10 Best Spots for Fine Dining in Rio's Upscale Ipanema

Rio de Janeiro takes a casual approach to fine dining - think casual chic dress codes, rather than jacket and tie, and Ipanema's  best upscale restaurants are elegant without being stifling. But while even the best restaurants here lean towards the informal, the food and service are taken very seriously indeed. 

Seafood fans, in particular, do well in Ipanema, with two top seafood restaurants - Fasano Al Mare and Satyricon - located in the neighborhood, while there's an endless supply of top quality meat at Rio institution Porcao (the name may mean 'big pig' but don't let that put you off!). There's truly fine dining to be enjoyed just a couple of minutes' walk away, at Le Pre-Catelan, an upscale French restaurant, while taking a stroll along the beach will uncover some surprisingly upscale dining options right on the beachfront, and the stunning backdrop makes any beachfront meal feel extra special. Ipanema is also the place to try a fine version of the national dish - feijoada - at a restaurant dedicated to this meaty beanfeast.

For small plates, the super-chic bar Baretto-Londra, at Hotel Fasano Rio, is the place to come to sip perfectly-mixed cocktails and nibble light finger foods while listening to DJs spin a rock and roll soundtrack to a crowd that regularly includes actors and models.

Your leisurely brunch 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...  Read More

Feijoada - a hearty bean and meat feast - is Brazil's national dish, and no foodie worth their salt will want to leave Rio without having tried it. Traditionally served only on Saturdays, Casa da Feijoada is one spot where you can feast on...  Read More

Garota de Ipanema (Girl From Ipanema) is the spot where the legendary bossa nova song of the same name was penned. The songwriters Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes were inspired by a beautiful girl who passed by the window of the bar as they...  Read More

This retro-chic bar and restaurant enjoys a prime location in front of Ipanema beach, and just a short walk from Copacabana. Props to the place for maintaining a sense of fun while taking its food and drinks seriously. Top foodie picks are the...  Read More

While Copacabana wins out as the most picture-perfect city beach in Rio, Ipanema is easily the more chic of the two neighboring stretches of sand. Less flanked by high rise hotels than its neighbor, Ipanema is the ideal place to while away...  Read More

Fresh, handmade pasta and wood-fired pizzas are the stars of the menu at this authentic Italian restaurant located at the meeting point between Ipanema and Leblon. The restaurant specialises in dishes from the Emilia Romana region of Italy,...  Read More

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

Ranked the best hotel bar in the world by style bible Wallpaper, this hip hangout at the upmarket Fasano Rio hotel is open to non-guests - but be prepared to book well in advance and pay steep prices for your immaculately-prepared drinks.The bar...  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

This fine dining seafood restaurant in Ipanema is a favorite among adventurous eaters, who can tuck into octopus in various forms, as well as several types of crab, moquecas (seafood stew made with coconut milk and palm oil). Sushi, seafood...  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.