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. 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

  • 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. Adega Pérola

    $$ | Copacabana

    One of the most authentic botequim (traditional bar) experiences in Rio is this hole-in-the-wall kitchen serving up tasty Portuguese-style tapas to shared tables and a...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. 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

  • 10. Celeiro

    $$$ | Leblon

    One of an increasing number of organic eateries in Rio, Celeiro is a combination café and health-food store that's popular with models and other body-conscious...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Restaurante Shirley

    $$$$ | Leme

    Traditional Spanish seafood casseroles are a strong suit at this small restaurant on a shady street, which has been attracting locals for more than 70...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Azul Marinho

    $$$ | Arpoador

    You'll catch superb sunsets from the beachside tables at this spot in Arpoador that serves high-quality seafood and pasta dishes for lunch and dinner. Across...Read More

  • 16. Cafecito

    $ | Santa Teresa

    This leafy terrace overlooking Santa Teresa's main eating, drinking, and shopping strip provides a relaxed setting for brunches, lunches, and early-evening nibbles and cocktails....Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. 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

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