Cultural association, House of the Vegetable Garden, is an ecological, vegetarian, non-hierarchical association. Lunch is served 12-3pm, dinner 8-11pm; in between you could have sandwiches or cake. Beverages list includes coffee, local beer, and house-made drinks. Hosts movie nights, non-organized music sessions, occasional concerts on Saturdays, workshops. On Friday nights and in addition to the vegan dish of the day, it offers a Porto dish (dairy) -- all other days vegan food only. Each last Saturday of the month a baby brunch from 3-5pm with vegan baby food and playground access. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Organic, Portugese, Western, Beer/Wine, Take-out
R. de São Francisco 12 A
Porto, Portugal 1000-234
+351-937267541
Now Open

Tue-Sat 12:00pm-12:00am

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Reviews

First Review by pedro jorge
Lukas  Rusk
Lukas Rusk
  • vegan
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+44

A great place for vegans

4
Posted on 07 / 22 / 2015

I ate a Franschesinha (or something) with tofu, tomato sauce and bread, and it was really good. Some cake for dessert too. The menu isn't that big, but what they have is really affordable and good. Try the local beers also, they were great!


jungsiah
jungsiah
  • vegetarian
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+119

Good food!

4
Posted on 06 / 17 / 2015

I was very excited to try this restaurant based on all the good reviews and the truth is it didn't disappoint! The food was very delicious and had this mom's food look to it, which I liked.

We had the dish of the day, which includes soup and a beverage. It probably won't be the biggest portion you can have in a restaurant, but it certainly won't leave you hungry. I was quite full myself and couldn't finish what apparently didn't look like much food.

Anyway, I totally recommend this place. Oh, and try the "francezinha" ;)

Pros: delicious food, inexpensive
Cons: space's presentation could be better
beaneeves
beaneeves
  • vegan
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+51

Best veg restaurant in Porto

5
Posted on 02 / 01 / 2015

Casa da Horta's tematic dinners are amazing and brings us foreigner experiences without leaving the country. The place is nice and cozy although a little bit small. It has a great price-quality relationship and the owners are very friendly.
At lunch they have cheap menus.

I love it!

Pros: Great food, Friendly, Inexpensive
Cons: Small

TofuCelt
TofuCelt
  • vegan
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+99

Nice, but difficult to locate

3
Posted on 06 / 26 / 2014

I had searched this place out in a map before and despite all the research, this place is still a bit difficult to find. And the sign on the outside is not well lit up, so it makes it even more difficult to find. It is just in one of those many skinny alleyways around the main centre of Porto. Just keep looking around the area marked on the map and you will eventually find it.

The staff are a bit quirky, but friendly. They seem to speak Spanish, english and of course, Portuguese, and maybe other languages.

Service is quite good and food tastes quite nice. However, there is not a great selection here,with only about 3-4 things on the menu. The servings are quite small too. Luckily we ordered everything on the menu as we were starving. Just about done the trick. The recommended local wine was delicious. However, the price was quite good, €25 for two people, including the bottle of wine, but no desert.

Pros: Fair price, Central district, Nice staff
Cons: Very difficult to find, Not great variety
AndyT
AndyT
  • vegan
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+1034

Awesome alternative vegan restaurant

5
Posted on 04 / 10 / 2014

A wonderful place!

Not only does casa de horta offer wonderful vegan food (daily changing dish) at very good prices, it is also a great place to enjoy an alternative lifestyle and meet wonderful, friendly people (both veg and non-veg).

Every Thursday they have raw day and offer raw vegan dishes, both soup and main course. I enjoyed the soy chorizo dish with rice and the hot tomato soup instead, both were wonderful.

The friendly waiter suggested to try out the local "Sovina" beer, and it was equally wonderful. Definitely a place you should not miss when you come to Porto!

Pros: Tasty vegan food, Moderate prices, Friendly atmosphere
Idena
Idena
  • vegan
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+24

cozy

4
Posted on 03 / 23 / 2014

The place was relatively easy to find and I immediately felt comfortable. The food was good (although the lasagna was warmed up in the microwave).
Would go there again!!


MigueelS
MigueelS
  • non-vegetarian
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+13

The best I had so far!

5
Posted on 02 / 08 / 2014

This place is really hidden in the heart of Oporto city. I discovered it while searching for a good and cheap vegan/vegetarian restaurant in the Internet. This one had fantastic reviews and seemed really cheap. The truth is that it really is.

The restaurant is not itself just a restaurant, it's a meeting place for some organic/vegan association, so don't expect much from the decoration. The menu itself is also hand-made. I think these are not negative factors, because it contributes to a very familiar/home environment. The staff seemed also very nice. I would only complain about a water leak under our table (nothing too serious - the floor was a bit wet - but be careful where you put your bag!) and the incense they used in the environment.

The food was really good: the soup was simple but had a spicy flavor that made it a bit different from what I'm used to when I order a soup.

The seitan+rice+vegetables were REALLY good: everything is organic, the sauce in the seitan was amazing and the vegetables we're very good.

The tea was fine, and helped digesting the rest of the meal. For all of this we paid 5,5€ (for lunch)! And I think that for more 1,5€ you can order dessert.

If you're looking for a very good cheap vegan restaurant, and you don't mind the home-made feeling, this is the one!!

Pros: Food, Staff was very nice, the price!!
Cons: Maybe a different incense?!
The Vegabonds
The Vegabonds
  • vegan
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+16

Vegan, good and cheap. What do you want more?

5
Posted on 10 / 24 / 2013

The first truly vegan restaurant we found in 1 month. Good food and cheap. 5 euro menu of the day. You need to cope however with a certain type of persons: the alternative pierced tatooed loving-everybody wanna-be-ugly clown-dressed teenagers.


SubcomandantePedro
SubcomandantePedro
  • vegetarian
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+11

not just a restaurant

5
Posted on 10 / 10 / 2013

This place is really fantastic. The food is mainly local and organic (its amazing how prices can be that low), almost everything is vegan, all deserts are vegan. Always a different cook, it makes it non-professional but that is a plus, it feels home made, and it's never boring to go there again and again. But besides restaurant this collective does other activities, gardening, movie projections, debates, workshops... its has a lot of activist flavour and grassroot environmentalist feeling to it. It seems they are trying to recreate a new little world.

Pros: nice vibe, non-formal, very cheap
Cons: it would be good if there was a garden
Bobby Ziggy
Bobby Ziggy
  • vegetarian
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+11

Perfect Dinner

5
Posted on 08 / 30 / 2013

We paid €16 for 2 starters (soups with bread), 2 main dishes, 2 glasses of wine and 1 dessert; everything was delicious, the background music was nice, the ambience was relaxed and enjoyable, the service was excellent, when I tried to leave a tip they said they don't accept them, and I'm writing this review via the free wifi. I can't reccommend this place enough! It opens for dinner at 8pm and is open Tuesday to Saturday. Top of the list for vegetarians in Porto!

Pros: Delicious food, Great service, Free wifi
Cons: If you don't live in Porto, it will make you
heliorodrigues
heliorodrigues
  • vegetarian
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+138

probably the best in porto

5
Posted on 07 / 10 / 2013

well i have been few times to this place and all i can say is that im extremely happy to have such a place in the city where i was born. the alternative vibe which i extremely support, the location (couldnt be better!), the friendly staff, the food.. everything is fantastic for sure! not fancy, not expensive, not trendy, not commercial, etc... english speaking, etc.. probably the only problem is that it is a bit small but im not sure if i should consider it a problem or an advantage as it being small it definitely feels more comfortable, comfy, cosy and homey! well just go there do not hesitate!

Pros: food, location, friendliness + alternativeness
yessija
yessija
  • vegan
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+31

Delicious vegan food

4
Posted on 07 / 08 / 2013

Hidden treasure in Porto.
Vegan every night except for fridays (vegetarian).
Limited options but very tasty.
Friendly, international staff.
Alternative vibe.
Cheap.

Pros: Delicious, Cheap, Mostly vegan
Cons: Hidden, Alternative vibe , Limited options
StrilliVanilli
StrilliVanilli
  • vegan
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+26

Best vegan place in Porto

5
Posted on 07 / 04 / 2013

Pros:
- Awesome food!
- really nice people
- inexpensive
- bio organic drinks (juices and beer)
- HC/punk/DIY atmo

Cons:
- no outdoor seating

Including starters (try the sandwich!), drinks (try the organic apple juice!) and dessert (try the cherry cake!) for two we paid 23€! Main courses differ daily and there seem to be two different ones always.
It's a nice little street next to the Rio Duoro where the place is located. They sell self-made stuff like 2nd hand shirts with self printed designs on it, bags, buttons etc., there are animal rights flyers, self made lamps from recycled bottle caps and so forth. They speak English and have an all vegan menu except for Fridays when they offer bio-organic cheese from the region. The only downside is that they don't have outdoor seating. But it's refreshingly cool in the cellar where the venue is located.

Highly recommend it to any veggie in Porto.

Pros: great food, great prices, great people
Cons: no outdoor seating
serena.manca
serena.manca
  • vegan
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+16

super!

5
Posted on 07 / 31 / 2012

The place is something special, the atmosphere is familiar and you feel sooooooo good here. The menu is short but everything is very good and homemade. And there are also some alternative objects/books/presents you can buy or simply discover. The perfect place for open-minded people!

Il posto e formidabile! Speciale! C'e un'atmosfera meravigliosa, molto calda e accogliente, preziosa! Sembra di sentirsi tra amici o addirittura a casa. Il menu e poco ampio ma tutto e davvero squisito e preparato direttamente dai ragazzi. Inoltre, e ricco di dépliants da sfogliare, di libri oggetti e piccoli regalini da comprare!
e il posto perfetto per chi e aperto di mente e curioso e per chi ha voglia di stare un po' in compagnia.

El lugar es maravilloso. El menu no es muy amplio pero todo es muy bueno. Es un lugar precioso: tienes alle un ambiente muy familiar y te sientes como a tu casa. Adema s, es una pequenita tienda porque puedes comprar regalitos, libros o objetos muy bonitos!
Es el lugar perfecto para quien es curioso y esta  buscando calor humano!

Pros: excellent food, healthy cuisine, friendly staff
mistochele
mistochele
  • vegetarian
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+26

Home feeling and party athmosphere

4
Posted on 07 / 25 / 2012

All the food seems freshly homemade.
Lot of attention to quality and origin of ingredients.
Very friendly atmosphere where you can have a party feel without the need of lots of money.
You can add to your dishes a glass of porto, good wine or artisan beers.

Don't expect sophistication, but that's how we like it.

Pros: very good value, healthy cousine
ZairaRickenbach
ZairaRickenbach
  • vegan
Contributions
+33

Cool place

4
Posted on 07 / 02 / 2012

I will come back!

Pros: Very good prices, tasty, friendly
Cons: Toilet door sometimes blocked!
grashopper
grashopper
  • vegan
Contributions
+18

great food

5
Posted on 06 / 16 / 2012

We actually had to wait a bit to get a table at this place. The menu only costs 8€ and consisted of apetizer, soup, main course and dessert. Everything was delicious! They also have the vegetarian version of franceshina here :).


PrincesaMichelle
PrincesaMichelle
  • vegan
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+30

Excellent and cheapest food we found in Portugal

5
Posted on 04 / 02 / 2012

Love the culture and support for veganism in this "alternative" spot. It is run like a co-op so members get cheaper prices on food. I had feijoada which is a Portuguese bean dish and it was really delicious served with rice and salad. My husband had "spicy" lentils which coming out of a Mexican's mouth were bland and not spicy at all. My favorite part of the meal was that we ordered one of each of the desserts because they were so reasonable and they were all good, some of the cakes weren't moist, but my favorite was a portuguese cream and cookie dessert made with bolachas Marias (not on the menu). SO AMAZING. You have to visit and support the local youngsters!

Pros: Great Food, Great Service, Great Price
Cons: we had to wait for it open for dinner
nn
nn
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+16

Vegan paradise

5
Posted on 01 / 21 / 2012

Good (honost) food and very cheap. Almost 100% vegan I guess. Staff spoke better english than me. Very nice atmosphere with an ideoligic vibe. These people stand up for what they believe in.


Bauldric
Bauldric
  • vegetarian
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+44

Very friendly

5
Posted on 12 / 09 / 2011

Very good food with a very friendly atmosphere. Its a very comfortable place with a couch, which makes it a little bit homely. Most of the dishes are vegan except one (a portuguese speciality). The food is tasty.

Pros: excellent food, very friendly staff, homely atmosphere
kittysmith
kittysmith
  • vegan
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+14

perfect place for vegans

5
Posted on 08 / 09 / 2011

a restaurant full of character, nice and smiling staff, tasty food... loved it!


KathyChristof
KathyChristof
  • vegetarian
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+17

More than a Restaurant

5
Posted on 07 / 28 / 2011

Not easy to find but worth looking for. Limited selection, but super alternatives to the salads and potatoes that you are limited to in most non-vegetarian restaurants in Portugal. Upon entering it feels more like someones home than a restaurant, a place to hang-out with like-minded people. We went for a late afternoon snack and were delighted to find vegetarian francesinhas (a Portuguese specialty like a croque monsieur in France) which were yummy. The staff was very helpful (good English) and the prices very reasonable. We recommend this place for both the good food and the nice experience.

Pros: Price, relaxed atmosphere
Cons: not easily handicapped accesible
davidnottingham
davidnottingham
  • vegetarian
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+11

An intimate place that's great value for money

5
Posted on 02 / 16 / 2011

From the outside we initially thought the place wasn't open, but a small sign assuaged our fears. The door opened to reveal a real pearl of a restaurant. The menu really was "whatever they felt like on the day" which I thought was something that only ever happened in Rick Stein's imagination. The food was good, honest and seasonal. The ambience was relaxed, friendly and informal. Something closer to my heart, a restaurant that plays good music (in this case The Postal Service and has a computer that runs Ubuntu, really helped make this place something special.

Pros: Staff, Good value , Tasty food
Cons: Limited choice
lauraya
lauraya
  • vegan
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+19

What a good place for vegans !

4
Posted on 08 / 23 / 2010

Hi,
We were in Porto in July 2010. We were happy to found this restaurant close to the famous Eiffel's bridge. The food wasn't that brilliant but still, we were happy to eat something different from batatas fritas and saladas mixtas. I had a very nice homemade bear. The people working inside were very friendly and food was very cheap ! If you visit Porto, you must eat at the Casa da Horta ! And if you're really skint, have a beer, it's less than 1€ !!

Pros: vegan, friendly staff, cheap
Marike
Marike
  • vegetarian
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+61

Casa da Horta

4
Posted on 06 / 12 / 2009

Very nice place, with very friendly staff. It was no problem to have dinner before 7.30 pm, the time when most Portuguese restaurants open. The food was good, although not really special, and very good cheap. They have a large selection of herbal teas. I would definitely recommend this place.

Pros: nice atmosphere, good value, friendly staff
barbarella
barbarella
  • vegan
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+26

Porto's best kept secret!

5
Posted on 05 / 06 / 2009

Casa da Horta is a great place for more reasons than one. The food is very nicely cooked, the staff is extremely friendly and overall you feel like you're eating at someone's home and not at a restaurant.
They have a great concern for using mainly fair trade products and the food is vegan, which is rare in Portugal.
With such care being put in the products you'd expect it to be expensive but it is actually very cheap. Love it!

Pros: vegan food, fair trade products, price
Cons: closed on sundays
pedro jorge
pedro jorge
  • vegetarian
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+27

a very especial place

4
Posted on 12 / 30 / 2008

Casa da Horta is really a place that you "have to" visit while in porto. It's a very recent project, a very young non-profit organisation with excellent homemade cuisine. It's really in the heart of Porto historical centre so you really can't miss it! There's also a lot of good information about ecological issues, social issues and about porto and portugal in general.

Pros: excellent homemade cuisine, excellent mood and friendly staff, very economic and mostly organic

 

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