Restaurants in Trancoso
With blinding-white furniture and a turquoise pool, this chic boîte is straight out of South Beach. The bar serves 50-plus varieties of cachaça, and the seafood-focused menu is reliable—but it’s the panoramic clifftop views you come for.
Maria Sylvia Esteves Calazans Luz came from São Paulo to Trancoso in 1974 at the age of 32. She was soon cooking elaborate meals for guests at her beachfront cottage on the Praia do Espelho.
After a lunch of fresh ceviche at this beachside hotel bar, take to the daybeds overlooking the surf. In the main dining room try a subtle moqueca, paired with piquant pirão (a sauce of tomato, puréed fish, garlic, and olive oil).
This Quadrado fixture has French doors, paddle fans, and a vine-draped courtyard. Chef Sandra Marques—a São Paulo émigré—excels at fish dishes like salmon in leek sauce with black rice.