Best Rio de Janeiro Restaurants for Families

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.

Copacabana Beach
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There's no danger of going hungry on Copacabana beach. While vendors stroll the sands selling simple snacks and sandwiches, the boardwalk is lined with bars and restaurants that range from cheap and cheerful to seriously sophisticated. Here you...  Read More



For a taste of what Rio was like during the city's 'golden age', head to this historic cafe-restaurant in downtown Rio. Ornate chandeliers and jacaranda wood mirrors make an elegant setting for breakfasts, brunches and afternoon teas, and...  Read More



Urca, the tranquil neighborhood that is home to Sugar Loaf mountain, warrants a longer visit than many tourists permit for in their itineraries, and there are few better spots in the city to linger over a beer and a bite to eat than this...  Read More



The atmosphere may be lighthearted at this lively pizza restaurant in leafy Jardim Botanico, but the art of pizza-making is taken very seriously. The dough is left to rise for five days, resulting in a wonderfully light and crisp base for any...  Read More

Feira Nordestina de Sao Cristovao
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It doesn't feature on many tourist itineraries, but foodies in Rio should be sure to pay a visit to this vast market dedicated to all things Northeastern. A huge, purpose built space housing hundreds of food and drinks stalls and restaurants...  Read More

Cultivar Brazil
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This little lunchspot at the heart of Santa Teresa is a real treasure trove of tastiness for anybody with a gluten intolerance or a preference for organic ingredients. Alongside a range of wholemeal sweet and savory tarts and pies and some yummy...  Read More



It doesn't look like much, but this unpretentious little spot in leafy Santa Teresa offers vast portions of delicious Northeastern Brazilian food at more than reasonable prices. The walls are hung with paintings by Chilean artist Selaron -...  Read More



Located high on a jungle-clad hillside in Santa Teresa, Aprazivel is worth a visit for the views alone. Wisely making the most of the sweeping vistas over downtown Rio, the owners have made al-fresco dining the order of the day, here, with...  Read More



Aimed squarely at North Americans with a hankering for taste of their homeland, Gringo Cafe does a roaring trade in US DIner-style favorites such as hash browns, bottomless coffees, pancakes, waffles and French toast, as well as delicious cakes,...  Read More



This popular steakhouse offers top quality grilled meats on a 'rodizio' basis - waiters flit among the tables, offering slice after freshly-cooked slice to diners. The main emphasis is on beef, but chicken and pork get a look-in too, and...  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.