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.