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Oysters at Bazzar ao Mar
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The 10 Hottest New Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Where to find champagne and oysters al fresco, spicy beef rib sandwiches, and a three-story salute to rum

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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:

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lilia

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R. do Senado, 45 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
20231-005, Brazil
+55 21 3852-5423
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In the gritty bohemian neighborhood of Lapa, Lilia is a hidden gem. The unpretentious restaurant is located on the upper floor of an old townhouse, where chef Lucio Vieira prepares a menu of quality, affordable plates — the small menu changes daily, inspired by whatever Vieira chooses that day from the local farmers markets. Many of the dishes are built around vegetables, but he also serves fresh fish and meat — with a special emphasis on the flavorful cheaper “off” cuts.

Lentils & roasted sea bass
Photo: Lilia / Facebook

2. Xian

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Rua Almirante Silvio de Noronha, 365 - Rooftop - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
20021-010, Brazil
+55 21 2303-7080
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At more than 30,000 square feet, Xian is a massive multi-use venue that’s part bar, part restaurant, and soon-to-be-part concert hall located right next to Santos Dumont airport. There’s a Japanese spirit behind the menu, with dishes like the crunchy oysters with wasabi mayonnaise and tonkatsu sauce, pork ribs with miso, and a menu of sushi and sashimi. The popular cocktail bar occupies the patio, with stunning views of Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer.

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3. Térèze

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R. Felício dos Santos, 15 - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
20240-240, Brazil
+55 21 3380-0259
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Tucked within a charming luxury hotel in the Santa Teresa neighborhood, Térèze is so much more than just a “hotel restaurant.” Giant windows allow guests to appreciate one of the best views in the city while tasting inventive dishes created by recently arrived chef Esteban Mateu. Born in Uruguay, with experience at several acclaimed restaurants throughout Latin America (among them Enrique Olvera’s Pujol), Mateu prepares local Brazilian ingredients with pan-Latin flare. Expect dishes like scallops aguachiles and pamonha (Brazilian-style tamales) with organic vegetables.

Scallops
Photo by Tomas Rangel

4. Oteque

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Rua Conde de Irajá, 581 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22271-020, Brazil
+55 21 3486 5758
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Already hailed as one of the best chefs in São Paulo, Alberto Landgraf moved to Rio two years ago and took his time deciding what, exactly, his restaurant here would look like. Finally we have the answer in the classy Oteque, where Landgraf takes his rigorous talent and his respect for ingredients to a higher level. (He went so far as to have an aquarium installed in his open kitchen to supply the freshest seafood possible.) Landgraf is a technical, perfectionist cook, and that’s evident in his nightly eight-course tasting menu featuring creative dishes, precisely executed, with complex layers of flavors. The foie gras boudin has become an instant hit.

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5. Ella

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Rua Pacheco Leão, 102 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22460-030, Brazil
+55 21 3559-0102
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In a city without its own deep-seated pizza tradition, Ella looks to Naples for pie inspiration. A partnership between chef Pedro Siqueira (of Puro and Massa) and baker Marcos Cerutti (of SPA Pane), the pizzeria uses slow-rise, naturally leavened dough and covers it with creative combinations, like Japa, made with cream of mushrooms, roasted red onion, scamorza, chervil and sesame; Polpo, with crunchy octopus and pancetta; or Verdi, made with a wild greens pesto. Classics like margherita and marinara are also here, best accompanied by a signature barrel-aged cocktail.

Margherita pizza
Photo by Tomas Rangel

6. Casa Camolese

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R. Jardim Botânico, 983 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22470-051, Brazil
+55 21 9923-94969
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It’s a bar, a deli, a coffee shop, a brewpub, and a jazz club, all mixed together in a charming 18th-century building located on the grounds of the Jockey Club race track and redesigned to host Casa Camolese. The all-day restaurant is the right place for an early-bird lunch or a nightcap, for a tap beer in the afternoon or a cup of coffee anytime. Salumi, cheeses, and breads (from the famous Slow Bakery) are handmade or come from esteemed local producers. The bar offerings include signature cocktails and craft beer on tap — brewed in loco. Located in front of Jardim Botânico, Casa Camolese is as beautiful as it is buzzing.

Nicoise salad
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7. Chez Claude

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Rua Conde de Bernadotte, 26 - loja L - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22430-200, Brazil
+55 21 3579-1185

Claude Troisgros is one of the most beloved chefs in Brazil, and he has just debuted what is perhaps his most homey, comforting restaurant — in the same space where he opened his first business when he arrived in Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s. A member of France’s renowned Troisgros family, he chose Rio to live and create his food empire. Now, with Chez Claude, he serves a greatest hits of his signature dishes from the last four decades: the scallop with palm heart, the haddock mousse in tucupi sauce, and the quail with grape sauce, chard, chives, and bacon.

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8. Bazzar ao Mar

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R. Barão da Torre, 538 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22411-002, Brazil
+55 21 3202-2884
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Restaurateur Cristiana Beltrão decided to take advantage of the city’s warm (to say the least) climate and transform the front area of her Ipanema restaurant, Bazzar, into an outdoor oyster bar. It’s the perfect place for a casual post-beach snack in the form of mussels with orange strands and kelp toast, sardines with organic vegetables, or grated crab meat with fennel puree — all paired with a glass of Brazilian sparkling wine.

Oysters at Bazzar ao Mar
Photo: Bazzar / Facebook

9. Nosso

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R. Maria Quitéria, 91 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22410-040, Brazil
+55 21 99619-0099

At this three-story bar and restaurant located in the Ipanema neighborhood, rum is the star. Varieties from Cuba, Jamaica, and beyond are available for sipping or mixed into signature cocktails by bartender Tai Barbin: think mojitos, daiquiris, and in-house barrel-aged creations. In the kitchen, New York-born chef Bruno Katz prepares dishes like beef carpaccio with charcoal mayonnaise, mustard seeds, and grana padano, or the pancetta and octopus pastel with citrus aioli.

Linguine
Photo: Nosso / Facebook

10. Pipo

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Fashion Mall Shopping - Estr. da Gávea, 899 - Loja 322 - São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22610-001, Brazil
+55 21 3322-1239
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Although it is located inside a mall — practically a crime in a city with as much natural beauty as Rio de Janeiro — Pipo is worth the visit. It’s the most casual and fun spot from chef Felipe Bronze, whose restaurant Oro was selected in 2018 as One to Watch in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. The food here is for sharing, and reflects the festive spirit of Cariocas — the term for Rio de Janeiro residents. Bronze’s preparations combine the molecular with the organic, the classic and the modern in recipes such as a beef rib sandwich with spicy banana jam, oysters with miso granita, and one of the city’s most delicious coxinhas, served here with a smoked cream-cheese foam.

Rice with vegetables at Pipo
Photo: Pipo / Facebook

1. Lilia

R. do Senado, 45 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20231-005, Brazil
Read Review |
Lentils & roasted sea bass
Photo: Lilia / Facebook

In the gritty bohemian neighborhood of Lapa, Lilia is a hidden gem. The unpretentious restaurant is located on the upper floor of an old townhouse, where chef Lucio Vieira prepares a menu of quality, affordable plates — the small menu changes daily, inspired by whatever Vieira chooses that day from the local farmers markets. Many of the dishes are built around vegetables, but he also serves fresh fish and meat — with a special emphasis on the flavorful cheaper “off” cuts.

R. do Senado, 45 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
20231-005, Brazil

2. Xian

Rua Almirante Silvio de Noronha, 365 - Rooftop - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20021-010, Brazil

At more than 30,000 square feet, Xian is a massive multi-use venue that’s part bar, part restaurant, and soon-to-be-part concert hall located right next to Santos Dumont airport. There’s a Japanese spirit behind the menu, with dishes like the crunchy oysters with wasabi mayonnaise and tonkatsu sauce, pork ribs with miso, and a menu of sushi and sashimi. The popular cocktail bar occupies the patio, with stunning views of Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer.

Rua Almirante Silvio de Noronha, 365 - Rooftop - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
20021-010, Brazil

3. Térèze

R. Felício dos Santos, 15 - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20240-240, Brazil
Scallops
Photo by Tomas Rangel

Tucked within a charming luxury hotel in the Santa Teresa neighborhood, Térèze is so much more than just a “hotel restaurant.” Giant windows allow guests to appreciate one of the best views in the city while tasting inventive dishes created by recently arrived chef Esteban Mateu. Born in Uruguay, with experience at several acclaimed restaurants throughout Latin America (among them Enrique Olvera’s Pujol), Mateu prepares local Brazilian ingredients with pan-Latin flare. Expect dishes like scallops aguachiles and pamonha (Brazilian-style tamales) with organic vegetables.

R. Felício dos Santos, 15 - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
20240-240, Brazil

4. Oteque

Rua Conde de Irajá, 581 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22271-020, Brazil

Already hailed as one of the best chefs in São Paulo, Alberto Landgraf moved to Rio two years ago and took his time deciding what, exactly, his restaurant here would look like. Finally we have the answer in the classy Oteque, where Landgraf takes his rigorous talent and his respect for ingredients to a higher level. (He went so far as to have an aquarium installed in his open kitchen to supply the freshest seafood possible.) Landgraf is a technical, perfectionist cook, and that’s evident in his nightly eight-course tasting menu featuring creative dishes, precisely executed, with complex layers of flavors. The foie gras boudin has become an instant hit.

Rua Conde de Irajá, 581 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22271-020, Brazil

5. Ella

Rua Pacheco Leão, 102 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22460-030, Brazil
Margherita pizza
Photo by Tomas Rangel

In a city without its own deep-seated pizza tradition, Ella looks to Naples for pie inspiration. A partnership between chef Pedro Siqueira (of Puro and Massa) and baker Marcos Cerutti (of SPA Pane), the pizzeria uses slow-rise, naturally leavened dough and covers it with creative combinations, like Japa, made with cream of mushrooms, roasted red onion, scamorza, chervil and sesame; Polpo, with crunchy octopus and pancetta; or Verdi, made with a wild greens pesto. Classics like margherita and marinara are also here, best accompanied by a signature barrel-aged cocktail.

Rua Pacheco Leão, 102 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22460-030, Brazil

6. Casa Camolese

R. Jardim Botânico, 983 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22470-051, Brazil
Nicoise salad
Photo by Rodrigo Azevedo

It’s a bar, a deli, a coffee shop, a brewpub, and a jazz club, all mixed together in a charming 18th-century building located on the grounds of the Jockey Club race track and redesigned to host Casa Camolese. The all-day restaurant is the right place for an early-bird lunch or a nightcap, for a tap beer in the afternoon or a cup of coffee anytime. Salumi, cheeses, and breads (from the famous Slow Bakery) are handmade or come from esteemed local producers. The bar offerings include signature cocktails and craft beer on tap — brewed in loco. Located in front of Jardim Botânico, Casa Camolese is as beautiful as it is buzzing.

R. Jardim Botânico, 983 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22470-051, Brazil

7. Chez Claude

Rua Conde de Bernadotte, 26 - loja L - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22430-200, Brazil

Claude Troisgros is one of the most beloved chefs in Brazil, and he has just debuted what is perhaps his most homey, comforting restaurant — in the same space where he opened his first business when he arrived in Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s. A member of France’s renowned Troisgros family, he chose Rio to live and create his food empire. Now, with Chez Claude, he serves a greatest hits of his signature dishes from the last four decades: the scallop with palm heart, the haddock mousse in tucupi sauce, and the quail with grape sauce, chard, chives, and bacon.

Rua Conde de Bernadotte, 26 - loja L - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22430-200, Brazil

8. Bazzar ao Mar

R. Barão da Torre, 538 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22411-002, Brazil
Oysters at Bazzar ao Mar
Photo: Bazzar / Facebook

Restaurateur Cristiana Beltrão decided to take advantage of the city’s warm (to say the least) climate and transform the front area of her Ipanema restaurant, Bazzar, into an outdoor oyster bar. It’s the perfect place for a casual post-beach snack in the form of mussels with orange strands and kelp toast, sardines with organic vegetables, or grated crab meat with fennel puree — all paired with a glass of Brazilian sparkling wine.

R. Barão da Torre, 538 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22411-002, Brazil

9. Nosso

R. Maria Quitéria, 91 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22410-040, Brazil
Linguine
Photo: Nosso / Facebook

At this three-story bar and restaurant located in the Ipanema neighborhood, rum is the star. Varieties from Cuba, Jamaica, and beyond are available for sipping or mixed into signature cocktails by bartender Tai Barbin: think mojitos, daiquiris, and in-house barrel-aged creations. In the kitchen, New York-born chef Bruno Katz prepares dishes like beef carpaccio with charcoal mayonnaise, mustard seeds, and grana padano, or the pancetta and octopus pastel with citrus aioli.

R. Maria Quitéria, 91 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22410-040, Brazil

10. Pipo

Fashion Mall Shopping - Estr. da Gávea, 899 - Loja 322 - São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22610-001, Brazil
Rice with vegetables at Pipo
Photo: Pipo / Facebook

Although it is located inside a mall — practically a crime in a city with as much natural beauty as Rio de Janeiro — Pipo is worth the visit. It’s the most casual and fun spot from chef Felipe Bronze, whose restaurant Oro was selected in 2018 as One to Watch in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. The food here is for sharing, and reflects the festive spirit of Cariocas — the term for Rio de Janeiro residents. Bronze’s preparations combine the molecular with the organic, the classic and the modern in recipes such as a beef rib sandwich with spicy banana jam, oysters with miso granita, and one of the city’s most delicious coxinhas, served here with a smoked cream-cheese foam.

Fashion Mall Shopping - Estr. da Gávea, 899 - Loja 322 - São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22610-001, Brazil

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