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The 38 Essential Rio de Janeiro Restaurants

Where to find crisp chicken coxinhas, AYCE churrascaria, and passionfruit caipirinhas in the seaside Brazilian city

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Rio de Janeiro is to fresh produce what Saudi Arabia is to oil. Pop into one of the city's ubiquitous open-air feiras and you'll find yourself surrounded by deep-green elephant ear-sized couve (collard greens), rotund passionfruit, and freshly shaved white coconut to throw onto a dessert or into a sweet tapioca pancake sandwich. Then comes the carnivorous abundance: tender disks of picanha steak served on long skewers, and white-meat filets from the mighty Amazonian pirarucú fish.

Food, in other words, is a gateway to a city known both for its staggering inequality and for its unique brand of integration, from its favelas and working-class north and west zones to the Port Zone.

Editor’s Note: Eater is not updating international maps at this time given disruptions to global travel during the COVID-19 crisis.

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$$ = 50 - 100 BRL (15 - 30 USD)
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Vizinho Gastrobar

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Avenida das Américas, 8585 - quiosques 3-4 - Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22793-296, Brazil
(21) 97154-0841
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One of the biggest names in Rio’s cocktail scene, Jessica Sanchez commands this high-concept bar situated in Vogue Square at Barra da Tijuca. Many of her signature drinks feature handcrafted Brazilian ingredients like catuaba, aged cachaça, and native honey. Vizinho also offers plenty of excellent food options — guacamole, oysters, a pastrami sandwich — to balance out the booze. [$$]

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2. Fritters at Bar da Gema

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R. Barão de Mesquita, 615 - Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
20540-180, Brazil
(21) 3549-1480
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Of all the city’s neighborhoods, Tijuca is the one that best reflects the bohemian aura of Rio de Janiero. It’s no wonder, then, that this is where you’ll find some of the best bars in the city. Da Gema is one of the finest, with an unbeatable list of fried bites, like polenta topped with oxtail ragu, shrimp rissoles, and the famous coxinha. Of course, you can wash everything down with glasses of cold beer and caipirinhas. [$]

3. Bar do Momo

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R. Gal. Espírito Santo Cardoso, 50, Rio de Janeiro
RJ 20530-500, Brazil
+55 21 2570 9389
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Beloved for its burgers — which come with toppings like homemade cheddar, caramelized purple onion, and paprika mayo — Bar do Momo is in the thick of the of Tijuca, a densely populated neighborhood that's equal parts live music, tipsy soccer fans, and school-uniformed teenagers chattering in its wide plazas. It’s the kind of place where you'll see shoulder-clapping friends ordering round after round until the managers make it extremely clear they are closing down — at 10:30 p.m. on weekdays, relatively early for a bar in Rio. [$]

4. Oro Restaurante

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Av. Gen. San Martin, 889 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22441-015, Brazil
(21) 2540-8768
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After seven years, chef Felipe Bronze decided to reopen his acclaimed restaurant Oro as something entirely new. He left behind the molecular techniques (read: foams and liquid nitrogen) that made him a famous TV host to focus on hearty, rustic dishes cooked with live fire. The centerpiece of his new kitchen in Leblon is the wood-burning oven and a grill, which put out a nightly lineup of shareable, eat-with-your-hands dishes on his whimsical tasting menu. The new approach worked: Oro has become the city’s one and only two-Michelin-starred restaurant. [$$$]

A dish at Oro Restaurante
Oro Restaurante

5. Massa + Ella

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Rua Dias Ferreira, 617 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22431-050, Brazil
21 3985-8191 
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Chef Pedro Siqueira is famous for his fresh pasta, prepared in his cheerful restaurant in the Leblon neighborhood. His latest addition to the Massa kitchen is a pizza oven, which now cooks up the same famous pizzas he and partner Marcos Cerutti already serve at Ella, a Neapolitan pizzeria in Rio’s Botanical Garden. He since added Ella to the restaurant’s name, and now Massa + Ella serves sandwiches, Siqueira’s signature pastas (like his seafood fettuccini), and slow-rise, naturally leavened pizza with inventive toppings like Brazil nuts, chile jam, and sesame sprout to please all tastes. [$$]

A plate at Massa + Ella
Massa

6. Pabu Izakaya

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R. Humberto de Campos, 827 - Loja G - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22430-190, Brazil
(21) 3738-0416
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The first izakaya in the city, Pabu serves classic Japanese drinking foods at a rowdy U-shaped counter. Belly up for traditional izakaya dishes like pork gyoza dumplings, grilled beef tongue, fried oysters, ramen, and bao. Once a month, a charcoal grill puts out top-notch yakitori. [$$]

A spread of izakaya classics at Pabu
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7. Chez Claude

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Rua Conde de Bernadotte, 26 - loja Q e R - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22430-200, Brazil
(21) 3579-1185
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Chef Claude Troisgros opened what is perhaps the most personal restaurant of his career in the same building that housed his first place in Rio after arriving from France in the 1970s. Chez Claude is like an edible scrapbook of his cooking career throughout the last half century, serving all the classics, such as scallops with heart of palm, eggs with caviar, and quail with chard, chives, and bacon in a grape sauce. [$$]

8. Bibi Sucos

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Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 591 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22440-033, Brazil
(21) 2259-0000
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In the heat of Rio, sometimes all one wants for a meal is a big glass of cold juice. At this classic chain, juice options vary from native fruits like cajá, graviola, and carambola to more common ones, like avocado, pineapple, and pitaya. It’s a tasty way to stay hydrated. [$]

9. Sud, o pássaro verde Café

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R. Visc. de Carandaí, 35 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22460-020, Brazil
(21) 3114-0464

Crowned Latin America’s Best Female Chef in 2015, chef Roberta Sudbrack is hard at work at her latest restaurant in the jungle neighborhood of Jardim Botânico. Sud differs from her previous restaurants: it takes no reservations, offers no wine list, and has only 12 tables. Sudbrack also gave up on her usual tasting-menu formula, instead embracing the kind of uncomplicated dishes she’d serve in her own home, but with fine dining-quality technique, service, and ingredients. [$$]

10. Mil Frutas

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Av. Afrânio de Melo Franco, 290 - 406 A - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22430-060, Brazil
(21) 3875-1830
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Mil Frutas means “a thousand fruits,” and while the selection of tropical sorbets offered at this this popular ice cream shop is closer to 100, the bounty is no less impressive. Cool down with a few refreshing scoops flavored with rare and native fruits, like mangaba, araçá, and umbu. [$]

Colorful scoops at Mil Frutas
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11. Aconchego Carioca

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R. Barão de Iguatemi, 379 - Praca da Bandeira, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
20270-060, Brazil
+55 21 2273-1035
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Drawn by promises of prosperity, Kátia Barbosa’s family immigrated to Rio from Brazil's rustic northeast a generation ago. Her restaurant’s name, Aconchego Carioca, translates to something between “the Rio embrace” and “the Rio cuddle,” and she serves the food of her youth. It is the kind of fare offered in pretension-free company: beef jerky, thick yucca fries, manioc flour, chewy white cheese and all. The impressive beer and caipirinha selection also deserve a whirl. [$$]

12. Bazzar

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R. Barão da Torre, 538 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22411-002, Brazil
(21) 3202-2884
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In this long-established restaurant in the Ipanema neighborhood, wild fish, sustainable seafood, and organic vegetables show up in elegant, modern preparations by chef Lira Muller. You’ll also find Brazilian classics like picadinho (a Brazilian beef stew) and feijoada (a black bean stew). For the last 20 years, restaurateur Cristiana Beltrão has worked tirelessly to ensure the restaurant never feels dated, keeping an eye on trends around the world. Open all day, this is an excellent option for a daytime bite. Pro tip: The front area has the perfect atmosphere for a post-beach snack. [$$]

Bazzar
Bazzar

13. Nosso

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R. Maria Quitéria, 91 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22410-040, Brazil
(21) 99619-0099
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Rum is the star at this hip three-floor bar and restaurant located in the Ipanema neighborhood. At the large counter, lead bartender Tai Barbin creates signature versions of rum-based cocktails like mojitos and daiquiris, as well as creations with alternate spirits to please all tastes. In the kitchen, New York-born chef Bruno Katz cooks up steak tartare with fries, shrimp risotto, and octopus pastel with citrus aioli. During the weekends, the rooftop hosts lively parties.  [$$]

14. Restaurante Olympe

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R. Custódio Serrão, 62 - Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22470-230, Brazil
(21) 2537-8582
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Thomas Troigros has a tough challenge: he not only needs to uphold the reputation of his renowned French family, but also continue the work that his father, Claude Troisgros (a beloved celebrity chef in Brazil), began more than three decades ago at Olympe, making it one of Rio’s premier gastronomic gems. He manages to succeed in both, while forging his own path, cooking his signature dishes with finesse — plates like tortellini with five varieties of tubers, sea snails with watercress, and stingray with citrus and quinoa. [$$$]

A dish at Restaurante Olympe
Restaurante Olympe

15. Avocado Gelato at Vero Gelato Italiano

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R. Vde. de Pirajá, 260, Rio de Janeiro
RJ 22410-000, Brazil
+55 21 3497-8754
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Gelato has taken off in Rio in recent years, and Vero in Ipanema consistently has the most interesting flavors and the creamiest textures. Its owners take sweet-and-salty combos seriously, which means flavors like fleur de sel with caramel or dark chocolate with chile pepper. But Brazilians like their avocados served sweet, so the move might be the avocado gelato. If it tastes divine, that's no coincidence — Pope Francis ate here in 2013. [$]

16. Bar Astor

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Av. Vieira Souto, 110, Rio de Janeiro
RJ 22420-000, Brazil
+55 21 2523-0085
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Most beachside bars in Rio are a wet-bathing-suit and sandy-feet affair, but in Bar Astor's plush booths and cool lighting, you'll find diners in spy movie attire and breezy beachwear alike. In a prime location at the tail end of Ipanema, Astor has developed citywide acclaim for its cocktails, oysters, and mussels. Its weekend specials are more decadent: oxtail with polenta and pork-and-black-bean stew. To complete the Carmen Sandiego vibe, hop next door to the dim lights of the Barreto-Londra bar in the stylish Fasano hotel. [$$]

17. Marea

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Av. Vieira Souto, 80 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22420-002, Brazil
(21) 99539-9834
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This fancy open-air kiosk has reinvented beach food. Instead of the usual sand snacks like cheese curds and pasteis, here you’ll find tuna carpaccio, steak tartare, and other cold and raw dishes that pair well with the city’s high temps. Marea serves excellent breakfast and lunch on the waterfront, but the best time to sit with a cocktail — maybe a stellar G&T — is at dusk, with the view of the sunset over Arpoador. [$$]

18. Lasai Restaurante

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Rua Conde de Irajá, 191 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22271-020, Brazil
(21) 3449-1854
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Run by chef Rafa Costa e Silva, Lasai occupies an old townhouse in Botafogo on one of the city’s most gastronomic streets. Start dinner with a rooftop welcome of snacks and a stunning view of the illuminated Christ the Redeemer, then continue down in the cozy dining room with a daily-changing tasting menu that’s always focused on the produce grown on the chef’s own farm about 100 kilometers from Lasai. An alum of Mugaritz in Spain, Costa e Silva translates the spirit of his hometown into creative, delicate, vegetable-centric dishes. [$$$]

19. Oteque

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Rua Conde de Irajá, 581 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22271-020, Brazil
(21) 3486-5758
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After gaining acclaim as one of the best chefs in São Paulo, Alberto Landgraf moved to Rio and took his time figuring out his next move. The answer, finally, is Oteque, where Landgraf takes his dedication to quality ingredients to an even higher level. (He installed an aquarium in the kitchen to have easy access to the freshest seafood possible.) Landgraf is a very meticulous cook, and his tasting menus reflect that, with creative dishes, precise techniques, layers of flavors, and purposeful textures. The restaurant also has great service and one of the best drinking programs in the country, focused on natural wines. [$$$]

Oteque
Oteque

20. Naturalie Bistrô

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R. Visc. de Caravelas, 11 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22271-021, Brazil
(21) 2537-7443
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This health-focused vegetarian bistro is the passion project of chef Nathalie Passos, who studied at Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. Here she highlights organic ingredients from small, local farmers in the region in dishes like sweet potato gnocchi with almond milk bechamel and a plant-based version of the traditional Brazilian feijoada, made with beans, squash, smoked tofu, and a flaxseed, kale, and carrot farofa. The restaurant has also a new cozy branch in Ipanema. [$$]

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21. The Slow Bakery

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R. São João Batista, 93 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22270-030, Brazil
(21) 3563-8638
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Their acclaimed, naturally fermented bread has long been available wholesale, but Rafael Brito Pereira and Lud Espíndola finally opened a place where the public could come for freshly baked sourdough loaves, ciabatta, and baguettes. In an industrial space in Botafogo, the couple runs this modern bakery and cafe, with a menu of sandwiches, tartines (try the one with goat cheese and roasted tomatoes), coffee, and more. Come for breakfast, but don’t leave without a loaf to take home. [$$]

The slow-rise sourdough at the Slow Bakery
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22. Comuna

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R. Sorocaba, 585, Rio de Janeiro
RJ 22271-110, Brazil
+55 21 3253-8797
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Comuna is known for incubating alternative politics, art, and hamburgers in the Botafogo neighborhood. If you've had enough natureba — a derisive-while-affectionate Portuguese slang that may be translated as "hippie-dippie" — Rio vibes, the pork-and-bacon burger with pickled turnips and cilantro might cure them. [$]

23. Aprazível

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R. Aprazível, 62, Rio de Janeiro
RJ 25089-174, Brazil
+55 21 2508-9174
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The essential postcard from Rio’s dining scene, Aprazível is built into a sloping garden in the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa. The fare is contemporary Brazilian, with dishes like grilled heart of palm, as well as dressed-up comfort food, like pão de queijo stuffed with sausage and tapioca couscous with squid and dried shrimp. Aprazível also offers its own house brew, which you can sip while you linger over starfruit, passionfruit, or ginger caipirinhas from one of the open-air decks, with the city lights below. [$$$]

24. Adega Pérola

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R. Siqueira Campos, 138A, Rio de Janeiro
RJ 22031-072, Brazil
+55 21 2255-9425
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Tucked away just a few blocks from the Copacabana beach, Adega Pérola is essentially a boteco, a no-frills bar where you shout your order for petiscos (Brazilian tapas) like smoked haddock and cod croquettes, over the din of the bustling bar. Most drinkers are there for the fish, but the goat cheese and artichokes are just as good. [$$]

25. Pavāo Azul

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R. Hilário de Gouveia, 71, Rio de Janeiro
RJ 22040-020, Brazil
+55 21 2236-2381

Pé sujos (“dirty feet”) are, by definition, casual, anonymous, interchangeable bars: the same fluorescent lights, the same shots of hard liquor, the same uninspiring soupy potato-and-beef options on display behind their glass. Pavão Azul (“Blue Peacock”) maintains the classic aesthetic but offers some fine snacks to go with it. Diehards say the cod fritters are among the best ones in Rio, but the pasteis are also worth trying. Business has been so steady that another location opened up just across the street, known as Pavãozinho, or, Little Peacock. [$]

26. Lilia

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R. do Senado, 45 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
20231-005, Brazil
(21) 3852-5423
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Located in the arty neighborhood of Lapa, Lilia is an unpretentious restaurant perched on the upper floor of an old townhouse, where chef Lucio Vieira prepares a delicious, unfussy, daily-changing menu of dishes inspired by what he finds at a variety of local farms. His dishes lean vegetable-heavy, but there are options for carnivores as well, like pork belly with greens and tuna mi cuit with a warm salad of carrots, turnip, cabbage, and peanuts. [$]

Chicken hearts with potato salad at Lilia
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27. CoLAB

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R. Fernandes Guimarães, 66 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22290-000, Brazil
(21) 3592-0470
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CoLAB is a collaborative restaurant and bar space dedicated to serving locally made products like kombuchas, teas, and beers. There’s food, too — everything from hot dogs to curries to falafel. On weekends, the modernist-looking space serves one of the best American brunches in town, with huevos rancheros, thick pancakes, and pastries worth waking up for. [$$]

The crowds at CoLAB
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28. South Ferro

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R. Arnaldo Quintela, 23 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22280-070, Brazil
(21) 3986-4323
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South Ferro is the Botafogo-based sibling of Ferro e Farinha, a modern pizzeria from New York-native chef Sei Shiroma. Here, you’ll find the naturally leavened, slow-rise pizzas that made him famous, as well as dumplings and other dishes inspired by his Chinese heritage and a selection of French pastries. [$$]

Pan-fried dumplings at South Ferro
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29. Liga dos Botecos

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R. Álvaro Ramos, 170 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22280-110, Brazil
(21) 3586-2511
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You can now find dishes from some of the best botecos in the city — Botero, Cachambeer, Front Bar, and Momo — all served at the same address in the hip Botafogo neighborhood. With permission from the owners of these famous botecos, Liga lovingly reproduces the specialties of each, including ham hock croquettes, baked heart of palm topped with shrimp and cream cheese, and Brazil’s iconic coxinhas (chicken croquettes). [$$]

30. Fogo de Chão

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Av. Rep. Nestor Moreira, s/n, Rio de Janeiro
RJ 22290-210, Brazil
+55 21 2542-1545
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Can one visit Brazil without eating at a churrascaria? Fully appreciating the decadent Fogo de Chão on its home turf may require a day of fasting on either end. Pro tip: Spend the afternoon watching the sunset from the Sugarloaf mount and then walk or taxi on to this iconic steakhouse, where gaúcho-style aproned servers zip between tables to slice mignon or chicken hearts a la minute. [$$$]

Rib eye at Fogo de Chão

31. Café Secreto

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Casa 8 - R. Gago Coutinho, 6 - Catete, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22221-070, Brazil

Café Secreto is, as the name would suggest, a well-kept secret among area coffee lovers. Located in the quiet village of Largo do Machado in Catete, the shop specializes in locally grown and locally roasted beans (though not exclusively). And while espresso is the focus, Secreto also offers alternative extraction methods, including AeroPress and Kalita, as well as weather-appropriate cold brews and espresso tonics. [$]

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32. Junta Local

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A very welcome newcomer to the feira (open-air market) circuit, Junta Local is where up-and-coming Rio chefs show off their culinary chops. The lineup for Junta varies based on the capacity of the locations that host them, but you'll make your way through the feira nibbling on things like hand-crafted cheese plates and falafel, then head home with your arms filled with jars of Italian antipasti and crisp Brazilian wines. [$$]

33. Cipriani

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Av. Atlântica, 001 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22021-000, Brazil
(21) 2548-7070
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Located in the historic Copacabana Palace hotel, this homage to the acclaimed Cipriani bar in Venice delivers one of the best Italian experiences in town. Since the arrival of Neapolitan chef Nello Cassese, the menu has skewed modern and fresh, with dishes like a version of the classic Caprese salad with scallops, a daily risotto (one recent version featured eel, pear, and foie gras), and plenty of handmade pastas. [$$$]

34. Café Lamas

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R. Mq. de Abrantes, 18, Rio de Janeiro
RJ 22230-061, Brazil
+55 21 2556-0799
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Plot the revolution here. Or re-enact it, honoring some of Lamas’s original clientele, the underground Communist party that met secretly in this mirror-lined salon during the 1964-1985 Brazilian military dictatorship. The waiters are of the exceedingly polite, black-bowtie sort, and the menu is full of heavy, traditional Brazilian food, like rice with broccoli and filet mignon medallions with massive amounts of fried garlic. But if you’re beefed out already, go for the creamy, cold avocado ice cream, which is topped with cacao liqueur. [$$$]

35. Majórica Churrascaria

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Rua Senador Vergueiro, 11/15 - Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
+55 21 2205-0205
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From the outside, this 50-year-old Flamengo institution looks like a speakeasy, but inside, it serves some of the city’s best cuts of beef, which are grilled over an open flame — the heart of churrasco culture, which for many Brazilians is restricted to prime cuts of meat and coarse salt. Nowadays, Majórica is run by the daughter of one of the original Spanish owners and a Galician-born janitor who worked his way up the chain. The other can’t-miss option is the picanha — plump disks of sirloin cap — served fresh off the grill. [$$$]

36. Galeto Sat's

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R. Barata Ribeiro, 7 - Loja D - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22011-001, Brazil
(21) 2275-6197
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This chicken-focused bar is one of Rio’s most illustrious bohemian institutions, where people flock throughout the night over plates of crisp-roasted galeto (three-month-old chicken) and cups and cups of beer. The Copacabana icon now has a second branch in Botafogo with a much larger area to welcome all the night owls hungry for seasoned chicken hearts, garlic bread, and the essential eggs farofa.

The signature chicken and garlic bread at Galeto Sat’s
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37. Double Espresso at Curto Café

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Term. Garagem Menezes Côrtes, Rio de Janeiro
RJ 20010-020, Brazil
+55 21 98176-2582
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You’d never guess some of Rio’s best coffee is served on the second floor of its otherwise uninspiring downtown bus terminal. For the folks behind Curto, the payment is optional — in the front of the shop are large chalkboards that detail costs and suggest a baseline contribution. But the coffee, which is sourced directly from Brazilian farmers, is easily worth more than the asking price. Curto is equal parts hipsters and men in suits — its most faithful caffeine clients are from the Rio state courthouse nearby — and maintains an impressive sense of leisureliness even during its packed lunch hours. [$]

38. Bar Urca

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R. Candido Gaffre, 205, Rio de Janeiro
RJ 22291-080, Brazil
+55 21 2295-8744
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Bar Urca is good on the basics, but it’s unbeatable on the view. The seating is on top of a seawall along the Urca bayside neighborhood. You can sit back and watch the sun set behind Christ the Redeemer, which towers above the lazy yachts at Botafogo beach. The move is to grab a liter of beer, which is kept “stupidly cold,” as the Cariocas (Rio natives) like to say. [$]

1. Vizinho Gastrobar

Avenida das Américas, 8585 - quiosques 3-4 - Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22793-296, Brazil
Vizinho Gastrobar
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One of the biggest names in Rio’s cocktail scene, Jessica Sanchez commands this high-concept bar situated in Vogue Square at Barra da Tijuca. Many of her signature drinks feature handcrafted Brazilian ingredients like catuaba, aged cachaça, and native honey. Vizinho also offers plenty of excellent food options — guacamole, oysters, a pastrami sandwich — to balance out the booze. [$$]

Avenida das Américas, 8585 - quiosques 3-4 - Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22793-296, Brazil

2. Fritters at Bar da Gema

R. Barão de Mesquita, 615 - Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20540-180, Brazil

Of all the city’s neighborhoods, Tijuca is the one that best reflects the bohemian aura of Rio de Janiero. It’s no wonder, then, that this is where you’ll find some of the best bars in the city. Da Gema is one of the finest, with an unbeatable list of fried bites, like polenta topped with oxtail ragu, shrimp rissoles, and the famous coxinha. Of course, you can wash everything down with glasses of cold beer and caipirinhas. [$]

R. Barão de Mesquita, 615 - Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
20540-180, Brazil

3. Bar do Momo

R. Gal. Espírito Santo Cardoso, 50, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20530-500, Brazil

Beloved for its burgers — which come with toppings like homemade cheddar, caramelized purple onion, and paprika mayo — Bar do Momo is in the thick of the of Tijuca, a densely populated neighborhood that's equal parts live music, tipsy soccer fans, and school-uniformed teenagers chattering in its wide plazas. It’s the kind of place where you'll see shoulder-clapping friends ordering round after round until the managers make it extremely clear they are closing down — at 10:30 p.m. on weekdays, relatively early for a bar in Rio. [$]

R. Gal. Espírito Santo Cardoso, 50, Rio de Janeiro
RJ 20530-500, Brazil

4. Oro Restaurante

Av. Gen. San Martin, 889 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22441-015, Brazil
A dish at Oro Restaurante
Oro Restaurante

After seven years, chef Felipe Bronze decided to reopen his acclaimed restaurant Oro as something entirely new. He left behind the molecular techniques (read: foams and liquid nitrogen) that made him a famous TV host to focus on hearty, rustic dishes cooked with live fire. The centerpiece of his new kitchen in Leblon is the wood-burning oven and a grill, which put out a nightly lineup of shareable, eat-with-your-hands dishes on his whimsical tasting menu. The new approach worked: Oro has become the city’s one and only two-Michelin-starred restaurant. [$$$]

Av. Gen. San Martin, 889 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22441-015, Brazil

5. Massa + Ella

Rua Dias Ferreira, 617 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22431-050, Brazil
A plate at Massa + Ella
Massa

Chef Pedro Siqueira is famous for his fresh pasta, prepared in his cheerful restaurant in the Leblon neighborhood. His latest addition to the Massa kitchen is a pizza oven, which now cooks up the same famous pizzas he and partner Marcos Cerutti already serve at Ella, a Neapolitan pizzeria in Rio’s Botanical Garden. He since added Ella to the restaurant’s name, and now Massa + Ella serves sandwiches, Siqueira’s signature pastas (like his seafood fettuccini), and slow-rise, naturally leavened pizza with inventive toppings like Brazil nuts, chile jam, and sesame sprout to please all tastes. [$$]

Rua Dias Ferreira, 617 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22431-050, Brazil

6. Pabu Izakaya

R. Humberto de Campos, 827 - Loja G - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22430-190, Brazil
A spread of izakaya classics at Pabu
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The first izakaya in the city, Pabu serves classic Japanese drinking foods at a rowdy U-shaped counter. Belly up for traditional izakaya dishes like pork gyoza dumplings, grilled beef tongue, fried oysters, ramen, and bao. Once a month, a charcoal grill puts out top-notch yakitori. [$$]

R. Humberto de Campos, 827 - Loja G - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22430-190, Brazil

7. Chez Claude

Rua Conde de Bernadotte, 26 - loja Q e R - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22430-200, Brazil

Chef Claude Troisgros opened what is perhaps the most personal restaurant of his career in the same building that housed his first place in Rio after arriving from France in the 1970s. Chez Claude is like an edible scrapbook of his cooking career throughout the last half century, serving all the classics, such as scallops with heart of palm, eggs with caviar, and quail with chard, chives, and bacon in a grape sauce. [$$]

Rua Conde de Bernadotte, 26 - loja Q e R - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22430-200, Brazil

8. Bibi Sucos

Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 591 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22440-033, Brazil

In the heat of Rio, sometimes all one wants for a meal is a big glass of cold juice. At this classic chain, juice options vary from native fruits like cajá, graviola, and carambola to more common ones, like avocado, pineapple, and pitaya. It’s a tasty way to stay hydrated. [$]

Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 591 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22440-033, Brazil

9. Sud, o pássaro verde Café

R. Visc. de Carandaí, 35 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22460-020, Brazil

Crowned Latin America’s Best Female Chef in 2015, chef Roberta Sudbrack is hard at work at her latest restaurant in the jungle neighborhood of Jardim Botânico. Sud differs from her previous restaurants: it takes no reservations, offers no wine list, and has only 12 tables. Sudbrack also gave up on her usual tasting-menu formula, instead embracing the kind of uncomplicated dishes she’d serve in her own home, but with fine dining-quality technique, service, and ingredients. [$$]

R. Visc. de Carandaí, 35 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22460-020, Brazil

10. Mil Frutas

Av. Afrânio de Melo Franco, 290 - 406 A - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22430-060, Brazil