Two years after the frenzy of the Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro has returned to its normal rhythm. That’s a good thing, according to Brazil-based contributor Rafael Tonon, who has graciously offered up his picks for the buzziest openings of the past 12 months. “Rio’s latest openings are full of charm, but not excess,” says Tonon, “and represent a new, careful style of cooking that values respect for ingredients above all else.” Among his picks are a technique-driven hotspot from Alberto Landgraf (Oteque), a three-story shrine to rum (Nosso), and a produce-obsessed destination by chef Lucio Vieira (Lilia).
Looking for the essentials? Head to the 38. Want to stick to cheap eats? There’s a guide for that, too. Eater’s also got you covered when it comes to coffee and cocktails. But for the newest and hottest restaurants, presented in geographical order, here’s the Eater Heatmap to Rio de Janeiro:Read More