Best Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro: Enjoy Carnivorous Treats and European Feasts

Lucy Bryson

By , Local Expert, Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro is world famous for the quality of its meat, and there is no better place to try Brazilian beef and pork than at one of the city´s many famous churrascarias, such as our top pick - Porcao Rio's. Operating according to the rodizio system, the restaurant's smartly-clad waiters flit between tables, offering cut after cut of meat. With a staggering array of salads and sides at the restaurant's heaving buffet, vegetarians won't go hungry here either.

For informal dining, head to one of Rio de Janeiro's many 'botecos' - casual bar restaurants where food and drink provide the focal point for social activity. It is...  Read more »

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    Porcao Rio's

    Porcao is the best place in Rio to enjoy an all-you-can-eat meat feast.

    Local Expert Tip: "Vegetarians won't go hungry at Porcao - the buffet is so laden with meat-free goodies that even the staunchest of meat-avoiders will be able to sate their appetite. "

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    Many critics consider Olympe to be the best restaurant in Rio.

    Local Expert Tip: "Book early to ensure your table. "

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    The lovely candle-lit garden is a wonderfully romantic spot for an evening meal.

    Local Expert Tip: "Call ahead to book tables if you want to sit outside - these seats are extremely popular on balmy evenings. "

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    Bar do Mineiro

    Bar do Mineiro is a fine example of the famous Brazilian boteco at its best.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the 'batida de gengibre' - this small but potent infusion of sugar cane rum and ginger is not only delcious but is also said to be an aphrodisiac."

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    • Average Main Course Price: 100

    This elegant Italian restaurant is lauded for its top quality food and impeccable service.

    Local Expert Tip: "You don't need to be a guest at the hotel to dine at Pergula, but make an effort to look as casually-chic as possible if you want to make it past the doormen."

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    • Average Main Course Price: 70
    • Neighborhood: Leblon

    Venga is the original and best Rio de Janeiro tapas bar.

    Local Expert Tip: "The bar encourages conversation and discourages e-communication. 'Enjoy the moment' is their mantra, so switch off your smart phone."

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    • Average Main Course Price: 35
    • Neighborhood: Leblon

    The ornate building makes a fascinating setting for lunch or afternoon tea.

    Local Expert Tip: "Brigite's is a good place to begin an evening's bar hopping in Leblon."

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    Delicious sandwiches and small plates, excellent coffee and tasty cocktails are served on a leafy patio with great people-watching potential.

    Local Expert Tip: "On warm afternoons, try the Frozen Cappuccino, made with ice cream and a double shot of espresso."

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    • Average Main Course Price: 60
    • Neighborhood: Leblon

    Hipped up locals head here for good food and drinks and a buzzy scene.

    Local Expert Tip: "Looking for something more substantial? Try the Sunday afternoon feast that is the 'Buffet da Mama', featuring homely, rustic Italian dishes."

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    Locals and tourists flock here for relaxed al-fresco dining overlooking scenic Santa Teresa.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy a light meal and a bottle of wine here to set you up for a night exploring Santa Teresa's lively bars."



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