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

    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 Brazilian dishes...Read More

  • 2. Pabu Izakaya

    $$ | Leblon

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

  • 3. Spazziano

    $$ | Ipanema

    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) is a...Read More

  • 4. Teva

    $$ | Ipanema

    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 dishes. Its...Read More

  • 5. Amarelinho

    $$$$ | Centro

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

  • 6. Amazonian Soul

    $$ | Ipanema

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

  • 7. Bar do Arnaudo

    $$$ | Santa Teresa

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

  • 8. Bar e Restaurante Urca

    $$ | Urca

    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

  • 9. La Bicyclette

    $$ | Jardim Botânico

    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 pre-...Read More

  • 10. Vegetariano Social Clube

    $$ | Leblon

    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-you-can-eat organic lunch...Read More

  • 11. Blyss Holy Foods

    $ | Ipanema

    Hidden away in a small arcade off Ipanema's main square, Blyss Holy Foods provides culinary delights for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone who fancies a break...Read More

  • 12. Gula Gula

    $$ | Ipanema

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

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