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Esplanada Marisqueira, Matosinhos

628 Rua Roberto Ivens
Portugal 4450-249
Tel: 351 229 380 660's insider take:

Marisqueiras are restaurants that specialize in shellfish, and the Esplanada is perhaps the best of the bunch, as well as the fanciest. The menu is a selection of Atlantic shellfish, from langoustines and lobsters to barnacles, mussels, and crabs. For the most part, this excellent raw material is treated simply, either boiled or grilled. Try the huge tiger prawns or the delicious clams that are cooked briefly with a little parsley, coriander, and white wine. Wash it down with a vinho verde from the Minho region. To get here, take the Metro from Trindade behind the town hall to Brito Capelo.

Open 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

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