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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Pizzeria Maritaca

    $$$ | Italian

    Fabulous thin-crust pizza, homemade pasta, and a happening scene keep this lively local spot ever popular, even if the prices may make your...Read More

  • 16. Restaurante O Bode

    $ | Brazilian

    This excellent-value per-kilo restaurant offers a great pit stop at lunch or dinner for meat lovers and vegetarians alike, with an extensive...Read More

  • 17. Sabor da Vila

    $$$ | Praia do Forte | Brazilian

    It isn't surprising that seafood fresh from the ocean is the specialty at this simple yet ever-popular Bahian restaurant on Praia do Forte's...Read More

  • 18. Senac

    $$$ | Pelourinho | Brazilian

    The delicious 30-dish buffet served in the wood-paneled dining room of this restored town house set right on the Pelourinho provides a comprehensive...Read More

  • 19. Tikal Praia Bar

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Set on what is arguably Maraú’s most beautiful stretch of coastline, Praia do Algodões, beach-lounge and restaurant Tikal is one of the best...Read More

  • 20. Uauá

    $$$ | Pelourinho | Brazilian

    Tucked away above a busy street in the Pelourinho, Uauá's tasty, typically Brazilian dishes and reliable service make it one of the most popular...Read More

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