A traveller’s report from the Douro Valley wine tour with a restaurant recommendation in Oporto
K & B travelled with us on the Douro Valley wine tour in northern Portugal this autumn. The tour starts and finishes in the historic city of Porto (sometimes called Oporto), on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
There are many excellent restaurants in the old town (you can find several restaurant reviews on BKWine Magazine). We have never tried the ODE restaurant ourselves but K & B recommends it warmly:
We had some wonderful days in the Douro Valley but we quickly returned back to normal when back home.
The Ode Restaurant in Porto was very nice. It is very small, only 2-4 guests are let in at the same time.
They want you to have the feeling as if you enter into someone’s home and that is exactly how it is.
The starter is served downstairs on a simple bench with some well-chosen bread, ham, cheese and olives before you go upstairs to sit down for the main course. A delicious octopus, or a succulent, well-prepared piece of meat were excellent. Not a budget restaurant but well worth the money. and very personally service.
When we were choosing the wine we were (both) given the opportunity to taste one wine and then another before deciding. Not something we are used to, certainly not where we come from.
Many thanks for a very nice wine tour, the memory of it lingers and comforts when the darkness and chill of autumn arrives!
– K. & B. D., on a wine and food tour in the Douro Valley in Portugal
The Ode Porto Wine House restaurant is just off the old harbour in Porto, Cais da Ribeira and Praça Ribeira:
Ode Porto Wine House, Largo do Terreiro 7, Porto 4050-603, +351 913 200 010
Many thanks for the recommendation and for the kind words about the tour!