Best seafood restaurants in Porto

Dive into the ocean without getting wet – the sea is coming to your table. Here are the best seafood restaurants in Porto.
O Gaveto - Sapateira
©João Saramago Sapateira, n' O Gaveto
By Time Out Porto editors |
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Porto has seafood for all tastes: from grilled, roasted and served in bready açordas (bread soup) or with pasta, steamed, seared or even raw. You can find it all at these restaurants – the top eateries in Porto where you can sample the best of the ocean’s bounty.

Best seafood restaurants in Porto

O Gaveto
© João Saramago
Restaurants

O Gaveto

icon-location-pin Matosinhos

It’s been a classic for decades now and remains a safe haven where seafood is concerned. The amêijoas à bulhão pato (clams with garlic and coriander), percebes (goose barnacles), camarões (shrimps) or the filetes de pescada (hake fillets) – the top seller here – are all good excuses to head for Matosinhos, seafood central.

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Esplanada Marisqueira A Antiga

icon-location-pin Matosinhos

This was Matosinhos’s first marisqueira (it opened its doors in 1957) and 60 years on it still draws huge numbers of locals and tourists in search of proper shellfish, including locally caught shrimp, oysters, lobster and crab.

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Restaurante Zizi
© Cláudia Paiva
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Zizi

icon-location-pin Greater Porto

At Zizi at Praia da Aguda, there is always fresh shellfish: mussels, clams, shrimps, goose barnacles and more. There is also the best massada de robalo (pasta with sea bass) in the area, which comes in huge servings.

Toupeirinho
©Toupeirinho
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Toupeirinho

icon-location-pin Matosinhos

Straight from the sea to the grill: that’s the fate of fish at Toupeirinho, a Matosinhos classic. If you prefer shellfish, try the stuffed sapateira or navalheira (types of crabs).

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O Filipe

With good shellfish, plus cured ham and egg sandwiches – the famous PO (for presunto e ovo) – and well-drawn beers, a meal here has all it needs to be perfect. But there’s another secret at O Filipe in Angeiras: the amêijoas à bulhão pato (clams with garlic and coriander).

Ostras & Coisas
© Cláudia Paiva
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Ostras & Coisas

icon-location-pin Galerias

It’s not so easy to find good fish and shellfish in downtown Porto. Or at least it wasn’t until Ostras & Coisas opened. The oysters from the ria (estuary) at Aveiro are much a popular choice here but don’t rule out the fresh fish, displayed at the entrance.

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The Blini
©João Saramago
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The Blini

icon-location-pin Vila Nova de Gaia

This marisqueira overseen by Michelin-starred chef José Cordeiro is in Gaia, and has a panoramic view across the River Douro to Porto. Fish and shellfish dominate its tasting menus while, at the bar, cocktails are the centre of attention.

Casa de Chá da Boa Nova - Lula Gigante com Molho Bordalês
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Casa de Chá da Boa Nova

icon-location-pin Leça da Palmeira

This restaurant run by Rui Paula, one of the region’s leading chefs, is in a striking building by local architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. The ‘Atlantic’ menu, with fish and shellfish at its heart, is a good option here.

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Aquário

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The seafood rice and açorda (bread soup) are the specialities at Aquário, in Espinho, but there are other stars here such as lobster, the famous Espinho shrimps and fresh fish from the port of Matosinhos. 

Marisqueira de Matosinhos
© João Saramago
Restaurants

A Marisqueira de Matosinhos

icon-location-pin Matosinhos

One of those restaurants that is good for any occasion, whether a romantic dinner, a family lunch or just to snack with friends. For shellfish, you could hardly do better than heading for Marisqueira de Matosinhos. Don’t forget to try the lavagante (lobster), the top house speciality.

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