The Best Spots for Romantic Dining in Beautiful Rio de Janeiro

Romance and Rio de Janeiro go together like lime and cachaca, and loved-up visitors to the city will find ample opportunity to wine and dine in some of the most romantic settings imaginable.

And while fine dining in Rio is undeniably expensive, the good news for couples on a budget is that even the most simple of spots can become infused with romance as long as it offers a view – Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s most breathtakingly beautiful cities.

There are few more romantic ways to enjoy a meal here than right in front of the crashing waves at Copacabana or Ipanema, and beachfront dining is often very inexpensive. While there are some chic, upscale kiosks right on the sands at Copacabana, there are plenty of simple family-run spots too, offering fresh seafood and tangy caipirinha cocktails.

For something more sophisticated, Rio's high-end hotels offer some of the city's best fine dining -there's upscale Italian at Fasano Al Mare and Copacabana Palace's elegant formal dining restaurant Cipriani (for a more relaxed romantic vibe, check out the hotel's and restaurant Pergula.

Another high spot (literally) for romantic dining in Rio is the hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa - expect incredible views and impressive food at Tereze and Aprazivel (the latter is so well hidden that taxi drivers almost always have to ask locals for directions).

Wherever you choose to eat in Rio, the city’s balmy heat and sensual atmosphere are sure to have you feeling romantic.

Photo courtesy of Oro/Tomas Rangel


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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.