Dom Tonho, Porto
Caid da Ribeira
Tel: 351 222 004 307
Concierge.com's insider take:
This high-class restaurant opened by pop star (or, rather, highly regarded local rock-and-blues musician) Rui Veloso in 1992 is typical of the recent upmarket move for the Cais da Ribeira area. In keeping with the owner's identity, the clientele runs toward the bold and the beautiful of contemporary politics (from Castro to Chirac) and film (a mix of both Hollywood and European actors). The cooking is solid international-modern, with a Portuguese foundation that incorporates lots of shellfish—the menu changes daily, but you might find sea bass in a salt crust or goat roasted in red wine. Even when you book in advance (a must), the rigmarole that comes with the restaurant's "this is the place" trendiness will probably have you cooling your heels in the 18th-century bar area before being shown to your table upstairs.
Open daily 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.