Rio de Janeiro obviously offers a huge variety of different cuisines throughout the city.
There are expensive hotel restaurants where the owners are dedicated to serve wonderful food, but if you are on a budget, check out the more economical restaurants selling out great food at great prices. The main thing at these dining bargains is the amazing, lively and buzzing atmosphere, very rarely offered at big hotels.
There are many small cafes and restaurants lined up along the beaches and in the neighbourhoods where the menus are sometimes limited, but the amazing food and friendly face more than make up for it.
Siri Mole & Cia
Siri Mole & Cia is very popular with the Brazilian young crowd as well as celebrities. It also serves a Lunch Buffet on Saturdays which attracts a lot of customers. Diners visiting this Bahian restaurant should try the moquecas either with coconut milk and cilantro or with prawns, fish or octopus.
Considered one of the best Italian restaurants in Rio, the food at Quadrifoglio is really tasty and service is immaculate. Desserts from this restaurant are also very popular. Try the unusual raviolis like the ‘ravioli de maçaaocreme e semente de papoula’ which includes apple ravioli with cream and poppy seed sauce.
Zazá Bistrô Tropical
The restaurant offers Thai, South American and International cuisine. Try their namorado fish fillet served with a purée of banana and palm heart or prawn ravioli served with grilled salmon in a saffron sauce. The Arabian designed restaurant with classy interiors and decadent food make for an enigmatic and romantic evening. It feels like a place from the Arabian nights where everyone sits on the floor on silk pillows for a unique eating experience.
Yoruba is a treat for those seeking local culinary adventure. The restaurant serves unusual dishes typical to the Bahian cuisine such as moqueca with shrimp and coconut blend. Moreover, the restaurant presents an incredible atmosphere with candles flickering along with leaves scattered across the ground.
Hotel Cipriani Restaurant
Cipriani is a traditional Italian restaurant having some innovative dishes like ‘Carpaccio with classic Cipriani’s sauce’, ‘Eggplant gnocchi with tomato and basil sauce’ and ‘Carlina’s style scampi with rice and curry’, on its menu.
The restaurant is part of Copacabana Palace Hotel. Among its special attractions are the romantically designed interiors with hanging chandeliers and high ceilings and candle light dinners.
Satyricon is famous for grilled seafood served in flavoursome sauces. Try the ‘couvert’ which can turn out to be a whole fulfilling tasty meal. It makes one of the best tiramisus in Rio. On Saturdays, the restaurant also serves a seafood buffet. Businessmen, artists and politicians are frequent diners at this restaurant. Valet parking is available.
Serving Brazilian cuisine, the meat served at Marius Degustare comes from organically fed cattle. There are 30 different meat dishes available on the menu which includes grilled meat dishes and steaks of all sorts. The restaurant has introduced a separate salad bar with where one can experiment with fresh seafood and veg combos.
Porcão Ipanema is a barbecue and steakhouse restaurant serving different kinds of beef, pork, mutton and chicken dishes. Seafood and salads are also available. It has branches all over the world which include cities like New York, Miami and Brazil. This place is a favourite of many celebrities.
The Laguiole Restaurant
A luxurious culinary and aesthetic treat, offering gourmet contemporary Brazilian cuisine. Urban, discreet and elegant--Laguiole is the perfect address for a business lunch or a delicious dining experience inspired by a visit to the museum's exhibits.
Embedded in one of the most emblematic buildings of Carioca modern architecture (The Museum of Modern Art) and known for an inventive and tasty cuisine, the Laguiole exudes freshness. From the lounge, one can see sights such as Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay. The only one in town, the house is a materialization of the two greatest passions of its creator Marcelo Torres; super cuisine accompanied by fine wines.
A mouth-watering customized menu- The Laguiole kitchen, in collaboration with the “Best Group” restaurants caters for over 2000 guests daily. With the birth of new chefs of national cuisine; Leonardo Pereira and Henrique, the restaurant has always stimulated the creativity of talented young chefs, valuing the excellence of its daring and modern menu.
The menu signed by chef Ela Scranum, is based on classical French cuisine with contemporary interpretations, such as foie gras (with marinated torchon in acai, mango chutney and passion fruit), semi-grilled vieras with seaweed salad. The chefs' inventive manifestations has resulted in awards for the most original Beef Stew in Rio, your famous Oxtail rice and other dishes that make up a creative and elegant menu every season.
On the sweet side, the restaurant boasts of heavenly and delicate desert delights such as the chocolate and hazelnut sphere, melted in front of the diner with a thick ganace. Ask for a cafe which comes accompanied with a Belgian truffle.Considered the largest wine collection in Rio de Janeiro, the house has more than 600 labels and eight thousand bottles of all nationalities. In 2014, for the 14th consecutive time, the cellar received the best wine award in Latin America by the prestigious American magazine Wine Spectator.
With beautiful and extremely tasty dishes, a visit to Laguiole makes for an indulgent dining affair.
Star Rating: 5/5 Cuisine: Local & French Opening times: Weekdays from 12.00-17.00 (Except bank holidays) Valet parking: R$ 15,00
Address: MAM - Museu de Arte Moderna, Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, 85 - Parque do Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20021-140 (Centro), Closeby Metro: Cinelandia Phone: +55 21 2517.3129
A classic in Rio de Janeiro, Cervantes has been serving what many consider the best sandwiches in Rio since 1959. Topped with a slice of pineapple, trust these wild Brazilians when they say “abacaxi” (pineapple) adds a sensational tropical twist. Go hungry as you’ll struggle to finish a portion alone.
Cervantes Cervantes offers more than 30 options of sandwiches; including diverse slowly roasted meats, fish and chicken all accompanied with cheese and a slice of pineapple. A favourite along the Cariocas is the “Pernil” (Gammon steak) along with the Chef’s suggestion: an iced cold chopp (draught beer).
Cervantes sees a rush of punters. Artists, musicians and poets, all make up the interesting list of clientele that the restaurant attracts. Customers should be warned that getting in and out can sometimes be a challenge. Another thing is deciding what to order from the impressive list of options.
With sandwiches that are served quickly and delicious – a visit to Cervantes is almost obligatory in Rio de Janeiro.
Address: Rua Barata Ribeiro, 7-Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro- RJ, 22011-001 Closeby Metro: Cardeal Arcoverde Copacabana Beach: Posto 2
Opens: 24 hours (except Mondays)