Ten Top Spots for Fine Dining in Rio de Janeiro

While you'll need deep pockets to experience the fine dining scene in Rio de Janeiro, our pick of the best upscale restaurants all deliver seriously high quality to match the price tag. 

Rio de Janeiro fine dining establishments take in culinary influences from across the globe, mixing these international roots with a uniquely Brazilian flavour. A good case in point is our top pick, Olympe, which sees celebrity chef Claude Troisgros - of the French Michelin star-strewn Troisgros family - make the most of his considerable talents to blend French dishes with locally-sourced ingredients.

There's sophisticated sushi to be found at the elegant Sushi Leblon, while the two restaurants at Copacabana Palace hotel deliver a dining experience that is every bit as refined as one might expect from this enduringly glamorous beachfront hotel. 

Also in Leblon, fashionable types flock to Rua Dias Ferreira, which has become a major gastronomic hub in Rio and a favorite for those looking for fine dining with a funkier vibe than at the city's more formal establishments.

For something a little less harsh on the wallet and wonderfully easy on the eye, try Aprazivel, in Santa Teresa, where sophisticated French-Brazilian dishes are served in a gorgeous tropical garden, complete with straw-roofed gazebos, twinkling fairy lights, visiting birds and stunning views over downtown and across Guanabara Bay.



For a night out among Rio's fashionable elite, make a beeline for Rua Dias Ferreira, at the heart of upmarket Leblon. This tree-lined street is lined with so many fashionable bars and upscale restaurants that it has become the go-to spot for...  Read More



This elegant seafood-focused Italian restaurant at the super-chic Fasano Rio hotel is a favorite among business people looking to impress clients, as well as with romantic types looking to impress their dates. The Phillipe-Starck designed...  Read More



Rio's culinary heritage has been notably influenced by Portuguese settlers, but there are relatively few fine dining restaurants in the city where this influence really comes to the fore. At Antiquarius, in Leblon, Portuguese and Brazilian...  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



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 in...  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



Among countless Rio de Janeiro sushi restaurants, Sushi Leblon is the sophisticated standout. The restaurant is perfectly suited to the slender, elegant souls that frequent it - forget the all-you-can eat sushi 'rodizios' served by the majority...  Read More



A relatively recent addition to Rua Dias Ferreira's already-illustrious drinking and dining scene, the chic whitewashed space that is Brigite's has fast become part of the well-heeled establishment. The bistro-style dishes are as immaculately...  Read More



This top-end French restaurant is arguably the most celebrated eatery in Rio de Janeiro, and is manned by celebrity chef Claude Troisgros - of the multi Michelin-starred Troisgras family of France. The award-strewn restaurant offers such...  Read More



Fine international food and equally fine views are the order of the day at this upscale restaurant in the plush confines of 5-star Hotel Santa Teresa. It's not necessary to fork out for a room here in order to dine here (in fact there's 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.