Salvador and the Bahia Coast Restaurants

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  • 1. Bar do Raúl

    $$ | Seafood

    The freshest of such Bahian delicacies as mariscada (seafood stew), casquinha de siri (shredded crab), and arroz de polvo (octopus rice...Read More

  • 2. La Taperia

    $$$ | Rio Vermelho | Spanish

    You’ll be hard-pressed to find a Spanish restaurant in Brazil that matches the outstanding food and cocktails served at this vibrant bar-restaurant...Read More

  • 3. Paraíso Tropical

    $$$$ | Cabula | Brazilian

    Ask locals and longtime expats alike what not to miss in Salvador and the response you get will be unanimous: Paraíso Tropical. In a tropical...Read More

  • 4. Restaurante da Sylvinha

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    This colorful cottage with some of the most innovative food in Bahia, set right on Praia do Espelho, draws Trancoso's jet set, who get here...Read More

  • 5. São João Batista

    $$$$ | Brazilian

    Three chefs from São Paulo are behind the innovative, sophisticated dishes at this recently opened fine-dining spot sandwiched between two furniture...Read More

  • 6. Thaicoso

    $$ | Thai

    A compact menu of delicious, fresh-flavored Thai dishes changes daily at this affordable, alfresco spot, with a handful of candlelit tables...Read More

  • 7. A Portinha

    $ | Brazilian

    This good-value, lunch-only, buffet-style restaurant attracts both locals and foreign visitors with its generous salad bar and variety of "slow...Read More

  • 8. Bar do Rô

    $$$$ | Brazilian

    While Bar do Rô’s traditional, lunch-only Bahian fare is much praised, it is the location, straddling the meeting point between the sea and...Read More

  • 9. Bargaço

    $$$$ | Armação | Seafood

    Delicious Bahian dishes of fresh seafood are served at this longtime favorite, where the ample portions are great for sharing and the alfresco...Read More

  • 10. Boi Preto

    $$$$ | Armação | Brazilian

    For a set price this top-quality, all-you-can-eat Brazilian churrascaria serves a selection of meat cooked to perfection and a generous choice...Read More

  • 11. Cabana Recanto do Sossego

    $$$$ | Ponta do Mutá | Italian

    Run by three Italians, this beach restaurant combines fresh seafood with homegrown classics, such as fish carpaccio and gnocchi with pesto sauce...Read More

  • 12. Café Ba-Cana

    $ | Café

    Regular live music and excellent cocktails make this a popular hangout with visitors and locals come nightfall. During the day it's a hot spot...Read More

  • 13. Capim Santo

    $$$ | Seafood

    Located in the heart of the Quadrado, Capim Santo—which means lemongrass in Portuguese—is one of the best restaurants in town. Open since 1985...Read More

  • 14. Cozinha Aberta

    $$$$ | Brazilian

    You’ll be forgiven for wanting to order everything on the menu at Brazilian chef Deborah Doitschinoff’s Slow Food spot set right on the river...Read More

  • 15. Guido's

    $$ | Boipepa | Seafood

    Local lobster man Guido has grown into something of a Brazilian legend over the past 15 years, since he first began serving up succulent whole...Read More

  • 16. L'Arcangelo

    $$$ | Pelourinho | Italian

    Tucked away on a quiet cobbled street, this lively cantina combines good-value Italian classics with a cozy atmosphere. Owner Rafaele makes...Read More

  • 17. Lá em Casa

    $$ | Eclectic

    This Praia de Algodoes restaurant–beach bar is run by Helena and Fernando, a charming couple from Rio, whose tapas-style menu and specials evolve...Read More

  • 18. Macunaíma Beach Lounge

    $$$ | Brazilian

    This hippie-chic beach bar is loved as much for its signature cocktail, the Anti-Stress (vodka muddled with lemongrass, mint, and ginger), as...Read More

  • 19. Pinnochio’s Pizzaria e Restaurante

    $$ | Pizza

    Located just off one of Barra Grande’s charming sandy streets, this no-frills wood-oven pizza place is always packed with groups of friends...Read More

  • 20. Pizzeria da Gente

    $ | Pizza

    Arguably the best-value dining experience in town, this hole-in-the-wall spot is a local favorite for its tasty thin-crust wood-oven pizzas...Read More

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