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Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro

High-end establishments in smart Leblon cluster around restaurant row Rua Dias Ferreira. For innovative Brazilian cuisine with a French twist, reserve a table at Chef Roland Villard’s award-winning Le Pré-Catelan in Copacabana. Travel back in time with a visit to the opulent 19th-century Confeitaria Colombo tearoom in downtown Rio. Kitchens are usually open until midnight. Most downtown restaurants are closed for dinner and do not operate on Sundays. A 10-12% service charge is generally included, but check the bill.

Aprazível, Rio de Janeiro. Courtesy Ascom Riotur

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  1. 1. Aprazível - Hilltop dining

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    Aprazível, Rio de Janeiro. Courtesy Ascom Riotur

    Much of the charm of Aprazível comes from its setting in a hilltop mansion. Tables spill out over the gardens and patios, offering views of downtown Rio. The kitchen serves up a variation on Brazilian cuisine using many ingredients from the Nordeste region. The signature main is the peixe tropical, grilled fish in an orange sauce, served with coconut rice and baked banana.Show this on map

    Opening Hours

    Tues-Sat Noon-11pm; Sun Noon-6pm

    Address

    Rua Aprazível 62, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2508-9174

    Transport

    Tram: Santa Teresa tramway

    Website

    Aprazível Website

  2. 2. Giuseppe Grill - Meat heaven

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    With outstanding steak, an affordably priced wine list, and excellent and attentive service, what's not to recommend? The house specialty is beef. You can choose from grilled beef or slowly roasted beef on a charcoal grill. Both options include numerous cuts -- prime rib, Argentine chorizo steak, filet mignon, and rump steak as well as beef ribs, pork, and chicken.Show this on map

    Opening Hours

    Mon-Thurs noon-4pm and 7pm-midnight; Fri-Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-11pm

    Address

    Av. Bartolomeu Mitre 370, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2249-3055

    Transport

    Bus: 415

    Website

    Giuseppe Grill Website

  3. 3. Le Pré-Catelan - Amazonian gourmet experience

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    Le Pré-Catelan, Rio de Janeiro. Courtesy Sofitel Rio

    Even after a decade as one of Rio's top celebrity chefs, Roland Villard still manages to offer diners a "wow" every time at Le Pré-Catelan. Inspired by a trip to the Brazilian rainforest, he spent several years researching his 10-course menu of exclusively Amazonian dishes. Guests browse pictures and descriptions of all the ingredients and dishes, such as the Tucanaré brandade with coconut milk.Show this on map

    Opening Hours

    Mon-Wed 7:30-11:30pm; Thurs-Sat 7:30pm-midnight

    Address

    Av. Atlántica 4240, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2525-1160

    Transport

    Bus: 415

    Website

    Le Pré-Catelan Website

  4. 4. Mok Sakebar - Japanese flavours

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    Mok Sakebar, Rio de Janeiro. Courtesy Ascom Riotur

    This establishment has a sushi bar offering creations like tuna marinated in green apple wasabi or dragon roll with eel and shiitake mushrooms. In the restaurant, try mains such as tender grilled duck breast or spicy seared tuna. In the sake bar, sample 30-year-old vintages or tempting cocktails like ginger-mandarin caipirinha.Show this on map

    Opening Hours

    Mon 7pm-1am; Tues-Thurs noon-3:30pm and 7pm-1am; Sat noon-1:30am; Sun 1-11pm

    Address

    Rua Dias Ferreira 78, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2512-6526

    Transport

    Bus: 415

    Website

    Mok Sakebar Website

  5. 5. Porcão - Traditional Brazilian barbecue

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    Porcão is a churrascaria operating on the rodizio system where you can munch to your heart's content while enjoying spectacular views of Sugarloaf Mountain. It's one price for all you can eat (dessert and drinks are extra), and once you sit down, an onslaught of waiters comes bearing all manner of meat which they slice to perfection on your plate.Show this on map

    Opening Hours

    12pm-12am; Sun 12pm-11pm

    Address

    Av. Infante Dom Henrique s/n, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/3461-9020

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Porcão Website

Mid-range (R$50-R$120 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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  1. 6. Arab - Easern Mediterranean fare

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    Arab, Rio de Janeiro. Courtesy Ascom Riotur

    Arab has a terrific waterfront patio (on Copa beach) and delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. The excellent lunchtime buffet offers chickpeas, lentils and grilled vegetables alongside mains like roasted chicken with apricots and couscous with cod. For dinner, share mezzes (appetizer plates) combining hummus, baba ghanouj and savoury pastries with ground beef or lamb.Show this on map

    Opening Hours

    Mon 5pm-1am; Tues-Sun 8am-1am

    Address

    Av. Atlântica 1936, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2235-6698

    Transport

    Metrô: Cardeal Arcoverde

    Website

    Zur Arab Website

  2. 7. Espirito Santa - Simple excellence

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    Espirito Santa proves there's no great secret to success -- a cute restaurant, a great patio looking out over Santa Teresa, and excellent and inventive Brazilian cuisine. Chef Natacha Fink hails from the Amazon, and it shows in her menu. The signature starter is the tambaqui "ribs" -- made of tambaqui (a popular Amazonian fish) lightly breaded and served with a pesto of jambu herbs.Show this on map

    Opening Hours

    Mon-Tues 12pm-6pm; Wed-Sat 12pm-12am; Sun 12pm-10pm

    Address

    Rua Almirante Alexandrino 264, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2507-4840

    Transport

    Bus: 214

    Website

    Espirito Santa Website

  3. 8. Oui Oui - Tapas bites

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    Oui Oui, Rio de Janeiro. Courtesy Ascom riotur

    Tapas has finally made it to Rio at Oui Oui, which has created a wonderful menu of 20 small dishes that can be combined into a very satisfying meal. Try a refreshing Moranguito cocktail (sparkling wine, strawberries, and mint) and a portion of caramelized spareribs served with a pumpkin and goat cheese puree, topped with toasted almonds.Show this on map

    Opening Hours

    Tues-Sun 7:30pm-1am

    Address

    Rua Conde de Iraja 85, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2527-3539

    Transport

    Metrô: Integração Botafogo

    Website

    Oui Oui Website

  4. 9. Sawasdee - Thai with a twist

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    Sawasdee, Rio de Janeiro. Courtesy Ascom Riotur

    Over the last 10 years, chef Marcos Soudre and his wife Sandra have made Sawasdee in Rio into one of Brazil's finest Thai restaurants. The menu can be a bit overwhelming (it is huge), but everything is delicious so be adventurous. How about grilled fish with shiitake risotto and passion-fruit curry or grilled duck breast in tamarind sauce?Show this on map

    Opening Hours

    Sun-Tues and Thurs 6pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 6pm-1:30am

    Address

    Bistro na Rua Dias Ferreira 571, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2511-0057

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Sawasdee Website

  5. 10. Zazá Bistrô Tropical - Funky dining

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    Zazá is Rio's funkiest eatery, serving up a creative menu of South American cuisine fused with Oriental flavors. Ask for a spot upstairs where everyone sits on the floor, surrounded by candlelight and enjoy deliciously grilled squid salad served on a bed of greens with an orange vinaigrette, or an order of mini-acarajés (dumplings made of mashed beans and spicy shrimp) served with tomato chutney.Show this on map

    Opening Hours

    Sun-Thurs 7:30pm-1am; Fri-Sat 7:30pm-1:30am

    Address

    Rua Joana Angelica 40, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2247-9101

    Transport

    Bus: 415

    Website

    Zazá Bistrô Tropical Website

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  1. 11. Bibi Sucos - Healthy snacks

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    The overhead menu at this popular neighborhood juice bar is refreshingly straightforward: juice, juice, and juice. You pick a fruit combination, and into the blender the ingredients go. It's trendy in newly health-conscious Rio to add on a scoop of protein powder for strength, guarana for energy, or pollen for general health. Bibi also sells hamburgers, grilled-cheese sandwiches, and a variety of Brazilian savory pastries.Show this on map

    Opening Hours

    Daily 8am-2am; later on weekends if busy

    Address

    Av. Ataulfo de Paiva 591, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2259-0000

    Transport

    Bus: 415

    Website

    Bibi Sucos Website

  2. 12. Churrascaria Carretão - Bargain barbecue

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    For a churrascaria meal without breaking the bank, try Carretao. It's an all-you-can-eat rodizio system: Meats are delivered to your table by a constant parade of waiters carrying a variety of cuts, and you can help yourself to a large buffet with a selection of salads, sushi, and even grilled fish. Carretao also serves up a variety of pork, sausage, chicken, and turkey cuts.Show this on map

    Opening Hours

    Daily 12pm-midnight

    Address

    Rua Siqueira Campos 23, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2236-3435

    Transport

    Metrô: Siqueira Campos

    Website

    Churrascaria Carretão Website

  3. 13. Confeitaria Colombo - Timeless style

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    Confeitaria Colombo, Rio de Janeiro. Courtesy Confeitaria Colombo

    This stunning Victorian tearoom hasn't changed much since it opened in 1894. Two large counters at the entrance serve up sweets and snacks with coffee or other refreshments. The rest of the ground floor features an elegant tearoom, where a variety of teas, sandwiches, and sweets are served on fine china underneath a '20s stained-glass window. The upstairs is for full lunches -- on Saturdays the feijoada (black beans and pork stew) is worth a trip downtown. Tip: A branch of the Confeitaria Colombo is inside the Forte Copacabana, with a smaller menu but fabulous views. Show this on map

    Opening Hours

    Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-5pm

    Address

    Rua Gonçalves Dias 32, Rio de Janeiro

    Transport

    Metrô: Carioca

    Website

    Confeitaria Colombo Website

  4. 14. Delirio Tropical - Healthy salads

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    Stop at Delirio Tropical for a lighter and healthier snack. The menu includes delicious fresh salads such as the caprese (a layered tower of sliced tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella), salpicao (shredded chicken with carrots and corn). You can put together a meal with a selection of salads alone, or you can add some grilled meat, or make a choice from the daily hot dish specials.Show this on map

    Opening Hours

    Daily 9am-9pm

    Address

    Rua Garcia d'Avila 48, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/3624-8164

    Transport

    Bus: 415

    Website

    Delirio Tropical Website

  5. 15. Paladino - Deli diner

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    Is Paladino a deli, with jars of capers and artichoke hearts? Is it a liquor store with hundreds of bottles? Or is it a bustling lunch bar with some of the best draft beer in town? What matters is that the beer is cold and comes at the wave of a finger, the atmosphere is Belle Epoque, and the sandwiches and snack plates are delicious.Show this on map

    Opening Hours

    Mon-Fri 7am-8:30pm; Sat 8am-noon

    Address

    Rua Uruguaiana 226, Rio de Janeiro

    Telephone

    +55 021/2263-2094

    Transport

    Metrô: Uruguaiana

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