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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 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. 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

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