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

    Few places epitomize the essence of Brazil like Academia Da Cachaça—right down to the custom-made Brazilian flag covering the entire ceiling. This... 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

    This comfortably-appointed and traditional spot in Santa Teresa is known for its top-notch Brazilian dishes that hail from the state of Minas Gerais.... 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. Traditionally 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 hamburgers at Chez L'Ami Martin—topped with Gruyere and brie, and a dollop of subtle bacon jam—were recently voted among the very best in Brazil.... 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 all the way to the Amazon to sample treats from the jungles of Brazil. At Espirito Santa, chef Natacha Fink, who comes from... Read More

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

    A top dining choice in Rio since its 2002 opening, this chic and classic Italian eatery boasts many culinary world awards, as well as a star appeal that... 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—memorabelia and hanging motorcycles serve as decor—offers up just... Read More

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

    Opened by expats from California, this trendy new Mexican restaurant in the heart of the Leblon neighborhood serves up gourmet versions of the country's... Read More

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

    Brazilians take their pizza seriously and Mamma Jamma consistently wins their praise. The dough is left to rise for five days before its cooked into a... Read More

  • Olympe Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Olympe
    Olympe

    Using Brazilian ingredients like tucupi juice and açai, chef Claude Troisgros (of the multi Michelin-starred Troisgros family) and son Thomas produce... Read More

  • Oro Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Oro
    Oro

    Award-winning Carioca chef Felipe Bronze serves up contemporary Brazilian tasting menus in this acclaimed gourmet spot on restaurant row in Jardim... Read More

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

    This kitschy bistro is a favorite with night owl Cariocas who appreciate its round-the-clock hours as well as the extensive 200-dish menu. While the... Read More

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

    No one should visit Brazil without dining at a churrascarias, or steakhouse. Such places are abundant in Rio, offering diners as much meat as they can... Read More

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

    This Thai hot spot in fashionable Leblon consistently wins awards—and converts first-timers to regulars eager to experience the entire menu. Chef Marcos... Read More

  • Stuzzi Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Stuzzi
    Stuzzi

    Rio is full of Italian restaurants, but Stuzzi is a stand-out choice. The name comes from stuzzichini, Italy's own take on tapas, though the small... Read More

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

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

  • Zuka Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Zuka
    Zuka

    The cozy yet modern Zuka has been a top foodie favorite in Rio for 13 years—and with good reason. The focal point of the restaurant, amid its blond-wood... Read More

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