In August 2011 we visited Minho region for some days and based our stay in Braga, were we slept in Pousada de S. Vicente. We booked our stay using a promotional pack which offered us one dinner during our stay. Pousada de S. Vicente's restaurant is closed, so they offered us a voucher to have dinner in the restaurant of one of the other nearby Pousadas. We choose Pousada de Sta Marinha da Costa. There are 2 Pousadas in Guimarães, one is situated in the historic centre (Praça da Oliveira) but we choose the other one, outside the city centre on the slopes of the nearby Monte da Penha.
Pousada de Sta Marinha is a beautiful church and monastery, classified as national monument. The monastery is nowadays occupied by the Pousada. As you enter, you may visit the beautiful cloister, covered in azulejos (Portuguese tiles). Also, the garden is open for visits, free of charge. Other areas of the convent are restricted to guests.
The dinning room is beautiful with stone arches. Service is very good, up to the Pousadas' standard.
We had a delicious meal, which consisted of a starter cooked with eggs and aspargus, then I had a delicious octopus cooked in oven and my husband had a good roasted meat. For desert, you may choose whatever is on the desert's table (sweets, fruits and/ or cheese) since the desert is self-service. In case we were sleeping in the Pousada, we would have payed around 20 to 30 Euro per person for the meal, if we would choose the half-board. The price depends on how many days you have dinner. The price doesn't include the drinks. Also, you may have dinner in the restaurant while not sleeping in Pousada, but prices will be a la carte, so expect to pay around 40 Euro per person.
I do recommend this restaurant to everyone, both for the food quality, the service and the location.
Praça da Oliveira has some cafes with outdoor tables. The ambiance is very nice as the buildings surrounding them are antique, classical, historic and classified as monuments. It is also great for people watching as this seems to be a central point for meeting people and enjoy nice sunny days outside.
We sat at the cafe by the arcades (don't remember the name) and we had a fresh orange juice and toasts with ham and cheese in the afternoon. Both were good, as well as the expresso coffee we had afterwards.
But the main “quality” of the place is not the food (which follows regular standards), but undoubtedly the nice and pleasant location. Those cafes are also open at night and are a good choice for a drink after dinner.
A change from the relatively austere Portuguese cusine (bacalao...no thank you).
Friendly and helpful service by the manager, english speaking. Professional cusine.
Traditional style restaurant on 2 floors, tastefully renovated, elegant, located in narrow old town street.
Favorite Dish: Steak on creamy peper sauce. Fish specials.
We were quite thirsty,and wanted just something to drink,but when we found ourselves buying those pasteis de nata.The weithres was so friendly,and spoke good English.
Favorite Dish: One of best pasteis de nata.We were just wondering why they don´t warm them up,when the "original ones"are served warm
In the middle of May most of Guimaraes' restaurants were still almost empty.
I finally decided to have dinner in one of the in the square Praca de Santiago, where at least a few people were sitting.
After perusing the menus I decided for Restaurant Cheers.
Like most of the other places here, the restaurant itself is quite small, but it has many tables located outside in the square.
I ordered the grilled Picanha, which is the Brazilian name for a special rump cover steak dish. The meal was fantastic and with 8,00 Euro reasonably priced.
I even ate the appetizers which consisted of olives and white bread and cost 2,00 Euro. The staff was very friendly and attentive.
If you fancy picking from a substantial range of snacks and light meals in a beautiful old square, then choose Cinecitta. It offers more choice than many Portuguese cafes, in a lovely setting and for a more than fair price.
The Italian-inspired menu is made up of pasta dishes, salads and that Portuguese cafe staple, sandwiches. We chose a spaghetti with creamy mushroom sauce, which was very tasty, and a sandwich, also good. Portions are generous.
The service was friendly and the location couldn't be better - square is picturesque, but quieter and calmer than some of the town's others. You can enjoy your snack or meal while admiring the pretty houses, some painted with crests, and watching local people go about their lives. Inside, the walls are decorated with classic film photographs. Recommended.
This is a really nice restaurant with good service, and prices were quite good, all under E10. I ordered beef with mushrooms, and really liked the food.
Favorite Dish: Beef with mushrooms.