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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Bistrô do Paço

    $$ | Centro | International

    Facing the patio at the cool, whitewashed Paço Imperial (The Imperial Palace) and close to the Palacio Tirandentes in the Praça XV square, this...Read More

  • 8. La Bicyclette

    $$ | Jardim Botânico | French

    Located a stone’s throw from Rio’s Botanical Gardens, this cozy bakery is a great pit stop for lazy brunches, light lunches, or afternoon snacks...Read More

  • 9. Santo Scenarium

    $$ | Centro | Brazilian

    A smaller, more laid-back neighbor to the long-established samba party at Rio Scenarium, Santo Scenarium shares its parent club’s passion for...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Doce Delícia

    $$ | Ipanema | Eclectic

    Diners at the Sweet Delight build a meal by selecting from more than three-dozen combinations of vegetables, side dishes, hot mains, and fruits...Read More

  • 13. Garcia & Rodrigues

    $$ | Leblon | Café

    Cariocas rave about the breakfast, served until midday, at this cozy combination café, delicatessen, and liquor shop. R$38 helps you kick-start...Read More

  • 14. Gula Gula

    $$ | Ipanema | Café

    The salads at the upscale café chain Gula Gula are anything but boring. Beyond classics such as Caesar and chicken pesto, fresh local fruits...Read More

  • 15. Pipo

    $$ | Leblon | Brazilian

    The latest Rio venture from the high-profile Brazilian chef Felipe Bronze sees him apply his culinary wizardry to traditional boteco cuisine...Read More

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