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. Aprazível

    $$$$ | Santa Teresa | Brazilian

    A lantern-lit tropical garden filled with exotic plants, monkeys, and birds is the spectacular setting for this family restaurant serving pan...Read More

  • 2. Azumi

    $$$$ | Copacabana | Japanese

    Rio's most traditional Japanese restaurant is also one of its best, tucked away down a side street at the start of Copacabana. Pick a spot at...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Casa Camolese

    $$$ | Jardim Botânico | Italian

    Owned by artist Vik Muniz and hospitality guru Cello Camolese, this trendy, split-level industrial-chic converted warehouse combines Italian...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Lasai

    $$$$ | Botafogo | Brazilian

    Set in a beautiful converted colonial town house complete with a roof terrace for cocktails, Lasai is one of the city’s leading gourmet experiences...Read More

  • 7. Olympe

    $$$$ | Jardim Botânico | French

    Claude Troisgros, of the celebrated Michelin-starred Troisgros family of France, runs something of an empire of upscale restaurants in Rio,...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Adega Pérola

    $$ | Copacabana | Portuguese

    One of the most authentic botequim (traditional bar) experiences in Rio is this hole-in-the-wall kitchen serving up tasty Portuguese-style...Read More

  • 12. Amarelinho

    $$$$ | Centro | Brazilian

    The best spot for city-center people-watching, this vast pavement boteco overlooking the Biblioteco Nacional and the Theatro Municipal has been...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Bar do Arnaudo

    $$$ | Santa Teresa | Brazilian

    A neighborhood favorite for more than three decades, this informal tavern in the heart of Santa Teresa serves Northeastern cuisine in more than...Read More

  • 15. Bar e Restaurante Urca

    $$ | Urca | Brazilian

    While you can dine indoors in this relaxed spot, make like the locals and enjoy a snack alfresco, propped against the harbor wall across the...Read More

  • 16. Barra Grill

    $$$$ | Barra da Tijuca | Brazilian

    A nice place to stop after a long day at Barra Beach, this popular steak house serves more than 30 cuts of top-quality meat. Choose from the...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Cipriani

    $$$$ | Copacabana | Italian

    The most lavish of Copacabana Palace's three restaurants is this homage to Northern-Italian cooking, set overlooking the enormous swimming pool...Read More

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