Rio de Janeiro Restaurants

With nearly a thousand restaurants, Rio's dining choices are broad, from low-key Middle Eastern cafés to elegant contemporary eateries with award-winning kitchens and first-class service. The succulent offerings in the churrascarias (restaurants specializing in grilled meats) can be mesmerizing for meat lovers—especially the places that serve rodízio-style (grilled meat on skewers is continually brought to your table—until you can eat no more). Hotel restaurants often serve the national dish, feijoada (a hearty stew of black beans and pork), on Saturday—sometimes on Friday, too. Wash it down with a chopp (the local draft beer; pronounced "shop") or a caipirinha (sugarcane rum, lime, and sugar).

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  • 1. Bazzar

    $$$$ | Ipanema | Brazilian

    A chic haven set on a quiet tree-lined street a few blocks back from Ipanema beach, this tropical wood-paneled restaurant specializes in contemporary...Read More

  • 2. Jobi

    $$$ | Leblon | Brazilian

    The post-beach hangout of choice for neighborhood locals since 1956, Jobi serves good coffee, super-chilled draft beer, and lip-smackingly delicious...Read More

  • 3. Pabu Izakaya

    $$ | Leblon | Japanese

    Inspired by Japan's informal izakayas, this intimate spot combines first-class sashimi with more traditional hot Japanese dishes—grab a seat...Read More

  • 4. Satyricon

    $$$$ | Ipanema | Seafood

    A tank of snapping lobsters and a fish counter where you can pick your catch-of-the-day ensures you'll get some of the best seafood in town...Read More

  • 5. Spazziano

    $$ | Ipanema | Vegetarian

    Hidden away on the second floor of the unassuming apart-hotel Ipanema Beach Star, this low-key vegan lunch spot and sister spa (Maria Bonita...Read More

  • 6. Teva

    $$ | Ipanema | Vegetarian

    The food at this happening little Ipanema restaurant is so fresh and inventive that you’ll barely notice that they only serve plant-based vegan...Read More

  • 7. Amazonian Soul

    $$ | Ipanema | Brazilian

    While hundreds of places in Rio serve the antioxidant-rich acai berry bowls, few are more authentic than this Amazonian restaurant, which prizes...Read More

  • 8. Capricciosa

    $$$$ | Ipanema | Italian

    Rio fairly bursts with pizza places, but this upmarket chain's Ipanema branch emerges at the top of the list. Wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas...Read More

  • 9. Casa da Feijoada

    $$$$ | Ipanema | Brazilian

    Restaurants traditionally serve feijoada , Brazil's savory national dish, on Saturday, but here the huge pots of the substantial stew simmer...Read More

  • 10. Celeiro

    $$$ | Leblon | Vegetarian

    One of an increasing number of organic eateries in Rio, Celeiro is a combination café and health-food store that's popular with models and other...Read More

  • 11. Chez Claude

    $$$$ | Leblon | Brazilian

    Opened in 2017, the latest restaurant from leading Franco-Brazilian chef Claude TroisGros is reliably packed every night of the week with well...Read More

  • 12. CT Boucherie

    $$$$ | Leblon | French

    The city's most celebrated chef—Claude Troisgros—has changed the face of the all-you-can-eat churrascaria with this chic bistro. Unlike at...Read More

  • 13. Esplanada Grill

    $$$$ | Ipanema | Brazilian

    This up-market churrascaria is famed for the quality of its grilled meats, which are served in a sleek wooden dining room on a quiet tree-lined...Read More

  • 14. Gero

    $$$$ | Ipanema | Italian

    Owned by the Italian Fasano chain, this award-strewn and beautifully appointed restaurant is frequently cited as the best Italian in Rio, although...Read More

  • 15. Gurume Ipanema

    $$$ | Ipanema | Japanese

    A prime Ipanema location paired with great service and elegant design make this trendy sushi spot a good option for a great meal surrounded...Read More

  • 16. Margutta

    $$$$ | Ipanema | Italian

    A block from Ipanema Beach, Margutta has a reputation for outstanding Mediterranean-style seafood, such as shrimp panfried in olive oil, white...Read More

  • 17. Stuzzi

    $$$ | Leblon | Italian

    Bringing the concept of Italian stuzzichini (tapas-style small plates of food for sharing), Stuzzi has evolved into a star of Leblon's Rua...Read More

  • 18. Vegetariano Social Clube

    $$ | Leblon | Vegetarian

    Vegan restaurants are a growing trend in body-conscious Rio, but few are as established and well-loved as the Vegetarian Social Club. The all...Read More

  • 19. Brigite's

    $$$$ | Leblon | Eclectic

    Leblon's Rua Dias Ferreira is a real go-to street for foodies, and the upmarket bar-restaurant Brigite's is a major reason why. As one might...Read More

  • 20. La Calaca

    $$ | Leblon | Mexican

    A labor of love from a Californian expat couple passionate about Mexican food, this casual-chic restaurant at the heart of Leblon sets culinary...Read More

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