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A Despensa

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
Updated 10/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 10/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Ratings and reviews

Travellers' Choice
Italian restaurant with a spanish influence with passion and curiosity for all the world great dishes.. A place with a warm atmosphere and a unique concept
US$17 - US$34
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Italian, International, Mediterranean, European, Fusion, Healthy
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Taline is one of the most welcoming hostess we ever met. This place is also the must go in Porto ! Everything is there for the best experience possible

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A lucky find when strolling around Porto on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Delicious food and very friendly staff.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 17 October 2021 via mobile

Excellent small Italian, had fantastic croquetas and jamonnas starters and a good plate of truffle penne after. What really makes the difference is the incredibly friendly staff and the warm and authentic owner who clearly adores welcoming people and running her restaurant! A must visit

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 13 October 2021

A Despensa was a great food and dining experience for our group of 4! Highly recommend reservations, we were seated right away with ours! Food and ambience were great. Service was very attentive but very busy with a full house and our entree was a...little slow in coming out. However, they made up for it with free limoncello shots to celebrate one our birthdays! We would definitely go again!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 13 October 2021

We loved it here that we went twice during our stay in Porto. We loved the food and the people the first time so we went back. Delicious!

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 17 September 2021 via mobile

First day in Porto and looking for a restaurant on the internet, I came across this Italian restaurant. The reviews and the picture of the food made me wanting to try it out. I guess I was lucky in getting a table without any reservation...as this place is quite small and can only accommodate 30ish guests. The menu is small with only 8 starters / 8 pasta dishes and 6 main courses. This is usually a sign of quality, better do less with good and fresh ingredients that more with frozen products. The service was great as the server (or the owner?) took the time to explain their culinary concept and to explain me the various dishes. They even had some daily specials but I was looking for something different which you don’t get elsewhere. I started off with one of their creation : some kind of fried pasta stuffed with camembert cheese with on the side a rucola salad with some dried tomatoes. DELICIOUS!! I then continued with another pasta dish : Black truffle and black olive Penne with some extra truffle shavings on top. Another great dish! The only downside, it’s once you are finished eating, they make you feel that they would like you to leave in order to get other clients seated at your table, but who can blame them with the current COVID situation (or it could be a cultural thing in Portugal to not stay and have another drink before leaving). Anyway, GREAT food with a GREAT service at a very reasonable price.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 13 September 2021 via mobile

At first glance this restaurant looks smaller then it actually is. Personnel is very friendly. We both had one of the two specials of the day and they were excellent! Not even room for dessert, but we’ll be back again this week and leave some...room for it.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 29 August 2021 via mobile

I do not understand all great reviews for this restaurant. More than 1h of waiting for main dish The bruschettas and pasta are worst in my life. One dish is too salty, another not salty at all I even did not finish my pasta For...the price we paid it is unacceptable I do not recommendMore

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 27 August 2021 via mobile

Delicious Italian Food! Stylish setting and great service. Probably the best restaurant from an entire week in Porto.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 21 August 2021 via mobile

We had a great evening in this lovely italian restaurant. The woman who served us was very kind and made great suggestions. The wine, the bruscettas and the pasta were all delicious!! And let’s not forget the limoncello at the end… :-) in short: we...had a blast here 🤩More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Yes, A Despensa is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

A Despensa is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5