The Best Spots for Beachfront Drinking and Dining in Copacabana

Rio de Janeiro offers many enjoyable dining experiences, and enjoying a meal by the beach is right up there with the best of them. Whether you're looking for a post-beach snack or a fine dining experience, you'll find it within easy reach of the world famous beach. 

Majorly spruced-up before the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Copacabana beachfront continues to be a focus for investment in the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, and it's now a top spot for drinking and dining at any time of day or night.

Floodlighting, ramped-up police presence and the constant stream of joggers, cyclist and strolling families means it's now a pleasant place for eating and drinking even late at night, and there's no shortage of options.

The kiosks right on the sands offer everything from sardines and fries to salmon and Champagne, while a hop across the road will take you the longest strip of restaurants and bars in the city, on beach-facing Avenida Atlantica. There are some classy 'special occasion' restaurants here - Le Pre-Catelan and Cipriani both rank among the finest formal restaurants in the city. 

Family-friendly options abound, too - several of the beach kiosks have their own small playgrounds, and most offer child-friendly menu options such as toasted sandwiches and fresh fruit juices. 



Sushi is taken seriously but the atmosphere is lighthearted at this excellent Japanese restaurant at the Leme end of Copacabana. Sushi and sashimi abound in seemingly endless variations, while edamame beans are satisfyingly crunchy and miso soup...  Read More



This chic Italian restaurant is housed within the elegant confines of Copacabana Palace Hotel, and welcomes non-guests with reservations. The service is as impeccable as the renderings of Italian dishes made with fresh seasonal ingredients, and...  Read More



This retro-chic bar in Arpoador - the point where Copacabana meets Ipanema beach - maintains a jazzy sense of fun while taking its food and drinks seriously. Top foodie picks are the seafood and pasta dishes, while the cocktail list is...  Read More



For the ultimate indulgent Rio experience, head to the Pergula, the elegant poolside restaurant at the enduringly elegant Copacabana Palace hotel. Less formal than the hotel's fine dining Italian restaurant, Cipriani. at Pergula you can dine...  Read More

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Thanks to an enviable location at Copacabana's closest point to Ipanema, Atlantis offers stunning views that take in the length of Copacabana beach. An outdoor seating area makes the most of these sweeping vistas, and the food on offer is just...  Read More



Your morning coffee comes with a refreshing sea breeze and stunning sea views at this al-fresco spot in the grounds of Copacabana Fort. Breakfast is served at several outdoor table and, while service can be a little on the slow side, who's in...  Read More



This lively and laid back beachfront restaurant in Copacabana is among the best of the many options on tourist-focused Avenida Atlantica. Don't bother with indoor dining here, the main reason to come is the vast covered deck facing the ocean,...  Read More



Seafood, sea views, ice cold beers and a chilled vibe make this one of the most popular of Copacabana's many beach bars. It's located at Posto 3 - lifeguard post three - making it pretty much midway along the beachfront, so it's a good place to...  Read More



This kebab-focused food and drink spot has several branches in Rio, but the one at the Leme end of Copacabana beach is the most appealing, thanks to its stellar location. Tables and chairs are set up in front of the outdoor bar which sits atop a...  Read More


Meet Lucy Bryson

Lucy is a British freelance writer living in Rio de Janeiro since 2007. While there are some things she misses about her home country, the lure of year-round sunshine has proved too powerful to resist.