Salvador and the Bahia Coast Restaurants

The laid-back lifestyle of Bahians is reflected in their food. While breakfast in Brazil is traditionally a minor meal, even the simplest of inns will often provide a buffet spread fit for a king—including tropical fruits, eggs, and endless cakes and pancakes crafted from Tapioca. Lunches are usually casual and not strictly defined by the clock, as the hottest part of the day is not the best for large meals. Dinner is the main meal, and starts late, usually around 9. Bahian cuisine is unique and delicious, and a definite reason to visit. The ever-present oleo de dendê (palm oil) is one ingredient that sets it apart from other Brazilian cuisines.

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  • 1. Bar do Raúl

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

  • 2. La Taperia

    $$$ | Rio Vermelho

    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 overlooking the bay...Read More

  • 3. Paraíso Tropical

    $$$$ | Cabula

    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

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    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

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  • 6. Thaicoso

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

  • 7. A Portinha

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

  • 8. Bar do Rô

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  • 9. Bargaço

    $$$$ | Armação

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

  • 10. Boi Preto

    $$$$ | Armação

    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 of sides. A flurry...Read More

  • 11. Cabana Recanto do Sossego

    $$$$ | Ponta do Mutá

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

  • 12. Café Ba-Cana

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    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 for...Read More

  • 13. Capim Santo

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    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, the family-run...Read More

  • 14. Cozinha Aberta

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    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, where...Read More

  • 15. Guido's

    $$ | Boipepa

    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

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

  • 17. Lá em Casa

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    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 daily around...Read More

  • 18. Macunaíma Beach Lounge

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

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    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 and ice-cold beer, which can...Read More

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