In the very center of historic Ponte de Lima, just off the main road along the riverside is this place serving really good food. It's obviously a restaurant worth driving many miles to, as the place was full, a big contrast to the others nearby which had only a handful of diners. Not a very big place, and the tables are packed closely, but what the heck, the service was efficient, the price was really affordable, and best of all, the food was tops. It's a decent place for a nice family lunch, or a meal with friends that will not disappoint. The presentation is very well put together, including the accompaniment of vegetables. And the quality of the fish -- just fresh, perfectly grilled, simply smackingly good. We also had a specialty of the region -- meat with blood sausage mixed in blood sauce, which was also very well done. The servings are also quite large. With house wine and coffee after for 4 people, including 3 servings of 2 different fish dishes, and one serving of meat, it cost us something like 60 euros. If coming on a weekend, or in the height of summer, be prepared to wait for some minutes to be seated.
Favorite Dish: Grilled sea bream is excellent here!
This restaurant is located in the old town of Ponte de Lima. It’s an old looked place very well decorated with a great view to the Rio Lima. The speciality of this restaurant is the local best know plate, the Arroz Sarrabulho (Bloody Rice) is a kitchen plate typically Portuguese, of the area of Minho. It is made with several meat types (pig, cow and chicken), pig blood and several spices. It is served with some frayed meats, still "scoundrel", in other words, with the sauce of the cookery still very liquid. It is frequently accompanied by fried diced pork. It’s a “hot” and “heavy” plate better in winter time.
Favorite Dish: Obviously rice
In the square (Largo de Camões) you can enjoy the cafes and sit for some time on any open air table, making it a most enjoyable time on any sunny day. In these cafes you may have a drink or even eat some light meal. The place is perfect for admiring the view, relaxing for some time or people watching.
This was the restaurant where I meet with Nat. We had a great meal there - made with dried cod, a fish that is traditionally eaten in Portugal. Food was very tasty and this restaurant, during the week, is a quiet and nice place with good service. I enjoyed it and will definitely return there.
Just by the River Lima (and with great views over Ponte de Lima) there is the Nautical Club.
Apart from enjoying its restaurant, you can also relax on its green lawns just by the water, ... very refreshing.
Favorite Dish: Not the food itself, but the place - it's really worth it.