Miami's 10 Best Brazilian Spots Will Have You Dreaming of Rio

Brazilian fare covers a wide range of styles and flavors, and fortunately many Miami restaurants have taken note. From Brazil's northeast, there are seafood dishes spiked with coconut milk and cashews. In the cities and near the pampas, the rodizio (endless rounds of barbecued, skewered meat and poultry that is sliced tableside), is most popular. And everywhere, especially on lazy Sundays when families gather to celebrate the business of living, the national dish of feijoada, black beans stewed with meat and served with white rice, collard greens and farofa (toasted and ground cassava) is served.

For rodizio in Miami, there's a plethora of options, as these steakhouses dot the city, from Texas de Brazil in the Dolphin Mall to Fogo de Chao on South Beach. For Brazilian-style stroganoff and burgers that are served in a less leisurely fashion, try Giraffas, fast-casual dining where the staff takes your order at the counter, then delivers it to the table. Not particularly hungry? Hit up the botecos like, well, Boteco, a neighborhood-style, football (soccer) bar for some snacks and cachaca, the grassy, rum-like alcohol pressed from sugarcane. However you choose to celebrate Brazilian cuisine and culture, you're bound to have a Rio good time.




If you're looking for an all-you-can-eat Brazilian-style meal without overspending, you can't do much better than Camila's. This Downtown Miami eatery is perfect for businessmen and women on their lunch break as well as tourists exploring the...  Read More



Brazilian Taste Grill's exterior may be modest, but once seated inside, you'll understand why they boast rave reviews all across the board. Located on the outskirts of Doral, the BTG offers various options for lunch and dinner, including a la...  Read More



Located just south of Wynwood in Midtown, this fast-casual concept from Brazil, where its eateries number more than 400, launched in winter 2011-12 in North Miami and is growing exponentially, with a fourth location in Pinecrest. Order at the...  Read More

Upper East Side


A "boteca" is a neighborhood bar, the kind you go to where you don't necessarily want everyone to know your name, but where you do want the bartenders to know your fave brand of beer. At Boteca, you get the familiarity of being a regular even if...  Read More

Texas de Brazil


Few restaurants can compete with the atmosphere " and, yes, the cuisine " of this colorful chain of Brazilian-style churrascarias. A family-friendly ambience pervades as diners enjoy a feast for the ages, one that features gaucho-wearing...  Read More



Varanda has self-proclaimed to be Miami's oldest Brazilian cafe, serving three square meals per day, and who's going to argue? Lauded by Food Network and other authorities for its simply delicious grilled fish and its picanha in garlic with...  Read More



Cool, color-drenched SushiSamba dromo has shed its NYC roots and made the transition to sunny South Beach quite well. A hit with the stylish set, the undeniably chic eatery gets a rhythmic kick with high-energy Brazilian tunes. The food is a...  Read More



Perhaps the most northward-located churrascaria in Miami, Area Code 55 is otherwise very similar to the other rodizio restaurants in the city. With spaciously set tables; a salad bar featuring cold and hot items; waiters dressed as gauchos...  Read More



The first Fogo de Chão was opened in Porto Alegre in 1979 by Southern Brazilian--Gaucho country--brothers who had worked their way up from busboys to churrasqueiro chefs. Today, the prix-fixe steakhouse has more than half-a-dozen locations in...  Read More



Located in the section of North Beach on Collins Avenue that is sometimes referred to as "Little Argentina" because of all the Latin cafes that dot it, Little Brazil fits right in. Pull up a seat at this indoor-outdoor, lunch-dinner bistro and...  Read More


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