Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio’s dining scene has become much more sophisticated than the churrascarias (with grilled meats) and low-key botecos (bars with fo... Read More

Rio’s dining scene has become much more sophisticated than the churrascarias (with grilled meats) and low-key botecos (bars with food) for which it was once known. Now, world-class chefs are creating inspiring fusion cuisine with Brazilian influences, making for some of the most unexpected and best restaurants in Rio de Janeiro. Real foodies should not miss Oro, which features an elaborate tasting menu from the award-winning Carioca chef, Felipe Bronze. The city’s Japanese dining scene is worth sampling, too—try Sushi Leblon if you are willing to wait in line, or Yume, which is Madonna’s top choice. When you’re ready for a classic, Porcão is a Rio de Janeiro restaurant that offers a Carnival for carnivores—beach-tanned waiters slice up skewer after skewer of beef, pork, or poultry until you flip a coaster that says "stop." To supplement your protein bonanza, help yourself to the salad bar, which features hearts of palm, sushi, and ceviche galore.

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  • Academia da Cachaca Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Academia da Cachaca
    Academia da Cachaça

    Be sure to order plenty of Brazilian bar snacks—particularly the bolinho de carne and pastel de queijo (fried meat and cheese dishes). The drinks are so... Read More

  • Amir Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Amir
    Amir

    Because of the large Arabic community living in Brazil, Rio has become a gastronomic hub for Middle Eastern food. And when Cariocas want the best from... Read More

  • Bar do Mineiro Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Bar do Mineiro
    Bar do Mineiro

    Walls filled with vintage black-and-white photos of Rio lend a locals-only vibe—of course, so does sitting out front at one of the sidewalk tables,... Read More

  • Casa da Feijoada Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Casa da Feijoada
    Casa Da Feijoada

    Feijoada is more than a meal in Brazil—the hearty black bean and pork stew is a part of the culture. It's typically eaten for lunch on Saturdays (so you... Read More

  • Chez L'Ami Martin Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Chez L'Ami Martin
    Chez L'Ami Martin

    The decor is a bit dated (mirrored walls and white tablecloths) but the loyal clientele who have followed the restaurant from Leblon to its new home in... Read More

  • CT Boucherie Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of CT Boucherie
    CT Boucherie

    Claude Troisgros, Rio's most celebrated chef, and his talented son Thomas, have turned the traditional Brazilian rodizio (buffet) on its head with this... Read More

  • Espirito Santa Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Espirito Santa
    Espirito Santa

    Visitors don't have to trek to the Amazon to sample treats from Brazil's jungles. At Espirito Santa, Chef Natacha Fink—from Manaus—serves up inventive... Read More

  • Gero Ipanema Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Fasano Gastronomy
    Gero Rio

    Highlights include the ravioli stuffed with veal and mushroom sauce, as well as vegetarian-friendly options (a rarity in Rio), such as amaretto and... Read More

  • In House Cafe Bistro Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of In House Cafe Bistro
    In House Cafe Bistro

    A good choice for lunch at Rio's design mall. The extensive menu at this quirky spot—memorabilia and hanging motorcycles serve as decor—offers up just... Read More

  • La Calaca Restaurant in Rio de Janiero Courtesy of La Calaca
    La Calaca

    For a hearty meal, order the grilled pork loin with eggs and spicy fries or shrimp with tomato sauce and rice. Round out the Mexico-in-Brazil experience... Read More

  • Mamma Jamma Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Mamma Jamma
    Mamma Jamma

    The atmosphere is lively and family-friendly, with white-painted brick walls and electric red chairs. Don't miss the house specialty, the Portuguesa,... Read More

  • Olympe Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Olympe
    Olympe

    Highlights include crispy suckling pig with panko-cacao dressing, scallops with hearts of palm carpaccio, and a passion fruit crêpe soufflé that's been... Read More

  • Oro Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Oro
    Oro

    Diners can watch a team of chefs prepare tasty morsels such as savory profiteroles stuffed with hand-made Brazilian cheese or watermelon with sardine... Read More

  • Paris 6 RIO Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Paris 6 RIO
    Paris 6 Rio

    While the decor is distinctively 1920's-era French (red leather banquets; those familiar street lamps outside) the dishes have a distinct Brazilian... Read More

  • Porcão Rio's Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Porcão
    Porcão Rios

    Before the steak feast begins, don't miss the bountiful salad bar that boasts everything from olives to sushi. Dramatic vaulted ceilings and a piano bar... Read More

  • Sawasdee Bistro Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Sawasdee Bistro
    Sawasdee Bistro

    Chef Marcos Sodre studied culinary arts in Thailand, but adds Brazilian influences to his cuisine, making inventive dishes ranging from traditional Pad... Read More

  • Stuzzi Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Stuzzi
    Stuzzi

    The cozy bar-like atmosphere is amplified by a chandelier made from recycled wine bottles, and the extensive wine list ensures that tables stay full—and... Read More

  • Sushi Leblon Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Sushi Leblon
    Sushi Leblon

    The sushi at this trendy spot is among the best in Brazil. But the real attraction here is the crowd. The sleek modern eatery is a favorite of the... Read More

  • Yume Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Yume
    Yume

    Pass through the doors of an ancient mansion in Rio's upscale Jardim Botanico district, and enter a cozy candlelit den with low tables and floor cushions. Read More

  • Zuka Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Zuka
    Zuka

    The focal point of the restaurant, amid its blonde-wood paneling, is the open grill where diners can catch a glimpse of Chef Ludmilla Soeiro preparing,... Read More

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