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 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

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

  • 2. Chef Fedoca

    $$$$ | Lagoa da Conceição

    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

    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 are...Read More

  • 4. Ostradamus


    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:...Read More

  • 5. Valle Rústico

    $$$$ | Vale dos Vinhedos

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

  • 6. Al Nur

    $$ | Boa Vista

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

  • 7. Bistrô Pedra da Vigia


    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

  • 8. Casa Di Paolo

    $$$ | Centro

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

  • 9. Casa di Pietro

    $$ | Centro

    This Italian cantina–style restaurant has an excellent prix-fixe salad-and-soup buffet at dinner. Surefire soup choices include the cappelletti—best topped with grated Parmesan cheese—and the Serrano...Read More

  • 10. Casa do Barreado

    $$$ | Ponta do Cajú

    This small, family-run, buffet-style restaurant specializes in the traditional dish most associated with Paraná State: the barreado (meat stew simmered in a sealed clay pot)....Read More

  • 11. Casa do Chico

    $$$ | Lagoa da Conceição

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

  • 12. Constantino Café

    $$$ | Moinhos de Vento

    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...Read More

  • 13. Floriano Spiess Cozinha de Autor

    $$$$ | Boa Vista

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

  • 14. Galpão Costaneira

    $ | Centro

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

  • 15. Galpão Crioulo

    $$$$ | Centro

    One of Porto Alegre's largest churrascarias, Galpão Crioulo serves traditional espeto-corrido—a prix-fixe, never-ending rotation of tender roasted and grilled meats brought to the table, accompanied...Read More

  • 16. Gasthof Edelweiss

    $$$$ | Lago Negro

    With a veranda that overlooks nearby pine trees and gardens, this German restaurant creates a relaxing ambience that perfectly complements its traditional offerings such as...Read More

  • 17. Gugu

    $$$ | Sambaqui

    This off-the-beaten-path restaurant combines no-frills service and undistinguished decor with an outstanding seafood menu. Start with the steamed oysters and then move on to the...Read More

  • 18. Madalosso

    $$ | Santa Felicidade

    One of the best-known establishments for Italian cuisine in Curitiba, Madalosso is also possibly the largest restaurant in Brazil: the hangarlike building seats 4,600 diners....Read More

  • 19. NB Steak

    $$$$ | Floresta

    An upmarket version of a traditional all-you-can-eat (rodízio) churrascaria, NB Steak has replaced the ubiquitous churrascaria salad buffet with a menu of made-to-order salads, and...Read More

  • 20. Restaurante do Fedo


    Don’t be put off by the unprepossessing parking lot that is the entrance to this seaside restaurant in the village of Fazenda da Armação. Little...Read More

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