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DOP, Porto

Matosinhos, Portugal, Europe: The DOP restaurant is housed in the 14th-century Palácio das Arts in central Porto.
18 Largo de São Domingos
Portugal 4050 545
Tel: 351 22 201 4313's insider take:

Portugal's renowned chef Rui Paula opened DOP, his first city venture, in March 2010. Since Paula was already well known for DOC, his swank restaurant on the Douro River between the towns of Régua and Pinhão, his new high-ceilinged, two-floor eatery in the 14th-century Palácio das Artes quickly became the place to eat in the heart of historic Porto. Expect a simple, modern take on traditional Portuguese, such as partridge, pigeon, and slow-cooked (as in 12 hours) pork neck. In fall, don't skip the warm quince cake with chestnut cream for dessert. And if you're keen on finding out more about the country's wines, you'll be glad to know that 85 percent of the 680 bottles in DOP's two wine cellars are Portuguese.—Anja Mutić

Open Mondays through Sundays 12:30 to 3 pm and 7:30 to 11:30 pm.

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