: Nightlife district of Porto; São Bento train station; Majestic Cafe
Access: Subway stations Bolhão, Trindade, Aliados or São Bento
Parking: Paid parks in 1min walking distance

Lado B

Rua Passos Manuel, 190
Photo taken from Lado B's facebook page.

Photo taken from Lado B’s facebook page.

I have already told you about Lado B on my article about the best restaurants for francesinha, the famous sandwich from Porto. But Lado B deserves to be mentioned once again on this blog as it is not only an amazing place for francesinha but also for group dinners 🙂 It has a large room at the front where you can easily fit a group of 20 people, and on the back it has a small room that is perfect if you’re looking for some privacy.

Specialities of the house include francesinhas, burgers, grilled steaks and hot dogs. And for dessert ask for an apple crumble with vanilla ice cream, take my word for it 😉

Reservations / bookings: Call (+351) 222 014 269
Close to: Nightlife district of Porto; São Bento train station; Majestic Cafe
Access: Subway stations Bolhão, Trindade, Aliados or São Bento
Parking: Paid parks in 1min walking distance

Adega do Carregal

Travessa do Carregal, 102

porto best restaurants for large groups adega do carregalTaberna do Carregal is an old affair of mine since I look at a beautiful pumpkin they had over the counter and the waiter simply gave it to me (true story!). Since then I have been going to this typical Portuguese restaurant quite regularly, to enjoy their a – ma – zing traditional dishes such as Tripas à Moda do Porto (the famous tripes’ dish) or Rojões (pork cubes fried in pork’s fat and blood, mixed up with potatoes).

This restaurant has a single large room, with a rustic yet very cosy decor,  where you can easily fit two groups of thirty people. The staff is the most friendly you can imagine and the location is superb – on a tiny alley at downtown Porto, which means that it is not overpacked with tourists. I can only highly recommend you this restaurant!

Reservations / bookings: Call (+351) 222 081 200
Close to: Nightlife district of Porto; Hospital Santo António; Crystal Palace Gardens
Parking: Paid parks in 1 min walking distance

Da Terra

Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, 249

porto best restaurants for large groups da terra

Photos taken from Da Terra's facebook page.

Photos taken from Da Terra’s facebook page.

I wouldn’t leave out a vegetarian / vegan option out from this list of best restaurants for large groups. Therefore, my choice goes for Da Terra, a charming buffet restaurant to which I go on a regular basis. I particularly like Da Terra as it has a practical and unpretentious concept, ideal for an informal lunch or dinner: you have a fixed price for a very generous and varied buffet with soup, salads and very creative and tasty cold and hot dishes. This fixed price does not include drinks or desserts, which are paid separately, but an entire meal will rarely get you above 15€ – and trust me, you’ll leave this restaurant very, very satisfied.

I already organised some group dinners on this restaurant so I am safe to say that you can fit a group of 30 people in Da Terra.

Ideal for: vegetarian and vegan
Reservations / bookings: Call (+351) 223 199 257
Important info: This restaurant does not accept ANY card, you have to pay in cash.
Close to: São Bento train station; Ribeira (Unesco’s world heritage); Cathedral of Porto
Parking: Paid parks in 5/10 min walking distance

If you’re enjoying this article, don’t forget to pin it for later:

Restaurante da Cooperativa Árvore

Rua Azevedo Albuquerque, 1

porto best restaurants for large groups restaurante da cooperativa arvore porto best restaurants for large groups restaurante da cooperativa arvore detailsÁrvore is a cooperative founded in 1963 by artists, writers, architects and intellectuals interested in creating new conditions for cultural production and diffusion in Porto. Therefore, as you can imagine, this placed is highly considered by the inhabitants of Porto for its cultural value.

Now there is another reason to visit Árvore, which is its restaurant that has a fabulous view towards Jardim das Virtudes and the Douro river, both from the restaurant itself as well as from its esplanade. Inside, it can easily fits around 50 people.

From Monday to Friday this restaurant serves an executive menu with a starter, main dish, dessert, drink and coffee for 8,5€. You can also choose from the menu, with a good variety of starters and traditional Portuguese dishes. If you are a vegetarian do not worry, they have an option or two (also on the executive menu).

Due to this magical combination of factors, Árvore Restaurante is highly seek for wedding anniversaries, birthdays, professional gatherings, etc so make sure you book it in advance!

Ideal for: those looking for a more intimate group dinner
Reservations / bookings: Call (+351) 919 544 881
Close to: Passeio das Virtudes; Nightlife district of Porto
Parking: Paid park in 5/10 min walking distance

Casa D’Oro

Rua do Ouro, 797

porto best restaurants for large groups casa dOroporto best restaurants for large groups casa dOro detailsSet between Rua do Ouro and the Douro River, Casa D’Oro restaurant, formerly the home of the engineers who monitored the construction of the Arrábida bridge, owes its name to the junction of the word casa (home) to evoke the intimacy of Italian home cooking, and the word oro (gold), in honor of its superb location.

At Casa D’Oro, you will find a pizzaria on the upper floor and a rather romantic Italian restaurant on the ground floor, both with a stunning view towards Arrábida bridge (you actually feel as if you were floating on Douro river, it’s marvellous). On both the pizzaria and the Italian restaurant you can fit a medium / large group of 20 people, which makes it perfect for more intimate group meetings.

The food at this restaurant is very good and not overpriced.

Ideal for: groups looking for a quieter location outside the nightlife district
Reservations / bookings: Call (+351) 226 106 012. The pizzaria doesn’t take reservations.
Close to: Ribeira (Unesco’s world heritage); Arrábida bridge
Parking: Keep in mind that this restaurant doesn’t have great public transport access, so I advise you to go by car (there is a lot of parking space just across the street and on the side as well) or simply take a taxi / uber.

Madureira’s Campo Alegre

Rua do Campo Alegre 359/365
Photo taken from Madureira's Campo Alegre's facebook page.

Photo taken from Madureira’s Campo Alegre’s facebook page.

Madureira’s Campo Alegre, very close by to Restaurante Capa Negra II, belongs to Madureira’s, a restaurant chain that has a wide range of menu of francesinhas, seafood, pizzas and traditional Portuguese dishes. It also has a snack bar and a take away service.

The quality of the food is surprisingly good for a restaurant chain and not overpriced. Moreover, Madureira’s Campo Alegre is simply huge so it is very popular for Christmas dinners, birthdays and friends’ gatherings in general.

Moreover, it always organises fixed price menus for special dates such as Christmas, Valentine’s day, Mother’s and Father’s day, etc, to make your life easier when organising something on these holidays. Make sure to book it in advance 🙂

Ideal for: groups looking for a quieter location outside the nightlife district
Reservations / bookings: Call (+351) 223 206 521 or +351 916 647 472
Close to: Crystal Palace Gardens
Parking: Free access to paid park closeby

Restaurante Capa Negra II

Photo taken from the website webook.pt

Photo taken from the website webook.pt

Rua do Campo Alegre, 191

Honestly, if you can find anyone in Porto who hasn’t been to Capa Negra II for a francesinha I’ll take my hat out, as this restaurant has been on the loop for over 40 years now. Capa Negra II might as well be the most popular, main stream restaurant in Porto for francesinhas, but its options surely do not stop there.

As usual, you can find on the menu typical Portuguese dishes that are served in generous portions. And you shouldn’t leave without trying its insanely good rissóis (bread dough filled with meat / shrimps, covered in bread crumb and deep fried for a couple of minutes). Every time there is a dinner party at a friend’s place, someone brings rissóis from Capa Negra II, I kid you not!

Capa Negra II has three large rooms where they can easily fit four or five large groups at the same time. The service is incredibly efficient for the amount of people they have, especially over the weekends. As this is an extremely popular restaurant among the locals, I strongly recommend you to book it in advance, specially during the holidays.

Ideal for: groups looking for a quieter location outside the nightlife district
Reservations / bookings: Call (+351) 226 078 380
Close to: Crystal Palace Gardens
Parking: Paid park in 5/10 min walking distance

Assador Típico

Rua Dom Manuel II, 18 – 22
Photo taken from Assador Típico's website.

Photo taken from Assador Típico’s website.

Assador Típico is specialized in barbecued grilled “meats” – from veal steak to octopus steak, and, naturally, grilled codfish as well.

Since its inauguration in 1982, Assador Típico has grown significantly, becoming one of the largest restaurants in Porto, with a capacity for 500 seats, distributed in 6 rooms (one of which is exterior, where you are allowed to smoke). It is very well located, just 10 minutes walking distance from where the nightlife of Porto begins, every Friday and Saturday nights. So if you have a really big group to sit and your plan is to grab something to eat and then head for a drink or two, Assador Típico is the restaurant you are looking for.

Reservations / bookings: Call (+351) 222 015 149 or send an email to info@assadortipico1.com
Close to: Nightlife district of Porto; Hospital Santo António; Crystal Palace Gardens
Parking: Paid parks in 1min walking distance

If you would like to make it extra fun during your party weekend in Porto, why don’t you join a tour with me? I’ll give you a glimpse of Downtwon Porto, tell you a lot of stories that not even the locals know about, and give many suggestions for restaurants and bars. I am sure we’ll have a great time together! 🙂

Check here for more information on my tours in Porto, or simply send me an email to sara@portoalities.com 🙂

Note: Cover photo by Thomas Barwick via Getty Images.

Extra: Go on a private tour in Porto

private tour porto

The best way to get to know Porto is to go on a private tour with me!

Check this page to learn more about my tours in Porto, or simply send an email to sara@portoalities.com. I will shortly get back to you with a tailor made tour designed specifically for you.

It will be a pleasure to welcome you in Porto!

2017-12-13T13:11:52+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Food & Wine|0 Comments
Join a private tour with me