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Good, unique places to eat

I'm making a list of restaurants to check out in Rio with my wife.  I just want good food and to try out what the city's known for, whether it's a fine dining establishment or a street stand.  Any suggestions?

4 Answers

answered first by
Andrew from Minneapolis

For nicer places, check out  ORO Restaurante. This restaurant takes Rio's cuisine to the next level. Head chef Felipe Bronze uses traditional Brazilian ingredients and adds a bit of flair with fantastic results.  Roberta Sudbrack is another excellent place to visit for gourmet Brazilian cuisine. The flavors are spectacular.

Located in the Sao Cristovao Fair, Baião de Dois is a must stop. If you are an adventurous eater like me try the Buchada de bode, a goat haggis. It's the most popular item at the market.

For some really authentic down home places, check out  Adega Pérola, best known for its Portuguese delicacies. Give the codfish balls and octopus vinaigrette a try.  Nova Capela is a Portuguese-style spot that serves up amazing food for low prices. A great spot for some late night eats. And if you're extra hungry, there is nothing more substantial than a churrasco, or Brazilian BBQ. Porcao Rio's is the most famous churrascaria in Rio. It's the best beef you will ever eat. Come hungry.

Restaurante Cervantes is fun place with quick and cheap eats. A great place to grab a bite to eat while you tour the city.   Miam Miam is another quirky and fun spot to grab a meal. The restaurant is known for its Brazilian comfort food.

In a city filled with Botequins, Aconchego Carioca Bar stands out as one of the best. Try the Frango ao Molho Pardo, or the chicken in blood sauce. It is a great Portuguese dish.

If you're looking for a cafe,  Confeitaria Colombo is a sophisticated café with ornate décor and amazing foods.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. ORO Restaurante (restaurant)
  2. Roberta Sudbrack (restaurant)
  3. Baião de Dois (restaurant)
  4. Adega Pérola (attraction)
  5. Nova Capela (restaurant)
  6. Porcao Rio's (restaurant)
  7. Restaurante Cervantes (restaurant)
  8. Miam Miam (restaurant)
  9. Aconchego Carioca Bar (restaurant)
  10. Confeitaria Colombo (restaurant)
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answered by
Monique from Rio de Janeiro

Hi Keith, i'm from Rio and I'll tell you my favorite places to eat here. If you are into views, as you seem to be, you really should go to Aprazível at Santa Tereza. The specialty is contemporary brazilian food, and it's great - and the view is really something.

If you want to have a real food experience here, I'd recomend you Olympe (Rua Custódio Serrão, 62 - Jardim Botânico, (21) 2539-4542). The chef is the well-known Claude Troisgros, and that's the best restaurant in Rio for me. 

I'll stay with Andrew about Aconchego Carioca Bar and Nova Capela; the first makes my mouth water just by thinking about it (try the classics Bobó de Camarão or Baião de Dois), and the second has a unique "Cabrito com Arroz de Brócolis".

I also like a lot Restaurante Zuka, it has the best crispy shrimp ever.

For the bars finger foods, I'd try Botequim Chico & Alaíde, Bar Bracarense and Belmonte at Leblon.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Aprazível (restaurant)
  2. Olympe (restaurant)
  3. Aconchego Carioca Bar (restaurant)
  4. Nova Capela (restaurant)
  5. Restaurante Zuka (restaurant)
  6. Botequim Chico & Alaíde (attraction)
  7. Bar Bracarense (restaurant)
  8. Belmonte (attraction)
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The  Bar D'Hotel, in the Marina All Suites (Leblon), have a very nice ambient with a fantastic food and deserts.

Another one, Miam Miam, in Botafogo, with great contemporary food.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bar D'Hotel (restaurant)
  2. Marina All Suites (hotel)
  3. Miam Miam (restaurant)
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answered by
Sandro from Chile

2 places cheaper than the other ones mentioned. Mar Palace Copacabana Hotel in the córner Copacabana and Santa Clara. If you want to eat good pizza and cheap in restaurant Parmê in córner of sequeira campos and barata Ribeiro one block towards mountain. Both are cheaper than the others and de food is very good. Enjoy!!!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mar Palace Copacabana Hotel (hotel)
  2. Parmê (restaurant)
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