Generations of Italian, French, German and, of course, Portuguese settlers have had a marked influence on Rio's culinary scene and good Rio de Janeiro European restaurants are not hard to find.
Visitors to Rio can treat themselves to top-notch French cuisine at our number one pick, Olympe, where chef Claude Troisgros has won countless awards, while travelers on a tighter budget can enjoy buffet and a-la-carte meals at 66 Bistro, where Claude Troisgros' son Thomas heads up the kitchen.
Rio de Janeiro is also awash with opportunities to enjoy Italian food, with Fasano Al Mar and Gero, both owned by the Italian restaurant and hotel empire Fasano, both offering excellent options for luxury dining.
While pizza is plentiful in the city, it is often disappointing. One exception to the rule is Capricciosa, a chain with several branches across the city. The Ipanema branch, with its glass front, is a favourite spot with the local chic elite.
An altogether more relaxed affair can be found up in the hills of Santa Teresa, where Mike's Haus offers traditional German food and beers in an informal setting. The Apfel Strudel with ice cream is delicious.
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Av. Atlântica, 4240
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Avenida Viera Souto 80
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