The Portovello de Allariz restaurant is one of the place I recommend you eat if you visit this cute town.
It’s an old leather factory located on the shores of the Arnoi river, very close to the old quarters of Allariz, where you can enjoy one of the best kitchens in town. It specializes in traditional Gallegan cuisine.
The restaurant enjoys a privileged location in Portovello park, which is enough to make it worth a visit. There’s also an outdoor terrace where you can practically touch the river’s water with your hand while you have a drink in the spring or summer. It’s just great.
We arrived in Ourense following the scent of Minho fried eels. After calling a few restaurants in search of the prized delicacy, we heard a lot of no. We decided to park and venture through the old town and, surprisingly, we found the Pingallo, right next to the famous San Miguel. We went in, went around the long bar and, yes, saw lots of eels. The location took us back in time, with a charming staff of typical Galician moods and great food. Even more, the best part was the price! Scallops, eel, broth, grilled octopus, everything.
This is a good place to go for tapas in the old town of Ourense. They offer reasonable prices for well-prepared products, and there is an extensive wine list. The hotel's decor is original, mixed with stone elements. The place has a restaurant and terrace and has won different awards for "pincho" competitions in the city.
This cafe is in the historical and pedestrianized centre, just opposite the tourist office and the Plaza del Padre Feijoo, which is great for grabbing brochures and a map. We decided to sit in the pleasant terrace to have breakfast while we planned the day. It's a very large traditional cafe, whose interior is decorated in early 20th century style with large chandeliers, frescoes and wooden chairs and walls. It has two floors, with a gorgeous turned wood staircase to access the top floor. It specializes in breakfast and snacks, as they have assortment of pastries, shakes and sundaes.
Located in the old town of Orense, this traditional Galician food restaurant is one of the most valued by locals, which says enough. Its decor is rustic, which gives a great feeling of warmth, and coupled with the wines from their extensive cellar, it made us feel very comfortable. The service was impeccable. The dishes were delicious and beautifully presented, all factors of which make it a winning choice for lunch or dinner in the city centre.
In the Camiños Catro restaurant in Santa Cruz, Ourense, the weekends and holidays are spent in "Pulperos" where I've had the best octopus ever. I ordered in the tent and were served in the restaurant. The value for money is great. I recommend stopping if you are in the area because it's worth it.
I definitely recommend that you visit this restaurant. It has a great wine selection from Galicia, not only white wine but red too. The tripe with chickpeas, potato omelette, Galician empanada and its various stews and squid are all spectacular.
This is a great place for tapas and wines, just outside the city centre. Its outside does not match the quality of the food inside. There are a variety of wines to choose from. It is quite busy at weekends, with young people from Ourense.
This shop is my downfall! It's a franchise with locations all around the peninsula, and I was lucky to find one in Ourense, right next to the Church of San Francisco, in front of Parque de San Lazaro. They sell all kinds of products made with cocoa, from the typical chocolate bars (white, black, flavoured with strawberry, mint or orange) to jam with cocoa, chocolates in a thousand flavors and shapes, chocolate tarts with fruits, nuts, chocolate fondue, spirits, and even beer products or personal hygiene products. The product presentation is truly spectacular, you want to buy everything. Be careful though, the prices are very high and you can spend €50 easily. Yes, it's all delicious, and it's well worth buying something.
The food was outstanding food and the service was superior. If you can, make reservations for dinner on the terrace, where you'll discover a paradise in the middle of Orense. To get there, you should go to the parking del Carmen, and from there, you can enter directly onto the terrace. Enjoy! It's a great place!