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

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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Fazenda Culinaria Restaurant

    $$$$ | Centro

    Supported by its striking location overlooking the docks and set inside the sustainability-focused Museum of Tomorrow, this light-filled lunch-only restaurant has been a stand-out hit...Read More

  • 4. Jobi

    $$$ | Leblon

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

  • 5. Lasai

    $$$$ | Botafogo

    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, featuring...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Barra Grill

    $$$$ | Barra da Tijuca

    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...Read More

  • 11. Casa da Feijoada

    $$$$ | Ipanema

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

  • 12. Chez Claude

    $$$$ | Leblon

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

  • 13. Esplanada Grill

    $$$$ | Ipanema

    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. Irajá Bistro

    $$$$ | Botafogo

    The winning combination of great service, a vibrant atmosphere, and reliably delicious finedining ensures this light-filled converted town house is almost always packed. A great...Read More

  • 15. Santo Scenarium

    $$ | Centro

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

  • 16. Porcão Rio's

    $$$$ | Flamengo

    At lively Porcão, the ultimate in Brazilian churrascaria experiences, bow-tied waiters wielding giant skewers slip nimbly between linen-draped tables, slicing off portions of sizzling barbecued...Read More

  • 17. Pipo

    $$ | Leblon

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

  • 18. Porcão

    $$$$ | Ipanema

    A convenient location makes this branch of Rio's famous churrascaria the most popular one with travelers, though the Flamengo branch, known as Porcão Rio's, has...Read More

  • 19. Siri Mole & Cia

    $$$$ | Copacabana

    This restaurant takes its name from a soft-shell crab native to Brazil, and the signature dish here is moqueca—a Bahian stew that combines palm oil...Read More

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