São Paulo Restaurants

São Paulo's dynamic social scene centers on dining out, and among the 12,500-plus restaurants, most of the world's cuisines are covered. The most popular options include Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, French, and Lebanese; contemporary fusions are popular and plentiful. The city also offers a massive selection of pizza and hamburger joints with some world-class offerings. Most places don't require jacket and tie, but paulistanos tend to dress to European standards, so if you're going to pricey establishments, looking elegant is key.

On the domestic front the Brazilian churrascarias are a carnivore's dream, with their all-you-can-eat skewers of barbecued meats and impressive salad buffets. For in-between times, just about every bar offers a selection of grilled meats, sandwiches, and deep-fried favorites for casual grazing. On Wednesday and Saturday, head to a Brazilian restaurant for feijoada—the national dish of black beans and pork. Ask about the other traditional and regional Brazilian dishes as well.

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  • 1. Bráz

    $$$ | Moema

    This restaurant's name comes from one of the most traditional Italian neighborhoods in São Paulo, and no one argues that Bráz doesn't have the right....Read More

  • 2. Consulado Mineiro

    $$$$ | Pinheiros

    During and after the Saturday crafts and antiques fair in Praça Benedito Calixto, it may take an hour to get a table at this homey...Read More

  • 3. Famiglia Mancini

    $$$$ | Bela Vista/Bixiga

    This busy little cantina is well-loved for both its cuisine as well as its location on an unforgettable restaurant-lined strip of Rua Avanhandava, where you...Read More

  • 4. Jun Sakamoto

    $$$$ | Pinheiros

    Arguably the best Japanese restaurant in a town famous for them, Jun Sakamoto stands out for serving fish of the highest quality and for employing...Read More

  • 5. Kaá

    $$$$ | Itaim Bibi

    Contemporary cuisine, attentive service, and a luxurious, secret-garden charm help Kaá maintain its status as one of São Paulo's leading fine-dining establishments. The crayfish au...Read More

  • 6. Kinoshita

    $$$$ | Moema

    Contemporary Japanese plates with international influences are the draw at Kinoshita, where foie gras might accompany a Kobe beef hamburger or truffles might enliven salmon...Read More

  • 7. Maní

    $$$ | Jardins

    With world-class chef-proprietor Helena Rizzo at the helm, Maní has made its way to the top of the restaurant charts in São Paulo. A sophisticated...Read More

  • 8. Mocotó

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    This far-flung restaurant is an exceptional take on the classic boteco, run by the young, charismatic chef Rodrigo Olveira. Try his Northeastern Brazilian classics like...Read More

  • 9. Restaurante Migá

    $$$ | Liberdade

    São Paulo's latest foray in Korean barbecue , Mi-Gá has grills built into its tables and wait staff well versed in how to use them,...Read More

  • 10. Ritz

    $$ | Jardins

    An animated, gay-friendly crowd chatters at this restaurant with Italian, Brazilian, French, and mixed cuisine, as contemporary pop music plays in the background. Although Ritz...Read More

  • 11. Veridiana

    $$$$ | Higienópolis

    Owner Roberto Loscalzo transformed a 1903 mansion into a remarkable dining space; expansive yet intimate, grandiose yet welcoming. At one end of the room chefs...Read More

  • 12. Almanara

    $$$ | Jardins

    Part of a chain of Lebanese semifast-food outlets, Almanara is perfect for a quick lunch of hummus, tabbouleh, grilled chicken, and rice. A full-blown restaurant...Read More

  • 13. Amadeus

    $$$$ | Jardins

    Because São Paulo isn't on the ocean, most restaurants here don't base their reputations on seafood, but Amadeus is an exception. Appetizers such as fresh...Read More

  • 14. Arábia

    $$$$ | Jardins

    For almost 20 years Arábia has served traditional Lebanese cuisine at this beautiful high-ceilinged restaurant. Simple dishes such as hummus and stuffed grape leaves are...Read More

  • 15. Baby Beef Rubaiyat

    $$$$ | Itaim Bibi

    The family that owns and runs this restaurant serves meat from its ranch in Mato Grosso do Sul State. Charcoal-grilled fare—baby boar (request at least...Read More

  • 16. Bar do Juarez

    $$ | Itaim Bibi

    With the look of an old-style saloon, Bar do Juarez has won awards for its draft beers and buffet of petiscos (small tapas-like dishes), but...Read More

  • 17. Cantaloup

    $$$$ | Itaim Bibi

    Cantaloup's converted warehouse has two dining areas: oversize photos decorate the walls of the slightly formal room, while a fountain and plants make the second...Read More

  • 18. Cantina Roperto

    $$$$ | Bixiga

    Wine casks and bottles adorn the walls at this typical Bixiga cantina, located on a street so charmingly human-scaled you'll hardly believe you're still in...Read More

  • 19. Carlota

    $$$$ | Higienópolis

    TV host, author, and chef Carla Pernambuco introduces Brazilian elements to a multicultural array of recipes at her popular restaurant. The four-cheese polenta and the...Read More

  • 20. D.O.M.

    $$$$ | Jardins

    Regularly named among the best restaurants in South America and the world, celebrity chef Alex Atala's D.O.M. is synonymous with exclusivity in São Paulo's gastronomic...Read More

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