Baiana (state of Bahia) food is known for it's strong
spice, dende oil, extracted from the Dendezeiro palm tree, brought
from Africa in the 17th century. The majority of Baiana dishes
consist of seafood, hot peppers, tomato, onions and coconut milk.
The most typical dishes include: Moqueca (stew), Boba de Camarao, Vatapa',
Siri Mole & Cia rua
Francisco Otaviano, 50 (Arpoador) tel. 267-0894 accepts all credit
cards; hours - noon to 1:00 am; mid range $$
Siri Mole & Cia av. Rio
Branco (Centro) tel. 233-0107 noon - 5 PM closed sat/sun: known for
the Siri-Mole, crab stew harvested during the new moon, with softer
shells. Large portions served that can de divided. mid range
Yoruba rua Arnaldo
Quintela, 94 (Botafogo) tel. 541-9387 hours - noon to 3 PM (lunch),
7 PM to midnight (dinner) Sun/noon to 10 PM, closed Mon/Tues
Churrasco/Brazilian Steakhouse -
there are essentially two ways to do Brazilian Barbeque, cooked
using gas or rocks, or rotisserie (shish kabob), cooked on wood
fire, generally all you can eat for a set price, and with a green or
red flag on the table to alert the circulating waiters yes or no
for more beef.
Grill - rua Barao da Torre 600 (Ipanema) tel. 2512-2970, hours noon
to midnight. A very sophisticated churrascaria with a branch in Sao
Paulo. Accepts Diners, Master and Visa. Valet parking. High range
House - rua Buenas Aires, 20 (Centro) tel. 263-5565, hours 11:30 am
to 4 pm; closed Sat/Sun. Accepts Amex and Visa. The
restaurant made 25 years recently. Mid range $$
- a chain that
has restaurants in New York and Miami, and 4 in Rio. 20 types of
cuts including salmon and a great variety of salads.
Valet parking. High Range $$$
Porcao Ipanema - rua Barao da Torre, 218; tel. 2522-0999, hours
11 am to 1 am discount of 30% during
weekday lunch, accepts all credit cards
Porcao Barra da Tijuca - av. Armando Lombardi, 591; tel. 2493-3355,
hours 11am to 1am. Accepts all credit cards
Porcao Rio's - av. Infante D. Henrique (Flamengo Park) tel.
2554-8535, a fabulous view of the Sugar Loaf mountain and Guaranbara
bay makes this excellent choice that much better. Visa accepted
- Av. Atlantica, 290-A (Leme) tel.2104-9000, Chain of restaurants
with local in New York. hours noon to 1 am. Accepts all credit
cards. Valet parking.
one of the most traditional of
Brazilian dishes, a black bean stew with cuts of meat.
da Feijoada - rua Prudente de Morais, 10 (Ipanema) tel. 2523-4994,
hours noon to midnight. Accepts all credit cards. The customer
chooses what types of meat will be included.
- rua Custodio Serrao 62 (Jardim Botanico) tel. 2539-4542, hours
noon to 4 pm, 7:30 pm to 12:30 am, closed Sun. French chef Claude
Troisgros commands the kitchen with an ever-changing menu,
conforming to seasons. Accepts Visa, Master and Diners. Valet
parking. Highest range $$$$
Saint Honore - Avenida Atlantica 1020 (Hotel Le Meridien, Leme) 37th
fl. tel. 3873-8880, hours noon to midnight, closed Sun. Fabulous
views of Copacabana beach, excellent service and seasonal menu.
Accepts all credit cards. Valet parking. Very high range $$$$
Bistro - rua Visconde de Caravelas 113 (Botofogo) tel. 2537-5431,
hours 8 pm to 2 am, closed Sun. High range $$$
- Rio de Janeiro has
no shortage of Italian restaurants, with some of the better ones
- rua J.J. Seabra 19 (Jardin Botanico) tel. 2294-1433, hours 12:30
to 3:30, 7:30 to 1 am, Sat 7:30 to 1 am. Other than a few of the
long surviving dishes, the menu is always being renewed, due to the
creativity of the chef/owner Silvia Bianchi. Known for it's
excellent service and desserts. Accepts Amex, Mastercard,
Visa and Diners Club. High range $$$
- Av. Atlantica 1702 (Hotel Copacabana Palace) tel. 2545-8747, hours
12:30 to 3 pm, 8 pm to 1 am. Situated at poolside of the famous
Copacabana Palace, chef Francesco Carli came from Cipriani de Veneza
and is always at the top of the list of Rio's best. A 5-star
experience. All credit cards accepted. Valet Parking. Top range $$$$
Brambini - Av. Atlantica 514-B (Leme) tel. 2275-4346, hours noon to
1 am. Accepts all credit cards. Valet parking. Mid range $$
Gibo - rua Prudente de Moraes 1387 (Ipanema) tel. 2540-5194,
hours noon to 1 am. Accepts Amex and Redecard. Mid range $$$
- av. Henrique Dumont 62 (Ipanema) tel. 2599-3718 hours 7 pm to 1
am, Sat/Sun noon to 1am. Accepts Amex, Diners and Master.
High Range $$$
- rua Barao de Torre 192 (Ipanema) tel. 2521-0627 hours noon to 2
am. Accept all credit cards. Valet parking. High range $$$
- rua Senador Correa 10 (Laranjeiras) tel. 2205-7343 hours noon to 1
am, closed Mon. Accepts Amex. One of few options in this nice
neighborhood with a beautiful veranda and extensive menu.
Cariocas (Rio Natives) caught on fast
to the delicacies of Japanese cuisine, making it quite easy to find.
Leblon - rua Dias Ferreira 256 (Leblon) tel. 2512-7830 hours Mon-Fri
noon to 4 pm, 7 pm to midnight, Sat. noon to 1 am, Sun. 1:30 pm to
midnight. Accepts Master, Visa and Amex. Mid range $$
- av. Epitacio Pessoa 1484, Kiosk 10 tel. 2247-9479 located on the
Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas near the Cantagalo shortcut, hours 7 pm to
1 am, Sun 1 pm to 1 am. Accepts all credit cards. Mid Range $$
Garden - Estrada da Gavea 899, loja 206-c (Shopping Fashion Mall)
Sao Conrado tel. 3322-4932. Interesting architecture giving one the
feeling of a veranda, even though it's in a shopping mall. Accepts
Amex and Visa. High range $$$
Butterfly - rua Barao de Torre 472 (Ipanema) tel. 2267-4347, hours
noon to 2 am, Accepts Amex, Diners, and Master. One of Rio's
favorite Japanese restaurants. Valet parking. High range $$$
- well designed restaurants with 4 locations in Rio, known for it's
contemporary fusion and a Japan goes tropical ambient. Accepts all
credit cards. high $$$
Steakhouse - Avenida das Americas 6101 (Barra da Tijuca) tel.
3326-4306, hours Mon- Fri noon to 3 pm, 5:30 to 1 am, Sat. noon to 1
am, Sun noon to 11 pm, accepts all credit cards. High range $$$ This
chain has many restaurants in Rio. Check site for more.
Louisiane - Estrada da Barra da Tijuca 1636 lj. 1 tel. 2494-2360, (Itanhanga Center, Barra da Tijuca) hours 7:30 pm to midnight,
Sat/Sun noon to midnight. This is Creole food made famous in the
bayou state of Louisiana. Accepts Diners and Master. High range $$$
de Ipanema - Chain of restaurant/bars that serve traditional
Brazilian recipes. The location in Ipanema is known as the
place that the legendary Girl from Ipanema was inspired, when Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes observed a beauty walk by the now
famous establishment. Known for their draft beer and family atmosphere.
comida por kilo (food by weight)
restaurants will serve the vegetarian quite well, always supplied
with plenty of salads and delicious veggie dishes. The system is to load
your plate and weigh it at the end of the line, ordering drinks from
the wait staff at the table.
- rua Dias Ferreira 199 (Leblon) tel. 2274-7843 All
ingredients prepared at Celeiro are organic, with a variety of 40
salads offered everyday. One of few restaurants in Rio that has
female owners, cooks and wait staff. Accepts most cards.
Medium range $$
- rua General Urquiza 104 (Leblon) tel. 2511-3600. The menu changes
everyday with gourmet plates such as lobster, duck breasts,
escargot, funghi secchi and lamb being served. Known for the best
quality foods, which includes a large variety of salads and Japanese
cuisine. Medium range $$
Budget conscious -
Rio has many good Pizza restaurants,
generally serving the thin-crusted variety. Also, a very good option
is the comida por kilo restaurants. Lots of good
salads, vegetables and meats, quite
You may pass small restaurants with the sign
stating prato do dia or prato feito, the plate of the
day. Set price, usually a meat, beans and rice for a nominal fee of 4 or 5 Reais.