The South Restaurants

Churrasco (slow-grilled and -roasted meat), one of the most famous foods of Brazil, originated in Rio Grande do Sul. But the cuisine is eclectic here in cowboy country, and rice and beans sit on southern tables beside Italian and German dishes, thanks to the South's many European immigrants. Look for barreado, a dish from coast
Churrasco (slow-grilled and -roasted meat), one of the most famous foods of Brazil, originated in Rio Grande do Sul. But the cuisine is eclectic here in cowboy country, and rice and beans sit on southern tables beside Italian and German dishes, thanks to the South's ma
Churrasco (slow-grilled and -roasted meat), one of the most famous foods of Brazil, originated in Rio Grande do Sul. Bu

Churrasco (slow-grilled and -roasted meat), one of the most famous foods of Brazil, originated in Rio Grande do Sul. But the cuisine is eclectic here in cowboy country, and rice and beans sit on southern tables beside Italian and German dishes, thanks to the South's many European immigrants. Look for barreado, a dish from coastal Paraná made by stewing beef, bacon, potatoes, and spices for hours in a clay pot made airtight with moistened manioc flour. Café colonial is the elaborate 5 pm tea—with breads, pies, and German kuchen—popular among the Germans in the South.

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  • 1. Al Dente Ristorante

    $$$ | Auxiliadora | Italian

    You may be surprised at the quality and authenticity of the Northern Italian cuisine at this small restaurant in Porto Alegre. Among many excellent...Read More

  • 2. Chef Fedoca

    $$$$ | Lagoa da Conceição | Seafood

    On the second floor of the Marina Ponta da Areia complex, this restaurant has a grand view of the Lagoa da Conceição, with surrounding green...Read More

  • 3. Gambrinus

    $$$ | Centro | Brazilian

    Porto Alegre's best-known restaurant has been in business at the same spot, steps from city hall at the Mercado Público, since 1889. The walls...Read More

  • 4. Ostradamus

    $$$$ | Seafood

    The village of Riberão da Ilha, a mere 21 km (13 miles) away from Florianópolis, is worth an afternoon jaunt to try the local specialty: oysters...Read More

  • 5. Valle Rústico

    $$$$ | Vale dos Vinhedos | Brazilian

    No restaurant is ever perfect, but Valle Rústico comes pretty close. The chef-owner Rodrigo Bellora—a Slow Food disciple—plucks organic ingredients...Read More

  • 6. Al Nur

    $$ | Boa Vista | Middle Eastern

    The prix-fixe combo at this small but busy restaurant includes such Lebanese staples as kibbe, esfiha (small minced meat pies), tabouleh,...Read More

  • 7. Anzol

    $$$ | Centro | Seafood

    The decor may not be distinguished at this restaurant, but the ample windows overlooking Rio Mampituba create the perfect setting for a fine...Read More

  • 8. Baviera

    $$$ | Centro | Pizza

    Recommended for those on a budget, Baviera is essentially a pizzeria, but the menu also includes Brazilian-style steak (thin-cut fillet, usually...Read More

  • 9. Bistrô Isadora Duncan

    $$$$ | Brazilian

    An eccentric little gem, Bistrô Isadora Duncan is best known for its romantic vibe and views over Lagoa da Conceição. The dark, wood-paneled...Read More

  • 10. Bistrô Pedra da Vigia

    $$ | French

    A cozy little restaurant in a converted flour mill, Bistrô Pedra da Vigia is an enduring Praia do Rosa favorite, both for its candlelit ambience...Read More

  • 11. Búfalo Branco

    $$$$ | Brazilian

    The city's finest and largest churrascaria does a killer rodizio (all-you-can-eat meat buffet). The picanha (beef rump cap) stands out among...Read More

  • 12. Café do Porto

    $$ | Moinhos de Vento | Café

    One of the trendiest cafés in town, Porto serves several types of coffee, plus drinks, sandwiches, pies, and pastries. Try the espetinho ...Read More

  • 13. Casa Di Paolo

    $$$ | Centro | Italian

    Be ready for a hearty feast: this highly regarded restaurant serves a prix-fixe Italian menu with galeto al primo canto (crispy grilled chicken...Read More

  • 14. Casa di Pietro

    $$ | Centro | Italian

    This Italian cantina–style restaurant has an excellent prix-fixe salad-and-soup buffet at dinner. Surefire soup choices include the cappelletti...Read More

  • 15. Casa do Barreado

    $$$ | Ponta do Cajú | Brazilian

    This small, family-run, buffet-style restaurant specializes in the traditional dish most associated with Paraná State: the barreado (meat...Read More

  • 16. Casa do Chico

    $$$ | Lagoa da Conceição | Seafood

    Take in the view of the Lagoa de Conceicao and order sequencia de camarão, a local shrimp specialty that comes in three courses: breaded,...Read More

  • 17. Constantino Café

    $$$ | Moinhos de Vento | Mediterranean

    The real draw at this informal eatery is the setting, in a converted colonial house on one of the city’s liveliest streets. Wind your way through...Read More

  • 18. Dometila

    $ | Moinhos de Vento

    This chic café named after the lover of monarch Dom Pedro I is the place to compensate for the likely excesses of espeto -style churrasco....Read More

  • 19. Floriano Spiess Cozinha de Autor

    $$$$ | Boa Vista | Contemporary

    On a leafy square in an upscale suburb, this place serves contemporary cuisine at its most creative. The eponymous chef offers a tasting menu...Read More

  • 20. Galpão Costaneira

    $ | Centro | Brazilian

    This churrascaria in a picturesque wooden bungalow is your best bet for experiencing the ubiquitous southern Brazilian espeto-corrido (a continuous...Read More

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