Family-friendly restaurants in Rio de Janeiro rarely offer high chairs, crayons and children's menus, but they certainly extend a warm welcome to children of all ages. And while it is rare to find a toilet with a baby changing table, staff at family friendly Rio restaurants will always go out of their way to make things as easy as possible for parents with young children, and will never make family groups feel like a nuisance.
It may take a little while to get to grips with the way dining out with children works in Rio, but visitors should feel reassured by the sheer number of family groups they will see eating out at restaurants in every price category. Many Rio de Janeiro restaurants also function as bars, and kids are welcome here too - especially now that that a ban on smoking indoors is being rigorously adhered too.
Portion sizes tend to be huge, and waitstaff will be happy to bring an extra plate so that younger family members can share their parents meals, while our top pick - Porcao Rio's - offers free dining at its all-you-can-eat meat and buffet feast for children under five-years-old.
Buffet restaurants such as Churrascaria Pampa Grill are good news for families as kids can pick and choose what they want to eat, and how much of it, while children will love the tree-house feel at Aprazivel.