Seafood is the thing to eat in Florianopolis, the island being situated amid rich fishing waters bearing Atlantic oysters, squid, crab, and a veritable cornucopia of fishes. Unlike in many other Latin American destinations, visitors to Floripa need not worry about freshness and quality of shellfish -- it's all so fresh, the chances of ordering something bad are slim indeed.
Which brings us to Porto do Contrato. Right on the water and overlooking an oyster farm, this might be the best place on the island to gorge on bivalves, at a very reasonable price. Acor, on the southern coast also concentrates on seafood, but with an Angolan twist that's sure to introduce you to more than a couple new flavors.
Italian food is as popular in Brazil as it is back in the States, and indeed, the Italian population here in the south of the country rivals any found in America. As such, Italian food here is authentic and subject to close scrutiny; expect to find some recipes you wouldn't at any American-Italian restaurant. Mar Massas and Bianco are both excellent choices for trying Brazilian-Italian cuisine, also with a healthy dose of seafood.
We've included two pizzerias here as well, for those days when the sun and the surf have taken their toll and a no-fuss dining experience is on order. Friendly and locally owned, both Capella and Basilico serve up pizza Brazilian-style, so don't think you're missing out on culture just because you think you've had pizza before.
Rodovia Baldicero Filomeno, 5544
Oysters, shrimp, squid, and fish, all caught or farmed locally... read more
Rua Waldemar Mello Dias, 93
Angolan specialties and unforgettable seafood right near the beach... read more
Rua Laurindo Januário da Silveira 3843
Morro do Badejo, Lagoa
Italian done with a Floripa flair -- expect lots of seafood... read more
Avenida Campeche, 1489
Quiet, family-run pizza joint that's true to the flavors of Brazil... read more
Rod. Jornalista Manuel de Menezes 2658
Fortaleza da Barra Florianópolis
Rodoviaria Baldicero Filomeno 7640
Freguesia do Riberão
Oysters on the half shell, or on the grill, or steamed, or smoked, or... read more
Rod SC 401, 10300
SC 401 to Canasvieiras, Km 10 (Santo Antônio e Lisboa), on the northwest side of the island
Haute cuisine, with prices to match... read more
Rua da Amizade 273
Mediterranean cuisine in the owner's living room, overlooking the lagoon... read more
Rua Laurindo Januário da Silveira 647
Rua Bocaiuva 1761, Centro