The Northeast Restaurants

The Northeast has little of the hustle and bustle you'll find in the southern cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Residents enjoy a relaxed lifestyle, so in restaurants you'll find that casual attire is the norm. The many batidas (tropical fruit cocktails) are the highlights of the local cuisine, but many restaurants serve foods from other parts of Brazil. You'll also have many other options, including Italian, Dutch, and French restaurants set up by expats who never left. Dinner begins around 8 pm. Most hotels include breakfast in the cost of your room. Restaurants not in hotels are usually not open for breakfast.

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  • 1. Coco Bambu Frutos do Mar

    $$$$ | Meireles

    Lovers of seafood should look no further than this elegant spot overlooking the beach, which serves prawns in all imaginable forms. Its popularity has reached...Read More

  • 2. Mangai

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    Choose from more than 40 delicious regional specialties at this immensely popular buffet restaurant. Tourists and town residents eat together at communal wood tables, which...Read More

  • 3. Mesa da Ana

    $$$$

    The most unique dining experience on the island, this closed-door restaurant cooks up four high-quality dishes for a maximum of 10 guests per evening, served...Read More

  • 4. Rola Peixe

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    Fantastic seafood and tapas are the specialties at this family-run, laid-back spot. While the decor may be unpretentious, the Basque owners ensure that the service...Read More

  • 5. Tapas

    $$$

    There are several good reasons why this hole-in-the-wall restaurant has an almost religious following: their tapas dishes fuse Spanish and Asian flavors and make the...Read More

  • 6. Tio Pepe

    $$$ | Boa Viagem

    Specializing in innovative yet traditional dishes, this lively restaurant has loyal locals queuing out the door for juicy portions of carne de sol (sun-dried beef)...Read More

  • 7. Vojnilô Praia

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    An excellent option for lunch on the beach is this chic spot that combines Mediterranean dishes with good music, beautiful people, and reliable service. Freshness...Read More

  • 8. Bargaço

    $$$$ | Pina

    For those looking for an authentic taste of Bahia, this pleasant restaurant serves up golden moquecas baianas (fish cooked with onion, tomatoes, peppers, parsley, and...Read More

  • 9. Camarões Potiguar

    $$$

    Locals and visitors alike rate this classic seafood restaurant as one of the best dining options in town. The house speciality is seafood, with fresh...Read More

  • 10. Chica Pitanga

    $ | Boa Viagem

    The wide variety of freshly prepared, tasty dishes at this reliable, per-kilo buffet restaurant makes it a popular choice with business workers and families alike....Read More

  • 11. Colher de Pau

    $$ | Varjota

    Ana Maria Vilmar and her mother opened Colher de Pau more than a decade ago in a small rented house in the Varjota district. The...Read More

  • 12. Ecologiku's

    $$$$

    This small restaurant is known for its seafood, especially lobster. If you can't decide what to order, the sinfonia ecologiku is a sampling of every...Read More

  • 13. L'Ô Restaurante

    $$$$

    This elegant restaurant serves sophisticated Mediterranean-Brazilian fusion dishes. The surrounding area may be a little run-down, but inside the decor is art deco–inspired and there...Read More

  • 14. Leite

    $$$$

    For a memorable lunch, look no further than Leite. Since 1882, this Recife institution has served expertly prepared Portuguese classics in a refined setting, where...Read More

  • 15. Mergulhão

    $$$$

    This contemporary restaurant serves fresh seafood with attentive service. With deck chairs, a breezy terrace, and beautiful views over the port during sunset, this is...Read More

  • 16. Na Casa Dela

    $$$

    Slip off your flip-flops and tuck into pizza, pasta, and regional specialities in the charming garden of this friendly restaurant. Even though some dishes can...Read More

  • 17. Oficina do Sabor

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    Setlle down in the leafy dining room of this regional restaurant, and take in the views of the coconut palms of Olinda while sampling the...Read More

  • 18. Olinda Art and Grill

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    Good-value hearty meals, such as whole roast chicken with rice, beans, and salad, are served at this popular restaurant on a lovely terrace, which has...Read More

  • 19. Parraxaxá

    $ | Boa Viagem

    Waiters at this popular restaurant wear the bent orange hats of Lampião, a Jesse James–like folk hero who made his way through the interior of...Read More

  • 20. Piazzale Itália

    $$$ | Ponta Negra

    During the high season (July and December–mid-March), it's necessary to make a reservation at this popular joint, or you'll be among the many waiting outside,...Read More

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