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RIO RESTAURANTS The following document contains a brief description of Top 35 restaurants in Rio, all of them illustrated with pictures, classified by type of food and with relevant information such as location, capacity and overage price per person.


APRAZĂ?VEL Hidden on a winding road high up in Santa Teresa, AprazĂ­vel has an amazing location, beautiful views and a lush garden setting. The menu features gourmet Brazilian fare and French cuisine.

*The streets in Santa Teresa are very narrow specially that of the restaurant. Access is restricted to vans each carrying 10 PAX Santa Teresa 189 PAXS $$$

BRASILEIRINHO This rustically decorated restaurant serves good, traditional Mineiro cuisine. Favorites include tutu a mineira (mashed black beans with manioc), carne seca (dried and salted beef) and picanha (rump steak). Ipanema (54 PAXS) Copacabana (70 PAXS) $$

CASA DA FEIJOADA At this longstanding institution, any day is fine to sample the rich, black bean and salted pork dish. The feijoada is served with the requisite orange slices, farofa and grated kale, all of which pair nicely with a caipirinha.“It is the best feijoada in Rio� according to leading travel guides. Ipanema 65 PAXS $$

QUINTA Eleven times awarded in special editions of "Eat & Drink", it is one of the most enjoyable restaurants in Rio, with a bucolic environment and a flavorful menu. The restaurant occupies a beautiful colonial house terraced, from where one can see monkeys jumping in the trees. The stew, made with grouper, lobster, squid, shrimp and coconut milk, is one of the more demanded dishes. Vargem Grande, near Barra 110 PAXS $$$


PLATAFORMA CHURRASCARIA This well-known churrascaria still draws a mix of politicians, artists and tourists. Dark, mellow woods in the dining room match the tones of the roast meats traveling from table to table. The meat is excellent, especially the picanha, and one should not miss the side dishes, like the unforgettable and typically Brazilian cheese balls. The atmosphere is cheerful and very informal. Also in this complex is the Plataforma Show – the over-the-top touristic Carnaval spectacle. Leblon 200 PAXS $$

RIO BRASA An ample Gaucho barbecue restaurant serving good beef, pork and poultry. The concept is an all-you-can-eat barbecue being served to your table in skewers with all the beef you want, sliced to perfection by expert waiters. Waiters will stop serving when the table sign is turned to red. *Appropriate for lunch closing a half day tour of the attractions of Barra da Tijuca – Burle Marx Foundation, Casa do Pontal Museum or the protected beaches of Prainha, Pontal and Grumari. Barra 320 PAXS $$$

PALACE Large variety of meat skewers. Great pork, cow and lamb rib and the best amazonian fish steaks (tambaqui or filhote). This steakhouse (churrascaria) is located in Copacabana, is all you can eat and serves other dishes like sushi and salads, brazilian dishes and has live bossa nova music. Copacabana 200 PAXS $$

CARRETÃO Two Carretão restaurants in town with an identical service. This churrascaria rodízio has a fantastic buffet with hot and cold dishes. A barbecue corner prepares delicious meat, poultry and pork at your preference, serving it in 30 different cuts directly from the pit. There is also a dessert buffet – supplied by what Brazilians like best, sweets and fresh fruits. Service is fast and comfortable. Appropriated when the time is limited. Copacabana (240 PAXS) Ipanema (120 PAXS) $$

FOGO DE CHテグ An authentic Brazilian steakhouse. Since 1979, Fogo began sharing the gaucho way of preparing meat . Today, gaucho chefs still expertly grill each of their 15 cuts of meat and offer you continuous tableside service. The guests could enjoy an amazing view to the Pテ」o de Aテァテコcar along with delicious preparations of their gaucho chefs, gourmet salad bar, authentic Brazilian side dishes, and awardwinning wine list. Botafogo 450 PAXS $$$

MARIUS CARNES In addition to the breathtaking array of delicious roast meats carried from table to table, this Leme churrascaria (all-you-can-eat barbecued-meat restaurant) features a lavish buffet table. Oysters in the half shell, sushi, grilled vegetables with herbs; it all seems almost too lovely to eat. Next door is Marius Crustรกceas, the restaurant's seafood equivalent. Leme 330 PAXS $$$$

OASIS More than 30 years, located below Pedra Bonita, in São Conrado, Churrascaria Oasis is always remembered for its sumptuous buffet with a complete salad bar, hot dishes and other cold appetizers, like buffalo mozzarella or the heart-ofpalm in the oven – a delicatessen that has become famous worldwide. Waiters bring cuts of beef, pork and poultry in skewers to the table and you point where to carve and how much you want. São Conrado 320 PAXS $$$

PORCÃO RIO Set in the Parque do Flamengo with a stunning view of Pão de Açúcar, Porcão Rio’s is consistently ranked by restaurant critics as the city’s best churrascaria. Whether you believe the hype – or simply come for the view – you’re in for an eating extravaganza. Arrive early, to see the view before sunset.

*There is another churrascaria in Barra. Ipanema (500 PAXS) Barra (800 PAXS) $$$


MILANO DOC A sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere, Milano DOC serves northern Italy cuisine, fantastic pizzas and its mini-delicatessen with homemade and imported products are tempting to all senses: Italian pastas, sauces, cheeses, cold cuts and a selection of the best wines in three wine rooms. Ipanema 130 PAXS $$$

MIO It’s a very special place, established on one of the most charming Ipanema streets. People gather at this longtime Ipanema favorite for tasty traditional Italian dishes and excellent grilled seafood. A huge aquarium dominates the main dining room – though diners in the front patio will have their own glassed-in experience. There’s also an impressive wine cellar (containing 700 vintages) and a humidor stocked with cigars. Impressive customer-oriented reception. Ipanema 160 PAXS $$$

GERO Elegance is the spice of choice at this handsome Ipanema favorite on posh Aníbal de Mendonça street. Run by hotelier and restaurateur Rogério Fasano, Gero, has some exquisite choices including tuna carpaccio, risotto with Tuscan sausage and the simple but delicious ravioli with tomato, mozzarella and basil. Ipanema 80 PAXS $$$$

ALESSANDRO & FREDERICO Dominated by the woodburning oven at center stage, this stylish two-story restaurant serves some of Ipanema’s best thin-crust pizzas.

*There is another restaurant in Barra. www.alessandro Ipanema (100 PAXS) Barra (160 PAXS) $$$

DUO The Duo Italian Restaurant combines excellent Italian cuisine with fine wines and an environment that is both warm and comfortable. The menu and its daily execution is the work of Chef Michael Del Monaco, who received high recognition from Michelin Guide. Barra 120 PAXS $$$


CAIS DO ORIENTE Delicious dinner and beautiful architecture are the highlights of this restaurant. Brick walls lined with tapestries stretch high to the ceiling in this almost cinematic 1870s mansion. Set on a brick-lined street hidden from the masses and surrounded by 19th and 20th century buildings, Cais do Oriente blends West with East in dishes such as filet steak and sesame tuna. The second floor, an ideal room for live music and an open terrace. Centro 300 PAXS $$

TÉRÈZE Térèze provides a memorable dining experience, from the inventive menu (char-grilled octopus with couscous salad, black risotto with seafood, macadamiacrusted veal tenderloin), to the suggested wine pairings and the superb views over the city. Even the design is green – tables and artwork are made from reclaimed lumber and recycled materials.. The Térèze is the perfect setting for a unique event. Santa Teresa 80 PAXS $$$

ZOZÓ In front of Vermelha Beach, it has wide, well decorated rooms with an amazing view of Pão de Açucar. It is rustic and sophisticated at the same time, ideal for dinners. It offers sophisticated contemporary food. Urca 150 PAXS $$$


ANTIQUARIUS Serving without a doubt the city’s best Portuguese cuisine, Antiquarius is a rewarding but pricey spot to celebrate oldworld cuisine with an antiquefilled dining room, top-notch service and lovingly prepared dishes. Some particular recommendations include the leg of lamb, the wild boar in red-wine sauce and the Portuguese favorite bacalhau (cod), elevated here to the sublime. Leblon 76 PAXS $$$$


SATYRICON It's all about seafood at Satyricon: gorgeous grouper, bright-red prawns, sweet rock lobster. Simple Italian-inspired preparations let the fresh fish grab the glory. Octopus salad is a must-order, as are grilled prawns. The risotto is delicious; it's more like butter with a few grains of rice. Complimentary hand-rolled cocoa-dusted truffles make a fabulous finale. The restaurant draws a combo of society swells, celebrities and politicians. Ipanema 120 PAXS $$$

SOBRENATURAL Integrated in the bohemian atmosphere of Santa Teresa, this is a cozy and rustic restaurant, with many artisan objects as a decoration. The exposed brick and old hardwood ceiling set the stage for feasting on seafood. Lines gather on weekends for grilled fish and moqueca.

*The streets in Santa Teresa are very narrow. Access is restricted to vans each carrying 10 PAX Santa Teresa 200 PAXS $$$

AZUL MARINHO Below the Arpoador Inn, Azul Marinho serves an assortment of tasty seafood dishes, and the outdoor tables facing the ocean have the best beachside setting you’ll find in the Zona Sul (there’s no traffic between you and the sea, only sand). Try one of the moquecas (seafood stew), the octopus vinaigrette salad or the famous whole fish baked in salt. Ipanema 70 PAXS $$

MARIUS CRUSTACEOS Although the price is sky-high here, this all-you-can-eat seafood restaurant has many fans. The waiters file through the dining room bearing delectable fruits of the sea lobster, mussels, oysters, tuna, salmon, scallops and more. In the same building is Marius Carnes, serving delicious cuts of steak. Leme 330 PAXS $$$$


FRONTERA Frontera offers more than 60 dishes at its delectable lunch buffet, featuring a mouth-watering assortment of grilled meats, baked casseroles and seafood pastas, plus salads, fresh fruits, grilled vegetables and desserts. Jardim Bot達nico(320 PAXS) Ipanema(190 PAXS) $


GALERIA 1618 Opened by two French expats in 2006, the artfilled Galeria 1618 offers a beautifully prepared daily special, such as boeuf bourguingnon, Toulousestyle cassoulet or Tunisian lamb couscous. You can also opt for freshly made pastas, risottos and grilled fish or meat dishes, plus a dozen varieties of crepes. There’s live music Friday and Saturday nights. Leme 60 PAXS $$

OS ESQUILOS A restaurant in a unique location - the Tijuca National Park, declared by UNESCO a World Biosphere Reservation and recognized as the largest urban forest in the world. Os Esquilos opened in 1945, has kept its charm through the years. A protected garden, surrounded by a wall, is the perfect place for a cocktail party with live music and a special atmosphere for your guests. The selection of dishes is from a Brazilian menu to contemporary. Floresta de Tijuca 120 PAXS $$

VICTORIA A restaurant inside Rio’s Jockey Club with mountains and the Botanical Garden on one side and the lovely heart shaped Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. The surroundings are perfect for an unforgettable meal. International cuisine with a touch of the rich Brazilian condiments. *On Mondays there are horse races from 17h30 to 23h50. Lagoa 460 PAXS $$

REAL ASTORIA Opened in 1959, was one of the hottest addresses in Rio in the 80, a meeting point for artists such as Cazuuza, Bebel Gilberto and Caetano Veloso. Ortas. Almost thirty years later, the restaurant reopened in another location overlooking the Guanabara Bay. On the menu, fish and seafood are still the main attractions. Botafogo 320 PAXS $$$

CONFEITARIA COLOMBO Stained-glass windows, brocaded mirrors and marble countertops create one of the most lavish settings for coffee, a meal or most importantly dessert – including an excellent pastel de nata (custard tart).Scenery will take you back in time, where politicians, business men and artists used to meet. *On Sundays, open just for groups Centro 350 PAXS $$


BISTRO MAC NITEROI Bistr么 MAC is located inside the fabulous Contemporary Art Museum of Niter贸i, one of the most beautiful creations of Oscar Niemeyer. Guests can enjoy a great gastronomy, art, and an incredible view of Guanabara bay. Client service is really good, the menu mixes brazilian tastes with international cuisine, the variety of selected wine is wide and the environment is cozy; perfect for private events. Niteroi Thursday to Sunday private events from 20h :120 PAXS for dinners & 200 PAXS for cocktails In regular schedule: 50 PAXS for lunches $$$

CASA DAS CANOAS Located in the heart of the Tijuca Forest, the world’s largest green reserve within urban perimeter, situated in an area of 1200 square meters, Casa das Canoas is a sample of sophisticated colonial Brazilian architecture. On entering its gates, one is conveyed into old times Rio de Janeiro, where these beautiful surroundings serve as a very pleasant gathering place and for both social and cultural events. SĂŁo Conrado Max 600 PAXS, depending on the type of event $$$$

VILLA RISO Impressive house of the seventeenth century, with 22000m2, that holds part of the history of Rio de Janeiro (residence of notorious people such as Emperador Pedro II). It has been restored and nowadays, the most varied kind of events is organized such as: receptions, gala dinners, weddings, seminars, graduation balls, fashion shows and so on. S達o Conrado 250 PAXS $$$$

JULIETA DE SERPA Palace of great beauty with Louis XVI architecture and wonderful decor. The house is the setting for art exhibitions, courses, and varied events, apart from being a gastronomic center of the highest quality and sophistication. Flamengo 250 PAXS $$$$

$ - Up to 32 Dollars $$ - From 33 to 50 Dollars $$$ - From 51 to 80 Dollars $$$$:- More than 81 Dollars

Please contact North Side for further information: Estrada da Gávea, n.712 / Grupo 407 São Conrado – Rio de Janeiro - RJ. Cep: 22610-010. Contatos (Reservas): Marcos Xavier Tel: (021) 3216-7200 FAX: (021) 3322-7737 e-mail :

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